Create a highlight


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When you create a live stream, highlights can help you share a shorter, edited version of the live stream while you’re streaming. How you create highlights depends on whether you use Live Control Room, Stream now, or Events.

Add a stream marker to easily make a highlight

To make creating highlights easier, you can insert stream markers  when something interesting happens while you’re live streaming. Then when you’re making a highlight in YouTube Editor, you’ll see stream markers on the timeline.

How to create a highlight

You can create a highlight while you’re streaming or edit it after you’re done streaming. If you’re streaming by yourself (like many gamers), you’ll probably insert a stream marker for reference, and then create a highlight after your stream ends. If you’re part of a team, you can easily create a highlight as you’re streaming.


  1. Open YouTube Studio.
  2. From the upper right, click Create and then Go live.
  3. Click Stream or Manage and start a stream.
  4. When something interesting happens, add a stream marker, tap Insert stream marker  from the top right.
  5. From the top, click Create highlight .
  6. Trim the video: Select what you want to highlight. You can drag the handlebars on the timeline or edit the timestamps. 
    Mute or unmute: Tap Mute .
  7. Enter a title, set the video’s privacy, and add a description.
  8. Click Create. Your video will automatically be published.
Stream now

When you use Stream now, we'll automatically detect your stream resolution and frame rate.

  1. After the stream starts, click Create Highlight below the player.
  2. Use the player timeline to set the clip start and end time with Get player time.
  3. Click Upload to process a highlight clip. You can create multiple highlight clips.  

When you schedule a live stream with Events, you can create highlights without enabling Archive recording.

  1. Create your Event and start streaming with the sync to preview feature enabled.
  2. Use the Preview Player timeline to mark the in and out points with Create Highlight, Set Start, and Set End.
  3. Click Upload to process a highlight clip. You can create multiple highlight clips.
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