Embed Kaltura Media on a Page in Canvas


In Canvas, there are two main ways to make your videos in "My Media" visible to your students: publishing them to the Media Gallery and embedding them on Canvas pages. This tutorial will walk you through how to embed a video on a page in Canvas. 

This tutorial only applies to Canvas users, and while students are able to embed media as well (on pages where they're able to edit text), this largely applies to instructors.  

Critical Concepts


What Does it Mean to "Embed" a Video?

Technically, embedding a video on a web page means pasting in what's called an "embed code," which, when the page is rendered by a web browser, shows a media player ready to play a desired entry. It allows you to create pages within your modules that have videos on them, and to add text above or below the player as desired. 

As a reminder, publishing a video makes it visible in the Media Gallery, but students need to know that they'll find the course videos there. (See our tutorial on publishing media to a Media Gallery.)

Note that you can both publish to a Media Gallery AND embed that same piece of media within your modules in Canvas.

Things to Keep in Mind

Known Issues


Steps to Take

There are two high-level steps involved in embedding Kaltura media in Canvas:

As mentioned above, for the sake of developing this tutorial, we're assuming that you want to embed your video on a Canvas page, but you can embed a video wherever you see the rich content editor. Feel free to skip to step 2 if you're embedding on a different type of course element or if you're already seeing the rich content editor.

Step 1: Edit the Course Element

First you'll need to get to the course element where you want to embed your media. We're assuming it's a Canvas page. Skip to step 2 if it's a different type of course element or you're already seeing the rich content editor.

  1. Log into Canvas.
    1. Go to https://canvas.ucsd.edu.
    2. Enter your active directory credentials.
  2. Enter the course in question by either clicking on it in your dashboard or by finding it in the Courses menu item in the left global navigation.
  3. Click Modules in the course navigation on the left.
  4. Locate the page in which you want to embed a video and click on it.
  5. Click Edit.

Step 2: Embed Your Media

A screenshot of the "embed Kaltura media" icon.

  1. Click the Embed Kaltura Media icon in the rich content editor. It looks like wheel spokes in rainbow colors.
  2. Find the video you want to embed and click </> Embed in its row. Note that you can use the tabs at the top of the window to see videos and playlists in the Media Gallery. You can also use the search and filter options to find your media more easily.
A screenshot of the "configure embed" icon.

Configuring Your Embed

Note that you can set a few settings for your embedded video by clicking the gear icon instead of </> Embed. You're able to configure things like:

Now your video should be visible within the text box of the rich content editor. If you think it's the wrong size or want to, say, use a player with different features, delete the existing embedded video from the editor and see "configuring your Embed" above to re-embed it to your liking.

If you still have questions or need additional assistance, feel free to contact us at kaltura@ucsd.edu.