Sunday, 16 July 2017

Looking Deeper at Stream

We've talked in the past about the shift from the wonderful Office 365 Video to the new fangled Microsoft Stream and concluded that although it's probably going to be a pain, it is probably going to be better.

As a trial I've worked through an example here of uploading a sample video to the site. Initially it shows a placeholder while it renders (the video file which was HD quality and 2:30 long took about 5 minutes to render and to create an automatic caption file).

Once uploading starts you can add the video to either a group or a channel or both. This means a video can belong to multiple different places - which will complicate things for people - but that said, you can just allocate it to one channel and being able to put it in many places does give a lot of flexibility.

When you edit the video you can add text (which is searchable - but that is way less important because now all the audio is transcribed and can be searched) to describe it.

You can set who can see it - in this case I have added it to a particular channel to make it easier for people to discover, but I've also set it so anyone can see it - so if they find it in a search they don't need to know the channel to look in - this is a big improvement on 365 Video.

The autogeneration of a caption file is a really big deal - see below. I had to do nothing to make that happen.

Similarly to 365 Video you can share the video but not outside the organisation - either by copying an address to it, or embedding it in a web page.

The resulting video is well rendered and plays well on mobile devices as well as the web. The transcription is not perfect - it certainly captures most of what I said in the video but quite a few words are changed. That said, this was instant and importantly...

... it is searchable. So after we upload all the existing videos as well as being able to search by the titles and descriptions, people will be able to search according to the computer generated transcriptions of all the footage. This one change is worth the work of swapping over alone.

1 comment:

  1. This looks fantastic!!! I cannot wait to try it out


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