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Recording and sharing videos to the Media Library in Canvas

This article explains three different methods for capturing and sharing videos to your Media Library in your Canvas course site, specifically for the creation of Course Welcome Videos in support of Fall 2020 courses.  These methods can be used to record and share other videos as well.

Panopto Method (Chrome, Edge Firefox browsers only)

  1. Start by entering your Early Course Sandbox or official Fall 2020 course.

  2. Select Media Library from the left hand menu.

  3. Towards the top of the page, select the “create” drop down menu and click on “Panopto Capture.”

  4. Take the following steps before you begin recording.

    • Prepare your computer - quit any applications that you do not require, or would send you notifications, such as your email. Open your presentation and other web pages you wish to include in your welcome video.

    • Prepare your space - close the door if possible to minimize background noise, and ensure you have proper lighting (for example, do not sit in front of an open window).

  5. Press the large red button to record. A countdown from 5 seconds will commence.

  6. You can share any computer content you wish by selecting the computer screen icon on the top right either before or during your recording session.

  7. Once finished click stop (red square) and you’ll be able to select the folder you wish the video to appear (Early Course Sandbox or official Fall 2020 course for example)

  8. From there, you can embed the video in your Syllabus or on a Canvas Page through the Rich Text Editor Panopto embed icon.

Zoom through Canvas Method

This method of recording works well when your students are not yet in your course, as anyone enrolled in your course would be able to join your session.

  1. Start by entering your Early Course Sandbox or official Fall 2020 course.
  2. Enable Zoom in your Canvas course if not already enabled.
  3. Schedule a meeting through the Canvas / Zoom integration.

    • Choose “Record the meeting automatically” - this will allow you to have your recording automatically sent to the courses Media Library.  Leave the “In the cloud” radio button selected. Click Save.

    • Note: You will be able to trim your video after you have it recorded and saved.

  4. Take the following steps before you begin recording.

    • Prepare your computer - quit any applications that you do not require, or would send you notifications, such as your email. Open your presentation and other web pages you wish to include in your welcome video. 

    • Prepare your space - close the door if possible to minimize background noise, and ensure you have proper lighting (for example, do not sit in front of an open window).

  5. Start your meeting when you are ready.

  6. If you are going to share your screen, consider sharing just the application you want to include in your video, powerpoint or keynote, for example, instead of your entire desktop. We recommend you select “Optimize Screen Share for Video Clip” to ensure high quality, and sharing computer sound if your presentation has audio, or if you are sharing videos. Click Share.

  7. When you are finished, End the meeting, and the recording will be automatically saved and posted to your course’s Media Library.  You will get an email when the processing is complete.

  8. From there, you can embed the video in your Syllabus or on a Canvas Page through the Rich Text Editor Panopto embed icon.

Smartphone Method

  1. Download the “Panopto Mobile” app from the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play store (Android).

  2. When opening “Panopto Mobile” for the first time, click on the three dots in the upper right corner.

  3. In the “enter site manually” field, enter yale.hosted.panopto.com and go through the CAS login process (this is similar to logging into canvas)

  4. Click “Browse” on the bottom right corner and select the folder you want to upload to (Early Course Sandbox or official Fall 2020 course for example).

  5. Click the “+” blue circle to record and upload.

  6. You’ll have the option to upload any previous video you’ve made or create a new video. 

  7. When filming yourself, we advise you record horizontally as vertical videos only use a small portion of a viewers window.

  8. Click record and create your own video. Once you hit stop the application will upload and process automatically.

  9. From there, you can embed the video in your Syllabus or on a Canvas Page through the Rich Text Editor Panopto embed icon.