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Using Videos in Canvas

This guide provides instructions on linking and embedding Library videos, including playlists and clips, in your Canvas course and Reading List.

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The Library has a growing collection of online videos covering instructional tutorials, Australian current affairs, documentaries, drama series, feature films, and subject-specific content. These can be searched through LibrarySearch, or browse the video collections here.

Many online video collections let you build playlists, create clips, and link and embed videos in online courses and Reading Lists.

Unlike videos from YouTube and Vimeo, all video content in the Library online collections is licensed. You can use it in your online courses. Students can use them in assignments and presentations.

To help you make the most of these resources, we have prepared practical instructions that will show you how to link and embed videos into your Canvas course, or, preferably to include them on a Reading List.

Further information about using resources in your Canvas course can be found on the library guide: Adding library resources to Canvas.


Contact the Library Online Learning and Teaching team.

Finding videos

The Library provides several resources to aid in finding videos that you can use in your Canvas course, these include:

Screening videos for students (Collaborate Ultra/Echo360)

Section 28 is an exception in the Copyright Act that allows the screening of films and videos in class such as lectures and tutorials.  

The material being shown under section 28 cannot be recorded. You must stop recording whilst playing copyright-protected videos in class.  

There are some exceptions where you do not have to stop the class recording.  

  • Showing Screenrights licenced video,  

  • Showing video with a Creative Commons licence.  

If you are not using the Library's licensed videos check-in with Copyright Services to establish if the film screening requires permission, email:

YouTube videos

YouTube, Vimeo and other videos from similar sites can easily be linked or embedded in your Canvas course.

It is important to ensure that the material you wish to use is not an infringing copy.

See the Library Short: YouTube and Copyright: How to identify the Copyright owner (Microsoft Stream, 3:34 mins)

Embedding Youtube videos and retaining closed captions

If a YouTube video is added to a Canvas page via Studio, the captions are stripped out.

If a YouTube video is added via the embed code, the captions remain but there is very poor contrast.

If a YouTube video is added via Emble> media+Caption> Studio and select YouTube from the pop-up menu, the captions remain and are displayed as white text on a black background.

Videos, Copyright and Canvas (Library Short)

Videos, Copyright and Canvas (7:20 mins), RMIT University Library, Microsoft Stream. (RMIT login required)