Do you want to know how to record Twitch broadcasts on a PC? Want to record your own broadcasts as you stream them? Want to record another streamer’s broadcasts so you can watch them later? You can do all of those things and more with a free tool and a little patience. This tutorial shows you how.
Twitch it’s huge. If you are a gamer, you have probably seen someone else’s content on the platform. Twitch has millions of users from all over the world, and new users are joining all the time. You can watch games like World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, PUBG, Minecraft, Fortnite, and many more. It is a streaming service that you can watch live, but there is also an archive feature for watching older streams.
If you don’t want to depend on your favorite streamer to archive your old broadcasts or if you want to record your own, you can. Recording your own broadcast also means that you can upload it to other sites too like YouTube or edit it before posting.
How to set up your Twitch streaming
To set up your Twitch streaming, you will need the help of other software. You can use Twitch Studio, OBS, or XSPLIT.
Installing OBS for Twitch Streaming
- Install OBS on your computer.
- Select ‘Next’ on the pages until you reach the page to enter your Transmission Key. Click on ‘Get Transmission Key’.
- Click ‘Copy’ next to your transmission key.
- Click ‘Next’ in OBS after pasting your streaming key.
You have now linked OBS with Twitch and will be able to stream to Twitch once you start. OBS requires a bit of setup, so we need to address that next. We need to configure the sources, that is, the game and your webcam if you want to be seen while you play. We also need to set up the scene, which is the broadcast that people will see, which includes those sources.
OBS settings for streaming on Twitch
- Open the game you plan to stream.
- Open OBS if you closed it.
- Select the ‘+’ icon below the Fonts box.
- Select Game Capture and give the stream a descriptive name.
- Select ‘Capture any full screen app’ in Mode for OBS to capture the game. You can use Windowed if you play in windowed mode here.
- Select the game window to link OBS with it.
- Select OK to save your settings.
- Repeat steps 3 to 7 if you want to use another source, such as a webcam, to show you the playback. Just turn on your webcam, then add it as a windowed font as shown above.
- Select Start Streaming when ready.
How to record your Twitch broadcasts
You have two options for recording your Twitch broadcast. You can do it within Twitch or you can configure OBS to do it. They both accomplish the same goal, but one copy is kept on Twitch’s servers while the other is saved locally on your PC.
Using OBS to Record Your Twitch Stream
- Open OBS and select Settings.
- Select Stream Settings on the left and File Path.
- Enter the location where you want to save your broadcasts.
- Select ‘Automatically save stream to file’ and then OK.
- Start broadcasting your game.
How to Archive Twitch Streams
- Log into Twitch and select Settings.
- Select Channels and Videos.
- Scroll down to Archive broadcasts and check the box.
Twitch will save your broadcasts for 14 days before deleting them. You can export directly to YouTube from your Settings menu. If you want to keep videos for more than 14 days, you will need the Turbo subscription, which keeps them for 60 days.
How to watch your Twitch streams
To view or edit your broadcasts, select File and Open Recordings Folder from OBS. Or you can open the file with the video editor of your choice to edit the video before uploading.
OBS requires a bit of setup, but it’s definitely the best way to record Twitch streams. The software is free, fully featured, and once set up it should keep working without having to set it up all the time. You may need to periodically update your Twitch key, but otherwise it is set forever. Happy Twitching!
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