How do I use Canvas Studio?

A Canvas Studio account allows you to manage all your Studio media at any time. You can view, share, and comment on any uploaded video or audio media file.

When Studio is integrated with Canvas, users with instructor roles can also embed media within their course.

Most commonly, Studio accounts are integrated with Canvas and can be accessed through your institution's Global Navigation Menu. However, Studio can also be accessed through a separate Studio site (most commonly for admins). Learn more about accessing Canvas Studio.


  • If your Canvas Global Navigation Menu does not include a link to Studio, and your institution did not provide you with an email to log into the Studio site, you can always access Studio through the Rich Content Editor Studio icon, though full functionality is limited. If you are an instructor, you can also access Studio through the Course Navigation Menu.
  • The Canvas Studio Media Player supports keyboard shortcuts. View the Studio Media Player Keyboard Shortcuts document.

View Canvas Studio

Your Canvas Studio account displays a Navigation Toolbar [1], followed by sort and filter options [2]. In the media library, your individual media files and media collections display [3].

View Studio Navigation Toolbar

The Studio Navigation Toolbar displays a Navigation Menu icon [1], and icons to record [2], add [3], and search media in Studio [4].

Note: The Studio Navigation Toolbar displays at the top of every page.

View Sort and Filter Options

By default the media files and collections display in the order they were uploaded or created, starting with the most recently uploaded media or created collection. To sort the files by name or by date, click the Sort by drop-down menu [1].

Additionally, all files in the library display. To filter the displayed media by collection or individual file, click the Filter by drop-down menu [2].

To create a new collection in the media library, click the Add Collection button [3]. Learn more about collections.

View Library

Media files and collections display in the library. Learn more about viewing your media libraries in Canvas Studio.

Note: Media library pages display up to 20 media files per page. To view additional media files, use the page navigation options at the bottom of the page.

Search Media

To search for a video or audio file, click the Search icon [1].

Enter titles, description terms, or terms that match specific tags in the Search field [2]. Then press the Enter or Return key on your keyboard. Learn more about adding tags and descriptions to media files.

Results display in the library [3].

View Media

View Media

To view the media, click the media thumbnail.