The Media Library provides storage, streaming, captioning, and light editing tools for all audio-video materials that you have uploaded to D2L using Content > Upload/Create > Video or Audio, Record Audio, Record Video, or Video Note. Use Media Library to manage all your audio-video content.
Note: Older files which were uploaded prior to Spring 2022 may not appear in the Media Library. If you don’t see them, you will need to upload any older audio/video files again, to take advantage of the Media Library tools.
Does all audio and video content end up in the Media Library?
Most, but not all.
What content goes into Media Library?
The following audio-video content paths lead to Media Library:
- Content added using the Content tool
- Record / Upload Audio or Video Notes
- Audio-Video Attachments using Record Audio or Record Video (excluding files uploaded directly to Assignments, those files go to Manage Files)
- Upload option in Media Library
The following audio-video content is not included in Media Library:
- Portfolio Evidence of Learning files and links.
- Files uploaded directly to an Assignment using the attach file feature. These files will be saved in Manage Files.
Do audio files also use the Media Library Editor?
Audio files support captioning and chapters, but do not support timeline editing currently. Audio editing support will be added in a future release.
Can editing be done on mobile devices?
D2L recommends editing on a computer. Editing can be done in mobile browsers, but the Editor is optimized for a mouse at this time.
Editing a video will change it in all the places it exists in Brightspace, is there a way to determine where it is used?
Not currently, but D2L is investigating the best way to solve this. Please take extra care when making updates.
Do the Chapters added appear as text and cause a break during playback?
No, the chapters only appear as points on the timeline.
Is it possible to upload a caption track instead of automatically generating one?
Yes, a .vtt file can be uploaded.
Is there a maximum file size?
D2L recommends that new audio-video files are 1GB or less, with a max of 2GB. The larger the file, the longer the time it will take to upload and transcode. Also, keep in mind that it is easier for students to consume shorter videos, focused on a specific topic.
What file types are supported in the Media Library?
The following file types are supported in Brightspace:
Video Files: .mp4, .avi, .f4v, .flv, .m4v, .mov, .webm, .wmv, and the ability to optimize for streaming (2GB max and up to 720p output)
Audio Files: .mp3, .m4a, .ogg, .wav, .wma (1GB max)
- Brightspace supports these file types but prefers .mp4 and .mp3.
- If problems are discovered while playing a video after upload, try using the <Optimize for Streaming> option in the Media Library’s edit suite. This option optimizes the file for Brightspace and resolves most playback issues.
When I’m uploading a file, the upload seems to get stuck at 70%. Why?
When a media file upload reaches 70%, D2L begins to process the file, so that it can be streamed. Depending on the file size, this may take a while. Please leave the window open, and give it time to finish uploading and processing. If you wish, you can open D2L Brightspace in a second tab, and continue to work in other areas of your course shell while you wait.
In addition to uploading directly to your Media Library, you can also continue to upload your media files in the usual ways, and your content will also appear in the Media Library:
- Content > Upload/Create > Video or Audio
- Anywhere you see the “Record Video” or “Record Audio” button
- Anywhere you see the “Video Note” button
All of these files will appear in your Media Library, so you can watch, edit or reuse them again.
If you’ve previously uploaded content to another course shell, and wish to use the same video, for example, it’s now quite easy to do so.
If you upload a lot of files, updated content, or multiple versions of media files, you may wish to do a little housekeeping, to prevent your Media Library from quickly becoming unwieldy.
Warning: Before you delete anything from the Media Library, keep in mind that this will also remove access to that file from any course shells that link to it. The item will still appear in your course shell, but the link will not work. At this time, it’s not possible to see which shells a media file is being used in, but D2L is working on a solution.
Also, keep in mind that if you delete the only instance of a media file from a course shell, it will still exist in the Media Library.
Once you’ve uploaded or recorded audio or video, the edit tools in the Media Library allow you to add chapters, create auto-captions (which we very strongly recommend editing!), upload a caption file, and make very basic edits to the timeline.
NOTE: When you update a file, it changes everywhere the content appears in Brightspace. For example, changed captions or timeline edits.
For a number of reasons, we don’t recommend uploading long videos (over 10 minutes or so, or 1Gb) to D2L Brightspace. D2L does not manage larger/longer files very well. Also, there are other streaming services, such as Stream and Google Drive, which provide a better experience. Also, most students will struggle to focus on a longer video.
However, if you upload a video that covers a number of topics, chapters are a great way to indicate where each new topic begins. This can be useful for students who want to find and review a particular topic within a longer video.
If you need to make major edits to the timeline of your video, we strongly recommend using proper video editing software. The video editor in the Media Library is very basic. We only recommend using it for light edits that do not require a lot of precision, such as trimming the beginning or end of your video. For example, you can only edit to the nearest second on the timeline, so you may not be able to trim exactly where you want.
Note: Timeline editing is only available for video content. D2L may add audio editing functionality in the future.
Find all of our D2L Brightspace video tutorials and webinars on our Brightspace Stream page.
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