Video Streaming

Online Instructions for Microsoft Stream

Information Services is in the process of implementing Microsoft Stream for faculty, staff, and student use. Please understand that we are in the early stages of this implementation and will try to support as best as we can. Please refer to IS Support of Microsoft Stream for additional information on what is currently supported/available.


Introduction

Information Services has recently introduced Microsoft Stream as a way for the College to upload and share self-created videos internally. Review our documentation below for more information on Microsoft Stream.

What is Microsoft Stream?

Microsoft Stream is a secure platform where students, faculty, and staff can upload, view, and share videos within the College. Like other video sharing services you can also like, share, comment, tag timecodes, and more. Explore the world of Microsoft Stream by reviewing Microsoft’s What is Microsoft Stream? page.

How to Access Stream at K

There are a few ways to access Microsoft Stream, feel free to choose the best method that works for you! You’ll just need to use your Kalamazoo College email (FirstName.LastName@kzoo.edu) and then enter your password to get logged in

Office 365

Log into Office.com with your long form Kalamazoo College email and select the Stream app or log in directly at:

Mobile

Note: The iOS and Android apps do not provide full Stream settings. To adjust permissions, set channels, and more please log in through Office.com.

How to Use Microsoft Stream

If you have never used Stream watch the set of quick videos below and refer to the specific Microsoft documentation on this page. Additionally, please keep in mind that Kalamazoo College may not have full access to certain add-ons mentioned in some of Microsoft’s videos.

For more Information Services videos visit the Tech Talk channel on Microsoft Stream.

Groups and Channels

Groups

What is a Group?

A group in Microsoft Stream is an Office 365 group that comes with an email address, calendar, site, etc. Groups can serve as a way to organize videos and to control access to videos. They both have owners and members.

  • Each group gets its own mini video portal, with a highlights page showing trending and new content within the group.
  • Further organize your group’s videos by creating channels within the group.
  • Put a video into one or several groups to help viewers find it more easily.

How do I find my group?

To locate your group simply click on the search button and start typing your group name.

If you don’t remember your group name you can:

  1. Select the Discover tab
  2. Select Groups
  3. Scroll through the groups to find yours
    Note: Use the sort by drop down to arrange the group list by name!

Should I create a group in Stream?

We do not recommend creating or managing a group from Microsoft Stream but instead through OneDrive, or Microsoft Teams.

What many users don’t know is that “when you make a group in Microsoft Stream, it creates a new Office 365 Group that can be used across Office 365, giving the group an email address, calendar, site, etc. If you already use Office 365 Groups in your organization, you can start using those groups in Microsoft Stream right away.”

Warning

Additionally, Microsoft warns that “Deleting a group in Stream will delete the Office 365 group and remove connections to any videos in the group, but the videos will remain on Microsoft Stream. Since a group in Stream is also an Office 365 group, it will also delete all information and data related to the group from Microsoft Teams, Sharepoint, Outlook and other applications, including group files, messages and tasks, etc.

Adapted from Microsoft’s, Groups and channel settings in Microsoft Stream page.

Channels

What is a Channel?

Channels are an organization method for videos, but not a permission method. Channels don’t have any permissions on their own. If viewers follow your channel, they can get updates on new videos added to it. You can put a video into one or several channels to help viewers find it more easily.

When you create a channel, you decide whether it’s a companywide channel that anyone in your organization can add and remove videos from, or if it’s a group channel where you can limit contributors.

Companywide channels are great for organizing videos by topics and providing a way for community-driven content curation.

Characteristics of companywide channels:
  • Can be seen by everyone within your company.
  • Everyone within your company can add videos or remove videos from them.
  • Only the creator of the channel (and Stream admin) can edit the channel itself.
  • Only videos that have Allow everyone in your company to view this video checked can be added to companywide channels.
Group Channels

Groups channels are great for adding further organization of videos within a group and when you want to determine who can see and who can upload videos to a channel.

Characteristics of group channels:

  • Inherits the permissions from the group they are contained in.
  • All contributors to a group can create channels, add videos to them, remove videos from them, and edit settings about the channel.

How can I create a channel?

Refer to Create channels in Microsoft Stream documentation to learn how to create a channel.

Adapted from Microsoft’s, Groups and channel settings in Microsoft Stream page.

Sharing your Videos

View the specific videos below for more information on sharing through Stream at K.

Managing your Content

Review the list below to understand how to manage your Microsoft Stream content:

Understanding Microsoft Stream Permissions

Do you need help understanding how to limit permissions on who views your video? View the following documentation on permissions:

IS Support of Microsoft Stream

What we Support

Questions on:

  • Channels
  • People
  • Groups
  • Video
  • Watchlist
  • Recycle Bin

Unavailable at this Time

  • Live Event
  • Sharing via Yammer

Other Video Streaming Resources

Media Services manages College YouTube and Vimeo channels. These are useful for video content that needs to be distributed to an external audience via direct link or embedded on a web page or social media. Contact kmedia@kzoo.edu for information.

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