• My Media - Edit Options for your Video Files


Is there an advantage to using the MY MEDIA feature in Canvas to store your video files?


  • An individual media file can be accessed from multiple courses in Canvas.
  • You can customize a video or videos in your My Media listings by using special editing options.




  • From the left-hand navigation in a Canvas course, select the MY MEDIA feature.


  • After a few seconds a list of video files in your MY MEDIA collection displays.



  • You can choose to edit only a single video file. Or by using the check mark boxes on the left hand side of your videos, you can select to edit multiple files.
  • Click the EDIT button on the right of a video entry as indicated by the little grey "pencil" icon. 


A window opens previewing your video. There are three sections of this window we will highlight:

  1. LAUNCH EDITOR button
  2. DETAILS tab





Just to the right of the video preview of the file you selected is the button labeled LAUNCH EDITOR. When clicked, a window opens up displaying the editing functions available to you.


Along the left hand side are two different options for editing.


VIDEO QUIZ EDITOR: the icon shaped like a cube opens up a special editor for you to customize a Video Quiz (more information about IVQ: Interactive Video Quizzes).

VIDEO EDITOR: the icon shaped like a pair of scissors opens up a special editor for you to extract segments from a video file or trim it to a shorter duration.

HELP: the icon of a question mark opens up a list of keyboard shortcuts you can use to manipulate the editor.



With the VIDEO EDITOR, you can TRIM or CLIP your video file removing opening and closing shots to make a shorter video or extracting shorter segments from the full-length video file. (NOTE: you cannot create a video segment shorter than 2 seconds.)


  • To TRIM a video is to remove the beginning shots and the ending shots of an entire video file, thus creating a shorter duration file.
  • The TRIM function is associated with the SAVE button presented above and to the right of the video preview portion of the window.
  • To SAVE a video is to replace your source file with the new, trimmed and shortened video. A warning message appears to let you know the source file will be forever changed when you use the SAVE button.
  • If, instead, you want to save a segment of your source video file as a copy (leaving the source video file intact) you must use the button SAVE A COPY.



  • To CLIP a video is to select a portion of a source video file.
  • The CLIP function is associated with the SAVE A COPY button presented above and to the right of the video preview portion of the window.
  • To SAVE A COPY of a video leaves the original source video file intact, and instead saves the clip you've specified as a different file.
  • SAVE A COPY is the function you would use to break up a longer video file into multiple shorter clips, each saved separately and named something unique.



There are four ways you can set the IN & OUT POINTS for a video. This is called SETTING A RANGE.

  1. Drag the handlebars of the start or end points with your mouse to set the range. The handlebars are the vertical grey bars that are originally located at the very beginning and the very end of your video's timeline representation. 

  2. Enter a start time or end time in the Real-Time Input field, and press Enter. The Real-Time marker will position itself on the timeline at the manually set time. You can then drag either handlebar on the Timeline edge to snap it to the real time marker.

  3. Click anywhere on the Timeline, the real time marker will position itself there. Drag either Timeline edge to snap it to the real time marker.

  4. Play the media, and pause on desired time. the Real-Time marker will position itself at that time. Drag either Timeline handlebar to snap it to the real time marker.

After SETTING A RANGE, you can either SAVE (trim) or SAVE A COPY (clip) your shortened video

For more detailed instructions about the VIDEO EDITOR, refer to the last portion of Kaltura's online user guide...

Kaltura's Guide for Editing Media Using the Video Editor




With the IVQ: INTERACTIVE VIDEO QUIZ EDITOR, you can create and edit a quiz associated with the display of video segments (more information about IVQ: Interative Video Quizzes).

For more detailed instructions about CREATING AND EDITING INTERACTIVE VIDEO QUIZZES refer to the first potion of Kaltura's online user guide...

Kaltura's Guide for Creating and Editing Interactive Video Quizzes





From the listings of video files you have in MY MEDIA, selecting an individual file to edit opens a window with various customization options. Just below the video preview are some tabs. The first one is labeled DETAILS.


In the text boxes, you enter descriptions/metadata about your video file...

  • NAME (required)
    The name is most often pre-filled for you based on the video's actual file name. Feel free to change the name to something meaningful.
  • DESCRIPTION (optional)
    You can enter a description for your video file, using the rich text editing tools. A description is optional, but can often be used to provide the "context" in which a video is being used.
  • TAGS (optional)
    Tags are keywords or phrases that can be used in search and filtering functions.  You may wish to enter as a tag the class in Canvas in which the video is being used!

Once you have entered your details, click the SAVE button.




To the right of the DETAILS TAB, other tabs appear.  These tab options offer special features for customizing your video. The actual tabs you see may vary, depending on the functions the University of Utah has decided to include. 




By selecting the COLLABORATION tab, you have the option to add a collaborator with the rights to be a co-editor for videos or a co-publisher.  Once you add a collaborator, the screen updates to show a list of your collaborators and their roles.





By selecting the OPTIONS tab, you can choose to disable comments made about a video file, or close the discussion completely so that no new comments can be added.  The default configuration allows comments to be made.  NOTE: these comments are part of the Kaltura tool sets and do not show up in Canvas Discussions or Assignments.




By selecting the CAPTIONS tab, you are given the option to upload a pre-formatted caption file with text and time markers.  Only two caption file formats are supported: SRT and DFXP.

The CAPTIONS feature must first be enabled by system administrators in order for this function to be available.




When videos are listed or displayed, they use a single frame from the video in a page before you click to play the file.  The default is the first frame of the actual video.  In many cases, this first frame is not the ideal to represent your video file. With the THUMBNAILS option, you can upload or create a customized thumbnail.




 By selecting the DOWNLOADS option, you allow other users to download a file.  But first you must determine how large these downloadable files should be: LOW | MEDIUM | HIGH.

To learn more about how to make videos available for download and how students can download them, read these articles:

Canvas: Making Videos Available to Download for Offline Viewing by Students

Canvas: How Students Download Videos





By selecting the TIMELINE option, you can create chapters for a video and even upload slide images to play alongside your video.

For specific instructions on creating and viewing chapter segments, read the following articles:

Canvas: Creating Chapter Segments in a Video

Canvas: How Students Can Watch Video Chapters


We have been informed that in the near future, the TIMELINE tab will eventually look and function just like the features when you click the LAUNCH EDITOR BUTTON (see section #1 above labeled LAUNCH EDITOR BUTTON).