Uploading Videos into eClass

Article Last Updated June 2021

This article explains how to upload a video from your computer into an editable content area on eClass. If you are a student, you would normally be doing this in a discussion forum, an online assignment submission (not an assignment requiring a file upload), or a collaborative page such as a wiki or glossary. If you are an instructor, you might be doing in this in any of the course construction areas of eClass: topic headers, pages, forums, activity/resource descriptions, etc.

Note that it is not generally recommended to host video files directly within eClass - a better practice is to upload the files to a system designed for video display and streaming like YouTube or Google Drive and then to add it to eClass through the url or by embedding.

For the latest instructions, please see Embedding videos in eClass.

It is now also possible for instructors and students to record, upload, and embed videos directly through the eClass editor using the Stream2 media integration. Students can find detailed instructions here, and Instructors can find detailed instructions here. 

If students need to upload video files to eClass it is strongly recommended to do so using Stream2. 

If instructors still need to upload video files directly to eClass, the example below describes the process for directly uploading a video into a discussion post since it is a task common to both instructors and students:

  1. Enter the discussion forum, then click on Add a new discussion topic; or within an existing discussion topic click Reply.

  2. In the standard HTML editor toolbar, click on the video reel icon as shown below:

    video reel icon

  3. There are 3 tabs available in the 'Insert media' overlay. The general purpose of the tabs are as follows:
        - 'Link' - Used if the user does not need to modify any settings for the media file to be uploaded. This is the default tab.
        - 'Video' - Allows the user to modify settings for the video file to be uploaded.
        - 'Audio' - Allows the user to modify settings for the audio file to be uploaded.

    Click on Browse repositories... in your chosen tab. This example will describe uploading a video with advanced settings:

  4. Navigate to the video file stored on your local computer and click Choose File.

  5. Click on Upload this file and you should see a new window open. 

  6. The following additional settings/options are available in the ‘Video’ tab (the ‘Audio’ tab has similar available settings/options except for the display options):

    'Add alternative source' - This is recommended since desktop and mobile browsers vary in which file formats they support.

    Display options
    'Size' - Allows the user to customize the size of the video.
    'Thumbnail URL' - Allows the user to add or upload a thumbnail.

    Advanced settings
    'Shows controls' - Toggles whether or not the controls in the bottom of the video are shown.
    'Play automatically' - Toggles whether or not the video plays automatically.
    'Mute' - Toggles whether or not the video is on mute when played.
    'Loop' - Toggles whether or not the video plays on a loop.

    Subtitles and captions
    Subtitles, captions, chapters and descriptions can be added via a WebVTT (Web Video Text Tracks) format file. Track labels will be shown in the selection dropdown menu. For each type of track, any track set as default will be pre-selected at the start of the video.

    'Subtitles' - May be used to provide a transcription or translation of the dialogue.
    'Captions' - May be used to describe everything happening in the track, including non-verbal sounds such as a phone ringing.
    'Descriptions' - Audio descriptions may be used to provide a narration which explains visual details not apparent from the audio alone.
    'Chapters' - Chapter titles may be provided for use in navigating the media resource.
    'Metadata' - Metadata tracks, for use from a script, may be used only if the play supports metadata.

  7. Select Insert Media to finalize your upload of the video file.

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