Using video in your courses is a great way to enrich your content and keep learners engaged. Videos can be particularly useful for instructional and practical content. They can also add a personal touch to your course, enabling you to record your own video and speak directly to your audience.

Check out our article for more information on Choosing the right video option for your learners.

In this article we'll look at the three main parts of embedding a video:

  1. The video itself (and the three options for video - upload, record, embed)
  2. The transcript
  3. The poster image

The video itself

Once in Editing mode on your page click the + button and select Video.

You can choose to Add video (record or upload) or embed. We'll look at each option below.

Option 1: Upload a file

  1. Select Record or upload then Select or drop file.
  2. Find your video file on your computer.
  3. Once it's uploaded, hit Done.

Option 2: Record a video

  1. Select Record or upload then Record video
  2. You'll be asked for permission to enable your webcam, select Allow.
  3. When you're ready, Start recording and select Finish recording to stop.
  4. If you are happy with your video you can Submit video or you can choose to Record again
  5. Once it's uploaded, hit Done.

Tip: If you want to download your video (for example to make edits) select the three vertical dots and Download.

Option 3: Embed a video

  1. Select the radio button to embed.
  2. Paste your URL link from YouTube, Vimeo or ClickView. 
  3. Select Save to add the video into your page.

Note: If you are adding a video into your activity question or feedback, the process differs slightly. We're working on making recording video available here in the future too but in the meantime this is the current process.  Inside the activity container, there is a Video heading. Clicking this will bring up a dialogue box. Paste the video embed code, or a Youtube or Vimeo URL link, to add a video to your activity. 

Transcript

It is a great idea to add a transcript of your videos. This gives learners a text alternative and will also appear when they are offline.

You can add a transcript to both videos you upload or record,  or video links you embed from Youtube, Vimeo or ClickView. This can be done from the Transcript tab of the video settings box shown below.

Poster image

A poster image can be uploaded for a video that you record or upload. This image will be displayed until the learner hits the play button. This can be useful if you want to choose a specific image rather than have the image default to the start of your video.

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Tools to help you create your transcript
How to add an image or a slideshow to your course
How to add an external tool to your course
How to embed a web page into your course content

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