Uploading Videos into eClass

Article Last Updated May 2018

This article explains how to upload a video from your computer into an editable content area on eClass. If you are a student, you would normally be doing this in a discussion forum, an online assignment submission (not an assignment requiring a file upload), or a collaborative page such as a wiki or glossary. If you are an instructor, you might be doing in this in any of the course construction areas of eClass: topic headers, pages, forums, activity/resource descriptions, etc.

Note that it is not generally recommended to host video files directly within eClass - a better practice is to host the files on a server meant for video display and streaming and add it to eClass through the url or by embedding. See the following article for instructions on that process: Embedding videos in eClass.

The example below describes the process for directly uploading a video into a discussion post since it is a task common to both instructors and students:

  1. Enter the discussion forum, then click on Add a new discussion topic; or within an existing discussion topic click Reply.

  2. In the standard HTML editor toolbar, click on the video reel icon as shown below:



  3. New in 2018 - There are now 3 tabs available in the 'Insert media' overlay. The general purpose of the tabs are as follows:
        - 'Link' - Used if the user does not need to modify any settings for the media file to be uploaded. This is the default tab.
        - 'Video' - Allows the user to modify settings for the video file to be uploaded.
        - 'Audio' - Allows the user to modify settings for the audio file to be uploaded.

    Click on Browse repositories... in your chosen tab. This example will describe uploading a video with advanced settings:



  4. Navigate to the video file stored on your local computer and click Choose File.



  5. Click on Upload this file and you should see a new window open. 



  6. The following additional settings/options are available in the ‘Video’ tab (the ‘Audio’ tab has similar available settings/options except for the display options):

    'Add alternative source' - This is recommended since desktop and mobile browsers vary in which file formats they support.



    Display options
    'Size' - Allows the user to customize the size of the video.
    'Thumbnail URL' - Allows the user to add or upload a thumbnail.



    Advanced settings
    'Shows controls' - Toggles whether or not the controls in the bottom of the video are shown.
    'Play automatically' - Toggles whether or not the video plays automatically.
    'Mute' - Toggles whether or not the video is on mute when played.
    'Loop' - Toggles whether or not the video plays on a loop.



    Subtitles and captions
    Subtitles, captions, chapters and descriptions can be added via a WebVTT (Web Video Text Tracks) format file. Track labels will be shown in the selection dropdown menu. For each type of track, any track set as default will be pre-selected at the start of the video.

    'Subtitles' - May be used to provide a transcription or translation of the dialogue.
    'Captions' - May be used to describe everything happening in the track, including non-verbal sounds such as a phone ringing.
    'Descriptions' - Audio descriptions may be used to provide a narration which explains visual details not apparent from the audio alone.
    'Chapters' - Chapter titles may be provided for use in navigating the media resource.
    'Metadata' - Metadata tracks, for use from a script, may be used only if the play supports metadata.





  7. Select Insert Media to finalize your upload of the video file.

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