Although highlights and clips on Twitch seem very similar, there are in fact some slight differences between the two. So….
What Is The Difference Between Clips And Highlights On Twitch?
The main difference between clips and highlights on Twitch is that clips can be made by all people on all live or saved streams whereas highlights can only be made from your own saved streams. Basically, you can clip parts of any streamers stream but you can only create highlights from your own streams.
Why Should You Create Clips on Twitch
Clips allow you to easily capture cool or special moments that happen in a stream that you are watching. These clips can then be easily shared with your friends or to one of your social media platforms for others to view. The clips that are shared will also come with a link for others to view the original source, or full video from where the clip came from.
If you want to know how to upload clips to Twitter then check out this article.
Creating and sharing clips is a great way to promote your favorite streamer. If you have a streamer you like and want to see them succeed, then clipping and sharing some awesome moments from their stream will do them a lot of good.
The clips you create will be automatically saved on the streamer’s channel under the “clips” page for other viewers to see.
On the “clips” page, your Twitch ID is at the top, and under the video is the Broadcaster’s name, the game they were playing, and the title of their stream.
At the top of the “clips” page there are also different filters you can apply such as when the clip was posted and type of game being played.
If you want to adjust your clip settings on Twitch such as who can clip and when then check out my video below.
You can also download clips to your computer for you to upload whenever you want. I prefer downloading clips and uploading them later because they look better on social media and it also gives you time to edit the clips and make them look nice.
Now if you are serious about streaming then you will have a lot of clips that you will be downloading and uploading. So I suggest getting an external hard drive to store all of your saved clips.
The one I recommend is the Seagate Portable hard drive on Amazon. It’s a highly rated product and works for PC, Mac, PS4 and Xbox. Pretty much any device you will stream on, this device has you covered.
Like I said, it is nice being able to store a lot of clips outside of your computer because these clips can take up space quickly. I use an external hard drive myself for clips and videos so that way I don’t run out of space on my PC. I really like it and highly recommend it.
Going back to clips, one way to help your stream grow is to have your viewers clip and share moments from your stream.
I am sure you have heard streamers during their stream yell out “CLIP THAT” when they do something spectacular. You should do the same!
Clipping and sharing some good game play or funny moments in your stream will help to bring attention to your stream and help to attract more viewers.
Having viewers clip awesome moments from your stream also helps to create a small highlight reel on your channel that others can view. This is because every time a video on your stream is clipped it is saved automatically to the “clips” section of your stream.
Before you know it you will have a ton of awesome clips without having to do any work.
How to Create Clips on Twitch
Clipping on Twitch is simple and can be done by following these steps:
- Go to the streamers channel that you want to create a clip from.
- Once you are on the live stream or archived stream that you want to clip from, click the clapper board icon. This will make a clip of the previous 90 seconds which you can edit to make the clip anywhere between 5 and 60 seconds long.
- After you have edited the clip, create a title and click publish. Once you click publish you will be given the option to share a link to the clip to various social media networks for others to see.
There are two ways to view the clips you have saved:
- You can go to the “clips” page on a streamers channel and click the “manage my clips” page or
- You can go to your dashboard, then to your video producer and go to the “videos” section and click on the “clips” section.
Either of these two options will bring up a full list of your clips that you have made.
How to Delete Clips on Twitch
To delete clips on Twitch:
- Go to your “dashboard” on Twitch.
- Once on the dashboard go to your “video producer” section on Twitch.
- Go to the “videos” section and click on “clips”
- A full list of your clips will appear, check the boxes of the clips you want to delete and then click the trash can icon to delete the clips that you have checked.
You might want to delete clips if you saved them on accident or if you want to clean up your channel and remove clips that are not relevant.
If you want to know more about deleting clips on Twitch you can check out my article here.
To better control what kind of clips are posted on their channel many streamers choose to create highlights of their past broadcasts.
Why Should You Create Highlights on Twitch
Highlights give viewers a quick preview of what you and your channel are all about without you having to be online live streaming. Having highlights of your past streams allows viewers access to your content, even when you are offline.
As was mentioned, highlights can only be created by the creator of the past stream. Unlike clips, other users can not make highlights of your stream which gives the streamer complete control over what portions of their stream they want to be highlighted.
Having highlights available gives viewers access to your best moments. If someone is scrolling through Twitch and finds your channel, don’t you want them to see your best moments and not you fixing your camera for five minutes?
Not to mention the fact that people who are casually scrolling through Twitch looking for new channels are not going to want to watch a four hour stream to see if they like you as a streamer. Saving past broadcasts is mainly to keep your subs and followers up to date, not necessarily to attract new comers.
When making your highlights try to keep them to around a minute long, and do not let them be longer than two minutes.
Highlights are meant to grab the attention of those who visit your stream to possibly persuade them to visit your stream when you are live.
Another way to gain the attention of potential viewers is to export your saved highlights to other media outlets such as YouTube or Instagram.
How to Make Highlights on Twitch
- Login to Twitch and go to your dashboard.
- Next, go to the left side of the screen and scroll down until you see the “videos” heading and click “video producer”.
- Once you click “video producer”, a list of your past broadcasts and other videos you have created will appear. Find the past broadcast you want to highlight and click the “highlight” button next to it.
- You will taken to a new tab where you will be able to begin highlighting different sections of your video.
- Lastly, once you have selected the parts of the video you want to highlight (at the bottom of the page you can input or select the different times of the video that you would like to highlight) then click the “create highlights” button and your highlights are complete.
Creating highlights is simple and can be done within a few minutes. Try your best to keep the highlights short and to the point. Remember, they are highlights and not repeats of your old broadcasts.
How to Delete Highlights on Twitch
To delete highlights on Twitch:
- Go to your Twitch “dashboard”.
- Go to the section titled “videos” and click on “video producer”.
- A list of all your saved videos will and highlights will appear. Now click on the three dot menu button to the right of the video you want to delete and choose the delete option from the list of options that appear.
Unlike saved broadcasts, highlights will not be deleted until you decide to delete them.
Streamers may decide to delete old highlights if they have better highlight to replace them or if they no longer want the highlights on their channel but again it is completely up to the streamer when they want to delete their highlights.
For more on deleting Twitch highlights check out my article here.
As always, if you have any questions or just want to hang with me, stop by my Twitch channel here and say what’s up!
Twitch clips and highlights are very similar, but there are several key differences. In short, clips gives viewers control of cool things on your channel and highlights give that control to the streamer.
Using both clips and highlights are key to growing and promoting your stream so use them both to creating a great streaming experience for those who support you.
Eric streams 3 days a week on Twitch and uploads weekly to Youtube under the moniker, StreamersPlaybook. He loves gaming, PCs, and anything else related to tech. He’s the founder of the website StreamersPlaybook and loves helping people answer their streaming, gaming, and PC questions.