Hi everyone. Must be my weird question day. I thought the Canvas video recorder defaults to HTML5 and rolls over to Flash, yet students are prompted to install Flash. It then never loads.
Is HTML5 not the default for the recorder?
For playback I think it uses HTML5, but for the recorder it's always been Flash. There are feature requests to change this and I think it's listed as in development.
Regarding what your students are seeing; in the past the Flash settings have usually needed to be changed on browsers to allow it to record through Canvas. In Chrome, once you set it to allow flash for Canvas it would remember and work fine each time you tried to use it. With the newest version of Chrome 69, this is not the case. You can allow flash on a site but it only remains that way until the next time you restart Chrome. To make matters worse, for some reason Chrome doesn't prompt you to allow flash when accessing the video recorder in Canvas. In the past you could go into the Chrome settings and manually tell it to allow Flash on specific web sites, but they have taken that ability away now. You can read more about it here Chrome 69 makes Flash use annoying - gHacks Tech News
Here is the feature request listing it as in development Replace Flash with HTML 5 . Hopefully with the new Chrome updates essentially making it impossible to use the video recorder any more the timeline might move a little quicker.
Thanks Rick. Very helpful
Our staff and students find the lack of a functional recorder to be a real pain. Many classes like American Sign Language depended on the recorder to submit videos of the students signing and speech courses used it to record presentations. I hope Canvas moves this to the front of the line. recorder
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