Canvas Information and Resources

Media Recommendations


File Types


Where should instructors upload or record videos/audio files?

Video/Audio files up to 500 MB

  1. Canvas built-in video tool in the Rich Content Editor. Fast & easy!
    • Rich content editor is available in Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, Syllabus, and even in SpeedGrader with your comments on students’ assignments.
    • Canvas is optimized to deliver video content so your Canvas courses maintain performance.
    • Files are stored behind-the-scene on the Canvas video server, and do not count toward course quota.

    Steps to record or upload videos/audio files in the Rich Content Editor:

    1. In the Canvas tool, open the Rich Content Editor.
    2. Click “Record/Upload Media” icon.  
    3. Choose Record or Upload.
    4. To record, enter a title and follow the prompts.
    5. To upload, select Audio or Video, and navigate to your file, select and save.

Video/Audio files over 500 MB

  1. YouTube
    1. set your video privacy settings
    2. embed the link in the Canvas Rich Content Editor
  2. CSU’s Echo 360 server
    • add the link to your Canvas module or page
    • Use for videos requiring copyright protection, or using interactive media such as a narrated slideshow with a clickable Table of Contents, embedded quiz questions, or interactive elements that require students to make a choice that affects how the lesson proceeds.

Additional option:

  1. YouSeeU. For sharing videos that can be viewed or downloaded, recording videos by students or instructors, recording real-time online meetings, and more.
  • Last updated 6/17/2016
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