So you’re watching your favorite streamer and you have to pause the stream for a few minutes to get some work done. But when you come back to the stream, you realize something major happened while you were away and everyone’s talking about it in chat.
Not wanting to miss out on the fun, you try to rewind the stream but for some reason, that doesn’t work.
We’ve all been there.
Twitch sadly, unlike other streaming platforms such as YouTube and Facebook Live, doesn’t officially let you rewind live streams.
There are some roundabout ways, however, that let you achieve this. Let’s check them out!
Most Twitch streamers nowadays have VODs enabled on their channel. VOD stands for Video On Demand and it’s a feature that allows streamers to save their streams as videos for their viewers to check out later.
The best part of this feature is that it saves these streams pretty quickly, even while they are still live!
Let’s say you’re watching a Livestream on Twitch right now. If the channel has the VOD feature enabled, you can access the same stream from the ‘Videos’ tab on the channel’s main page.
This will allow you to rewind the stream, like any other video. You could even watch it from the start if that’s what you want.
Note: These videos don’t stay up on the channel’s main page forever though. They get removed after 14 days.
The clip feature on Twitch lets you create and publish a short clip of the live stream. But this feature is also used by many viewers to rewind a live stream.
To access this feature, click on the ‘movie’ icon on the lower right-hand corner of the stream.
This will open a new page where you can scrub through 1 minute and 30 seconds of the previous footage.
At this point, you can also save this short clip so you can watch it later.
Note: Some channels don’t allow this feature on their channel so this method will not work in those cases. Also, you should be logged in to your Twitch account to use this feature.
Okay, admittedly, this third method may not be for everyone. But if you are feeling adventurous, and the other methods that we discussed didn’t work for you then this might be worth checking out. It involves using a program called ‘MPV’.
MPV is a powerful media player that also lets you stream videos and live broadcasts from Twitch and Youtube. It is designed to be used from the command line, however. So, if you’re not that familiar with the command line, this might seem a little daunting to you but it’s actually pretty simple.
First, you should have MPV installed on your computer. You can get detailed information on how to do this on your operating system here.
Once you’ve done that, fire up the Terminal (on Linux and macOS) or Command Prompt (on Windows), type in ‘MPV’, and hit enter. If the installation was successful, you’ll get a message printed out like this one.
All this does is, state the version of MPV you have downloaded on your computer and gives you instructions on how to use it.
Great job! You have now installed MPV on your computer.
Now to use MPV to stream live broadcasts directly from Twitch, we need to first grab the link of the stream. So go ahead and do that.
Once you’ve got the link copied to your clipboard, go back to your terminal or your command prompt and type in “MPV <link>” where ‘<link>’ is the link to the stream. Make sure you type the link in quotes. Once you hit enter, you will find the stream playing, on your desktop, through MPV.
You can now rewind the stream upto the point where it was when you executed the ‘MPV <link>’ command. You can also pause the stream and resume it from where you left off, all features you wouldn’t have been able to on Twitch’s web player.
We hope this guide has helped you out. Rewinding streams on Twitch is sadly something we don’t have a straightforward solution to as of now.
But given the fact that other major streaming platforms allow this and have allowed this for a while, we know that it is certainly possible to do, and it wouldn’t be totally crazy to assume that Twitch will soon implement it.
Until then we’ll just have to make do with what we have. Happy Streaming!