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How do I record a video in my browser to embed in the Rich Content Editor?

When using the Rich Content Editor to add content in Canvas, you can record a video in your browser and embed it in the editor. This allows you to quickly add video in tools such as Modules, Assignments, and Discussions.


Go to the page where you will embed the video.

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 video.

Tip: It is recommended to add some text in the editor above the video, 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.

Select Add New, then Record in Browser.

Screenshot of Embed Kaltura Media window. Graphic link opens modal with larger image. Press Escape to exit modal.

In the Embed Kaltura Media window:

  1. Select Add New.
  2. Select Record in Browser.

Allow the use of your camera and microphone.

You may be prompted in your browser to allow the recorder to use your camera and microphone. If prompted, select Allow.

Start Recording.

Once your camera and microphone have been enabled, the image from your webcam will appear in the Embed Kaltura Media window.

Select the large, circular Start Recording button.

Stop Recording.

When you have finished recording, select the Stop Recording button. This button looks like a small box with the amount of time (in minutes and seconds) in the recording.

Preview the recording.

To preview your recording, select Play.

Record Again or Download a Copy. (Optional)

You may:

  1. Select the Record Again button to start over with the recording. If you select Record Again, your previous recording attempt will not be saved.
  2. Select Download a Copy to save a copy of the video to your computer.

Note: You may need to scroll down in the Embed Kaltura Media window to find these buttons.

Select Use This.

When you are satisfied with the recording, select Use This.

Note: You may need to scroll down in the Embed Kaltura Media window to find the Use This button.

Wait for the recording to upload.

  1. Depending on the length of your recording, the upload may take some time to complete. During this time, the upload progress will display on the screen.
  2. When the video is successfully uploaded, an Upload Completed! message will replace the progress bar.

Edit the name and add details as needed.

  1. By default, the Name of the recording will be "Video Recording" followed by the date and time when it was recorded, e.g., Video Recording - Thu Jun 16 2022 14:50:17 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time). It is recommended that you edit the Name to make your file easy to find in My Media.
  2. Add a Description or Tags for searching (Optional).
  3. By default, the video will Always be available to viewers on the page where it is embedded. To restrict when viewers can play the video to specific dates and times, change the Publishing Schedule to Specific Time Frame. For details, see How do I schedule a file's availability in Media Gallery? (opens new window).

Note: As the video owner, you will always be able to play your video even if its Publishing Schedule is restricted. Anyone you add on the video as a Collaborator (Co-PublisherCo-Editor, or Co-Viewer) will also be able to play it at any time.

Embed the video.

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

To use the default settings, select Save and Embed.

The default video player is a Player with Transcript with a Max Embed Size of 608x450.

Select Save and Embed to confirm embedding the video with these settings. Skip to the steps for viewing the embedded recording.

To modify the player settings, select Embed Settings.

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

Tip: Embedding a Video Player with Transcript is recommended for 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: Video will be selected. Keeping this box checked will change your default embed settings for videos to the settings you select.

Wait for the recording to process.

It may take some time for your recording to process. If it does, a Media is being processed message will appear in the editor where your video will be embedded.

Preview the video.

When the recording is done processing, it will appear in the editor. Select Play to preview it.

Save or submit your work.

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

Add captions for accessibility.

Don't forget to follow the steps to request captions in My Media to make your video accessible!