How to Embed a Video in Moodle

This time, we’re covering a much awaited topic, how to embed a video in Moodle. Video is a highly powerful way of teaching, learning and studying, and in a media-obsessed society, more teachers are finding this to be a viable solution for engagement, and convenience versus live teaching or locationally-central teaching in a classroom.

YouTube is overflowing with tutorial videos, and most major software providers also offer hosted learning videos for their software on their sites, for the same reason. When regarding how to embed a video in Moodle, there are three things you can do, depending on what your needs are.

Moodle has its own movie player component, called FlowPlayer, which can play uploaded videos of numerous format, you upload to Moodle yourself. This is the most common use of video support, so let’s cover it first.

To do this, know that first, you need server space to host the video. If you do not have the server space, you have the option of uploading the video to a public cloud source, like YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion or other alternatives, and embedding it.

But, for now, let’s talk about direct uploading, which is recommended.

Regarding where a video can be embedded, it can go anywhere in the editor, where the TinyMCE text editor works. To upload the video, click the HTML editor, and then click the Moodle media icon.

Next, click “find or upload a sound, video or applet”. This also allows the upload of recordings and Java or Flash applets as well, for future reference.

A file dialog will appear, which allows you to choose a local file to upload, or to link in one from a repository of your choice. Choose “select this file” or “upload this file”, and a preview player will appear. Once you’ve confirmed this is the right video, click “insert”.

Now, you might feel tempted to freak out, when all you get is blue underlined text, showing the video name. Don’t, because nothing has gone wrong. The text editor always itemizes such things as filename text, because having a lot of interactive media items running in the form editor would be a disaster.

When you click “save changes”, the main course page will show the video in waiting mode. It will play if told to do so.

It is recommended that you use one of the three following formats for your video, for device and bandwidth optimization, as well as server space conservation. FLV is the standard compact video format that most mobile, console and PC devices can easily read over even slow broadband, but if higher definition is necessary, MP4 is also viable, and is used on YouTube primarily as well. Barring these formats, MPEG is your next best option.

Remember, audio over 128kbps is extravagant and unnecessary. This is often the cause of videos being tremendous, more so than resolution or video codec.

Now, you also have the option of linking in an exterior video, or uploading a video for the students to download, rather than play in Moodle. These are different processes, though less involved truth be told. In the near future, I will talk about both of these approaches to how to embed a video in Moodle, probably together as they’re simpler than this.

Nicole Lewis is the Lead Author & Editor of MyLMStips. MyLMStips is dedicated to providing the most engaging topics, information, tips and tricks surrounding Moodle®. It's a place where Moodle® users can receive guidance on how to get the most out of it and increase their productivity and progress.