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When to add or embed a video for authors
When to add or embed a video for authors

As an author, you can either add a video or embed a video into your course.

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Written by Christine Nicholls
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Identify your learners

First, you need to identify who are your learners and what do you know about them? Check out our article on Identifying your audience. Some questions to consider are: Will they have access to the internet? Will they be using mobile phones or other devices? What you know about your learners will influence how you put videos into iQualify.

When to use add video or embed video

Add video lets you upload a video file - or record one on the fly with your device’s camera. Embed video lets you include a video already online at YouTube, Vimeo, or ClickView.

When to use add video

We recommend using add video if:

  • you want learners to be able to download the video to their device, and watch them offline, and

  • you have permission from the Intellectual Property/Copyright holder of the video to let learners download them.

Videos uploaded using add video will have their resolution compressed to 480p (if they are originally over 480p). By updating the device settings, you can shoot or export the primary video in 480p resolution.

Having the resolution compressed prior results in a lower file size, which allows the upload to move quickly and consume lesser bandwidth when learners are downloading the file.

Add video compression also switches the format (eg .mov to .mp4) making it more accessible to learners on a variety of devices and internet types. For these reasons, if you would still like the video to be viewed in full High Definition (HD) we recommend that you use the embed feature instead.

When to use embed video
We recommend using embed video if:

  • you don't want learners to be able to download the video to their device, or to watch them offline, or

  • the video needs to be shown in a specific resolution.

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