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Generating a Web Link and Embed Code for a Video
Last Updated: Apr 15, 2019 07:19AM EDT

This article applies to:  Echo360 Instructors

NOTES ABOUT VIDEO ACCESS LINKS:
 - This feature is ONLY available for for content if you own it. (Admins can create public links for all captures they can see. They have their own article for this.)
 - This feature ONLY applies to video media.
 - Administrators can DISABLE the ability to generate video links, and they can do so for Instructors or Students or both. If the feature has been disabled for your role, you will NOT see any of the options discussed on this page.
 - If you want to embed a video into a Blackboard, Canvas, or Moodle content page, there may be an Echo360 Embed Button available for you. The embed button is a shortcut for embedding Echo360 videos into LMS content pages. See Embedding Echo360 Videos into Blackboard,  Embedding Echo360 Videos into Canvas or Embedding Echo360 Videos into Moodle as appropriate for details.
 - If you DO embed a video into an LMS content page using the Embed Button, you will see a corresponding link in the Links section of the content details page, and in the Links list in the Share Settings modal for that video.
 - Finally, you can generate a video link and paste it as the Embed Media URL for an Echo360 Media Slide. This allows you to include Echo videos in your presentations.
 

There may be times when a capture or video needs to be shared with a larger audience than a few classes or even just Echo360 users. In this case, you can generate a URL directly to the video, then post that link anywhere you like. You can also generate "embed code" to surround the link, for embedding directly into a portal, embedding in an LMS content page (using the HTML view of the editor), or onto a social media site.

Video Access Links can be Public, allowing anyone with the URL to view the video. Or they can be set to Private, requiring anyone who clicks the link, to log in to Echo360. Private means that only Echo360 users at your institution can view the linked video.

IMPORTANT: Setting a video access link to Private means a user must log in to Echo360 to view it. LMS users who do not have a direct Echo360 login, will need to have already accessed Echo360 in some way (for example, to view a section). As long as they are already authenticated in Echo360 when they click the link, the link will work.

You can also create multiple different links for a piece of content. This allows you to configure different options for each link, for posting in different locations. For example, you may have a public link that doesn't require authentication and a private one that does. This allows you to post them in different locations, and to deactivate and/or delete one of them without affecting the other. HINT: If you do generate multiple links for a single video, use the Description field to tell them apart.

Generating and deleting video links can be done from the Content Home page, as well as from the Links section of the Share Settings area of the Content Details page. Both procedures are included below, however once a link is generated, the options are identical regardless of how you created it.  

Generating Video Links from the Content Details Page

To generate a public link to a video from the content details page

  1. Click on a content tile in your Echo Content Home page to open the Content Details page.
  2. Scroll down to Links section of the Share Settings area below the preview pane.
  3. Click Add Link, as identified in the below figure. 
    content details page with sharing tab and Add Link button shown for steps as described
     
  4. The link is immediately generated, and has fields and configurable options as follows: 
    • Share link slider: When enabled (default), the link is active and anyone clicking the link plays the linked content. If deactivated (turn Share link slider off), the link itself remains valid but users clicking the link cannot view the content. This works to temporarily disable the link.
    • Description: Enter a description for the link. This is useful for identifying the purpose of the link or the location to which it is to be posted. The description is for your purposes only and does not appear outside of Echo360.
    • Start At: When enabled, allows you to set a 'starting location' for the video. Users can view the entirety of the video, but by default the video begins playing at the location you set.
    • Public access slider: When enabled (default), any person with the URL can view the video. Disabling this slider will require a user log into Echo360 to view the video (making access Private instead of Public)
    • Copy: Use the Copy button to copy the link URL to your clipboard for pasting into your desired location.
    • Embed: Use the Embed button to generate embed code to surround the link. This is described further in the next step. 
    • Delete: Permanently deletes the URL and its relationship with the content. If the URL remains posted publicly, clicking it will return a content not found error, as there is no longer any association between the URL and the content. 
       
  5. If appropriate, click EMBED to generate embed code around the link for embedding into an accommodating program or location (such as an LMS content window).
    Embed link dialog box as it appears when first opened with options as described
     
  6. In the Embed link dialog box, you can select Size options for the embedded frame, as well as Autoplay and Automute options. Autoplay and Automute are OFF by default.
    NOTE: If you enable Autoplay, Automute is also enabled; this is to accommodate browsers that do not allow for sound with autoplay content. You can enable Automute separately from Autoplay however.
    Embed link dialog box with Size options shown and embed code surrounding link URL as described
     
  7. Once the embed options are configured, click Copy to copy the full embed code to your clipboard for pasting to the desired location.
  8. Click Done to close the Embed link dialog box and return to the Links list.

The link you create appears in the Links list of the Share Settings area and is available for all users who have access to a content's sharing information (content owners and admins). 

When you no longer need a public link to the video, click the Delete button for that link. Deleting a link is permanent. Remember that you can deactivate a link by disabling the Share link slider, in case deletion is not appropriate. Deactivation retains the relationship between the link and the video, but makes the video inaccessible via the link.

YOU CAN CREATE MULTIPLE VIDEO LINKS:  Notice that after you create a link, the ADD LINKS button remains. This allows you to create additional public links with different properties as needed.
Media details page with a generated link as described

 

Generating Links to Videos from the Content Home Page

To generate a public link to a video from your Content Home

  1. If necessary, click My Content from the left side of the Echo Home page to view all the content you own (you can only generate links for content you own).
  2. Use the Filters and/or Search box to find the item you want to create a link for.
  3. Hover over the media tile and click the Menu button.
  4. Select Share from the media options menu, as shown in the below figure.
    Content tile with menu button identified and Share option shown for steps as described
     
  5. The Individual tab appears by default. Click the Links tab at the top of the modal to open the Links list.
    The Links list may be empty, or may contain one or more links already generated for this media.
    Share settings modal with Links tab identified for selection as described
     
  6. Click the Add Link button. 
    If there are no links yet for this media, the button appears in the center of the modal as shown above. If there are already public links to this media, the Add Link button appears below the list of links, as seen below.
    Links list with new link and settings options available as described
     
  7. A new link is immediately generated, and has fields and configurable options as follows:
    • Share link slider: When enabled (default), the link is active and anyone clicking the link plays the linked content. If deactivated (turn Share link slider off), the link itself remains valid but users clicking the link cannot view the content. This works to temporarily disable the link.
    • Description: Enter a description for the link. This is useful for identifying the purpose of the link or the location to which it is to be posted. The description is for your purposes only and does not appear outside of Echo360.
    • Start At: When enabled, allows you to set a 'starting location' for the video. Users can view the entirety of the video, but by default the video begins playing at the location you set.
    • Public access slider: When enabled (default), any person with the URL can view the video. Disabling this slider will require a user log into Echo360 to view the video (making access Private instead of Public)
    • Copy: Use the Copy button to copy the link URL to your clipboard for pasting into your desired location.
    • Embed: Use the Embed button to generate embed code to surround the link. This is described further in the next step. 
    • Delete: Permanently deletes the URL and its relationship with the content. If the URL remains posted publicly, clicking it will return a content not found error, as there is no longer any association between the URL and the content. 
       
  8. If appropriate, click EMBED to generate embed code around the link for embedding into an accommodating program or location (such as an LMS content window).
  9. In the Embed link dialog box, you can select Size options for the embedded frame, as well as Autoplay and Automute options. Autoplay and Automute are OFF by default.
    NOTE: If you enable Autoplay, Automute is also enabled; this is to accommodate browsers that do not allow for sound with autoplay content. You can enable Automute separately from Autoplay however.
    Embed link dialog box with Size options shown and embed code surrounding link URL as described
     
  10. Once the embed options are configured, click Copy to copy the full embed code to your clipboard for pasting to the desired location.
  11. Click Done to close the Embed link dialog box and return to the Links list.
  12. When finished generating links to the content, click Done at the bottom of the Share settings modal.

When you no longer need a public link to the video, click the Delete button for that link. Deleting a link is permanent. Remember that you can deactivate a link by disabling the Share link slider, in case deletion is not appropriate. Deactivation retains the relationship between the link and the video, but makes the video inaccessible via the link.

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