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Sharing Videos

Sharing Videos

Canvas courses have a maximum size of 20Gb. Uploading videos directly into Canvas can very quickly use up that space, so it is best to host your content elsewhere and then embed it on Canvas.

Recommended Hosting Platforms


Video content that you create in ReCap Personal Capture (PCap) is automatically uploaded to the ReCap online system. You can embed these recordings into your Canvas modules and pages in a few simple clicks.

If you have a video file created in another tool (e.g. PowerPoint, OBS, Camtasia), you can also upload it to ReCap. Doing so will allow you to take advantage of the platform's editing, captioning and hosting features.

Microsoft Stream

You can also use Microsoft's video sharing platform Stream to host your video content. Microsoft Stream is part of Office 365 so you can access it using your University account.

To embed a Stream video in a Canvas page, you will need to find and copy your video's embed code. You can find out how to do this here:

Alternative Hosting Platforms


Vimeo is a professional video hosting platform used by a number of schools in the University. Vimeo has a free version, as well as a paid for version, which may already be in use in your school/department.


YouTube is the largest video hosting site available. However, due to the large amount of advertsing placed into videos, combined with access issues for international students, we do not recommend its use for University educational content.