Record a Video using Quick Capture in Canvas


Quick Capture (or "Express Capture") is a browser-based recording solution available to everyone at UCSD with active directory credentials. You can elect to record any combination of your screen, your camera, and your microphone, and the video will automatically end up in your "My Media" when you're done. It's very useful if you want to record a short, off-the-cuff video. 

These instructions show students and instructors how to record a video using Quick Capture within Canvas. 

Critical Concepts

Steps to Take

  1. Within Canvas, click My Media in the left navigation.
  2. Click + Add New at the top of the screen and select Quick Capture. (Note that your browser may ask you if it's ok if MediaSpace has access to your camera and microphone. If so, allow/grant the access.)
  3. Select your recording preferences. Using the carets next to each icon, you should be able to choose any camera or microphone connected to your computer.
Note: The first time you elect to capture your screen, it's possible your computer will need to provide screen recording access to your browser. Follow the instructions that your operating system provides to do so.
  1. When you're ready, click the red button to start recording. A 3-second timer should count down. 
  2. When you're done recording your video, click the red button again.
  3. You can now opt to either record again, download a copy of the video, or use what you just recorded. If you're satisfied with your recording, click Use This.
Note: If you captured your screen and camera, clicking "download a copy" will download 2 separate files to your computer - the camera feed (with audio) and the screen capture (with no audio). You may have to approve a request from your browser to allow Canvas to download multiple files.
  1. Edit any metadata you'd like for the entry and click Save. The entry will need to process for a short time.
If you still have questions or need additional assistance, feel free to contact us at