Microsoft Stream Transcript Changes

Going forward, you may notice a small change to transcripts in Microsoft Stream. You may not be able to view, search, or edit automatically generated transcripts for older videos that have not been viewed in the previous six months. This is an update to Microsoft Stream to allow transcript search and view experiences for new videos to continue to work as expected.

How this will affect you 

This change only affects automatically generated transcripts that are unedited, and only for videos that were last uploaded, edited, or viewed more than six months ago, with the six-month period being calculated on a rolling, ongoing basis.  

It applies to both existing and newly created videos.  

As an example, if a newly uploaded video with auto-generated transcripts goes unwatched in the six months following its upload, the auto-generated transcript could become unavailable (the video will remain available). A user with owner rights to the video would need to update the video details to automatically regenerate the transcript.  

Please note the following points: 

  • Videos will not be removed.   
  • Transcripts that were edited by users, as well as transcripts and subtitle files uploaded by users, will continue to be available.  
  • Transcripts will be available for download by video owners via the video edit page for all videos. 
  • Users will be able to view closed captions for all videos.  
  • If a video owner wants others to be able to view, search, or edit transcripts for videos for which the automatically generated transcript is impacted, the owner may regenerate a transcript by unchecking and rechecking the “Autogenerate captions” option in the update video settings page. Afterwards, the transcript will be displayed again in the player page for viewing, searching, and editing. 

If you have any questions please see our Microsoft Stream section in UniDesk or contact the Information Centre.