If I upload a video into Canvas, can I prevent students from downloading it?
There is not really a way of preventing students from downloading anything that you upload to the Files area or Canvas. As you have seen in the other posts, there is a 500 MB limit to the Record/Upload media tool in the Rich Content Editor. That tool is really the only tool that prevents downloading of video. You may also check to see what your storage quota is on your course. At our institution we limit each course to 5GB.
Hi C. David, I just did some very basic testing of this for fun and I think there is a limited but possible way to do this.
I tested by uploading a super short mp4 file into Canvas. Adding it to a Module let me download it, and there was a downloadable link present above the embedded video when I added to a page.
You can however upload it via the insert media comment but I believe there is a size limit of 500 mb but that is streaming only. The downside to that is once it's up there there is not editing of the content so a replacement would have to be uploaded.
it may be worth exploring something like Google Drive or YouTube and having the videos unlisted if non downloading is a priority.
Yeah, the problem is with videos larger than the 500mb limit. I want my class to watch a movie, one that I could show in a face-to-face class. I don't want them to be able to download the video. I'm not sure there's a way to set things up, unless I have my own streaming server.
Yeah that might be a tricky one between storage and streaming. Would you be able to clip the videos into parts? I've also done unlisted/private videos in YT as long as there's no copyright issues.
If you are showing face to face only, could you not upload the video for class but not publish it?
From my past experience if a video file is uploaded in a .mp4 container that's H.264 encoded, once the video is being played back in the embedded Kaltura player, the user can right-click on the video player and choose 'Save Video as...' if there's a browser video download helper extension installed like Video DownloadHelper for Firefox, or one can inspect the code and find the <video> HTML5 element and see the URL for the video file and copy/paste that to a new tab to grab the video that way.
I don't think it's fair/safe to say your video is 100% safe/protected from traveling outside of Canvas if uploaded to Canvas via the media upload tool.
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