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How to: Add Video and Audio in Moodle

You can easily upload and share media files in Moodle and your students will be able to play the content back on any device.
You can also ask your students to submit media assignments. If you want to do this, please refer to the alternative documentation How to add a Media Assignment Activity.
If you want to upload media files outside of Moodle, please refer to the alternative documentation Publishing video to MediaSpace

Quick reference guide 

  1. Log into Moodle, navigate to your Moodle module and click on the Turn editing on button (top right).
  2. To add a media item to your Moodle module, go to the section where you want it and click on the + Add an activity or resource hyperlink. 
  3. Scroll down the list and select Media Resource
  4. Click on the Add button, and in the next screen enter the Name for the media resource.
  5. Upload a media file, record from a webcam or select previously uploaded content.
    NOTE: Maximum size for video or audio is 2 GB. We expect most to be smaller than this.

For more detailed instructions including screenshots, refer to the following Step by Step instructions

Step by Step

1. Log into Moodle

To use the media upload service, first log into Moodle.

2. Add a media item to your moodle module

  • Navigate to your Moodle module and click 
  • Drop down the  + Add an activity or resource menu
  • Select Media Resource from the Resources section

  • Click on Add
  • Enter a Name and Description (see below)
  • Expand the Video section


To upload a media file (or embed media you uploaded earlier)

  • In the Adding a new media resource screen, click Add media
  • From the Add New dropdown menu (top right of next screen), select Media Upload


  • In the resulting window, click on '+ Choose a file to upload' and
  • select a media file from your computer to upload. The system accepts all common video and audio file formats.


As the file uploads, you will see a progress bar like this one:

  • While the file is uploading, enter a Name, description and any search Tags for the video and click Save.

PLEASE NOTE: Uploading large video files can take a long time depending on the current available network bandwidth, so please be patient. We recommend that you upload large videos at a time when there are less people using the network.

Do not navigate away from the page until the upload is complete, or your upload will be cancelled.

  • When the upload is finished, click on the Back to Browse and Embed hyperlink.

  • Click on the Select button to the right of the media to add it to your module. You can also use this method to add media that you uploaded earlier.

  • Optionally, you can set the frame size. The default size is Medium.  Click the down arrow next to Select to change it - do not click Select.

After the media is uploaded, it is converted for optimal playback. You cannot preview or publish the media if it is still converting.

  • Click 'Save and return to module' or 'Save and Display'.


How to embed media

  • Before using this feature, turn on the filter for Media Resources in Moodle
  • To do this, go to the Administration block > Module administration > Filters And set Media Resources to On

You can now embed media in any Moodle resource or activity that includes the text editor:

  • Click on the Embed Media icon in the editor toolbar.

A pop up window opens with a list of media items that you can select. You can also add new media from here.


  • Click on the blue Select button to the right of the video you want to select.

  • Optionally, you can set the frame size. The default size is Medium. Click the down arrow next to Select to change it - do not click Select.

  • A pop up with a preview of the media is displayed. To embed it, click the green Embed media button (You may need to scroll down to find it).
  • Click 'Save and return to module' or 'Save and Display'.

How to allow download of media

To allow viewers to download a media item:

  • On your My Media page (under Site home in the Navigation block), click Edit for the media you want to let viewers download.
  • The Edit Media page opens.
  • Choose the Downloads tab and select the check box(es) next to the version(s) that you would like to make available for downloading. Do not allow download of the source file as this may not be in a format compatible to the viewer's device.
  • Click Save.

Now viewers will see a download option when they view this content in the Media Gallery.

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