I have some large videos (2 - 3 gb) in mp4 format. Can I upload them as files and embed them on a page so that students can play them?
In the past we've had many issues related to file upload sizes larger than 500MB. I believe that's unofficially documented in the old community via a feature request based on user experiences.
So, I think if you use the Media icon in the rich text editing bar, there's a 500mb limit on file size. However, it looks as if you can upload larger files using the file tab on the right-hand box for inserting material into a page. I assume you could also upload a large file directly into Files.
Yes, in fact I'm working with an instructor currently who used their own resources to professionally produce a series of hours-long videos that would only be able to be accessed from the Files repository with a HTML page as a front end with HTML5 video tags or something like jwplayer presenting it to the viewer for playback. We originally wanted to use Kaltura (the rich editor media upload function) to insert these into Canvas pages, but were running up against that upload barrier imposed by the Kaltura integration. So we opted to increase the storage limit on her course to accommodate these really large videos. And it works for the most part. I'd much rather offload those onto YouTube or something else like that because we are Google App customers and can unlock the playback time. That's just me though.
If we could have planned with the instructor ahead of time before the videos were produced so she knew what we might be up against, we'd probably have them chunked down into smaller bits and then we could use Kaltura with greater ease.
My issue is that I have some movies I want to use in my course that are not available online as streaming videos -- I don't want to just upload them, because then students could download them. If i were in a face-to-face situation, I could just bring in the dvd and show the film in class -- I need to be able to do the functional equivalent in an asynchronous environment.
Yes, for content protection, I'm not even sure Kaltura does this. If their HTML5 playback mechanism is presenting the video and if you're smart enough you can inspect the HTML code in Canvas and discover what the URL is for uploaded videos inside the HTML5 <video> tag and then save them to your machine.
Does your institution subscribe to any other 3rd party video content providers such as Films Media Group? I wonder if your video is available that way.
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