Since the introduction of the new Stream at Ignite 2020, Microsoft has been busy releasing new video features on its Microsoft 365 ecosystem. Microsoft’s “Stream on SharePoint” is the official name of Stream as part of the M365 platform.
Stream on SharePoint gives users a very similar experience when working in M365. Users will upload videos just like any other file, and they are stored in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online. The image below shows how all videos in SharePoint will be considered Stream videos – giving users access to an enhanced video player, compliance capabilities, and many more video features.
Recently, we have noticed several new Microsoft Stream enhancements designed to ensure a better video experience. In this update, we highlight new General Availability features and explain how they benefit your day-to-day work.
1. Comment on a Video or Audio File in SharePoint and OneDrive
If you are currently using the comments feature on office documents, lists items, and SharePoint pages, then this feature extends the existing comments found in OneDrive and SharePoint Online but presents these comments with a new Office look and feel within the player. This feature allows users with view permissions to leave a comment, which is a default change in behavior (in terms of permissions for video and audio files).
2. View and Edit Video or Audio Title and Description
The ability to modify important properties will enable users with edit permissions to add and edit a title or description on their video or audio file. Viewers will be able to see this information along with non-editable fields like upload date, owner name, filename, and area path.
3. Change Video / Audio Custom Thumbnail
Video thumbnails allow the video owners to tell a video’s story without users playing it. The adding of a custom thumbnail feature enables users with edit permissions to change the default thumbnail on their video or audio by uploading an image or selecting a frame from the video. This custom thumbnail will be used throughout Microsoft 365 and will be seen in places like Office.com, the Stream home page, and the My Files tab on the SharePoint App bar.
4. Report a Playback Issue to Microsoft
The “report a playback issue” feature empowers users with Microsoft Feedback permissions to report technical issues to Microsoft on a video they’re playing. It also allows all users to access public help documentation about the video player from the same entry point. This will give users more peace of mind when they encounter buffering issues or an error message.
5. Generate Captions and Transcripts for a Video Uploaded to SharePoint and OneDrive
Generating captions and transcripts for a video is very important to video owners and users because they enhance video accessibility. Users with edit permissions to a video file uploaded to SharePoint and OneDrive can click a button in the player to automatically generate closed captions and a transcript in English.
6. Add or Edit Captions and Transcript for a Video in SharePoint or OneDrive
The video transcript can sometimes inaccurately transcript what was said during the video or recorded as text. To fix that, users with permissions can upload, download, and delete captions in the Web VTT file format for a video in SharePoint or OneDrive. This will enable you to edit transcript files generated by Teams’ live transcript or by Stream via downloading the file, editing in a text or VTT editor, and re-uploading it. The VTT file will be displayed as captions inside the video player and as a transcript in the transcript pane next to the video.
7. Add Chapters to Help Viewers Find the Right Part of a Video
Chapters – or a certain time point on the video – allow you to organize your video in an easy-to-follow format. For each chapter, you can specify a point in time in the video and give it a descriptive title that will appear in the table of contents side pane for the video (as well as on the video timeline). Users with edit access to a video uploaded to SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, and Yammer can now add chapters to help viewers identify information in the video.
Microsoft Stream on SharePoint will apply the video experience from Microsoft Stream across the Microsoft 365 Platform. In our next Stream post, we will guide you through the upcoming features set for release the second half of 2022. In the meantime, you can access the full Microsoft 365 Roadmap here.
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