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How To Turn Twitch Clips Into YouTube Shorts

YouTube Shorts. 

This past year, YouTube Shorts completely reshaped the landscape of vertical short videos by generating astonishingly high view counts and revenue for content creators. Twitch's popularity has also skyrocketed over the past few years, and the Clips feature on the platform is excellent for the sharing of brief videos. Clips are pieces of user-generated streaming video that are thirty seconds in length.

Twitch does not allow users to download their own Twitch Clips or Clips created by other users; however, it only takes a few minutes to convert them into Shorts using free online software. Twitch Clips can be viewed on Twitch at any time. The following is how:

  • Copy the Twitch Clip’s link
  • Utilizing Kapwing to both download and Editing 
  • Publish it as a YouTube short

Step 1: Copy the Twitch Clip’s link

Screenshots showing two places to find Clips on Twitch. Locate the clip from Twitch that you would like to have converted into a video for TikTok. You can find clips of your favorite streamers by going to their profiles and scrolling down to the section labeled "Popular Clips." This section lists all of the streamer's clips in the order of the number of views each clip has received. You can also find all of your own clips by clicking the picture of your profile that is located in the upper-right corner of the screen, selecting Creator Dashboard from the drop-down menu that appears, clicking Content from the menu that appears on the left, and finally selecting Clips.

A screenshot showing how to copy the link to a Twitch Clip.

While you are watching a video, you can either copy the link from the URL bar at the top of your window or click the Copy to Clipboard button, which is located to the right of the sharing options above the clip.

Step 2: Utilizing Kapwing to both download and Editing

You can enter the Kapwing Studio on any device by navigating to Kapwing.com and clicking the Start Editing button. This will allow you to save the Twitch clip as an MP4 file, which can then be uploaded to YouTube as a YouTube Short. Simply copy the link from Twitch and paste it into the URL bar on this page, and the video will immediately begin uploading to the Studio timeline and canvas.

A screenshot showing how to resize a video to 9:16 in the Kapwing Studio.

Twitch clips have an aspect ratio of 16:9, while YouTube Shorts require a vertical aspect ratio of 9:16, which is also used for TikTok and Instagram Reels. After selecting Lock Ratio from the menu located on the right, deselect the video layer by clicking anywhere outside the frame, and finally, go to the Output Options menu and choose 9:16 as the aspect ratio. This will result in your 16:9 video having black bars added at the top and bottom.

A screenshot showing how to arrange video layers in the Kapwing Studio.

To make the most of the 9:16 YouTube Shorts frame, you should separate the video layer into two sections, with the gameplay (or whatever the streamer is doing) on top and the streamer view on the bottom. This will allow you to get the most out of the available space. It is recommended that you make a copy of the video layer before choosing Crop from the video editing menu. When you get to this part of the process, crop the video so that it only shows the view from the streamer's perspective, and then arrange this layer on the canvas so that it is directly below the gameplay layer.

A screenshot showing how to add a background to a Twitch Clip in the Kapwing Studio.

Reduce the size of the primary video layer so that it only contains the gameplay image, and then position it in the desired location. In this particular case, I will position it so that it is visible above the streamer view. I will also add a geometric background by using the Images tool to search for "geometric wallpaper." This will allow me to add a background with a geometric pattern. When you are finished editing your Twitch clip, click the Export Video button, and give Kapwing about a minute to process it. Once it is ready, you can save it to your files by clicking the Download button once it is displayed.

A screenshot of the Kapwing download page.

Step 3: Publish it as a YouTube short

You are able to upload your video from Twitch to YouTube as a Short after first converting it to a 9:16-minute clip. YouTube Shorts can only be uploaded through the YouTube mobile app, so if you already have that app installed on your phone, you are good to go in terms of uploading YouTube Shorts. If, on the other hand, you saved it to your computer, you need to send it to your phone using either Airdrop, Google Drive, email, or any other method that is appropriate.

3 screenshots showing how to share videos as YouTube Shorts in the YouTube mobile app.

Now, launch the YouTube mobile app on your phone, tap the plus sign located in the middle of the bottom toolbar, and select Create a Short from the menu that appears. To find the video that was downloaded from Kapwing, use the upload option that is located to the left of the recording button. After making any necessary alterations, you can click the Next button to add a title, change the settings for its privacy and audience, and then publish it as a Short.

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