Select a video to show on the page. The video player will appear directly on the page. Set the height and width options to display the video at the right size, and include a transcript for those that cannot see or hear the video. When uploading an MPEG file, you have the option of including a SAMI transcript file. Otherwise, use a separate text file in the same folder to provide a transcript for the video.

About Video Files

When creating video files, it is a good idea to include links to any browser plug-ins or media player files that users will need to view the media. Compatible multimedia formats include:

  • MPEG/AVI: MPEG (Moving Picture Expert Groups) files are audio-visual files in a digital compressed format. AVI (Audio Video Interleave) is Microsoft’s file format for storing audio and video data. These files have the following extensions: .avi, .mpg, .mpeg
  • Quick Time: QuickTime is a video and animation system that supports most formats, including JPG and MPEG. Users with a PC will require a QuickTime driver to view QuickTime files. Macintosh users do not require this driver. These files have the following extensions: .mov, .moo, and .qt
  • Flash/Shockwave: Adobe Flash and Shockwave files support audio, animation, and video. They are browser independent. These files have the following extensions: .swa, and .swf
  • Microsoft formats: ASF (Advanced Systems Format) is Microsoft's proprietary digital audio and video container which is especially suited for streaming media. WMV (Windows Media Video) is a video compression format. These files have the following extensions: .asf and .wmv
** It is highly recommended that users store their files on Kaltura and then link them to a Bb course/organization.
1. Turn Edit Mode to ON.
Edit Mode Blackboard
2. Click on the content area button (i.e. Course Information, Course Documents, etc.) where the audio file is to be uploaded.

3. Hover over the Build Content button.

4. Click Video.

5. Type a Name for the content item - select a color for the text.

6. Click Browse to find the saved audio file.

  • Browse My Computer - To select items that has been saved on your local computer's hard drive, a Flash/USB drive, a CD, etc.
  • Browse Content Collection - To select a file that has been saved in the Content System.
  • Browse Mashups - to search for an image that has been saved on YouTube or


7. Select desired Video Options. For Dimensions, use the original video or select custom to set the height and width options to display the video.

Video File Options

The size of the video window should be set in pixels. The default width is 320 pixels and the default height is 240 pixels. Each video file will have a native size. Check the video file properties for the native size, and then use a size to display the video that maintains the height-to-width ratio of the native size. For example, if the video file normally displays at 800x400, you can change it to 400x200 to fit the page. If you change the size to 900x300, the video will appear distorted because the ratio is no longer the same.

Select AutoStart to begin playing the file as soon as the link is clicked, or allow the user to start the file using the controls. Select to Loop the file so that it plays over and over, or play the file once. 

8. Select desired Standard Options.

9. Click Preview to double check what has been done before releasing it to the students.

10. Click Submit.

This article was updated: 05/17/2017