How to Record Twitch Streams On Your PC

In this day and age, people tend to be pretty busy and don’t always have the time to kick back and watch their favorite Twitch streamer scream at their favorite games. What often happens is you miss the shenanigans and hijinks Twitch streamers get themselves into. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could record Twitch streams on your PC for later viewing? Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways to do, both paid for and free, but let’s focus on the easier ones to use that are also easy on your wallet.

However, a quick note: it isn’t entirely clear the legalities of recording a Twitch stream. Chances are since it’s someone else’s stream, aiming to record their Twitch stream with the intention of uploading it to another website–that isn’t theirs–is considered against Twitch’s guidelines. And really, you shouldn’t be stealing someone else’s Twitch stream for your own benefit. Make your own.

With that being said, recording your Twitch streams for uploading on other platforms, like YouTube, is totally within your power. All you’re doing is double dipping into views and there’s nothing wrong with, in fact, you should be spreading your videos to different audiences where you can, considering not everyone tunes into your Twitch stream.

So, how does one record a Twitch stream on their PC? It’s a lot easier than one might think and, depending on your choice, can leave your wallet full of money.

Use OBS Studio to Record Twitch Streams

How would you like to use an open source program–which means it’s open to extensions to enhance its interface–that’s easy to use, easy to install, saves great quality videos and is free to use? You do? Well, then Open Broadcaster Software Studio is your tool.

Open Broadcaster Software Studio, or what’s it better known as “OBS,” is an open source screen capture software that can record your Twitch streams, even create a link to Twitch. It’s free to use and download and comes with the essential tools needed to capture any of your Twitch streams.

With that being said, OBS does have a negative tick against it and that’s due to the lack of editing tools. However, that won’t matter as much if you have editing software already or pick yourself up editing software that’s free to use–there’s plenty of those lying around. But for the sake of recording Twitch streams on your PC, OBS is absolutely perfect to use and easy to boot.

Installing OBS Studio

OBS Studio is still getting updates to this day. Not only that, but it’s also very accommodating to the operating system you’re using, supporting Windows, MacOS as well as Linux. To start installing OBS Studio, start by:

1. Open up your preferred web browser and make your way over to OBS Project website.

downloader installer

2. At the top right corner of the page, click on the Download tab. You can download OBS Studio from several different sources, but first click on the logo of the operating system you own, whether it’s Windows, MacOS or Linux.

3. Below the logos, you’ll see the different sources available. Choose the source you want to download OBS Studio from. If you’re using Windows, make sure you choose the right “bit” your operating system is. If you’re using 32-bit Windows, then you choose 32-bit and if it’s 64-bit Windows, you choose 64-bit.

4. When the download is finished, open in by clicking on the small arrow at the bottom of your browser. In the menu, choose Show in Folder.

OBS Studio’s setup.exe file

5. Double click OBS Studio’s setup.exe file and, when prompted, click Run to start the installation process.

Realsense Source

6. Follow the installation wizard but when you get to Choose Components, click Install. If you plan on using Intel’s RealSense technology, make sure Plugins and, by extension, Realsense Source has a nice green checkmark next to it. Then click Install. Leave the installation wizard alone while it installs OBS Studio.

RealSense

7. If you chose to include RealSense in the installation of OBS, you’ll get an additional installation wizard to run through.

What is RealSense?

Intel has a line of webcams that uses RealSense technology, coupled with a depth sensing technology and infrared. It scans for people and uses the depth sensor to outline a person and removes the background almost seamlessly. It’s essentially green screen technology without the use of a green screen.

Linking Twitch with OBS Studio

1. First, open up your preferred web browser and head on over to Twitch’s homepage. Log in with your Twitch account and, when redirected, click on your profile picture in the top right corner of the page. In the drop down menu, click Settings. It’s near the bottom of the menu.

2. At the top of the interface, click Channels and Videos. At the very top of the menu, you’ll see your stream key. Keep that handy because you may need it shortly.

3. Now, locate and launch OBS Studio. You’ll find a shortcut on your desktop by default.

4. In the very bottom right corner of the program, click Settings. You’ll find it above Exit and below Studio Mode.

Show confirmation dialog when starting streams

5. Now, before you link Twitch, click General on the left hand panel. You should consider enabling some quality of life changes under the “Output” section in your General settings–completely optional, of course–but options such as:

  • Show confirmation dialog when starting streams.
  • Show confirmation dialog when stopping streams.
  • Automatically record when streaming.

Use Stream Key

5. On the left hand side, click Stream. You can connect your account or use your steam key. If you choose Connect Account (optional), then you won’t need your stream key because it will be automatically linked. If you use your stream key, you’ll have to head back over to Twitch and copy your stream key and paste it, but first clicking Use Stream Key.

Getting OBS Studio Ready for Streaming

Now that Twitch has been linked to OBS Studio, you can start streaming as soons as you’ve added sources. After all, how are people going to see your screen if you have added it as a source, silly?

Display Capture

1. Start by moving to the “Sources” section in the lower left corner of OBS Studio. Click “+” and when the menu appears, click Display Capture. It’s up to you to decide on a name for the source. Afterwards, click OK.

Audio Input Capture

2. Click “+” again and when the menu appears, click Audio Input Capture. Give it a name, then click OK.

3. Now, for your audio input’s properties, click Device and, in the drop down menu, choose your audio input device, which is usually your mic.

Now you’re all set to stream and or stream and record. Here’s how:

Start Streaming

4. Click Start Recording and then Start Streaming located in the bottom right corner of OBS Studio. After a few moments, head over to Twitch and you’ll see that you’re LIVE and ready to go.

Show Recordings

5. To find the Twitch streams you’ve recording, click File in the top left corner of OBS Studio. In the drop down menu, click Show Recordings. You’ll immediately get redirected to the folder containing your recordings.

Bottom Line

What makes OBS Studio the ideal software for recording Twitch streams is it can be used to record your streams and others, just in case you want to catch up on streams you’re going to miss. After all, not every streaming catalogs their previous streams

With that being said, if you do plan on capturing another Twitch streamers stream, you should definitely ask for permission beforehand.