Managing Canvas Media Files
Media File Storage Options
Use Panopto - Panopto is a media storage and streaming option that is integrated with Canvas.
- Media files added to Panopto do not count against the file storage limit in Canvas. Video lectures created using Panopto or any other video production tool can be uploaded to Panopto.
- Audio files can be uploaded to Panopto.Panopto can be used to record both audio and video files, which can then be uploaded to Panopto.
Embed or link to audio or video files, do not upload them to Canvas.
- There are file size limits to how large these files can be and they will consume storage space.
- Here are instructions on how to Add Panopto Videos to a Canvas Course
PowerPoint files with narration can be handled a couple ways:
- Export the file from PowerPoint to an mp4 file if it is recorded in PowerPoint and upload to Panopto.
- If QuickTime (QT) is used to record a voice-over PowerPoint using QT's screen capture tool, make sure this is an mp4 file and upload it to Panopto.
- Note: it is critical that you test the QT export to make sure the audio is working in Panopto. QT has several versions and the export must be done correctly for the audio to be captured. Panopto voice-over PowerPoint recordings (see below) is an alternate option.
- Uploading the presentation with embedded audio usually fails as the files are huge and surpass the 500 mb limit for file uploads to Canvas. Panopto voice-over PowerPoint recordings (see below) is an alternate option.
Panopto voice-over PowerPoint recordings will create a great voice-over PowerPoint video
- When uploaded to Panopto and added to a Canvas course the PowerPoint file and the video are both available to the students.
- Here are instructions on How to Create a Voiceover PowerPoint with Panopto
Zoom recordings can be added to a Canvas course, if need be.
- If the meeting was scheduled in Canvas and the recording was saved to the Cloud, students can access the recording in the Zoom Meetings tool in Canvas. If the recording was saved to your computer, upload the mp4 file to Panopto and then link it or embed it in a Canvas page, announcement, or module.
- Here are instructions on Adding Recorded Zoom Sessions to Panopto and Canvas
Large image files can also take up a lot of file storage space.
- In Canvas, the maximum width of a page is approximately 760 pixels. Images on the web will look the same whether they are medium resolution or high resolution. Upload images that are no wider than 760 pixels (this eliminates the need to scroll) and set the resolution to medium, no higher. This will accomplish several things:
- it will make the file size much smaller
- the file will display well
- the image will load much more quickly than a large resolution image
Coaching students to do the same with images they submit is a good idea as their submissions go against your course storage limit. For more information, here is a two part video series from New Mexico State that explains and demonstrates working with images and Canvas.
After implementing the solutions that work for you, and once the media files are being shared with students by linking to Panopto or embedding the video/audio files, remember to delete the files that were originally uploaded to Canvas Files. This will increase file storage capacity.