How-To Add a Video to Canvas

The process of adding video to Canvas can seem a cumbersome process at first glance, but let us dispel this perception and get to the business of becoming self-sufficient in the area of lecture video display.

In Canvas, users may add video in several methods including direct media upload and  by media embed. More times than not, embedding media will provide you with the most flexibility and control. However, there may be times when bypassing the embed process may serve more immediate needs.

When and How to Embed Media in Canvas

Embedding media in Canvas is basically a cut and paste process. Locate the video or audio you’d like to present, and copy the embed code. Paste it to the place in your course where students should access the content, and that as they say, is that.

Watch the embedded video tutorial that demonstrates the process for embedding a video in Canvas.

Creating a Course Playlist

If you have created original audio or video content that you would like to embed in your course, you will first need to host it online. There are several popular streaming video sites to choose from, however, the SPS Office of Distance Learning has a YouTube account ready and waiting to host your powerful lectures.

Please watch the demonstration below for direct guidance.

Why host video externally?

Even though users may upload audio-visual media directly to Canvas, one prohibitive characteristic of these files is their file size. Audio and video files are particularly large, and will use up more of your available storage space than would course documents, handouts and images.

Another important aspect of hosting externally is portability. While you can copy files of any type from course to course, and section to section, hosting externally gives you the flexibility and time saving advantage to place instances of your videos in multiple places from once source; rather than duplicating and transferring the original source.

When a video needs to be immediately added to Canvas, use the direct upload option. This is the same method as recording a webcam video directly in Canvas using the rich content editor  only it uses a pre-recorded video instead of a webcam. These kinds of videos typically are temporary and not used from one term to another, especially since they most often are not transcribed and captioned for accessibility. This Canvas guide shows how to upload media from anywhere in Canvas that the rich text editor is used to create content, such as Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, or Content Pages.