Hey guys! If you’re like me, then you probably love watching (and sometimes even participating in) Twitch.TV streams. It’s a lot of fun to watch your favorite streamer play their game and interact with the community that they’ve built up. However, it can be extremely frustrating when your favorite stream suddenly stops working due to a bad internet connection or some other issue. Luckily for us, there are now easy ways to save our favorite Twitch streams so we never have to worry about losing them again! Read on for more information on how you can do this too!
Importance of Using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)
Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is a free and open-source application that can be used to stream videos as well as capture them. It’s relatively easy to use and has many advanced features for those who want more control over their stream.
However, what we’re really interested in here is OBS’ ability to save Twitch streams without any outside help. This ability makes it fully worth using and becomes particularly useful if you ever have an issue with your internet or your live stream unexpectedly stops working for some reason.
All you need to do is start streaming through OBS like I’ve shown above and then stop the recording once you want to save it. You can then upload this video elsewhere or even play it back on Twitch. It’s a great backup solution to have and can be incredibly useful if you ever have connection issues during your streams!
How to Save Twitch Stream using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)
First, you’re going to need the right tools for the job. What do I suggest? Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is an amazing option that provides a great deal of flexibility and options with its settings. While it can be really complicated to configure everything properly, we’ll be taking care of all those pesky little details for you. Just make sure that you have OBS downloaded and installed before you continue.
Now, open up OBS and then click the “Settings” button in the bottom left of your screen:
A popup with a bunch of settings might appear – don’t worry, we’ll configure all of them before proceeding further. First, go to “Output” and select “Twitch: HTTP Live Streaming.”
Next, go to the “Stream” tab. This is where we’ll be configuring all of our stream settings! First off, we need to configure where OBS should save our streams (and how it should name them). Head down to the “Local Recording” section and select “Browse” next to the “File” option.
Once inside of this directory, create a new folder called “Recorded.” Inside of this folder, OBS will save all your recordings. I’d suggest creating a few more folders here – one for each day of the week (Monday, Tuesday, etc) and then one for each channel in each of these folders. This is just a good way to keep your files organized and separate!
Just below that, we need to configure how OBS will save our stream. Head down to the “Format” option and select AVI from the dropdown menu. Your computer may not like this – but it’ll be fine (and you’ll only have to do it this one time) if you click “Yes” when prompted about using the GPU.
After that, jump down to the “Video” section. Here, select Twitch as your video source and leave everything else untouched on this page. We won’t be touching any of these settings since they’re all default for streaming to Twitch.
Next, jump down to the “Audio” section and select “Default” from the dropdown menu next to your microphone. If you have a secondary microphone, select it here instead – but please note that this won’t work for everyone so if you’re having issues getting OBS to recognize your second mic then just use the default.
Finally, we need to configure your encoding settings. Head down to the “Encoder” section and select AAC from the dropdown menu. We won’t be touching any of these settings since they’re all default for streaming to Twitch as well.
Now that you’ve finished configuring things in OBS, it’s time to test out our connection! Click the “Start Streaming” button in the bottom right of your screen – if it turns green then you’re doing great! If not, go back and check through your settings. You can also try lowering or increasing your bitrate to see if that helps.
Once things are working properly, go ahead and turn on some music in the background and enjoy saved streams.
How to download Twitch videos?
Twitch videos, also known as VODs, are only available to watch when the respective channel has enabled the video archiving feature. This makes it possible to upload past broadcasts from your Twitch channel to youtube or a similar service. Although there is a certain time frame during which you can access a VOD after it was broadcasted live, they will eventually expire and stop playing. If you don’t want missed out on any of your favourite channel’s broadcasts, download them while you still can! Don’t worry though, we’ve outlined some tools below that will help you with this process without too much effort.
Download Twitch videos using Livestreamer + Youtube-dl
This is the most comfortable tool to download Twitch videos. It basically uses two tools, each of which does one part of the process well. The two tools are Livestreamer and Youtube-dl. Livestreamer can connect to a twitch stream or servers in order to download video or audio streams directly from the source while Youtube-dl allows users to download youtube videos along with various other website’s VODs. If you want to be able to download your favourite channels’ VODs, this tool is for you!