How do I embed a file from My Media in the Rich Content Editor?

When using the Rich Content Editor to add content in Canvas, you can embed a video, audio, or image file in the editor from My Media. This allows you to add media you previously recorded or uploaded in tools such as Modules, Assignments, and Discussions.

For steps to record or upload media at the same time as embedding it, see:

Go to the page where you will embed the media.

The Rich Content Editor is available on most pages in Canvas where text can be added. For example, you may use the editor to create a page in Modules, create or submit an assignment, or make a discussion post.

Pictured above is where an instructor can find the Edit button on a course Welcome page to add an introductory video to that page.

Position your cursor in the editor.

Position your cursor where you want to embed the media.

Tip: It is recommended to add some text in the editor above the media, to give it context.

Select Embed Kaltura Media.

Select the Embed Kaltura Media (or Embed Kaltura Media McIntire Commerce) button in the editor's toolbar. The button looks like a multicolored sun.

Embed the file.

You may either embed the video, audio, or image file with the default player settings, or edit the settings before embedding it to customize the player.

To use the default settings, select Embed.

The default settings for each type of media are listed below.

  • Default video player: Video Player with Transcript with a Max Embed Size of 608x450.
  • Default audio player: Audio Player without Transcript with a Max Embed Size of 500x130.
  • Default image player: Image Embed with a Max Embed Size of 608x402.

Select the Embed button for the file to confirm embedding it with default settings. Skip to the step for viewing the embedded file.

To modify the player settings, select Embed Settings.

Select the Embed Settings (cog) button for the file to be able to select the type of player to use for embedding the media. For example, you will be able to choose whether or not to have a transcript displayed when a video or audio file is captioned, and the size of the embedded media player.

Select settings, then Embed.

Screenshot of Embed Settings page.
  1. You will be taken to a screen to choose your settings. Change these settings as desired.
  2. Select Embed to confirm embedding the media.

Tip: Embedding a Player with Transcript is recommended for video and audio accessibility. For more information, see How can I use a transcript in Media Gallery? (opens new window).

Note: By default, the checkbox Set as my default settings for media type: will be selected. Keeping this box checked will change your default embed settings for the type of file you are embedding (e.g., Video) to the settings you select.

Preview the file.

The file will appear in the editor. Select the Play button to preview it.

Note: An image file will not have a Play button available, but you will be able to double-click inside the player or use the Full screen button to preview the image in full screen mode. The button looks like two arrows pointing outward.

Save or submit your work.

After you have finished adding content, be sure to save or submit your work.

Add captions for accessibility (if not already added).

If you have embedded a video or audio file that does not yet have captions, don't forget to follow the steps to request captions in My Media to make the file accessible!