YouTube, Vimeo and Moodle 2!

3_videoA new feature in Moodle 2 is the ability to easily embed Vimeo videos in CLE courses using only the video URL. With ETS running a UCSF Vimeo pilot program, this is good news for many CLE users. The plug-in for embedding YouTube videos using just the video URL has been possible since Moodle 1.9, and Vimeo videos can now be added to Moodle 2 courses the same way.

Adding YouTube and Vimeo videos to a CLE course page is as easy as inserting a hyperlink into a Word document. Simply insert and highlight text, select insert web link, add the video URL and Moodle does the rest. There are advantages and disadvantages to using this method as opposed to using embed codes to add videos. For clarification, an embed code is the short HTML code typically used to embed an online video on a webpage. The main advantage for using this new method is the ease of use. You are also not limited to the 75MB upload limit when embedding a video like you are when uploading directly to the CLE.

A disadvantage to using this simpler method is the inability to customize the size of the video player. By default YouTube and Vimeo videos are sized to 400 x 300 pixels when viewed in the CLE.

To insert a YouTube or Vimeo video in a Moodle 2 CLE course:

  1. Copy the URL of the Vimeo or YouTube video
  2. Turn editing on in the CLE course
  3. Select “Add an activity or resource” link
  4. Select “Page” to add the video to a webpage in the CLE, or select “Label” to add the video directly to the CLE course page
  5. Paste the video URL into the page content field
  6. Highlight the URL, press the “Insert Web Link” button in the Moodle 2 editor
  7. Insert the video URL in the “Link URL” field
  8. Select “Save and display”

It is that easy! Click for more detailed instructions on Basic Video Embedding.

There may be times that you want to customize the video player to make the player size larger. This can be done by embedding the video using the respective YouTube or Vimeo embed codes. Click for detailed instructions on Custom Video Embedding.

Have fun and please contact LTG staff with any questions!

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