Submit Video to a Canvas Assignment

Submitting video in Canvas takes two main steps: upload and embed.

You can only submit one type of item at a time to assignments. If you need to submit both a Word document and a video to the same assignment, you can paste the link to your video (found at the top of the video's Share Settings) into the Word document you're submitting, and clearly label it for your instructor. Be sure to change the Share Settings on your video so that Anyone at your organization with the link can view it.

When you embed a Panopto video in a submission to an assignment using Panopto Embed (The Panopto-embed button, which looks like a recycling symbol.), only the instructor can view the video. You must use the Panopto embed button. DO NOT use the embed code or the shareable link found in the video's sharing settings.

NOTE: Your video must be in H.264 format and compressed for streaming.

  1. Navigate to Assignments in your Canvas course. Click on the name of the assignment to which you are submitting a video. Then, click Submit Assignment at the top right.

    The submit button in an assignment.

  2. Click the three-dot button, then click Panopto Embed (The Panopto-embed button, which looks like a recycling symbol.) above the text-entry box. If multiple submission types are allowed, you may need to click the Text Entry tab. If you don't see a Text Entry tab, notify your professor.

    The new RCE in Canvas for submitting text entry to an assignment, with the three-dot menu button indicated and expanded, and the Panopto embed button indicated.

  3. In the window that opens, select My Folder from the dropdown menu.

    Finding My Folder in the dropdown menu on the Panopto embedder screen.

  4. Click the Upload tab. Drag-and-drop your video into the designated area, or click "Choose video or audio files" to browse your computer. The video will upload. 

    • If you already uploaded your video to My Folder, find and select it under the Choose tab.

    • If you have yet to record your video, you can also do so here. Click the Record tab to open or download the free Panopto recorder app (see guides for recording on Windows or Mac).

    The Upload tab of the Panopto embedder.

  5. When the upload progress bar says Processing, click Insert at the bottom right. Your video will appear inside the text-entry box. It will take a few minutes or more to become playable, depending on its size, but you don't need to wait for it.

  6. When you're ready to submit, click Submit Assignment under the text-entry box to save. You're done!

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