Intro

If you get a lot of viewers on your Twitch live streams, you’re probably wondering how you can replicate this success on other platforms. Twitch affiliate streamers can’t live stream the same content on Twitch and another platform within the same 24 hours, thanks to the Live Content Exclusivity policy on Twitch. Does that mean you have to create new content or live stream again one day later if you want to stream to YouTube or Facebook? Nope!

You can reuse Twitch streams on other platforms without putting in all that extra work.

🔥 Reusing Twitch streams

You can easily reuse your high-quality Twitch content to stream live on multiple channels — saving time and improving engagement on your other platforms.

Prepare your Twitch streams to go live automatically to other channels after the exclusivity period ends in just two easy steps.

1. Save your Twitch streams

In order to reuse your live video content, you first need to save it properly. Whenever you have a Twitch stream that you want to stream live to another platform, like Facebook Live or YouTube, make sure you record your stream to a local drive. These video parameters will help prepare your live stream for pre-recorded video.

Also, when you go live on Twitch using Restream Studio, we’ll save a recording of your stream automatically (recording requires the Restream Standard plan or above). You can easily download it from Restream Video Storage and start editing.

2. Set up Restream Events

With a powerful and intuitive scheduling tool, like Restream Events, Twitch affiliate gamers can take their Twitch recordings and stream them live to several platforms after the 24-hour exclusivity period ends. If you want to upload your Twitch recordings to Restream Events, you will need the Restream Professional plan or above.

Restream Events

Using Restream Events is simple. Before you are able to schedule your content to go live on other platforms, you need the Twitch recording(s) and a Restream account. Then, setting up your scheduled event only takes a few minutes. Keep in mind that only Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn currently support the scheduling of live events.

  1. Log into your Restream account and add the channels you’d like to stream to (Facebook, YouTube, etc.).
  2. Click on “Video Storage” on the left side menu.
  3. Click “Upload Video” in the top right corner to upload your Twitch stream recording from your local device. You can also upload from Google Drive, Dropbox, and Descript.
  4. Finalize and approve your video.
  5. Click on the “Events” tab, then “Schedule Live Event.”
  6. Click “Schedule a Recorded Video” and select the video you want to schedule.
  7. Give your scheduled stream a title, description, date, time, and thumbnail (the recommended thumbnail image size is 1280 x 720).
  8. Select the platforms you want the recorded stream to broadcast on.
  9. Click “Create Event.”

Your stream is now scheduled! You can schedule replays to other platforms at any time, on any day.

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👉 Repurposing Twitch streams

In addition to broadcasting your recorded Twitch streams on other live streaming platforms, you can repurpose your live stream into other types of content for your social media accounts, website, or blog. There are a lot of creative ways to repurpose live video content, and we’ve included some of the most popular below.

1. Edit and post as VOD

Instead of scheduling your Twitch stream to go live again on YouTube or Facebook, you can download and edit the stream and publish it as a video on demand (VOD). Shorten the length of the stream, cut out any mistakes or long pauses, and post it to your YouTube channel to rack up more views.

2. Share quotes on Twitter

A quick way to make several social media posts out of a previous live stream is to take a funny or inspiring quote from the stream and add it to a screenshot from the live video. Do this with multiple quotes or moments from your live stream to post several times on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

3. Make an Instagram teaser

Make a 60-second teaser video from your live stream recording to post on Instagram. Keep it at 60 seconds or less so it shows up on your feed. To post a longer teaser video, upload it to IGTV — or make two versions and post to both your feed and IGTV!

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4. Convert it to a podcast

Rip the audio from your Twitch stream recording and edit it into a podcast. You’ll need to ensure the audio quality is high and remove any “live” moments like silence, background noises, or volume jumps. If you use Restream Studio to go live, we’ll make a split-track recording of your stream, so if you have more than one person on your stream you can edit their tracks separately for a higher-quality podcast.

5. Blog it

Post an edited version of your Twitch stream on your blog. Use a smart editing and transcription tool like Descript, which lets you edit your video just like editing a Word document. Adding the transcription to your blog post is an easy way to incorporate keywords, so your post will be easier for people to find.

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6. Compile old videos

If you have multiple Twitch stream recordings, go through them and make a highlights reel or compilation. When you upload videos to Descript, for example, and get the transcriptions for them, you can do a keyword search of all the transcribed text. This lets you find any moments in your videos where you mentioned a certain word or topic, so you can pull those snippets out and edit them into a compilation.

7. Start an email campaign

Emails are an effective marketing strategy. If you already have an email list, send out your edited live stream recording to your subscribers. You can’t typically embed videos in emails, but you can add a thumbnail and link to the replay.

Watch (all) your live platforms grow

Reusing and repurposing Twitch streams frees up your time to focus on other important tasks. For example, use Restream Analytics to get valuable insights on all your streams and optimize according to what is working best. You can also focus on viewer engagement and chatting with your audience across multiple channels using Restream Chat.

When you don’t have to worry about being on camera, you can more easily reply and interact with your viewers. You can also work on setting goals as a streamer that help you improve and grow your channel.

Get the most from your valuable Twitch streams by reusing and repurposing the content for live streaming on all your other platforms!