Recording Video on your Laptop

Create Short Videos Using the Canvas Rich Content Editor

Above is a general video about the Rich Content Editor. 

The Rich Content Editor is the toolbar where you find often-used tools and features. You will recognize this rich content editor as it resembles the toolbar from almost any application that you've used. The Rich Content Editor in Canvas gives you access to the Media Recorder, which will enable you to record audio or video directly into your Canvas course wherever you see the Rich Content Editor. Which is virtually everywhere in Canvas. 

Below is a specific tutorial about the Media Recorder. 

Canvas: Embedding Video into Your Course

You can embed video from most websites on the internet easily and elegantly in your Canvas course. This is the preferred way to provide video content within Canvas, as opposed to uploading the video to your Files area and linking to it from a page or module.

PROS to Embedding

  1. Video playback is more reliable
  2. Video does not use up file storage space in your course's File Tab
  3. Video player typically has added functionality such as fullscreen, captions, etc.

CONS to Embedding

  1. If the owner of the video takes it down, your embedded video will no longer be available obviously.

Warning IconIs your video content captioned? If it's not, you can have it captioned for free!
We strongly recommend this, students with hearing impairments don't always let faculty know that they need captions, especially in larger classes.


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Adding Video to Powerpoint Presentations

Powerpoint 2016 - Mac & Windows

Resources IconIf you don't currently own a copy of MS Office 2016, all UT instructors, staff, and students can download it for free here.



Don't want to upgrade? No problem. Below is a tutorial for Powerpoint 2013.

Powerpoint 2013 - Mac & Windows

Adding video to Powerpoint with this version of Powerpoint—that is to say embedding video from YouTube—involves changing the URL (web address) of the video so that Powerpoint will recognize it as an embed code. If this seems too complicated to you, we recommend you download the latest version of the Microsoft Office Suite using the link in the Resources tab above.

Uploading video to YouTube

Upload Video to a YouTube Channel

Sharing video content with students doesn't have to happen in the Canvas environment alone. You can create your own private channel on YouTube that you can restrict or allow access to as you see fit.

A couple things to consider: 

  1. You'll be limited to video lengths of 15 minutes with a free account. 
  2. If you are embedding video from your YouTube channel into your Canvas course, you are providing content to students in a password-protected environment free of charge and are therefore well within fair-use boundaries. 

Create a YouTube Channel

Setting Up a YouTube Channel

Remember, you can create an unlisted channel in YouTube. This means that a person who might want to view your content would have to know the exact URL (web address) of each of your videos in order to view. The chances of that happening are equal to one's chances of finding a wormhole in the last stall of the men's room at the Dairy Queen on Manor Road. 

Embedding Video from Vimeo

A video on how to embed video from Vimeo.
That's hosted in YouTube. Oh the irony...

Embedding Video from YouTube

While this video is talking specifically about embedding video from YouTube into blogs, this also applies to embedding video in a Canvas Page. 

You will find that the "Share Button" and "Embed Code" are standardized features in most current websites. The next time you're watching a video, look for the Share button. Chances are, one will be there. 

Embedding Video Directly from Canvas

You can, of course, upload video content directly into the Files repository of your Canvas course and link to it from any content area in your course (page, assignment, discussion post, announcement, etc.)

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However, this is not a recommended practice for a couple reasons: 


  1. You will use your course's file storage limit very quickly.
  2. Canvas is optimized to stream multimedia content from external sources, it doesn't play video content that is stored in your course's Files as well.