Stream is Microsoft's video hosting platform that allows you to easily create, share, and interact with video content. Similar to YouTube, videos are typically created outside of Microsoft Stream and then uploaded to the video hosting platform for sharing purposes.

This article will demonstrate how you can upload an existing video file and then share the video with your professor or peers.

Step 1: Accessing Stream

Stream is part of the Office 365 suite available to all KU faculty, staff, and students. To access Stream, navigate to and login with your KU email address and password. 

Note: You will initially enter your email address on Microsoft's login screen. Once you've entered your full email address (including, you will be redirected to the KU login screen.

Select Stream from the list of available apps. If Stream does not appear in the main list, click "All apps" to view the full list.

Step 2: Uploading Your Video

In Stream, click "+ Create" in the navigation bar at the top of the page and choose "Upload video."

Drag the video file that you want to upload into the upload area or click "Browse" to locate the file on your computer.

The video will begin to upload. You will be able to adjust the "Details," "Permissions," and "Options" while the upload processes. 

Step 3: Customize Your Video Settings

Be sure to adjust the "Details," "Permissions," and "Options" as appropriate before publishing. The recommend settings are listed below.


  • The name of the video will auto-populate based on your video file name. Adjust if necessary. 
  • Add a description, if desired, about the video. 
  • You can adjust the thumbnail for the video or upload your own.


By default videos will be private and only accessible if shared directly with an individual or via a link (next step).

"Allow everyone in your company to view this video" is NOT recommended.


  • Determine if viewers should have the ability to comment on your video. This resembles YouTube commenting. Please check with your instructor if commenting is required or recommended for your assignment.
    • If enabled, commenting will be available to anyone that has access to the video (direct share, all of KU, or share link).
  • It is recommended that you use the option to generate a caption file. This will allow visually impaired individuals equal access to your video.

Step 4: Share Your Video

Click the "Share" button to get the link to your video.

Copy the "Direct link to video." Then click "Close."

Step 5: Publish Your Video

This is an important step. If you do not publish your video, the link will NOT work. Click "Publish" to publish your video with the configured settings and permissions.

Step 6: Submit Your Video

This final step will vary depending on your assignment instructions. 

Please check with your professor to see where you should submit your video link for review. Common areas include the D2L Assignment folder or D2L Discussion area. This link can also be shared via email or anywhere that accepts hyperlinks.