Stream is Microsoft's video hosting platform that allows you to easily create, share, and interact with video content. In addition to uploading existing videos, you can create a screen recording presentation within Stream.

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: Create Your Video

In Stream, click "+ Create" and choose "Record Screen."

    Note: If prompted, be sure to allow Stream to access your video camera and microphone.

Decide if you want to include your video camera feed as part of the video. If you just want to record your screen and audio, you can disable the video camera by clicking on the webcam icon and choosing "Camera off."

Click the Record button to go to the next step.

Determine which part of your screen you'd like to record. You can record your entire desktop, a specific application window, or a specific browser tab. Once you've made your selection, click "Share."

The timer will count down from 3 seconds and then the recording will being. You'll see a running timer during your recoridng. There is a 15 minute time limit for recordings. When you are finished recording. click the Pause button to stop. Then click "Next."

Preview your recording. If you want to start over, you can click "Record again." If you are happy with your recording, click "Upload to Stream."

The upload process will begin. While your video is uploading, you can configure the settings. To see all of the available settings, click "Update video details." The recommended settings are as follows. 

Step 3: Customize Your Video Settings

The recommended video settings are:


  • Provide a name for your video recording.
  • 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.