9.4. Adding a Video to a Course

To make a video visible in your course, you create a video component in a unit in Studio, and then you add information for the video to the video component. The information is different for courses on edx.org and courses on Edge.

9.4.1. Add a Video to an edx.org Course

Note

This information applies only to courses that run on the edx.org site. For information about adding videos to courses that run on Edge, see Add a Video to an Edge Course.

For courses on edx.org, you add the following information to the video component.

  • A display name for the component.
  • The video ID that the upload process automatically creates for your video. To find the video ID, see Copy the Video ID.
  • The transcript for your video, for videos with non-integrated transcripts.

9.4.1.1. Copy the Video ID

To copy the video ID, follow these steps.

  1. Open the course in Studio.
  2. On the Content menu, select Video Uploads.
  3. In the Previous Uploads list, locate the video that you want to include in the course.
  4. Select the value in the Video ID column for the video. The video ID is assigned when you upload a video.
  5. Right-click the value, and then select Copy. Be sure to copy the entire video ID value.

Note that the course team can add a video to their course as soon as the unique video ID is visible in the Previous Uploads list on the Video Uploads page. However, for a video to play successfully, the status for the file must be “Ready”. Processing takes 24 hours to complete for all encodings and all video hosting sites.

You can also download a report of all uploaded videos. The report includes the video ID for every uploaded file.

9.4.1.2. Add a Video Component

Note

This information applies only to courses that run on the edx.org site. For information about adding videos to courses that run on Edge, see Add a Video to an Edge Course.

To add a video and its transcript to an edx.org course, follow these steps.

  1. In Studio, locate the unit that you want, and then select Video under Add New Component.

  2. When the new video component appears, select Edit.

    The video editor opens to the Basic page.

  3. In the Component Display Name field, enter the name that you want learners to see for this video.

    This name appears as a heading above the video in the LMS, and it identifies the video for you in Insights. If you do not enter a display name, the platform specifies “video” for you.

  4. In the Video ID field, enter the video ID.

    Note

    When you add the video ID, you do not need to add values to the Default Video URL, Video File URLs, or YouTube ID fields. The URLs that are associated with the video ID override any existing values in other fields.

  5. For videos that do not have integrated transcripts, add the transcript to the video. (Videos that have integrated transcripts can skip this step.)

    To do this, locate Default Timed Transcript, select Upload New Transcript, and then select the .srt file from your computer.

    Note

    Only use this option for transcripts in .srt format. If you want to provide a transcript in any other format, such as .pdf, see Add a Supplemental Downloadable Transcript.

  1. Optionally, select Advanced to set more options for the video. For a description of each option, see Set Advanced Options.
  2. Select Save to save the video component.

To test the transcript with the video, after you have saved the video, select the Show transcript (”) icon in the video player’s control bar. The transcript file scrolls while the video file plays. You can also test the transcript by selecting the CC icon.

9.4.2. Add a Video to an Edge Course

Note

This information applies only to courses that run on the Edge site. For information about adding videos to courses that run on edx.org, see Add a Video to an edx.org Course.

For courses on Edge, you add the following information to the video component.

  • A display name for the component.

  • The video location.

    The video location is the video URL that is created when you upload the video to the hosting site. The video URL might resemble the following example.

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/edx-course-videos/edx-edx101/EDXSPCPJSP13-G030300.mp4

  • The video transcript.

9.4.3. Add a Video and Transcript

To add a video and its transcript, follow these steps.

  1. In Studio, locate the unit that you want, and then select Video under Add New Component.

  2. When the new video component appears, select Edit.

    The video editor opens to the Basic page.

  3. In the Component Display Name field, enter the name that you want learners to see for this video.

    This name appears as a heading above the video in the LMS, and it identifies the video for you in Insights. If you do not enter a display name, the platform specifies “video” for you.

  4. Locate the Default Video URL field, and then enter the location of your video. This is the URL that was created when you uploaded the video to the hosting site.

    Note

    If you have created multiple versions that use different encodings or hosting services, add the URL for each video by selecting Add URLs for additional versions below the Default Video URL field. The first listed video that is compatible with the learner’s computer plays.

    For the best experience for mobile users, make sure that the URL for the 360p version of the video is the first URL in the list.

  1. Add the .srt transcript to the video. To do this, locate Default Timed Transcript, and then select one of the following options.

    • If Studio already has a transcript for this video, Studio automatically adds the transcript in the Default Timed Transcript field. This situation can occur when you reuse a video from an existing course. You do not have to make any changes.

    • If Studio does not have a transcript for the video, and the transcript uses the .srt format, select Upload New Transcript to upload the .srt transcript file from your computer.

      Note

      Only use this option for transcripts in .srt format. If you want to provide a transcript in any other format, such as .pdf, see Add a Supplemental Downloadable Transcript.

  2. Optionally, select Advanced to set more options for the video. For a description of each option, see Set Advanced Options.

  3. Select Save to save the video component.

To test the transcript with the video, after you have saved the video, select the Show transcript (”) icon in the video player’s control bar. The transcript file scrolls while the video file plays. You can also test the transcript by selecting the CC icon.