There are 3 steps to creating a video and putting it into your Canvas course:


Adding video is the best of times and the worst of times.  If you are hoping your videos will compete with Shakespeare in Love, you will have a difficult time.  If the purpose of the videos is to give the students a break from reading, to engage them with your voice, to create a connection to their teacher, etc..., then you can quite reasonably proceed.


There are 3 steps.


  1. Get a video on your computer.
  2. Post that video to a video repository.
  3. Share that video via your Moodle course.


1. Get a video on your computer.

There are many ways to get a video on your computer.  You can take a video on your camera and download to your computer.  You can download an existing video from a website, if allowed by copyright.  You can also make a video on your computer.  We'll concentrate on that last option.  (If the video is already on the web, say on YouTube, just add it to your course like you'd add any External URL.)


The Online Ed Department has a Recording Station in LTC 110, all set up with recording software (Screencast-o-matic and Camtasia), a good webcam, microphones, a document camera, professional lighting, instructions and help.  You can reserve it through the Library Circulation desk. That works wonderfully.  Alas, there can be scheduling problems because there is only 1 station, and sometimes you'd rather record in your office, or at home in a spare few minutes.


Screencast-o-matic.com will let you. It's at http://www.screencast-o-matic.com.  (Contact the Online Ed help desk for the special password to get the Professional version!)  Without installing software, the professional version will let you record your screen, your voice, and your webcam and edit the results.  Go there and watch the 2-minute tutorial.  Then do what it says and record something.  


If you are on a Mac, you'll probably need to download and install the Screemcast-o-matic application, rather than running it straight from the website.


On PCs, if you click Start Recording in Screencast-o-matic but the dashed rectangular screen recorder doesn't appear after a few moments, your computer might be blocking Java.  The solution depends on the browser.  In Firefox In Firefox you may need to click the Lego-like icon in the upper left.  In Chrome you may need to click the icon in the upper right.  In any browser you may need to let the application run:


Firefox Block icon Chrome Blocked Do You Want to Run Application window


To fully use any screen recording software, you need a headset with a microphone and a webcam.  The Online Ed Department also has these for long-term loan in LTC 317 (and some at the Library Circulation desk), but for now, just record something on the screen.

Then download it to your computer.  That's step 1.


2) Post that video to a video repository


You may post your video to any repository such as YouTube or Vimeo.  The CCC Chancellor's Office is supporting 3C Media Solutions.  They will caption your videos for free.  You just click a button when you upload.  We recommend getting an account there, 3cmediasolutions.org.

Instructions for uploading a video can be found on the 3cMediaSolutions.org site.

Go to http://www.3cmediasolutions.org/, login. Click My Account | Media to get to your videos.  You'll find the "Add/Upload Media" button there.

Follow the steps to upload the video.  Once it's uploaded, it takes time, usually 15 minutes, but perhaps an hour or 2, for 3CMediaSolutions to receive and process the file.  When it's ready, the Options column will have options, like this:

3c Media Videos


Click the video name, scroll down, and copy the Share Link.  

To have the file captioned, click the link "Submit this Media for Captioning"  just above the Share Link, and follow the instructions.  Only videos used in classes can have captions added as part of the DECT grant.

That's step 2.


3) Share that video via your Canvas course.

Now that you have the share link for a video, go back to your Canvas course.  Add this link to a module like you'd add any other link.  (That is, Go to the module where the link should be, click the "+" to the right of the module name, select External URL, etc....)  


You can also put this link in a Canvas Content Page.  Just add a Content Page to your module.  Edit the page.  Type some words that explain the video.  Then type something like "Watch the Volcano Video".  Select those words, click the link icon in the page editor header, and paste in the Share Link for 3cMediaSolutions.


Voila!  Your beautiful video is ready for its debut.


(If you'd rather embed the video into a Canvas Content Page, copy the 3cMediaSolutions Embed Code.  Edit the Canvas Page where you'd like the video embedded, click HTML Editor, paste the embed code.  To avoid having scroll bars, change the 2nd "width" to 680, and the 2nd "height" to 390, like this:

Change the 2nd width to 680 and 2nd height to 390

For help, put in a ticket to the Online Ed help team.)