MiVideo: Using MiVideo in Canvas

Video Overview

Video presentation (4:24) with audio on the features of MiVideo available in Canvas. Scroll down for additional information on using MiVideo in Canvas.

Where to Get Help

Media Gallery and My Media Overview

Note: The tool is already enabled for all courses.

Media Gallery
The media repository for an individual course. Access it by clicking Media Gallery in the course's left navigation menu.
My Media
The media repository for an individual person. All of the media you upload is stored in your My Media repository and follows you to each of your courses. Access it through your profile: click your name in the top-right corner of the course and then click My Media in the left navigation menu.

Learn more: Working with Media in "My Media"

Adding New Media

Important if you start in Media Gallery, media is automatically published in it.

  • All popular video, audio, image media types supported
  • Pull in YouTube video
  • Record from your Webcam

no audio Video Demonstration

Watch a self-playing video (00:52) on how to import a Media Gallery from another course.

Step-by-Step Instructions

The same information in the video above is presented in a step-by-step format.

MiVideo allows you to import the media from one course’s Media Gallery into another, as long as you are an Instructor or Instructional Designer for both courses. Importing a course’s Media Gallery can save time over selecting individual media files to add to a new course. The import works in the background, so it may take a few minutes for new media to show up. Simply refresh the Media Gallery after import to see the media.

Important Begin in the Media Gallery of the course your are setting up.

  1. Select Import from the Actions drop-down list.

    Tip If this is a new course with no media, you can use the quick link in the Gallery to import content from another Media Gallery.

  2. Select the Course Media Gallery from which to import entries and click Import.

    Note It could take several minutes to import all of the media, depending on the size of the Media Gallery. A message at the top of the screen will alet you when Importing completed successfully. Importing runs in the background so you can safely navigate away from the Media Gallery once the Importing Started Successfully message clears.

  3. Click click here when the message appears to refresh the Media Gallery with the entries of the other course's Media Gallery.


YouTube Media

YouTube videos are passed through to your My Media library, but they reside on YouTube

  1. Click Add New and select YouTube.
  2. Paste in YouTube URL or the Content ID


  3. Click Preview
  4. Edit metadata as needed, click Save (U-M Required Metadata applies)


Media Upload

  1. Click Add New and select Media Upload
  2. Click and browse to file

    Tip: Don’t leave page until upload bar turns green and you have success message

  3. While file uploads, enter metadata and click Save.

    Tip: If you don’t enter required metadata you cannot publish to Media Gallery, but media will be in your My Media

  4. If you see a “publish” option, you can publish to other course Media Galleries.

Learn more: Uploading Media


Kaltura Capture

Kaltura Capture is software application for Windows and Mac that provides a variety of recording and annotation tools. It is available in My Media through Canvas. Types of recordings include any combination of two sources plus audio:

  • screens, including interactive recording of PowerPoint presentations
  • webcams 

For more information on Kaltura Capture, see Kaltura Capture Screen Recording software.


WebCam Recording

Note: Requires Flash, may not be compatible with all browsers (Chrome)

  1. Click Add New and select Webcam Recording
  2. Enable at Flash dialog box, wait for recorder to start
  3. Click on screen when ready to record. Click again to stop, then Save.
  4. Enter metadata, click Save
  5. Don’t leave page until blue bar at top turns green

Editing Your Media

Edit Metadata, add custom thumbnail, upload captions, set clipping options, create timelines.

  1. Click Edit in My Media or Media Gallery or from the media page and click Actions > Edit
  2. Select the tab for the feature you want to use
    edit text metadata
    controls commenting and clipping by others
    select from video, or upload your own
    upload pre-generated closed captions
    create rich presentations with slides and chapters

Learn more: Advanced Editing Tools

Actions > Edit
create playlists, set description, moderation and comment settings
Actions > Analytics
see gallery Analytics
Actions > Import
import a Media Gallery from another course
+(thumbnail) > Remove
remove media from the gallery
+(thumbnail) > Edit
edit your own media from the gallery
+(thumbnail) > Add to Playlist
add this media to an existing playlist
Unified Search
search metadata, captions and timeline content
Add Media
Add media to the gallery
  • Select check box next to previous uploads, click Publish or
  • Click Add New:
    • upload new media
    • pass in YouTube videos
    • record from webcam

Creating Media Gallery Playlists

no audio Video Demonstration

Watch a self-playing video (01:30) on how to create a Media Gallery playlist.

Step-by-Step Instructions

The same information in the video above is presented in a step-by-step format.

MiVideo allows you to create playlists of media in your course’s Media Gallery. This is helpful to organize media into easy to browse collections so students don't have to search through the entire Media Gallery to find and play media. You can create multiple playlists and re-arrange their order in the course’s Media Gallery.

  1. In Media Gallery, select Edit from the Actions drop-down list.
  2. Click the Playlists tab.
  3. Select Manual Playlist from the Create new drop-down list.
  4. In section 1, Set Details, enter a title and any other metadata for your playlist.
  5. Click Add Media in section 2.
  6. Scroll through and click Add on the media for the playlist.

    Note Your selections appear in the window on the right.

  7. When done, click Save at the bottom of the page.

Tip As you create multiple playlists, you can order them by dragging them up and down on the Playlists tab. Be sure to click Save at the top of the window after re-arranging playlists.

Embedding Media in Canvas Tools Using Rich Text Editor

To add media to discussions, pages, assignments, etc., use the media button in the text editor.

  1. Place cursor where you want the media to appear
  2. Click media embed
  3. In the pop-up window, select small, medium, or large embed sizes from the Select list
  4. Save and view your new entry to see the video (in edit mode you only see the container that holds the video)

Tip: You can edit the HTML code in the text view of the editor to change player dimensions.

Last Updated: 
Friday, February 28, 2020
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