Evening everyone! Hope your long weekend days are going faster than mine which seems to stretch forever…so I figured I’d blog hoping it’d make atleast an hour of the day pass quickly. Time is a weird thing indeed. When the mind is busy coining words and the digits busy  typing before the mind finishes dictating, the needles in the clock seem to run at a higher speed…hmm…success and #winning (?!)

Business Requirement:

So, our end user wanted to share videos on their SharePoint site for their team/schools/departments to quickly access videos and should they choose, be able to download it in the click of a hyperlink.
(Yes, I want to hit download and download it right away, instead of >…> then click the item and then click the name of the video, so I can download the video…sounds pretty long a process doesn’t it? Well, in reality its not. But, we do save a few clicks for our users and that’s always a win!)

Solution:

Here is one solution I provided that resonated well with my users and satisfied their needs. There are always a lot of different ways to accomplish any given task and this is one of those.

  1. We need a place to store the videos in the site so Create Site Assets library(in this example I named it RP Videos)
  2. Upload the video to RP Videos Sites Assets Library by dragging and dropping the video from folder to ‘Site Assets’ library.vidlink1
  3. Create a Custom List with two additional columns of data type: Hyperlinks
    1. Link to video
    2. Download
    3. And one column for description
      vidlink2
  4. To add items to the list follow the items below.-
    1. For ‘link to video’ column click on the video thumbnail above which will open the item, then click on the ‘Name’ hyperlink to get the URL of the video to add in the picture below Link to video section. Add description ‘Watch’, which users will click to view the video online 
    2. For ‘Download’ link we have to use the below shortcut to get to download.aspx page of SharePoint which will allow us to get to downloading the document/library file without having to click … https://YourAwesomeSharePointSite/_layouts/download.aspx?SourceUrl=https://YourAwesomeSharePointSite/RP%20Videos/Restorative%20Practices_shortversion.mov
      vidlink3

Your custom list with shortcut video links is ready to be shared with your end-users! Now if you want to customize it further, so as to just allow your users to see the content in the library and not be able to upload/edit/see ribbons etc.,

  1. Limit their permissions 🙂
  2. Create a Site Page(RP Media Page in this example)
  3. Insert the App Part for ‘RP Media Links’ to RP Media Page and edit webpart to set Chrome type to None and Toolbar to ‘No Toolbar’ and save the page.
  4. You can also include videos in the page via ‘Video’ insert > address and give URL of video.(videos below the app part in this image below)

vidlink4

Cool observation, you could play both videos at the same time! What purpose does that serve you ask? Its just fun to watch multi video webparts play videos at the same time!

#Office365 #SharePoint #Videos

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