How do I embed Canvas Studio media in a Canvas course?

In Canvas, users can embed media from Canvas Studio in any feature area with the Rich Content Editor, including Assignments, Discussions, and Pages. Media is embedded using the Studio LTI tool. You can select existing media and also upload new media through the Studio LTI tool.

When embedding media in Canvas, you can choose to disable Media Tabs. Media Tabs give you access to media details, comments, insights, and captions. When media tabs are disabled, embedded Canvas Studio media can be resized in the user interface. Regardless of comments, embedded media views are always included in analytics.

If needed, you can embed YouTube or Vimeo videos at a particular timestamp. Additionally, when embedding media in Canvas, the download option is disabled by default for media you own, but you can choose to enable the download option.

Embedding Media in Assignments and Discussions

If you are an instructor and embedding media in an assignment or a discussion, you may consider disabling comments. For graded assignments, inline comments are not a replacement for submissions and never display in SpeedGrader. For instance, when embedding media in a graded discussion, students could post inline comments, but to receive a grade, they would also have to post a reply to the graded discussion. The discussion reply would display in SpeedGrader for grading. However, comments could be enabled when embedding media in a No Submission or Not Graded assignment.

Embedding Media as a Student

If you are a student, you can embed Canvas Studio media in a discussion reply, a text entry assignment, or a file upload assignment. Media you embed into a Canvas course or group is created as a new copy owned by your instructor. When embedding media, you will not be able to edit any details, so you may want to confirm the name of your media before it is uploaded. Otherwise, you can contact your instructor to modify the details of your media.

Open Studio in Rich Content Editor

Open any Canvas feature area that supports the Rich Content Editor, such as Discussions, Assignments, or Pages. Click the Studio icon [1].


  • If the Studio icon does not display in the toolbar, click the Options icon [2].
  • You can also access the Studio tool from the App icon [3].

Locate Media

Locate Media

By default, the page displays media from your collection. To view other collections, click the My Library menu [1].

To search for a video or audio file, click the Search icon [2].

Note: If you are an instructor, you can also view media uploads for your courses.

Locate Shared Media

Locate Shared Media

To embed media shared by another user, click the My Library menu [1] and then click the Shared with Me link [2].

Note: Selecting shared media from the course it was shared from will not provide the embed option. To embed shared media, open the Shared with Me collection or search for the media by name.

Upload New Media

Upload New Media

To upload new media, click the Add button.

You can also drag and drop media into the window. You can bulk upload multiple media files at a time. The maximum file size for a media upload is 10 GB.

Select Media

Select Media

Hover over the media you want to select [1]. Then, click the Select button [2].

Display or Hide Media Tabs

Display or Hide Media Tabs

You can can display Media Tabs in the embedded media file. The Media Tabs can include the Details, Comments, Insights, and Captions tabs. To display or hide the Media Tabs in the embedded media file, click the Display media tabs toggle button.

Note: By default, this option may be on or off. Admins control whether it is on or off by default through Studio Settings.

Embed at Timestamp

Embed at Timestamp

If you are embedding media from an external source such as YouTube or Vimeo, you can set the media to begin playing at a particular timestamp.

To embed media at a timestamp, click or play the video to the desired time [1]. Then, click the Set current button [2]. The time displayed on the Set current button displays in the Timestamp field [3]. Alternatively, enter a time directly into the Timestamp field.

Note: The option to start embedded media at a timestamp only displays if the media is from YouTube or Vimeo.

Resize Embedded Media

Resize Embedded Media

To resize embedded media, click to disable the Display media tabs toggle [1]. Then, click the Embed button [2].

Open Studio Media Options

Click in the video window to display the Studio Media Options pop-up. Then, click the Studio Media Options link.

Studio Media Options Tray

The Studio Media Options tray displays information about the media, including the media title, and display and sizing options.

You can customize how the embedded media displays. To embed the video directly in the rich content editor, click the Embed Video radio button [1]. To display a text link to open the media in a new tab, click the Display Text Link (Opens in a new tab) radio button [2].

To select a pre-set size from a list, click the Size drop-down menu [3]. Pre-set size options include medium, large, and extra large.

To enter a custom size, select the Custom option [4]. Enter a custom width or height in pixels in the size fields [5]. As you enter a size, the other field will automatically update to preserve the aspect ratio.

To save the selected options, click the Done button [6].

Note: The media title cannot be edited from the Studio Media Options tray. To edit the media title, view the media details.

Enable or Disable Download Option

Select Embed Options

If you are embedding your own media, you can allow the media to be downloaded. To display the download option in the embedded media file, click the Display Download Option toggle button. By default, this option is turned off.

Note: The Display Download Option toggle button only displays if you are the owner who created and uploaded the media file in Studio.

Embed Media

Choose Media

Click the Embed button.

Manage Media

Manage Media

Preview your embedded video in the Rich Content Editor field.

If you want to replace the existing media, delete the media from the Rich Content Editor field and access Studio through the Apps icon again.

Publish Media

Publish Media

To publish your content immediately, click the Save & Publish button [1]. To save your content as a draft, click the Save button [2].