How do I upload and embed a media file from my computer in the New Rich Content Editor as a student?

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Using the New Rich Content Editor, you can upload and embed media files from your computer. Several features in Canvas support the New Rich Content Editor, including Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, and Quizzes.

Canvas allows you to upload supported media types.

Canvas converts files up to 500 MB. If a file exceeds the 500 MB limit, you can host the file through an external source such as YouTube and embed it using the Rich Content Editor. To learn more about available options for using media files in Canvas, view the Canvas Media Comparison PDF.

Canvas videos also support caption files. Once you upload a video, learn how to add captions to a video.

Note: The New Rich Content Editor is currently a course opt-in feature. If the Rich Content Editor in your course does not match the images in this lesson, your course is using the classic Rich Content Editor.

Open New Rich Content Editor

Open New Rich Content Editor

Open the New Rich Content Editor when using one of the Canvas features which support the Editor.

Note: The Rich Content Editor supports keyboard shortcuts. To view the Keyboard Shortcuts menu, click the Keyboard icon or press ALT+F8 (PC keyboard) or ALT+FN+F8 (Mac keyboard).

Open Media Upload Tool

Open Media Upload Tool

Click the Record/Upload Media icon [1] and select the Upload/Record Media option [2].

Note: To view the Record/Upload Media icon, you may have to click the Options icon [3].

Upload Media from Computer

  Upload Media from Computer

By default, the Media Upload Tool displays the Computer tab [1]. Click or drag and drop a media file to media uploader to upload a file from your computer [2].

Select File

Select File

Select the media file [1] and click the Open button [2].

View Selected File

  View Selected File

The uploader displays the media file name [1] and a file preview [2]. To remove the file, click the Delete icon [3]. To add a caption file, click the Add CC/Subtitles checkbox [4].

Embed Media File Upload

Submit Upload

To embed your selected media file, click the Submit button.

Note: The file will flash before it embeds in the New Rich Content Editor.

View Embedded Media

View Embedded Media

View your uploaded media file in the New Rich Content Editor.

Save Changes

Save Changes

Click the Save button.

Note: When using the Rich Content Editor in Discussions, the Save button may appear as the Post Reply button.

View Content

View Content

View the content created in the New Rich Content Editor.

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