Short video content has taken over social media in the past few years, and TikTok has played a huge part. Twitch has also exploded in popularity since the beginning of 2020, where top moments are captured in Clips, audience-generated bits of streaming video that run under 30 seconds long.
TikTok is the perfect place to grow your own Twitch channel or share the best moments from your favorite streamer. Twitch itself doesn’t allow you to download your own Twitch Clips or any Clips made by other users, but it only takes a couple minutes to share them on TikTok using free, online software. Here’s how:
- Copy the Twitch Clip’s link
- Edit and download using Kapwing
- Post it on TikTok
Step 1: Copy the Twitch Clip’s Link
Start by finding the Twitch Clip you want to turn into a TikTok video. You can find clips of your favorite streamers by going to their profiles, then scrolling down to Popular Clips, where all clips made from their stress are listed in order of view count. You can also find all the clips you made yourself by clicking your profile picture in the top right, selecting Creator Dashboard, clicking Content in the left menu, then Clips.
When you’re watching a clip, copy the link in the URL bar at the top of your window or click the Copy to Clipboard button on the right of the sharing options above the clip.
Step 2: Edit and Download Using Kapwing
To save the Twitch clip as an MP4 file that you can post on TikTok, head to Kapwing.com in your browser on any device and use the Start Editing button to enter the Kapwing Studio. Here, paste the link you copied from Twitch into the URL bar and the clip will upload to the Studio in just a few seconds.
Twitch clips have an aspect ratio of 16:9, while TikTok videos are displayed in 9:16, so I recommend reformatting it to fit the 9:16 frame. Select Lock Ratio in the menu on the right, then deselect the video layer by clicking outside of the frame and choose 9:16 under Output Options. This will add bars to the top and bottom of your 16:9 video.
To make the most of TikTok’s 9:16 frame, I recommend splitting the video layer into 2 sections, with gameplay (or whatever the streamer is doing) on top, and the streamer view on bottom. Select the video layer, copy it, then choose Crop from the video editing menu. Here, crop the video so it only includes the streamer view itself, then arrange this layer on the canvas – most people place it directly below their gameplay layer.
Crop the original video layer to include just the gameplay frame and position it where you want. In this case, I’m putting it on top of the streamer view. I’m going to add a geometric background as well, by selecting the Images tool and searching for “geometric wallpaper.” Now that everything is ready, click Export Video and give Kapwing a minute or so to process your edited Twitch clip. Once it’s ready, save it to your files with the Download button.
Step 3: Post It on TikTok
Now that you’ve saved your Twitch clip as a 9:16 video, you can post it to TikTok. If you downloaded it on your phone, you’re ready to go, but if you saved it to your computer, you should move it to your phone via Airdrop, Google Drive, email, or any method that works for you.
Now, either use your video's Share options to send it straight to TikTok, or open TikTok on your phone and go to the video creation tool at the middle of the bottom menu. Here, select the Upload option in the bottom right and select the Twitch Clip you saved from Kapwing. Make any additional edits you want to make, then share your video with the world!
I hope this article helps you spread your favorite Twitch moments to the expansive world of TikTok. If you’re interested in more tips and tutorials on creating great digital content in 2021, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel or read through some related articles on Twitch and TikTok: