Workaround to Set a Custom Cover for Channels in Microsoft Stream Preview

Since the preview release of Microsoft Stream, the newest video sharing and management platform for businesses. Although it is in preview state, the service is pretty neat and very convenient to use. With a few clicks you can upload your videos and manage them. However, one feature I noticed lacking is, channels created in Stream cannot have custom channel covers added, although video have the feature. If you want to set a cover for your channel, you have to pick the thumbnail from one of the videos you have added to the channel, which is not ideal in my opinion.

Why I’m saying that is, a thumbnail of a video can represent the content of that particular video while the channel cover must be able to collectively represent the content. Now, I have submitted this idea at Stream community. You can up vote this idea by visiting the thread by clicking here.

However, I will discuss of a workaround to this issue which another user confirmed to work too.

  1. Go to your channels by clicking on My content -> My channels
  2. Click on the channel you want to change the cover.
  3. Click on the ellipsis of any of the videos belongs to the particular channel.
  4. Click Edit
  5. On the edit screen, you’ll have an option to Upload custom image for the video thumbnail. Click on it and upload the desired image you want to make the cover of the channel.
  6. Click Apply changes.
  7. Go back to the channel.
  8. Click on the ellipsis in front of the channel.
  9. Click Edit.
  10. Now from the list of videos, click on the ellipsis of the video you changed the thumbnail.
  11. Select Use thumbnail for channel cover image.
  12. Click Apply changes.

Now you have changed the cover of the channel. You can edit the video and set the old thumbnail for the video again and the channel cover will remain. However, this product is still in preview. These issues will be corrected later on. I will update this blog post accordingly with future developments of this particular issue.

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Update 1

As at 07-26-2016 06:21 AM, the suggestion has been accepted by Microsoft to implement.

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