As you may be aware, our campus video platform Kaltura has experienced several critical performance issues in the last two weeks, most recently involving very long (>24 hrs) processing time for video creation and uploads as well as sporadic playback issues and delays in captioning. Kaltura recently migrated to Amazon Web Services and has experienced several unexpected system-wide technical issues that have led to these performance issues affecting Colleges and Universities across the US and the world that use Kaltura. NIU is working closely with Kaltura to restore reliable service as soon as possible. However, we are also acutely aware of the disruption to your teaching and learning process that this maintenance may be causing, particularly as we all navigate the challenging circumstances presented by the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.
This page describes the steps necessary to use Microsoft Stream as a simple video hosting and sharing tool that you may use for your critical media needs while we work through the technical challenges with Kaltura. While Microsoft Stream lacks the more advanced features, interactions, and integrations you may have taken advantage of in Kaltura, in the short term it will allow you to post and process media, with closed captions, and insert links or embeds to that media in your courses for students to view. You may upload new media to Microsoft Stream to subsequently share or you may even download content from Kaltura to upload to Stream. Note that one of the consequential limitations of Stream is it's limited permissions structures (e.g. Stream does not have an "unlisted" video feature). The most flexible and simplest permission is "Allow everyone in your company to view this video."
Based on the these and many other limitations, we do not expect Microsoft Stream to replace a dedicated enterprise video platform like Kaltura, however, it is a safe, institution supported platform that may meet your basic video needs for the very short term. Your Kaltura video files are safe and secure, there is no danger of data loss, and again, we expect a return to normal reliability soon.
If you have any questions about whether this short term option is the right choice for you, contact us at email@example.com.