This article shows you how to use Microsoft Stream to manage your content by editing the metadata of your videos. The metadata can be edited by people who have owner permission for the video. To edit video metadata, follow the steps described in this article.


Before continuing with this tutorial, you must be signed in to Microsoft Stream. For information on how to sign up, see this article.

Start editing metadata in a video

  1. Select My content > My videos and select files that you want to edit.

    Or, use other ways of finding your video (for example, through My channels or Browse) and click on it.

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  2. Press the ellipsis (...).

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  3. Select the Edit item.

Edit metadata

Each metadata item is discussed in this section.

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  1. Title/Description

    Title and description should be added to make it easier for people to find your video. You can use a #hashtag in the description to aid the discorverability. Hashtags make it easier for users to find videos with a specific content. You can create new or use an existing hashtag by placing the # sign in front of a word.

    The title is limited to 30 characters. The description is limited to 4000 characters.

  2. Specify privacy settings. By default, the privacy setting is set to My Org.

    • My org: everyone in my organization.
    • Custom: a custom list of people/groups. Currently, Stream only supports Active Directory (AD) users and security groups.
    • Only me: private.
  3. Add to channels.

    It is recommended to add your videos to one or more channels for discoverability. For more information, see Add videos to a channel. Note that it is not at all required for private videos.

  4. Select thumbnail.

    You can choose a thumbnail from the list so it will be used as a poster frame for your video. You can also upload a custom thumbnail.

  5. Upload captions.

    You can optionally upload captions. The caption files should be in the WebVTT format.

See also

Get started

Understand privacy settings