Uploading video files to Blackboard

There are many ways to add a video file to Blackboard. Build Content > Video is useful for quicky adding a small video clip to your course where you do not want to add any contextual information. . The file formats supported by this feature are .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .mov, .qt, .swa, and .swf. If your video clip is larger than 20 MB we request that you use the Streaming Service and then embed your video. Details are at http://go.soton.ac.uk/6kv

Edit Mode

Edit Mode

1. Check that Edit Mode is turned ON.  This can be switched by clicking ON or OFF.

Content Area

Content Area

2. Choose the Content Area into which you wish to add your content.  All the content areas work in the same way, if you have renamed or added content areas to your Blackboard course the screenshot above may vary from what you see.

Build Content

Build Content

3. Hover your mouse pointer over Build Content and then click on Video which is under the Create column.

Choose Video

Choose Video

4. To upload a file from your computer click on Browse My Computer. If you wish to add a file that is already on your course, or which you have added directly into your course files area click on Browse Course. If you wanted to add a video from YouTube but forgot to use the Mashups feature directly from Build Content you can still use Browse Mashups to find a YouTube video.
 
5. The filename will automatically populate the Name box. However you may over type this if you wish.
 
6. You may choose a colour for the name to appear in.

Video Options

Video Options

7. Set the Dimensions. These could be the Original dimensions of the video, or if it is large you may wish to use Custom dimensions. If you use Custom dimensions you will be asked to enter the width and height that should be used. To keep the video at the correct aspect ratio, divide the resolution equally for both height and width. For example if the video is 1280×720 you could enter 320 x 180. This would be four times smaller in resolution. This setting does not affect the size of the video if the user chooses to download your original video file to their computer.
 
8. If you want the video to start playing as soon as the user enters the content area into which you are adding this audio file then set Autostart to Yes. We would recommend that you leave it set to No so that users may play the video when they wish.
 
9. If you wish for the video file to repeat after it has reached its end then set Loop to Yes. We would recommend that you set this to No so that users may repeat the playback only if they wish.

Standard Options

Standard Options

10. Set the options according to your preferences.
 
Permit Users to View this Content
Do you want students to be able to access this content? Selecting No would prevent your students from viewing it, but you would still be able to view it while Edit Mode is ON. The date restrictions option below is a more powerful way of doing a similar action. The default for this option is Yes.
 
Track number of views
Select Yes to indicate that the system is to track the number of times a user accesses this item. Select No to indicate that the number of times this page is accessed will not be tracked. Only use this option for materials for which you particularly require tracking information. A general report on Course Statistics provides tracking information for the whole course and is available from the Control Panel. For more information about this feature check the link on the right under “What’s Related”.
 
Select Date and Time Restrictions
If you wish you may restrict when this content will appear. Tick the boxes and determine times and dates as appropriate. Ticking Display After will mean that the content will appear from the time and date that you select. Ticking Display Until will mean that the content will no longer appear (disappear) after the date and time selected has passed. This only affects the way the material appears to students. As a course instructor you can change this setting at any time and the content will always be available to you.
 
11. Click Submit to finish.

Success

Success

12. Your video file will be added to your course. The way it is rendered will depend on your operating system, what browser you are using, and which plug-ins are installed.