Clipchamp Coming to Microsoft 365 Commercial Customers

Clipchamp for Work, but Only for Microsoft 365 Commercial Customers

Clipchamp for Work

In a July 31 announcement, Microsoft says that they will make Clipchamp for Work available to Microsoft 365 commercial customers through the targeted release program in the coming weeks. The news is covered by Microsoft 365 roadmap item 124826.

Although the advent of Clipchamp for Work is good news, it’s tempered by Microsoft’s statement that

Clipchamp will be added to the following Microsoft 365 SKUs: Microsoft 365 E3, Microsoft 365 E5, Microsoft 365 Business Standard, and Microsoft Business Premium. Clipchamp will not be added to Office 365 SKUs.”

Ignoring the Office 365 enterprise SKUs is part of Microsoft’s tactics to force customers to upgrade to Microsoft 365 SKUs to drive the average revenue per user (ARPU) and increase the profits flowing from its cloud business past the $111.6 billion mark announced for Microsoft’s 2023 fiscal year.

The same method is being used with Microsoft 365 for Copilot, which only supports the Microsoft 365 E3 and E5 enterprise SKUs. Moving from Office 365 E3 to Microsoft 365 E3 costs an extra $13/user/month. Although a case can be argued that features like Windows 11 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility and Security which are bundled into the Microsoft 365 enterprise SKUs represent good value for the extra cost, the fact remains that some customers don’t want to be forced to upgrade. Adding a very capable video editor to the Microsoft 365 enterprise SKUs probably won’t make any difference when it comes to deciding whether to upgrade, but it is one more factor to consider.

Adding on to Stream

Making Clipchamp for Work a new Microsoft 365 service plan makes sense. Like Stream for SharePoint, Clipchamp for Work stores its videos in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, so it’s very different to the Clipchamp consumer version. Microsoft won’t provide a migration mechanism to move videos from the consumer to commercial version.

Stream for SharePoint added features steadily since its release, recently adding inline playback in Teams, automatic transcript generation, and a teleprompter when recording videos. However, Stream for SharePoint lags behind Stream classic in terms of video editing capabilities. Stream classic never offered much, but at least it could trim some excess from the start and end of videos.

Clipchamp fills the void and adds a lot more functionality besides such as a gap remover (merge videos together seamlessly) and a video cropper. Microsoft also promises that “Filters, effects, and text overlays give your editing a professional and personalized look. With the green screen filter in Clipchamp, you can adjust your backgrounds to suit your professional context and environment. Transitions can easily be added as a finishing touch to give your video that high-quality look.”

Clipchamp for Work includes an in-browser video editor. You’ll be able to create a new video by launching Clipchamp from the Microsoft 365 app launcher or from OneDrive for Business. Clipchamp can edit videos stored in OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online, including Teams meeting recordings. The point about using SharePoint storage for videos is to take advantage of integration with the rest of the Microsoft 365 suite such as sharing, compliance, data lifecycle management (retention), and information protection.

Clipchamp Brings Proper Video Editing to Microsoft 365

When Microsoft bought Clipchamp in September 2021, the speculation was that Microsoft would add Clipchamp quickly to Office 365. Well, that hasn’t happened. Apart from needing to get used to the Microsoft 365 ecosystem so that single sign-on works and Clipchamp can process videos stored in SharePoint Online, the delay in reaching this point is likely due to waiting for Stream on SharePoint to mature and the migration from Stream classic to complete, which it now mostly is.

I’m glad to see a proper video editor in Microsoft 365. Video communications are becoming more important all the time. It’s just a pity that Microsoft won’t make the Clipchamp functionality available to their loyal Office 365 enterprise customers. We’ll just have to keep on using Camtasia instead.

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