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Add audio or video files

There are several ways to add video and audio content to Moodle. This guide will cover ways to add online video content to Moodle in detail and links to further resources on audio and media on Moodle.

Media can also be managed and added to Moodle via eStream.

Embed an online video to your Moodle space

While editing a resource in Moodle you can embed an online video by pasting the video's URL in the desired location:

  1. Browse to the content on a video hosting platform (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) and copy the video URL.
  2. Paste the URL in the desired location in the text editor of the:
    • 'Description' field of an activity or resource
    • 'Page content' field of a page resource
    • etc.
  3. Click 'Save and return to course'.
In the editor the URL will display as text, once saved Moodle recognises this as video content and embeds the video.

Embed an online video using an iframe

For more control of how content is displayed on the page the embed code of a video can be copied from the video hosting platform.

  1. Select the 'Embed' option under the 'share' option on the video hosting webpage. Here you will find code for inserting an iframe.
  2. Paste this code into the HTML view of the Moodle text editor, editing to display as desired.
  3. Click 'Save and return to course'.

It is recommended to use the iframe method as this uses the media player of the video hosting platform rather than Moodle's built-in player. This enables various accessibility options including closed captioning, if available on the specific video.

For detailed information, please read the Moodle Docs on video, respectively on audio. For more information on managing YouTube content visit the YouTube Help Centre.

The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.6 and was last updated December 2019.

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