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How to Embed a Video in Your Blackboard Learn Course site

How to Embed a Video in Your Blackboard Learn Course site

For people to be able to view your video file in Blackboard, you have to upload it to a video hosting and playback service like YouTube or the Boise State Video Service.

The general steps for each solution are outlined below. More detail and a solution comparison can be found at

Upload videos to your Boise State YouTube account

  • Access your Boise State University YouTube account
    • Log into your Boise State Google for Education account via
    • Click the Google App Launcher at the top right of the page
    • Click More at the bottom of the pop-up window to show more apps
    • Click the YouTube icon
    • On the YouTube homepage, click the Sign In button at the top-right
      • This should sign you in to YouTube. If not, enter your Boise State email address and password to sign in to YouTube
    • Click the Upload button at the top of the page
    • Select the video you’d like to upload from your computer
    • Click Done to finish the upload
      • Once the upload is completed we will send you an email to notify you that your video is done uploading and processing
    • After uploading your video:
      • Log in to your Boise State YouTube account
      • Click the blue share button on the upper right of the YouTube homepage
      • At the top right of the screen, click your account name to reveal the YouTube options menu and click video manager
      • Click the edit button next to the video you want to set permissions for
      • Under privacy settings, select the permission level you want to apply
        • Videos that are shared publicly can be viewed by anyone on the web. These videos also appear in Google searches
        • An unlisted video can only be viewed by someone with a link
        • Videos set to private can only be viewed by people you set. These people must log in to YouTube with the email address you provide to view the video. Private videos do not appear in Google or YouTube searches
          • Note: If you select private, you will need to enter the names, email addresses or Google+ Circle name for who can view the video. If you do not enter anyone here, you are the only person who can view the video
        • Click, save changes and your permissions are set

Embed your YouTube video into Blackboard

  • Log in to your Boise State YouTube account, if not already
  • click your username or photo in the upper right corner of the screen to open the options ribbon
  • Find and click the video manager link to get to your videos
  • Click the title of the video you want to embed
  • Click the share link in the details section for this video
  • You should see the link to your video here under share your video
  • Click the embed link to get your embed code for this video
  • Copy the embed code
  • In your Blackboard Learn course, access a content area
  • Point to Build Content and select Item
  • On the Create Item page, type a Name
  • In the Content Editor, click the HTML icon
  • In the HTML Code View window, paste the embed code and click Update
  • Click Submit

Upload videos from TechSmith Relay Library

  • Create your Techsmith Relay account by logging in with your Boise State credentials at
  • Open Camtasia Studio or Camtasia for Mac
  • In the clip bin on the upper left of the screen, click the import media button
  • Select the first video you wish to import. This is the video you want to publish to the TechSmith Relay Library
  • Now, drag the video from the clip bin to track 1 on the timeline at the bottom of the screen
  • You will be prompted to select a screen size. Select the screen size that indicates recording dimensions and click ok
  • CAM STUDIO: Click Share button and select “TechSmith Relay.” CAM FOR MAC: Click Share from the menu and select “TechSmith Relay…”
  • Log in to TechSmith Relay with your Boise State username and password
  • Enter a title and description for your video
  • Finally, click submit and your video will be sent for processing. You will be sent an email when your video is uploaded and processed
  • To share your video, click the link to the video at the bottom of the email message. Note: Do not share this link! See the next step for how to share links and get embed code
  • Click the share button to share your video
    • To get the link to share your video in Blackboard as a weblink or email, click Get Link,  in next window click Copy
    • To insert a web link in Blackboard
      • In your Blackboard Learn course, access a content area
      • Point to Build Content and select Weblink
      • On the Create Web Link page, type a Name
      • In the URL box, paste the web link you copied from TechSmith Relay
      • Open in a new window
      • Add a description ensure availability
      • Click Submit
    • Instructions for embedding the video and enabling the analytics, quizzing and grading functions can be found at

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