Mount Saint Mary's University

Instructional Design &
Canvas Support

Adding Videos to Canvas

Overview

Wether you are on Mac or PC, the general process is the same; 1) Record and Save Video, 2) Upload Video to Viddler, 3) Embed video from Viddler into Canvas. However, each platform has a different means of capturing the video. So you will see the following tabs broken up first by platform, then by Viddler and Canvas.

Camera Microphone

Most computers these days comes with a camera and a microphone built right in. You will only need a camera if you plan on recording yourself (headshot)–for screenrecording no camera is needed. If you do need to purchase these items:

Microphone

The Logitech - H390 USB Headset with Noise-Canceling Microphone is great for recording your voice, is plug and play, and works on either Mac or PC. ($21.99)

Camera

The Creative - Live! Cam Webcam works both as a camera and a microphone - in case you want to solve both at once, it's plug and play, and works on either Mac or PC. ($21.99)

Capturing Videos: Windows

Active Presenter (Free/Paid)

Active Presenter is the one app we have found for windows that records your screen for free - without any limitations. meaning you can record as long as you like, and publish it where you wish. They have additional features you can unlock in the Paid For version.

System Requirements: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Vista: All Editions (both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) are supported)
The following instructors (pioneers) have offered their email in hopes of creating a community around Active Presenter. To share their experience, strength and hope around how they have used the application to develop course videos.

Step 1: Download Active Presenter

Download Active Presenter (FREE)

Step 2: Run Installation Wizard

Double click on the downloaded installer and follow the Installation Wizard for installing it to your system. The default choices are sufficient to successfully install.

Step 3: Open Active Presenter and Record

  • After installation, you should see a shortcut to Active Presnter on your desktop. if not, in the Windows Search bar type Active Presenter to lcoate the application. Open the application.
  • Under the ACITIVEPRESENTER menu (top, left), choose New Project
  • Give the Recording a Name, tell it where to save the file, and choose Record Software Demonstration
  • Press Ok
  • Choose Full Screen
  • make sure the microphone is pointing to your microphone (often built into your system)
  • Press the Red Circle to start recording.

Step 5: Save Your Video

  • To stop recording, press on the ActivePresenter icon in your system tray (lower right), and click on the black, square stop button (not the discard one - or you will lose your recording)
  • You are welcome to use the editing tools if need be, or to Save Your Video
  • Click on the Export menu item at the top of ActiveRecorder
  • Click Video
  • You can leave all of the settings alone, defaults are good. At the bottom choose the desktop (or a location where you can find it later.)
  • Press Ok (ActiveRecorder will render your video)
We will be using the saved file when we upload it to Viddler - so it's important to remember where you saved the file.

Other Options

Windows XBox Native Screen Recorder

This one is free if you have an XBox account. It also limits you to 1 window to record at a given time - so you can't switch to different apps while recording (e.g. from PowerPoint to Word).

Snaggit ($29 with Education Discount)

Snaggit isn't free (they have a free trial), but many love it for its ease of use. $30 is more than fair for

Camtasia ($199)

Camtasia's primary purpose is to record your screen - and allow you to edit. For those that use it, they say it validates the price for all of its featrues.

Capturing Videos: Mac

Step 1: Open Quicktime Player

  1. Press Command + Spacebar to open Quicklauncher.
  2. Type Quicktime Player in the search field.
  3. Press enter once QuickTime Player has been found and selected

Step 2: Record your Screen

  1. From the File Menu Drop Down, choose New Screen Recording.
  2. Choose your Microphone from the downward arrow (next to the record button) if need be (typically it defaults to your computer microphone)
  3. Press the Record button (red circle) to start recording.
  4. Click anywhere on the screen to start recording your screen.

Step 3: Stop Recording

  1. After you begin recording, you will see a new icon in your system tray (upper right of your mac). Clicking on this icon will stop your recording.
  2. A new window with your recording appears - save the file to your desktop (or a location where you can find it later.)
We will be using the saved file when we upload it to Viddler - so it's important to remember where you saved the file.

Other Options

Screenflow ($99)

Screenflow's primary purpose is to record your screen - and allow you to edit. For those that use it, they say it validates the price for all of its featrues.

Uploading Videos to Viddler

Before you can use your Free Viddler account, you must first request an account from OIT. Please use our online form to request an account.

Step 1: Log into Viddler

Log In To Viddler

Step 2: Upload Your Video(s)

  • Under the Videos Drop down (main menu) choose Upload.
  • Click on the Browse and Upload
  • Choose your saved video file created in either Windows or Mac (e.g. on your desktop)
  • Click Open and wait for it to transfer (my take awhile)

Embedding Viddler Videos in Canvas

Step 1: Log into Viddler (if you haven't already)

Log In To Viddler

Step 2: Grab the Embed Code

  • Under the Videos Drop down (main menu) choose Your Videos.
  • Click on the Edit link under the video you wish to embed.
  • Click on the Embed tab, and scroll down to Special Embeds
  • Under the iFrame option (default), select the text in the text box.
  • Copy to the clipboard (Control + C windows | Command + C Mac)

Step 3: Embed the code in Canvas

  • Log into Canvas
  • Access the course you wish to add your video
  • Either choose and existing content item or create one (e.g. page, assignment, discussion)
  • Edit the content item
  • In the text editor, choose the HTML Editor option.
  • Place your cursor in the editor, and paste the contents of the clipboard from steo 2. (Control + V windows | Command + V Mac)
  • Choose save at the bottom