Microsoft Stream: Record Your Screen, Upload Media, and Share with Others

Changes are coming to Microsoft Stream

Microsoft will be retiring the current Stream app known as Stream Classic on February 15th 2024, and will no longer be accessible. On May 15, 2023 users will no longer be able to upload to MS Stream Classic. The new Stream platform is known as Stream on SharePoint and is now available and built into OneDrive. Several new features have been added including virtual backgrounds, filters, images, and more. The videos uploaded to Microsoft Stream on Sharepoint will store in your OneDrive just like any other file and can be shared via the Share icon within SVSU or with external users. 


Microsoft Stream is an online video-sharing platform that allows registered students, faculty, and staff to view, create quick videos for up to 15 minutes, publish, and share videos within SVSU. You can record your entire screen or an application window with your camera and microphone.

Videos stored in MS Stream can be shared in multiple places internally with Microsoft 365 suite and Canvas if enabled, there is also commenting, closed captions, and more. 

Microsoft Stream is recommended for students. Students can record biographies, presentations, and other projects. 
Available for: Windows and Mac users.


Article Sections

What is Microsoft Stream?

Video Tutorials

How to use Microsoft Stream Classic - by an SVSU NEST Ambassador. NOTE: You will need to log in with your SVSU email and address to view the videos.
Video: Get Started with Microsoft Stream Classic - by Microsoft.

MS Stream Requirements and Limitations

Record in a Supported Browser.  Microsoft Edge (best experience) or Google Chrome (latest version) Update Google Chrome or download Google Chrome. Safari is not supported for recording screen content.
Record Screen Content. The maximum recording time is 15 minutes. 
Recording System Audio. Available for Windows users only, not available for Mac at this time.
Recording with a Webcam. This works when recording the entire screen, not an application window. 


How do I access Microsoft Stream Classic?

The Microsoft Stream via the app launcher (waffle) is now MS Stream on Sharepoint, the app has been enhanced and has new features that include virtual backgrounds, filters, images, and more. The videos uploaded to Microsoft Stream on Sharepoint will store in your OneDrive just like any other file and can be shared via the Share icon within SVSU or with external users. which is indefinite or with external users and only valid for 30 days. If you need more than 30 days, you would need to share the video on another video platform. 

Microsoft Stream on SharePoint is available in your 365 account

View the gray box above to learn what features are new with MS Stream (on SharePoint). 

A new Microsoft Stream will now be seen when logging into the Microsoft portal/site, accessed from the waffle menu while logged into your SVSU email or OneDrive

  1. Log into your email or OneDrive online using your browser.
  2. After you are logged in, you will see the Microsoft 365 app menu.
  3. Select Stream. You are redirected to the new Stream (on SharePoint).
  4. See recent videos and any that have been shared with you when you open the Stream app from the waffle menu (app launcher).
  5. ​​​​​You can change back to the Stream (Classic) by clicking on the click here link. (sample image below)

Access MS Stream Classic

What is new with Stream (on SharePoint):

There are many of the capabilities of Stream (Classic) with an addition of new features (see list below). Explore more Stream (on SharePoint) end user guides.

  • Stream on SharePoint start page features recent, shared and favorite videos. 
  • Record a video with your screen or yourself. The recording limit is 15 minutes. Additional features include:
    • Virtual backgrounds same as seen in Microsoft Teams
    • Add preset templates for filters, boards, and images. Add a script via the Teleprompter option or mirror  video.  
  • Users will be able to record and play videos directly in Microsoft apps such as Teams,, and more.
  • Upload video or audio files to SharePoint, automatically from Teams meetings, they store in OneDrive just like any other file and can be located in your Recordings folder.
  • Transcripts and closed captions are generated automatically for Teams meetings and new Stream recordings or media that is uploaded for the language spoken in an audio or video file. 
  • Add chapters manually for sections of your video. This allows users viewing your video to be redirected to the part of the audio/video file they want.
  • Add comments and collaborate, similar to any other Microsoft 365 document.
  • Add custom thumbnails, titles, and descriptions for your videos.
  • Share videos with others, not just inside SVSU. You can now include external email addresses, it's just like sharing a file from any Microsoft 365 app.
  • View and get analytics per video, all videos on a Sharepoint site, or what viewers are watching. 
  • Search by keywords for videos and Teams meeting recordings across Microsoft 365.

Important Note: MS Stream on Sharepoint currently doesn't have a video editor, you would need to download/upload your video and edit it on another platform:

  • Staff (non-academic):
    • Use Stream Classic
    • Adobe Premiere Rush
  • Faculty: (academic)
    • Echo360 (e.g., )
    • Adobe Premiere Rush (advanced editing)
  • Students:
    • Screencast-o-Matic
    • Adobe Express

If you are looking to use MS Stream Classic the remainder of the article shows you how to record, upload, and share with others in SVSU.

Prepare For Your Recording for MS Stream Classic

1. Prep your screen. Close unnecessary apps and programs running. Tidy up your desktop, and only keep open programs and windows you plan to show during your screen recording.
2. Turn off app notifications. Before you record your screen. Disable notifications, and close your email and any applications, and browser tabs that are open that you are not recording, etc.
3. External USB camera or microphone. If you're using a USB camera or microphone, ensure it's plugged in. If you wish to not include them in your video, unplug your camera or microphone.

Starting a Recording

Once logged into MS Stream, click "Create" (top menu bar) then select "Record Screen or video". You will see a preview of what your recording will look like with the default options. Your webcam is turned on by default.

MS Stream create a recording

Check Your Microphone and Webcam

Your microphone and webcam are turned on automatically. If you have multiple cameras or microphones, ensure the correct microphone or webcam is selected. Select the drop-down arrow to the right of the camera or microphone icon to select the correct device, or turn it off. After selecting your device options, click the red circle "Record" button.

When recording in your browser, if prompted you will need to grant permissions for MS Stream to use your camera or microphone. You will see a disclaimer each time you record, you can click the X to close the message.


Microsoft Stream Record Your Screen with callouts

Tips for Recording

1.    Check your microphone. Select your correct microphone before you start recording.
2.    Check your webcam. If you don't need to record yourself, turn off your webcam.
3.    Do a test recording. Do a 15-30 second narration test, playback your video to ensure the audio sounds good.
4.    Have a good pace. Don't go too fast with your speech or screen actions.
5.    Practice, Practice, Practice. If you can practice your recording, do it. Having a script or outline can help. 

Record and Share Your Screen

Clicking the recording button (red circle) opens a window asking what you want to record. Your screen or an application window. You must click the appropriate selection.

  • Your entire screen. If you have multiple monitors, click the preview of the screen you are recording.
  • Application window.  Allows you to choose a specific application window to record. Choosing this will prevent any pops up on your screen and won't appear in your video. 
  • System audio. To record system audio on your computer select the checkbox. This is not available on a Mac.
  • Click Share to start recording. A countdown timer will begin and you will see the time limit, remember you have up to 15 minutes to record.
Microsoft Stream Share your screen
Share system audio. This is only available for Windows users at this time.

Pause or Stop Your Recording

  • To pause, switch to the MS Stream tab in your browser and click the circle with vertical bars.
  • To resume, click the circle with the red dot
  • To finish, click "Next".
Microsoft Stream Pause your video

When recording your screen you will see a bottom banner that displays is sharing your screen. You can click on the "Stop Sharing" button which stops your recording.

Review the Recording

Watch and listen to your video. Click the "Play" button. If you don't like it you can re-record it. Select Record again. If you are happy with your video click "Next" to upload to MS Stream.

Microsoft Stream review your video

Video Name, Description, and Sharing Settings

In the Upload the Stream window, type in a short descriptive "Name" for your video, a "Description" (optional), choose the "Video Language" this will auto-generate a transcript.

The checkbox "Allow everyone in your company to view this video" is not enabled. If it's checked everyone at SVSU will be able to view your video. When finished, click "Publish"

Microsoft Stream Publish Video Settings
Not ready to publish your video? Click Save as a draft.
Need to download your video? Click Save video file.

Publishing Your Video (Draft) and Sharing Your Video

After your video is uploaded to MS Stream it is not published by default. Click Go to Video (shown in the sample image below). Your video opens for you to playback and review, share, or manage permissions.

Alternatively, you could open the video from your email notification.

Update Video Details. To view, a list of your video(s) click My Content > Videos you will see a pencil icon  (right of the screen) where you can update the video details
Video Access Permissions. Do not enable the checkbox "Allow everyone in your company to view this video" otherwise it will be open for all SVSU students and staff to view.

Edit Your Stream Recording

Need to trim your video? MS Stream can trim the beginning and end of your recording only.

Faculty/Staff only: Need to do more advanced editing? Download your video and use a video editor such as Adobe Premiere Rush; which is available through our Adobe licensing. Install the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app

Uploading Videos, Permissions, and How to Share

  • Before uploading, ensure your video(s) does not contain personal information about students or copy written material.
  • You can upload videos made in Echo360, Teams, Zoom, or other video capture tools to Microsoft Stream as long as you are the owner.
  • Depending on your upload speed, your upload times will vary.
  • You can decide who can watch your videos by setting various permissions whether that is for a specific individual(s), a Group, or everyone at SVSU.


If you recorded your content on another platform, you can upload your video to Microsoft Stream and set video permissions to be viewed by everyone with an SVSU account or you can limit the video viewing permissions. You are the owner of your videos and you control the permissions for watching (and modifying) your videos. Modifying permissions can be set for newly uploaded videos or existing ones.

The Share with drop-down menu provides permission options for your video such as:

  • People: Individuals that are allowed to view your video or modify (must be an owner). Click in the People box and enter a person's name or username click the search icon.
  • Channel: Individuals in a specific channel can view your video, including company-wide channels. 
  • My groups: Individuals in a specific group can view your video.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: If the group is public your private video is now public.
Uploading a Video? By default, you are the owner of the video and it is not shared with anyone. You must click on the Permissions tab to control (share) who can see your video. To allow viewing company-wide check the box "Allow everyone in your company to view this video."

Sharing with your instructor or a specific person?
 Type in the person's or username then click the search icon. Click "Apply" and select "Share". If you have not published your video the person or individuals' will not be able to view your video. 

Video Permissions - Allow everyone to view your video

Click the Permissions section then click the checkbox "Allow everyone in your company to view this video." All staff and registered students can view the video.

Allow everyone in your company to view this video.

An image: Microsoft Stream Permissions Allow everyone in your company

Video Permissions - Allow viewing to specific people

  • Click to the right of the People box.
  • Type in the username, last name, etc. then click the magnifying glass icon.
  • From the search results select the individual's name, the individual will have viewer permission to the video.
  • Do this for each individual you want to provide viewing permissions for your video.

Allow only specific people to view your video.

Stream Permissions Limited Individuals

Limiting Video Viewing to a Group

  • Select the drop-down menu, then choose My groups.
  • Click to the right of the Group box.
  • Type in the dept name or Teams class then click the Search icon. 
  • From the search results select as appropriate, all members in the group will have viewer permission to the video.
  • Do this for each group you want to provide viewing permissions for your video.

Video permissions for Group (Microsoft 365, Teams group)

Stream Permissions Limited Video Permission to a Group

Sharing your video in MS Stream

If you are the meeting organizer, Teams site owner, you can share the video with others this can be newly uploaded videos or existing videos. Click the three dots then click the Share icon. Choose how you want to share by Link, Email, or Embed see this helpful article "Share your video stored in Stream."

Edit or Download the Transcript of Recording in MS Stream

Transcripts from meeting recordings or uploaded media can be edited in a transcript window directly in MS Stream or transcripts can be downloaded offline from the Update video details page.

*Faculty and Staff Only

Make Your MS Stream Video Interactive

Watch this YouTube video by Microsoft on how to add a quiz or poll to a video stored in Stream. View documentation on how to add a survey, poll, or quiz to an MS Stream video.

Are you faculty and a current user of Echo360? If so, you can download your video from MS Stream and upload your video to Echo360 and utilize the engagement tools such as embedding media, polling in a video, or using the Active Learning Platform.
New to Echo360? Register for introductory training and find out more about Echo360's video hosting system and its integrated active learning components. 


MS Stream Help Resources

Use the following resources to manage, use, and modify your Microsoft Stream Channel. An asterisk symbol * indicates for faculty and staff only.

Need I.T. Help?

For additional assistance contact the I.T. Support Center by phone at (989) 964-4225 or email


Article ID: 130199
Mon 3/15/21 10:29 AM
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