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How do I play a media file in Canvas Studio?

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How do I play a media file in Canvas Studio?

No matter how you access Canvas Studio, the Studio media player includes a variety of options you can use to manage your media viewing experience. The media player also supports keyboard shortcuts. For details, view the Canvas Studio Media Player Keyboard Shortcuts PDF.

Canvas Studio in Canvas LMS

If your institution uses the Canvas Studio LTI in Canvas LMS, Studio media may be embedded as part of a Canvas course page or group content via the Rich Content Editor. Embedded media in Canvas may or may not include comments.

Open Media in Canvas Studio

In your Studio account, locate the media you want to view. By default, Canvas Studio displays your added media in the My Library page [1]. You can also view media in your other media libraries [2], or search for the media in the search field [3].

To open a media file, hover over the media and click the media thumbnail [4].

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.

Open Media from Canvas Course

Open Media from Canvas Course

In Canvas, open the Canvas assignment, announcement, discussion, page, or quiz that displays the media you want to view.

If the selected media has been uploaded to multiple courses, you can view course-specific details using the Course Filter drop-down menu [1]. To view comments and insights unique to a course where the media is added, select the course [2]. 

Note: The Course Filter drop-down menu only displays for TAs, instructors, and admins.

View Media Player

View the media in the Media Player.

Play Media

To play the video or audio file, click the Play button [1]. View the total length of the media in the timeline [2].

View Timeline

View Timeline

To pause the media as it plays, click the Pause button [1]. As the media plays, the bar acts as a timer for the media. Starting with 00:00, the numbers change to show the elapsed time in the media [2].

Set Volume

Set Volume

To set the playback volume for the media, click the Volume button [1] and then click and drag the volume indicator [2]. The indicator farthest to the left indicates no volume; the indicator farthest to the right indicates full volume.

Note: Playback volume is based on the current volume set for your computer. You may also have to adjust the volume for your computer output.

Set Playback Speed

Set Playback Speed

To set the playback speed of the media, click the Media Settings icon [1] and select the Speed option [2]. By default the media plays at the media's original speed (1x). You can slow the media playback (0.5x) or increase the playback speed (1.5x or 2.0x). To manage the playback speed, select an option [3].

Note: You cannot change the playback speed for media uploaded from YouTube and Vimeo.

View Captions

View Captions

If the media file includes a caption transcript, you can turn captions on and off from the media player.

To enable captions for the media, click the Toggle Captions On icon [1].

To turn off captions, click the Toggle Captions Off icon [2].

Manage Displayed Captions

Manage Displayed Captions

To view media caption language options, click the Media Settings icon [1] and select the Captions option [2].

To enable captions, click to select an available language(s) [3].

Note: If you are the owner of a video or audio file, you can add captions using the Caption Request Tool or via file upload.

View Comments

If your media includes inline comments [1], they display by default. To manage displayed inline comments in your media, click the Media Settings icon [2] and click the Comments toggle [3].

Note: You can only turn inline comments to display all or to display none. You cannot manage individual inline comment display settings.

View Comment Timeline

When inline comments are turned on, timeline dots indicate comments added by a user [1]. A comment preview also displays in the media player [2].

You can view comments directly in the Comments tab [3]. Comments are arranged chronologically by time and are highlighted as they appear in the media timeline.

Comments can also include replies from other users [4]. Studio displays the first five replies. However, if a comment includes more than five replies, you can load additional replies.

Note: If there are more than 100 comments in a video or audio file, the inline comments option is automatically turned off. However, comments still display in the Comments tab.

View Media Details

View Media Details

If your media includes comments, you can also view the details of the video or audio file. The Details tab shows the name [1], the description [2], the profile picture (if supported) and name of the user who uploaded the media [3], the date the media was uploaded [4], and any tags associated with the media [5].

Note: If you uploaded the media, you can also view the Edit Details button, which allows you to edit the details of the media.

View Full Screen

View Full Screen

To view the video in full screen, click the Full Screen icon.

Note: Not all media uploads include a full screen option.

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