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Embedding audio/video using Moodle Media

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You can embed audio and video files using the Media function in the HTML or text editor of various resources and activities.

Resources where you can embed an audio or video file using the Media icon include: Book, Label, and Page. You can also do this using the section summary page to make your audio or video file appear in the unit home page. The URL and File resources will also allow you to embed the audio or video files you link to or upload as they provide an 'Embed' display option.

For activities, embedding audio or video files is available in almost all instances.


Embed an audio or video file

  1. Ensure editing is on.
  2. Click the (update) in the drop down beside the resource or activity required, or alternatively use the Add a resource or activity link to create a place for your video. Labels and pages are commonly used resources for this purpose.
  3. Place your cursor in the HTML editor of the resource or activity you are working on, click the Media icon.
    moodle media in html editor
  4. On the Insert/edit media pop up, click on Browse repositories.
  5. On the File picker pop up, select Upload a file, then beside the Attachment field, click Choose File.
  6. Navigate to where your audio or video file is saved on your computer and select Open.
    Notes:
    1. For audio files, use .MP3 format. You also need to ensure that you have the QuickTime and Flash Player plugin installed on your computer. To download the latest version of QuickTime, please click here.
    2. For video files, use .FLV or .MPEG4 format. You also need to ensure that you have the QuickTime & Flash Player plugin installed on your computer. To download the latest Flash Player, please click here.
  7. When the file name appears in your Attachment field select Upload this file.
    Note: You can choose to rename the file using the Save as field.
  8. On the Insert/edit embedded media pop up, click Insert.
    video-explorer
    A link to the audio or video file will appear in the HTML editor.
    Note: In some cases, the link will not be visible in the HTML editor. You can click on the HTML button in the editor to check the tags.
    You can also preview the page by clicking Save and display at the bottom of the page.
  9. If you choose to inser a URL or File resource, you can choose how you want the file to be displayed. Scroll down the page until you reach the Appearance box. In the display field, drop down the menu and select Embed.
    embed-audio
    Note: This is important as without this setting Moodle will not know if the audio file is to be played in a new window, pop-up or within Moodle itself. It can also result in a parameter error if not selected.
  10. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Save and return to unit save-and-return
  11. Preview the audio or video by clicking on the resource or activity link in the unit home page.A new page will open and will contain your audio or video. Click on the play button to view the video.
    video-preview

Embed a YouTube video file

  1. Ensure editing is on.
  2. Click the Edit drop-down list and select Edit settings (update).
  3. Place your cursor in the HTML editor of the resource or activity you are working on, click the Media icon.
    moodle media in html editor
  4. On the Insert/edit embedded media pop up, click on Find or upload a sound, video or applet...
  5. Select YouTube videos
    youtube-filepicker
  6. In the Search videos field, type in the name of your YouTube video. Click Search.
    Note: You can also locate the video title quickly, by copying and pasting the video's title from the YouTube website.
  7. From the list of entries retrieved select your video.
  8. When you have selected your video, it will preview in the File picker pop up. Click Select this file
    choose-video
  9. If more than one file matches your search, choose the most appropriate, then select Insert.
    media upload select
    Your video file will display as a link in the HTML editor.
    youtube-link
    Note: In some cases, the link will not be visible in the HTML editor. You can click on the HTML button in the editor to check the tags.
    You can also preview the page by clicking Save and display at the bottom of the page.
  10. For the URL or File resource, you can choose how you want the file to be displayed. Scroll down the page until you reach the Options box. In the display field, drop down the menu and select Embed.
    embed-audio
  11. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Save and return to unit save-and-return
  12. Preview the audio or video by clicking on the resource or activity link in the unit home page.A new page will open and will contain your audio or video. Click on the play button to view the video.
    youtube-final

Suggestions on how to use this tool:

  • Embed a video file to create a welcome message for students
  • Embed a video screencast to provide a visual demonstration/walkthough
  • Embed an audio file to create weekly podcasts
  • Embed audio or video interviews from other experts in the field

Accessibility tips

It is strongly recommended that all video/audio be accompanied by text transcripts to provide same information to users that cannot access the video/audio.


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