Video - embed a video from the topic Media Vault (Kaltura)

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Although you can embed videos to display natively within the modules on the topic homepage, doing this with lots of long and high-resolution videos is not recommended!  It'll make your FLO site slow to load, which is not a good experience for students. 

Once you've uploaded your video to Kaltura (My Media) and made it available for use in the topic Media Vault, the next step is to embed it within the relevant activity in your topic. Students don't have access to the Media Vault in a topic, so they won't be able to view a video until you've embedded it within a particular activity or resource (eg within a page, module, assignment, book).

You can embed video within most types of FLO activities and resources. Anywhere you see an HTML editor with this button, it means that a video you've uploaded can be embedded within the activity.

Html editor

The best approach is to create a separate resource, like a Page, and embed the video within that. Students will see a link from the topic module and can click to open the page containing the video. The benefit of embedding a video in a page is that you can present it in the context of a learning activity, together with other material, rather than as a standalone piece of content. As well as embedding the video in a page, you may also include other learning content, questions, documents or files, more videos, links to other websites or resources, etc. 

To embed the video within an activity or resource:

  1. In your FLO topic, click Turn editing on.

  2. In the relevant topic module, click Add an activity or resource, and choose which activity type you'd like to embed the video in, e.g. the Page resource (but you can also embed within assignments, books, wikis and most other resource & activity types). 

  3. Name the resource/activity with a meaningful title - this is the link students will see in the topic module. Then, in the HTML editor where you add activity content
    • optional: add any introductory or explanatory text to sit above the video if needed, then press enter to add a line break before inserting the video 
    • Click the Add Media button in the toolbar
      Name then click Add media icon

  4. Select the Media Vault tab (you published your video to the topic Media Vault in the earlier steps). On your chosen video, click the Embed button to add the video to FLO.
    Embed media from the media vault

    Alternatively, you can click on the cog icon next to the embed button to turn off video downloads (marked in red below) or choose different display sizes (marked in blue). If you leave the Set as my default settings for media type button ticked your changes will apply to every video you embed in the future (unless you changes these settings again). Your default settings allow videos to be downloaded unless you choose otherwise.
    The 'choose player' setting is marked in red. The 'max embed size' setting is marked in blue. 'Save as my default setting' is at the bottom of the screenshot.

    Copyright
    Only teaching related videos properly produced and authorised by Flinders should be put on Kaltura for students to download.
    “Third party” (i.e. non Flinders) videos must not be put on Kaltura unless Flinders has prior copyright permission/consent from the third party owner to do so
    Can I change these settings for already embedded videos?
    To change these settings for existing videos (e.g. to add the download button) you will need to edit the page/resource/activity in FLO, remove the existing video and then re-embed the video using the settings above. You will not need to re-upload the video into Kaltura.

  5. A Preview window opens (this displays the video size). Click embed in the top left.
    Preview and embed the media

  6. You'll be returned to the resource/activity you were editing. in the HTML content editor, you'll see the video is now embedded as the blue line of code. If you're going to add more text or other content below the video, press Enter and write on a new line to prevent the video embed code from corrupting.
    Video embedded in content editor

  7. To save, scroll to the bottom of the screen and select Save and display to preview the final product of the page with the embedded video (what students will see).
    Final page with embedded video

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