Video Producer

Three types of broadcasts: Live, Rerun, Premiere

Update Aug 31, 2018: Reruns and Premieres will only be available to Affiliates and Partners, starting September 14.

Using Video Producer to handle muted VODs

An underreported feature in Video Producer is the ability to inspect mute reports for your VODs. You can also appeal mutes there.

Check out the link for all the info, it’s actually pretty cool.

Using the Video Producer interface

The Video Producer interface

The interface can be found at https://twitch.tv/broadcast/manager/past_broadcasts. This is what you should use for queuing up videos as the interface has far more information than the dashboard’s.

Using the dashboard interface

Go to your dashboard and look under Video Broadcast. Hit Add Videos.

Dashboard screenshot showing the “Add Videos“ menu
The extremely Spartan UI for the Video Producer.

Two things stick out like sore thumbs here:

  1. You get no metainfo about whatever show up in your list of available videos
    • I’ve got two videos of my DEFCON playthrough, but I can’t tell which is an Upload and which is a Highlight
    • All I can go by are the title and thumbnail, and if both were the same, I’d literally have no idea which is which
    • Make a habit of checking the metadata and thumbnails for your old videos to make Reruns easier for you in the future
  2. No scheduling features; they seriously want people to do this manually every time?

Premieres can be scheduled once you’ve started uploading them, however. Furthermore:

We want every new video to get an exciting debut, which is why setting up a Premiere is a part of the new video publishing flow. That being said, if you want your video to be available as soon as possible, you can schedule your Premiere to be at the earliest half-hour increment after your video finishes uploading. For example, if your video finishes uploading at 12:22pm, you can schedule your Premiere for 12:30pm.

You’re SOL with Reruns.

Dashboard screenshot showing video queue for a Rerun
This is what the dash looks like once you queue up your Rerun.
Dashboard warning saying you will not be able to rearrange the video queue once the Rerun goes live
You get this warning when you hit Start Rerun.
Dashboard screenshot showing the dashboard when streaming a Rerun. Includes a “Stop Rerun“ button
Your dash looks like once your broadcast is live.

You can stop your Rerun; remember you can’t go live while you’re broadcasting Reruns and Premieres. Which makes a lack of scheduling all the more frustrating.

The stream presentation once the Rerun is live. You can only tell by the top left info
This is what the dash looks like once your broadcast is live.
Rerun VOD is now in “Past Broadcasts”
Once it’s run its course, your Rerun will be archived under Past Broadcasts.
Other past video categories besides “Past Broadcasts“ are “Past Premieres”, “Highlights”, and “Uploads”
The other video categories besides Past Broadcasts for Reruns.

I’m assuming Uploads is just a legacy category now.

Premieres

Upload interface for Premieres
Fields and options for a Premiere

A Premiere is only a single video; you can’t make a VODcast-like playlist as you can with Reruns.

Like on YouTube, you can only edit your videos once they’re finished uploading.

Make sure the timezone is correct when you set the date.

Unlike YouTube, which takes 1280×720 thumbnails in PNG, Twitch prefers 676×380, smaller than 1MB, and only JPG. Weird. I just gave it my 1280×720 YouTube thumbnail converted to JPG.

And this is what your Premiere looks like in the Dashboard:

Your Premiere and a countdown in the Dashboard

You can adjust the duration of the countdown:

Countdown duration options in the Dashboard

Not the smoothest experience, and it took me forever to upload the video. No idea why Twitch is so slow compared to YouTube.

Uploads

In this half-baked interface, you can also use the equivalent of the old Uploads by using the drop-down and selecting Publish without Premiere:

A drop-down showing “Publish without Premiere”
“Do you want to publish this video without a Premiere?”

And you’ll get the same interface for filling out all your information as you did with Premieres—except the scheduling detail, of course, since there isn’t any.

To keep you on your toes, this type of video lists a maximum thumbnail resolution of 1280×720 which is sensible, except it’s not what they say about Premiere thumbnails.

NB: Make sure you hit Finish cropping, or the thumbnail will not be uploaded when you finish editing the video.

Another delightful thing Twitch does is process your videos out of the order you uploaded them in, so I would urge you to let one upload finish at a time before you queue up the next one. This obviously flies in the face of literally every sensible workflow, on top of the fact that Twitch only seems capable of uploading with a speed of 0.5 Mbps.

Scheduling VOD streams with Restream.io’s Scheduler

You can also give Restream.io’s Scheduler a shot; that way you’ll also be able to stream to multiple video platforms simultaneously.

Archival and preserving your streams

Check out the archival guide—which still needs a rewrite after all these dumb changes.

Further reading