Submit a Video Assignment in Canvas

You can submit Canvas video assignments in several ways.

If you have a Canvas assignment that requires a video submission using Panopto, follow these steps:

  1. Record the video (head shots or demonstrations) using the app of your choice on your computer or device, or with a digital camera. 
    (For recording presentation videos that include video of you, audio, and PowerPoint use the Panopto Recorder and follow the instructions in steps 1-A.)
  2. Upload the video to the Panopto Assignment folder for your course, from your computer  by following these steps (text) (video).
  3. Submit Assignment. 
    1. Open the Canvas Assignment.
    2. Click "Submit Assignment".
    3. Click the Panopto green icon.
    4. Find and select the assignment folder for your Canvas course - should have the word "assignment" in brackets, ex: [course name [assignment]
    5. Select the video you uploaded previously.
    6. Click Insert.
    7. Make a comment if you'd like.
    8. Click "Submit Assignment".

   -> Download instructions or view: (text) (video)

1-A Instructions for recording Panopto videos

Record a new video with Panopto by following these steps:
Recommended for recording presentation videos that include video of you, audio, and PowerPoint and/or web/document browsing on your computer.
      PC: (text) (video
      MAC (text) (video
     *First, install Panopto (Windows ) (Mac)

Submitting using Canvas Media?

If you have a Canvas assignment that requires a video submission using Canvas Media, follow these instructions for uploading or recording a video.

Best practice for recording videos

Frame your shot

  • Position your device where light is plentiful
    • Light should be above or facing subjects
    • Avoid shooting in shadow (light behind subject)
    • Choose neutral settings and avoid spaces with lots of distractions
  • Use a tripod.
  • If you don't have tripod, have someone hold the recording device. 
    • Capture meaningful activity - adjust camera especially when subject turn their back to the camera.
    • Make sure device is always attended, secured on a tripod, or computer is on a solid surface.
  • **Position the recording device close enough to capture subjects/activity. 
  • Avoid placing the camera far, it's best to position the camera as closest possible. 
  • Practice the widest subject movement and position the camera so that you capture that move, plus one foot. 
  • Recording with mobile devices - only hold device horizontally (camera always at the top) .
  • Recording with computer webcam - tilt screen to adjust camera angle.
  • Practice the scenario and movements prior to recording.

Capture optimal sound

  • Set your device or computer in a quiet place away from loud sounds, humming sounds, or distracting activities.
  • **If you position the camera close enough, you should be able to capture good sound quality from a mobile device. 
  • If you're recording on your computer mic make sure your recording sound "input" is set close to max.
  • If you have an external mic, position it as close as possible facing the subjects (for aesthetics, place mic out of the camera frame visibility; however, audio is more important and if capturing good sounds means having the mic visible, choose sound quality! 
  • Speak as natural as possible, but remember the mic. 

Do a test recording

After framing your shot. Have subjects walk through what they'll do. Make note and adjust picture and audio.

  • Adjust frame - Can you see the subjects while subjects move?
    • Move camera, computer or mobile device farther or closer to subjects.
    • If someone is holding the camera, they should adjust their position closer or father away from subjects.
  • Adjust audio - Can you hear the subjects as they move and speak?
      • Move computer or mobile device closer to subjects.
      • Raise the mic level in your computer or device.
      • Speak louder if necessary