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Office 365 Video Part II – Advanced Features

Jul 29, 2016 by Emma Robinson

Earlier this month, we took a look at Office 365 Video, and went through some of the basic steps to get started such as uploading videos, adding channels and setting up permissions. In this next installment, we take a look at some of the more advanced features available in the tool, including adding thumbnails to videos, embedding videos in SharePoint sites and reviewing analytics on how your users are engaging with your video content.
How to add thumbnails to videos
On the video player page for your chosen video, click on ‘Manage’ and then ‘Thumbnail’.
Video thumbnail
You can choose a thumbnail from the images that are already available, or choose a new image to upload.
thumbnail image
It may take several minutes for the new thumbnail to show in the portal.
How to add subtitles 
This feature is extremely useful for organisations that operate in different locations, and communicate in different languages, as you could upload the same video multiple times with different subtitles.
Select the video which you would like to add subtitles to. Click ‘Manage’ in the top navigation bar, then ‘Subtitles or captions’.
The option to upload these files will appear on the right-hand side.
side option
You can upload your file here. Where you click ‘upload a new file’ you will able to select the language that your subtitles or captions are in.
video language
Once you have chosen, upload your subtitle file, and your viewers should see the subtitles or captions when they next watch the video.
Embed your videos into SharePoint sites
First, go to the SharePoint site you would like to add your video to. In the top right-hand side of your site, click ‘Edit’.
Insert Office 365 Video
Then select ‘Insert’ and click on the ‘Office 365 Video’ tile underneath. This will show you the videos you have uploaded in your Office 365 Video. If you have not uploaded any videos yet, then you can find out how to do this in this blog post.
Once the video is uploaded, click ‘Save’ in the top right-hand corner.
Once it has been saved, your video should be embedded into your SharePoint site.
Review the Analytics for your Videos
If you want to know how many people have watched your video, Office 365 Video offers some analytics on your viewers’ activity and engagement, and even lets you see which parts have been viewed the most.
You can see the views next to the video details.
To see more detailed information, you can take a look at the viewer trends graph and see when your video was watched. The statistics are updated once a day. You can choose to view the trends daily (for the last 14 days), or monthly (the last 36 months), as shown below.
viewer trends
Another great feature is the option to see how your viewers engage with your video. As you can see below, on the vertical axis we can see the number of times someone has viewed the video, and on the horizontal axis we can see specific time ranges within the video and the corresponding percentage of engagement at each point.
viewer engagement
These graphs could be useful if you have a piece of important content at the end of your video, and you need to confirm that your users reach it. This would particularly help you if you use Office 365 Video to host mandatory training videos that need to be watched in their entirety.
Why not give these features a go? Office 365 Video is included in all Enterprise ‘E’ licences (that include SharePoint), so why not make the most of it?
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