Sending video snippets with Teams Video Clips

Have you ever wanted to send a message to someone in Teams chat, but it’s a bit too much to try and type it out? Perhaps you can explain it verbally in less than one minute? If so, you will want to check out Teams Video Clips, a new feature that just hit our tenant last week. Here’s how it works…

To start a Teams Video Clip, click on the camera icon in the lower-right corner of your Teams chat (this is *only* available in Teams chat):

You’ll see the Record a video clip dialog panel, where you can select a specific camera and/or microphone. Once you’re ready to start recording, click the Record button:

When you’re done (you have a maximum of one minute), you click the Stop/Pause button, and then click Review where you have a chance to make sure the video is what you want to send:

If you need to re-do the video, click Record again. If you’re happy with the results, click Send:

The video now shows up in the chat, and your chat partner(s) can view your video clip:

As with every new thing, there are “known limitations”…

  • User can only record maximum 1 minute video clips
  • User cannot download video clips
  • User cannot forward video clips
  • User cannot send video clips while user is in a Teams meeting
  • User cannot hide their background or screen-share
  • Video Clip is only available in Chats

Personally, I’m not sure if I like this feature or not… I prefer to read a message, not sit through a video of someone trying to tell me something. I’m afraid I’ll end up with a lot of one-minute videos from people that could have been two short sentences. But time will tell. 🙂

For more information, check out Now in public preview: Teams Video Clip.

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