9.4. Step 4. Add a Video to a Course

After you have uploaded your video files to a hosting service, you can add the video to your course.

To add a video to a course, you create a video component in a unit in Studio, and then you add the following information for the video 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 YouTube or to another hosting site. The video URL might resemble one of the following examples.

    • http://youtu.be/OEoXaMPEzfM
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEoXaMPEzfM
    • https://s3.amazonaws.com/edx-course-videos/edx-edx101/EDXSPCPJSP13-G030300.mp4
  • The video transcript. When you add the transcript to the video component, you can upload .srt files, or you can import subtitles or closed captions from YouTube.

    For more information about obtaining a transcript, see Step 2. Create or Obtain a Video Transcript.

9.4.1. Create a Video Component

To add a video and its transcript to your 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.

  1. Add the video URL. To do this, locate the Default Video URL field, and then enter the URL that was created when you uploaded the video to YouTube or to another site.


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. These URLs cannot be YouTube URLs.

  1. Add the 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 edX does not have a transcript for the video, but YouTube has a transcript, Studio automatically finds the YouTube transcript and asks if you want to import it. To use this YouTube transcript, select Import YouTube Transcript.

    • If both edX and YouTube have a transcript for your video, but the edX transcript is out of date, you receive a message asking if you want to replace the edX transcript with the YouTube transcript. To use the YouTube transcript, select Yes, replace the edX transcript with the YouTube transcript.

    • If neither edX nor YouTube has a transcript for your video, and your transcript uses the .srt format, select Upload New Transcript to upload the transcript file from your computer.


  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.