Stream upload video's default language or auto language detect for caption

Stream upload video's default language or auto language detect for caption
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 Aug 27 2020
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Its a very tedious process to allocate a language to videos that require caption or transcripts. With teams meetings now happening on such a frequent basis, the allocation of language and the ability of creating transcripts or captions should be made easier. To log on streams and change language for 10000 video's is not ideal. I suggest a few options.

 

1 - When a video is captured or uploaded, set the video language to match the language of the person who uploaded and organized the meeting. Transcript and caption will the happen automatically. (Or use a default company language if the person does not have one allocated)

 

2 - Run an AI on all video's uploaded to detect in the initial stages of the video, what language is used and then set the language.

 

3 - From Kyle Ritchie: "PLEASE create a feature in user settings that will allow me to have auto-generated captions turned off for all videos I upload in the future." Essentially ensure we also have a setting to turn off or not set the video language to prevent transcripts.

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Occasional Visitor

Being able to choose the default language/subtitle file for videos would be great. Though our company caters to other regions with translated subtitles, the majority of our audience are people who primarily speak English so having Chinese subtitles show by default is definitely not ideal.

Also not sure why clicking the CC button only turns on/off whatever the default subtitle is (in this case it's Chinese due to the list being automatically sorted alphabetically).

In HTML5, you can select which .vtt track is your default and the CC button natively displays your list of options with "Off" being one of them. However in Stream, you have to click the gear icon (which is not intuitive for most users) and then there's even more options. The gear icon should only have options to change CC appearance, while the CC button should display the list. Three buttons and additional clicks just to see the proper subtitle file is too many and should be simplified.

Occasional Visitor

I am absolutely in love with streams ability to transcribe a video automatically. It would be ideal if you could set a default language and not have to go into each video and set the language to allow the automatic transcription to occur.

Occasional Visitor

I run into the same issue.  I record a meeting in Teams, but the video is not transcribed unless I click through to Stream and edit the video and choose a Video Language, which then enables the "Autogenerate a caption file" checkbox, which is checked by default.  Several minutes later, the transcript will show up for the video.  But we shouldn't have to do this per video.  We should be able to set the default language for all videos.  I set my Stream user settings to English, but it doesn't seem to affect the Video Language of newly recorded meetings from Teams.

Frequent Contributor

 This seems like a no-brainer to me, or at least an option that can be set in the tenant or in some sort of Stream admin function. You could leave it blank if you want, but for companies that solely operate in one region, one country, or simply only need one language - this would be a huge help for the auto-transcription of meetings. 

Alternatively, it could listen and automatically infer the language if it's recognized as one of the languages Microsoft is capable of transcribing. 

Occasional Contributor

Video language should be detected and set by default on recordings. I currently have to manually set that on every recording to get captions generated. If ambiguous (e.g. English and Spanish detected), use my O365 language setting to resolve the ambiguity. If I manually change the language, honor my change.

Note: There are Office 365 and Stream settings for language, but recordings don't honor those settings. I considered asking that they be honored, but it would clearly be more user friendly to just detect the language used, especially given that you only support English and Spanish right now. This might become more difficult eventually, when more languages are supported, hence the suggestion to use our Office 365 language setting when auto-detection is ambiguous.

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I use Microsoft Stream to post rough copies of videos for project sponsors to review and approve. Final copies then get uploaded to YouTube - at which point captioning/transcript is ordered through a 3rd party vendor. My colleagues keep asking me about Microsoft Stream's auto-generated captions - they are confused by the amount of errors and whether or not it will be used. I am having to explain several times per week that, no, we don't use these captions and they can disregard it.

 

I am sometimes uploading a hundred videos per month. We are all busy people and I am no exception - I just do not have time to turn off captions for each video. PLEASE create a feature in user settings that will allow me to have auto-generated captions turned off for all videos I upload in the future.

Occasional Contributor

Especially now that videos are automatically uploaded to Stream from Teams, I'd like to "upvote" this feature request.

Occasional Visitor

I agree, setting a default language is preferred in all that I do.  Fewer steps in any process is what every user looks for.  Why make Stream any different.  The easier to manage to more people will use it and LOVE it!

Occasional Visitor

Is this really not an option right now?  I would also love to see this setting.

New Contributor

I am really surprised, that you have to set language for creation of captions.

New Contributor

@Kyle Ritchie I am coming from the opposite: How the hack did you manage to have captions generated automatically? I want them to be generated for every video I upload.

New Contributor

Maybe Microsoft fears that Azure will overload if captions are automatically generated? :lol:

New Contributor

It seems to be a 'bug'.  But I would vote for the creation.  Along with better transcripts and enhance CC.

Senior Member

It would be ideal if you could set a default language and not have to go into each video and set the language to allow the automatic transcription to occur.

Occasional Contributor

It appears that Stream is not picking up Office 365 regional settings for the user. It would be great if we could set a default language and region settings for all users without them having to go into user settings screen (https://web.microsoftstream.com/usersettings)

Regular Contributor

I second that we would like to see that feature. Voted here.

Frequent Visitor

Stream's inability to recognize a user's selected system language is hurting our ability to create a seamless user experience when it comes to language. 

 

It would be very very cool if the Stream player would/could recognize either my system language or browser preferred language (not just in MS browsers) and display the matching language subtitles instead of the first-loaded/available in the system. 

 

MS solutions lose out quickly to smaller, less user friendly systems because of this when it comes to user preference. 

Regular Visitor

This is a really frustrating problem. I've recorded Teams meetings wanting closed captions / transcripts, but they aren't generated unless the owner goes in and sets a language on each video.

New Contributor

This is also important if you add subtitles to a video > user does not have the button to activate captions until he has set a language :unamused:

Occasional Contributor

I agree with @Dan_Phillips and would like to see caption/subtitle translations, such as is possible with PowerPoint Live Presentations (see https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/office/present-live-engage-your-audience-with-live-presentations...)

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"動画の言語設定" の既定値を設定、変更できるようにしてほしい。

Allow us to set/change the default value of the “Video language” setting

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​会議レコーディング後の動画 (Stream ) について、編集画面上の "動画の言語設定" の既定値を設定、変更できるようにしてほしい。​

 

Please allow us to set/change the default value of the “Video language” setting on the video editing screen for videos on Stream after recording a meeting.

Occasional Visitor

FWIW there are at least two other suggestions for this on this site alone: 

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-stream-ideas/stream-upload-video-s-default-language...

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-stream-ideas/ability-to-set-default-language-and-re... 

 

It looks like the "Similar Ideas" algorithm maybe needs some work too?

New Contributor

Microsoft did announce a new Stream version, which currently only supports english captioning. 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/stream/new-stream

 

Does anybody know, if the new Stream will include auto captioning and default language?

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