Teams Real Simple with Pictures: Stream Video Chapters and getting them into Teams

Written: 08/05/2022 | Updated: N/A

Stream, or should I now say Stream on SharePoint? The last time I wrote on it was about the web app at stream.office.com which has now been available for some time. Since then, Mark Mroz and the team have been working on migration tools. They have also been working on the player and a ton of other things. Now, going back to that old marketing pitch, the point of Stream v2.0 was all about Stream becoming the video player for the whole Microsoft 365 ecosystem, as opposed to an app with it’s own dedicated storage. I don’t mind admitting I’m still kinda gutted about this because genuinely I thought the former experience was really really good whilst I also really felt for the team given they had to ice it and pivot to which I can only imagine the amount of pain involved. But I am endeavoring to be onboard with the new, and so when using Stream in my demo tenant a few days ago I saw that chapters had dropped. Chapters, which break up a video into sections and let you easily rewatch different parts, is one of the functionalities that the old version didn’t have and the kind of functionality which feels good. It’s part of a nice incremental development cadence which seems really well planned, so kudos again to the team

Let’s go.

This blog will cover

  • Chapters
  • Do Chapters work in Teams?
  • Notes

Prerequisites

  • Stream and SharePoint Licence (Within Microsoft 365 Licence)

CHAPTERS

1.) Log into https://login.microsoftonline.com

2.) In the address bar add https://stream.office.com and select

3.) We are now in the Stream web app. In this example I am going to upload a video instead of recording a Teams meeting. I select upload at the right hand side

4.) I select the file I want to upload

5.) Upload is in progress

6.) The file has uploaded, which has been uploaded to OneDrive for Business given that I have personally uploaded it. Hover over the video file and select the More Options (…) then Open. Open File Location will take you through to OneDrive where you may open it there

7.) Select Video Settings at the top right

8.) Swipe Chapters on

9.) This makes the chapter icon appear underneath the video settings.

10.) At this point, mark out the chapters, and the times the chapters will start. This can be on Notepad, in Excel, or something else

11.) Go to the first time in the video (In this case 1.59) Select the Chapter icon and then select New Chapter

12.) Add the Title of the Chapter and then select the tick icon

13.) Rinse and Repeat Steps 11 and 12 until all the chapters are complete

14.) Down the bottom of the video vertical lines on the timeline designate the chapters and hovering over the lines shows the title of the chapter

15.) The video will play at the time when you click on any one of the chapters

16.) You can freely edit any of the chapter titles by hovering over the chapter, selecting Edit (Pencil) and amending the title

17.) Selecting More Options (…) the chapters can be copied and pasted or all can be deleted

Our job here is done. This makes the video much more easier to navigate, extrapolate useful information and provides a rich video experience

DO CHAPTERS WORK IN TEAMS

Yes, the answer to this was using a SPO site, and then using the File Viewer web part (in this case linking to the file in OneDrive). By doing it this way the SPO site uses the Stream Player and so Chapters are visible as shown below. To note, they aren’t currently visible via the Files App (OneDrive) or using highlighted content, both of which doesn’t seem to use the Stream player, but another video player currently.

NOTES
Some notes from testing at the time of writing

  • Chapters appear when accessing the video through Stream web app, OneDrive or SharePoint where the Stream player is used. They do not show in Teams when accessing through Files (OneDrive), or via To Do and the Tasks App, but they do appear in SPO pages by using the File Viewer which uses the Stream Player. Highlighted content does not appear to use the Stream player
  • Each Chapter has to be added individually, there is no way currently to mass add them
  • Chapters function in full screen mode