Displaying Video in the LMS

Video display options

The LMS is able to display video files stored in a range of locations, including:

  • the University’s Digital Repository,
  • a variety of video streaming sites (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube, Kanopy, Enhance TV), and
  • in the Content Collection.

If you are creating your own video and need advice on software, output formats or where to store the final video then log a service enquiry with the Learning Environments’ Video and Media Production team who will discuss your individual needs and will be best placed to advise you.

Consider Copyright

Video may be used in the LMS subject to copyright. To minimise the risk when using third party copyright materials you should:

  • Use reputable web sites.
  • Link to items rather than copying them.
  • Read the Terms and Conditions of the website.

For detailed copyright advice on using different types of video in the LMS, please visit the Copyright Office website.

Link to YouTube Videos

With the LMS Mashups options you can search for YouTube videos and add them to your subject without leaving the LMS.

Embed or link to a single YouTube video

This creates an item with a description (optional) that links directly to the single YouTube video.

  1. Navigate to the subject page in the LMS where the YouTube video should appear.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. From Build Content select Mashups > YouTube Video.
  4. Enter the relevant search criteria and click Go.
  5. Items that match your search criteria will be displayed.
  6. Click Select below the video required.
  7. Enter an alternate name and add a description if desired.
  8. Select from Mashups Options as desired:
    Thumbnail – displays a single frame from the video with a Watch Video link. Click to open a dialog box containing the video with player controls.
    Text Link with Player – displays a Watch Video link only. Click to open a dialog box containing the video with player controls.
    Embed Video – displays a single frame from the video with player controls. Video will play at this size in this window.
  9. Select Show YouTube URL > Yes (this will be selected as Yes by default).
  10. Select other options as desired.
  11. Click Submit.
  12. Note: Once you click submit you are not easily able to edit the settings for displaying your YouTube video. If you need to change any settings, it is quicker to delete and insert the video again. Delete is available from the down-arrow next to the mashup’s title.

Example of a Mashup containing a YouTube video
A Mashup containing a YouTube video displayed as a thumbnail.

Embed or link to YouTube video(s) within an Item

  1. Navigate to the subject page in the LMS where the YouTube video should appear.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. From Build Content select Item.
  4. Enter a name for the item and add text as desired.
  5. At the desired location in the text box click Mashups and select YouTube Video.
    Note: It is usually easier to enter most of the surrounding text before attempting to place the mashup. This is especially true if text is to appear above and below the mashup.
Mashups icon in text editor toolbar
Mashups icon in text editor toolbar
  1. Enter the relevant search criteria and click Go.
  2. Items that match your search criteria will be displayed.
  3. Click Select below an item to select it.
  4. Enter an alternate name if desired.
  5. Select Mashups Options as desired:
    Thumbnail – displays a single frame from the video with a Watch Video link. Click to open a dialog box containing the video with player controls.
    Text Link with Player – displays a Watch Video link only. Click to open a dialog box containing the video with player controls.
    Embed Video – displays a single frame from the video with player controls. Video will play at this size in this window.
  6. Select Show YouTube URL > Yes (this will be selected as Yes by default).
  7. Select other options as desired.
  8. Click Submit.
  9. Note: Once you click submit you are not easily able to edit the settings for displaying your YouTube video. If you need to change any settings, it is quicker to delete and insert the video again. Delete is available from the down-arrow next to the mashup’s title.

  10. Finish creating your item, then click Submit.
An example of a Mashup with text and embedded YouTube video
An example of a Mashup with text and embedded YouTube video

Above is an example of an item containing some text and an embedded YouTube video.

Link to Vimeo videos

Vimeo videos can be linked to an LMS subject with a Web Link or embedded in an Item. Note: Embedded Vimeos cause a slight delay when loading an LMS page as the Vimeo refreshes.

Create a Web Link to the Vimeo page

  1. View the desired Vimeo in a new tab or window.
  2. Copy the URL at the top of the screen. The URL will be in the format http://vimeo.com/XXXXXXX where the XXXXXXX is an ID number.
  3. Log into the LMS and navigate to the subject and page where the Vimeo should appear.
  4. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  5. Select Build Content > Web Link.
Click Build Content then select Web Link
Click Build Content then select Web Link
  1. Enter a Name for the Web Link.
  2. Paste in the URL copied earlier.
  3. Enter a text description if desired.
  4. Ensure Open in new window is set to Yes.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. An external link similar to the example above appears. Click the link to view the Vimeo item.
An example of a Web Link linking to an external video
An example of a Web Link linking to an external video

Embed a Vimeo video in an Item

  1. View the desired Vimeo in a new tab or window.
  2. Click the Share icon.
The Share icon is displayed on-screen when you hover over the video
The Share icon is displayed on-screen when you hover over the video
  1. The Vimeo URL, an option to share via social media, and an embed code will be displayed.
  2. Show options may be used to customise the appearance of the Vimeo.
  3. Copy the HTML code in the Embed field.
Copy all of the text in the Embed field
Copy all of the text in the Embed field
  1. Log into the LMS and navigate to the subject and page where the Vimeo should appear.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Select Build Content > Item.
  4. Enter a Name for the item.
  5. In the Text area click HTML.
  6. Paste in the HTML code copied from Vimeo into the HTML code view screen.
HTML editor screen
HTML editor screen
  1. Click the Update to see the Vimeo appear.
  2. WARNING: Enter some text below the Vimeo, e.g. a description or instructions. If you do not, the Vimeo or items below it, may fail to appear.
  3. Click Submit.
  4. A frame containing the Vimeo item appears. Click anywhere in the frame to play the Vimeo. Controls also appear to pause, or share the Vimeo (copy the URL).
Example of Vimeo video embedded into an Item
Example of Vimeo video embedded into an Item

Linking to Kanopy or Enhance TV items

Both Kanopy and Enhance TV offer a large and unique collection of films and off-air television and education programs.

Information on requesting Kanopy or Enhance TV items is available from the Learning Environments Video and Media production website. Once a request has been approved, you will be sent a link to the requested item that can be added as an external link in your LMS subject.

Add a URL to an LMS page (Option 1)

Users will navigate to the content page where the URL is contained.

  1. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  2. Navigate to the content page where you would like the URL added.
  3. From Build Content select Web Link.
Click Build Content then select Web Link
Click Build Content then select Web Link
  1. Enter a Name, the URL and a Description (optional) for the external link.
    Note: The URL must be entered in full (e.g. http://www.unimelb.edu.au)
  2. Ensure Open in New Window is set to Yes. This will allow the student to simply close the new window and return to the LMS when they are finished using the external link. Students using the Blackboard mobile app will also benefit from setting this option.
  3. Click Submit.

Add a URL to a text box (Option 2)

Navigate to the item in the content page where the URL is to appear, then edit the item to open the text box. Text boxes can be found in many tools including Item, Blank Page, Content Folder, and the description area of Mashups (Flickr, SlideShare and YouTube).

  1. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  2. Navigate to the content page where you would like the URL added.
  3. From Build Content select any of the create options listed above. We will use Item and in the text area.
  4. Enter a name for the item.
  5. In the Text area type and then select the text that will become the link.
  6. Click the Insert / Edit Link button.
Once some text is highlighted, the Insert/Edit Link button will be activated
Once some text is highlighted, the Insert/Edit Link button will be activated
  1. The Insert Link dialog appears. Paste the URL into Link Path.
  2. It is recommended that you select the Target option to Open in New Window.
  3. If you enter a title, when the cursor is rolled over the linked text, the title will be displayed.
  4. Click Insert.
  5. Repeat creating links in the text area as required. Submit the item when finished.
  6. The links will appear in line with the text. Students will click the links to open the web page in a new window.

Displaying your own video in LMS

If you have created your own video files you can link to these for your students to access. Video files will be automatically copied to the content collection of that subject. The examples below assume that you have not yet copied your video file to the content collection.

Notes: Files need to be in one of the following formats: MPEG/AVI, QuickTime or Flash/Shockwave.
It is strongly recommended that you know the native size of your video (in pixels) before uploading. Flash/Shockwave files display best when added in their native size.

Create video

  1. Log in to the LMS and navigate to the subject and page where the video will appear.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Select Build Content >> Video.
  4. Enter a Name
  5. Click Browse My Computer and locate the video file to upload. Click Open.
  6. Select Video Options as desired. Click the More Help link at the top of the page for more information on video file formats and display options.
  7. Click Submit.

Embed video in an item

  1. Log into the LMS and navigate to the subject and page where the video will appear.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode isON.
  3. Select Build Content >> Item.
  4. Enter a Name and Text as required.
  5. Click Insert/Edit Embedded Media.
Insert Media button
Insert Media button
  1. From the Type drop down menu select your media type.
  2. Click Browse My Computer and locate the video file to upload and click Open.
  3. Enter your correct video dimensions.
  4. Click Insert and then click Submit.

This guide was last updated 09 Nov 2017.
Report any errors or omissions in this guide to lms-guides@lists.unimelb.edu.au

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