Instructor: Add Multimedia

Audio and video can be embedded in D2L or linked to an outside player such as YouTube.

1. Create: Add video or audio from the web

Use the Video or Audio option to link or embed media (from sources like YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) into your Content.

  1. Locate the share or embed link of the media you would like to include in Content.
  2. In a Module click Upload/Create.
  3. Select Video or AudioUpload/Create menu open, with Video or Audio option circled in red.


  4. Paste the embed code or link into the window.
  5. Add a Title.  This is what students will click on to play the video.Screenshot of settings to create video: URL pasted in first window, title entered, preview of video visible.


  6. Click Save.

2. Upload: Audio and video 

Access and edit audio and video with multi-bitrate streaming and search functionality.

Note: Multi-bitrate streaming allows high-definition videos to be played at standard definition to reduce the bandwidth necessary for users to watch videos. The new search functionality allows users to locate key words in video captions and quickly navigate to those sections. D2L no longer transcodes MP3 and MP4 files. Please see Section 3 for directions on how to do this manually.

To use the new Audio-Video Editor:

  • Access the Audio-Video Editor
  • Select HD or SD Video Quality
  • Search for Keywords

To access the Audio-Video Editor:

Note: The new Audio-Video Player can only be accessed via Content>Upload/Create>Video or Audio. You will only be able to use the advanced features with video you have uploaded with this player, not retroactively. 

  1. In Content, click Upload/Create and select Video or AudioHighlights the Video or Audio selection


  2. In the Add Video or Audio window, select the Upload tab. Highlights upload at top right


  3. Browse for your file, or drag your video file into the upload space.
  4. The upload process begins.

    Note: The transcoding process starts when the file reaches 70% upload and may result in a momentary pause.

  5. When the upload is complete enter a title and select Advanced Editing. If you are returning to a video you have already uploaded, click Edit Video. Highlights Edit Video and new box with Advanced Editing

Select HD or SD Video Quality

The updated Gear icon in the Audio-Video Player allows users to change the video quality settings for high-definition (HD) files. Viewing in standard definition (SD) assists with playback in situations with a slow or unstable network. 

The New A-V Player settings give options for Playback speed, Captions on or off, Quality HD or SD and Download.

Search for Keywords

The search field allows users to search for a keyword in a video caption track and see those locations reflected as stars on the timeline. A caption track must be present for the video and the user must have Captions turned on to use the Search option.

 Entering text in search box creates stars where that text occurs in the timeline

For additional information on the Audio-Video Player and Editor, visit the Evolving the Audio-Video Experience Community blog post


3. Edit: Manual transcoding option  

D2L no longer transcodes (converts) MP3 and MP4 files, since browsers can play those formats. Instead, you will have the option to manually transcode these files to reduce the file size and enable multi-bitrate streaming to make your videos accessible to more students.

To manually transcode your videos:

  1. Open the Actions menu (via the down-caret next to the topic name) and select Edit VideoSelect Edit Video from the menu of the Topic Video Upload
  2. Select Advanced EditingSelect Advanced Editing button
  3. Click Optimize for StreamingClick Optimize for Streaming button



4. Edit: Uploaded audio and video 

Use the new Audio-Video Editor to edit video timelines, create chapters, and add video captions.

Edit Timelines 

  1. Use the Seek (arrow), Mark (line), and Cut (scissor) icons to make cuts from the timeline of the original upload/recording. Circles around the arrow, line and scissors icons


  2. It is also possible to expand the timeline by clicking and dragging on the timeline to make more precise edits. Click the small seek rectangle below the timeline and pull downward. The cut section between the mark lines indicates the space that will be cut. Highlights slider that expands the timeline and cut portion


  3. Make sure to click Finish when you are ready to save your edits. Finish button will save the changes.


  4. Advanced Editor will save your original version and mark the edits. The timeline in Editor will stay the same as the original version, and if you auto-generate captions, they will follow the original version in Editor. This all changes in Player where you only see the edited, saved version and the captions match. To undo your edits, remove the marks and your version will revert to the original. Marks are used to indicate placement of previous edits


Add Captions

Note: Always check auto-generated captions to ensure their accuracy.

On the Closed Captions tab, use the Auto-Generate or Upload options to add captions. If you select Auto-Generate, you will see the following message: 

Message: When auto-generation begins, your current changes will be saved. When auto-generation finishes, your changes will be published along with the generated captions. If the current language has captions, they will be overwritten. You will be able to continue editing this media file after auto-generation is complete. If you proceed, all references to this media file throughout the LMS will receive your changes.

Note: Be prepared for the saving process to take some time.

In order to set the captions to "on" in the Player, you need to first select the language: 

Caption Language Menu


Add Chapters

On the Table of Contents tab, add chapter titles and set their locations. 

  1. Enter a Chapter title (by the + sign above the timeline to the right of the video screen.) Don't hit return until you are ready to add it.Arrow to Chapter title box lower right hand corner


  2. Play the video. When you arrive at the precise second in which you would like to insert the chapter title, either hit return or click the plus sign next to the chapter title box. The chapter title will appear at the top of the box with the correct time stamp next to it.Chapter title with time stamp next to it

Access Previous Versions

After changes have been saved, the date indicator allows users to open a menu and select from previous versions. 

 Click on the date and time to open the dropdown menu for previous versions
Language example: en-US (CC)

5. Create: Insert media from the web into a webpage

Embed a video in a web page.

  1. Locate and copy the embed code for the video (instructions to find an embed code for a youtube video)
  2. Create a webpage (instructions to create a web page) OR edit an existing webpage.
  3. Click on the arrow to the right of the HTML page title.
  4. Select Edit HTMLTopic menu open for a Web Page with Edit HTML option circled in red.


  5. In the HTML editor click Insert Stuff.HTML Editor with Insert Stuff icon circled


  6. Click Enter Embed Code.  You may need to scroll down to find it.Screenshot of Insert Stuff options with Enter Embed Code Circled
  7. Paste the embed code in the Embed Code box and click the Next button.Screenshot of insert stuff box with embed code pasted and the next button circled
  8. The next screen shows a preview of the embedded video.  Click on the Insert button.Screenshot of a preview of the embedded video with the Insert button circled
  9. Click Save and Close.

Note: Most embed codes are not "responsive" meaning when viewed on a small screen such as a phone the video does not resize.  If you want your video to work on all devices copy your embed code, go to and paste it into the box, click the Embed Now button, then copy and paste the resulting code into your post using the above steps.


6. Create: Insert Panopto videos into a webpage

Embed Panopto videos in your course.

  1. Within a Module, create a new webpage by clicking Upload/Create and selecting Create a File.image of the Upload/Create menu with Create a File option circled


  2. Enter a title for the page.
  3. Click Insert Stuff (the icon that is circled).Image highlighting the updated Insert Stuff icon


  4. Select Panopto from the list of options on the left side of the page.  You may have to scroll down to the bottom of the list to find the Panopto option.image of the insert stuff options with Panopto circled


  5. Select the Panopto video you would like to embed by clicking the check box to the left of the video.
  6. Click Insert.image of available panopto videos via insert stuff with a video selected and insert button circled


  7. Click Insert.
  8. You now see a preview of the embedded video. Click Save and Close.

Note: This is the recommended way to provide access to Panopto videos in your course. This prevents problems with student access.  Just pasting a link to the video in your course does not handle authentication and students cannot easily access the video.



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