Enable Downloads for Embedded Videos in Canvas
Viewers aren't able to download your videos by default, but you can change that. This article covers how to make it so your video embedded in a module in Canvas can be downloaded.
Though anyone can embed a video in Canvas whenever they see the rich content editor, these instructions largely apply to Canvas instructors.
- You haven't embedded the video yet. If you've already embedded the video you want to be downloadable, you'll need to delete that embedded video and re-embed it.
- You're embedding this on a Canvas page. Our instructions below assume that you're embedding a video on a Canvas "page" in your modules, but as you may know you can embed Kaltura media anywhere you see the rich content editor (Canvas quizzes, discussion board posts, etc.).
Things to keep in mind:
- You may want to tell students how to download the video. The icon that indicates a video is downloadable is easily missed. You may want to point students to our tutorial on how to download an embedded video in Canvas.
- Viewers can only download the source file. If you enable downloads for videos in the Media Gallery, you can offer viewers the option to download several different quality levels of the video. For embedded videos, however, you can only allow viewers to download the so-called "source" file - the original file that was uploaded. While this is the highest quality version available, it probably also has the largest file size.
Steps to Take
The short version of what you need to do is to configure your embed so that you're using a particular player that includes the in-player download button.
- Within Canvas, enter the course in question.
- Click Modules in the course navigation on the left.
- Find the page where you want to embed the video and click on it.
- Click Edit at the top right of the page.
- You should now see the rich content editor. Click the embed Kaltura media icon in the menu. (It looks like a little rainbow wheel.)
- In the window that opens, find the video you want to embed and click the gear icon on its row (not the "</> Embed") button.
- In the subsequent window, open the "Choose Player" pulldown menu and select Downloadable. (Note that there may be more than one option available for players with downloadable videos.)
- Set any other additional settings you prefer for your embed, such as the embed size.
- Un-check the box for Set as my default settings. (Otherwise, if you embed future videos and don't opt to click the gear and configure them, the download player will be used.)
- Once you're done configuring your embed settings, click </> Embed at the top right of the window.
Now when a user views your video within the course element, they'll see a small download icon in the upper right corner of the player. Consider alerting students that they can download your embedded video by clicking the download icon at the top right of the player, or point them to our article on how to download an embedded video in Canvas.