Office 365 Video Quick Start

Office 365 Video is an intranet portal where people in your organization can post and view videos.

With Office 365 Video, you can:

  • Upload and share videos.

  • Find and watch videos shared by other people in your organization.

  • Create and manage video channels.

Office 365 Video with several videos uploaded

You don't need to install any software on your computer or device to use Office 365 Video. Connect through your web browser, on any platform or device.

  1. Sign in to Office 365 using your work or school account.

  2. On the Office 365 home page, select the Video tile, or select Video in the app launcher App Launcher at the top of the browser window.

If you need help signing in, see Where to sign in to Office 365.

Screenshot of the App Pane with the Video tile active.

Watch a video

  1. Sign in to Office 365 Video.

  2. To locate a specific channel or video:

    • Select Channels, and then a specific channel.

    • Select Search search and then enter the channel or video information in the search box.

  3. Select the thumbnail of the video you want to watch.

Note: You might need to install Adobe Flash to play videos on some browser/device combinations. You can install Adobe Flash from here.

Screenshot of the Office 365 Video home page.
Create a channel
  1. Select Channels.

  2. Select + New Channel.

  3. In the Start a new channel pane:

    • Type a name for the channel, in the Give it a name box.

    • Select the color you want to appear in the channel header and next to the channel name in the directory.

    • Select Create.

Note: You have to have channel admin permission to create a channel. By default, everyone in your organization has channel admin permission.

Screenshot of the Start A New Channel pane.
Upload a video
  1. Select Upload on the menu bar.

  2. Select the channel you want to upload the video to in the Select a channel box.

  3. To upload your video:

    • Drag the video file from File Explorer to the Select videos to upload or drag files here area.

    • Click in the Select videos to upload or drag files here area, select a video in the Choose File to Upload dialog box, and then select Open.

  4. While the video is uploading, enter or modify the video title in the Title box and enter an optional description.

  5. Select Go to video to view your video after the upload is complete.

For information about the types of files you can upload, see Video formats that work in Office 365 Video.

Screenshot of the Uploading screen showing the  title, description, and upload progress for a video.

Choose the thumbnail image for a video

  1. Select a video, and pause the video playback if you want.

  2. Select Manage.

  3. Select Thumbnail.

  4. In the Choose a thumbnail pane, select the thumbnail you want to use, or select Upload an image if you want to use an existing image file as the thumbnail.

  5. Close the Choose a thumbnail pane.

Note: It might take several minutes for the new thumbnail to appear to other Office 365 Video users.

Screenshot of the Choose A Thumbnail pane.

Add subtitles or captions to a video

You can display a transcript of the audio portion of a video below the video by linking a Web Video Text Track (.vtt) file to the video.

  1. Display the video page, and pause the video playback if you want.

  2. Select Manage on the menu bar, and then select Subtitles or captions.

  3. In the Subtitles or captions pane, select Upload a new file.

  4. Select the language of the video text track file that you're going to upload, and then select Upload.

  5. Locate and select the VTT file, and then select Open.

Note: At this time, the use of WebVTT subtitles or captions, as used in Office 365 Video, are not supported by the native iOS video player. As a result, subtitles or captions will not appear on iOS devices.

Screenshot of the Closed Captioning menu for a video in Office 365 Video.

Associate people with a video

  1. Select a video, and pause the video playback if you want.

  2. Select Associate People Office 365 Video Associate People Button in the People related to this video section.

  3. In the People related to this video pane, type the name of the person you want to add, and select the person's name from the list.

  4. Select Save.

Associate a video with a person in your organization.

Spotlight a video

If you have administrative permissions for a channel, you can spotlight up to five videos on the channel home page.

  1. Go the channel page you want to change.

  2. Select Channel Settings.

  3. Select Spotlight in the left pane.

  4. For each video that you want to spotlight:

    • Select the spotlight tile you want to manage.

    • In the window that opens, select the video you want to display on the spotlight tile, and then select OK.

  5. Select Save.

  6. Select Back to channel Back to return to the channel home page.

For more information, see Spotlighting videos and channels on the Office 365 Video portal home page and Spotlighting videos in a channel.

Screenshot of a channel home page with five spotlighted videos.

Share videos with others

  • Embed an Office 365 video on your site - For more information, see Embed an Office 365 Video on your site.

  • Post to Yammer - If your organization uses Yammer, you can post to Yammer about a video while you're watching it, and your post will automatically include a link to the video that you're watching. For information about using Yammer, see Say hello to Yammer.

  • Send a link to a video in an email - To get a link for a video, select the video in Office 365 Video, and then copy the URL from the browser address bar.

People you notify about a video will be able to see it if they have permission to view the channel it's in. For information about channel permissions, see Changing channel permissions in Create and manage a channel in Office 365 Video.

Screenshot of the sharing options on a video page.
Delete a video
  1. Select a video, and pause the video playback if you want.

  2. Select Delete on the menu bar.

  3. Select Delete in the Delete Video dialog box.

Note: Deleted videos are retained in the SharePoint recycle bin for 30 days.

Screenshot of a video page with the Delete command active.
Get help with Office 365 Video
  1. Select ?.

  2. Select Tell me what you want to do and type what you want help with.

  3. Select a topic from the search results. 

Screenshot of the Office 365 Video Help pane displaying search results for Upload.

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