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Embedding Echo360 Videos into BrightSpace (D2L) Content Windows
Last Updated: Aug 15, 2019 04:14PM EDT

This article applies to:  Echo360 Admins

Prerequisites for using the Echo360 Insert Stuff embedding feature:
1) A Brightspace Administrator must have created and configured a Remote plugin for Echo360 embedding on your Brightspace instance.
‚Äč2) The public links option must be turned on, so that you have the authority to generate a public link for embedding.   

If a Brightspace/D2L Admin has enabled it for your institution, you will see an Echo360 option in the Insert Stuff selections available from the toolbar of a content window

The Echo360 option for Insert Stuff provides the ability to:

The same option provides access to all three of these features. These features are available wherever Brightspace provides an Insert Stuff button for its content windows (e.g., Discussions, Content pages, etc.).

Brightspace content window with Insert Stuff button identified as described

Instructors, Teaching Assistants, and Students can select any video already resident in their library (My Content) or they can upload a video to embed or link. Brightspace/D2L Administrators who are also Echo360 Administrators can select any capture in the system they have access to (or upload a video).

Embedded videos DO NOT generate Echo360 user-specific analytic information about who has viewed the video or how much of it. Brightspace analytics may be able to provide some of that data however. Check with your Brightspace administrator if you are not sure. Overall view data such as view counts and heatmap data are provided (in the media details page) for views of the video through these embeds, but they are not correlated to any particular user or set of users.

Embedding an Existing Echo360 Video into a Content Window

The steps below are for selecting a video already resident in Echo360 for embedding into the content window. You must OWN the video you want to embed (it appears in the My Content tab of your Echo360 Home page) or you must be an Echo360 administrator with access to some set of videos in the system. If you need to add the video to Echo360 first, see the instructions later on this page.

The procedure adds a new File into a module of a Brightspace course. You can add any element into any type of course content, as long as the element contains a content window into which the video can be embedded.

To embed an existing Echo360 video into a content window

  1. Log in to Brightspace.
  2. Open the Course in Brightspace where you want to post the video.
  3. Add a module or discussion post or other content item where you want to add the video.
  4. Click the Insert Stuff button, identified by the arrow in the below figure.
    Brightspace content window with Insert Stuff button identified as described
     
  5. If necessary, scroll through the Insert Stuff list to find and select the Echo360 plugin. It should be clearly named.
    A dialog box appears with the Choose From My Home tab active, listing the videos you own, or for admins, the videos you have access to.
    If you need to upload a video to embed, click the Upload Existing Media tab, and refer to the instructions later on this page.

    Embed Echo360 video window with My Content library items listed for steps as described
     
  6. If necessary, use the Search Content text box and/or Filters options to find the video you want to embed into the window.
  7. Click Reset to clear any search/filters as needed.
  8. Select the video you want to embed. The row expands to show additional embedding options.
    If you plan to post a URL link to the video instead of embedding the video directly into the content page, see Posting a Video Link in an LMS content window instructions later on this page.
    Embed Echo360 video window with video selected showing options for steps as described
     
  9. From the Select size drop-down list, select the size you want for the embedded video. There are three size options. 
    Embed Echo video selection list with item expanded and size drop-down list shown for steps as described
     
  10. If appropriate, enable the option to Autoplay the video (it will play as soon as a user opens the page you are embedding it into).
  11. If you enable Autoplay, Automute is automatically enabled, to accommodate browsers that no longer allow autoplay with sound. You CAN enable Automute separately without Autoplay.
  12. If appropriate, set a Start At time. If set, the video will begin playing at that timestamp, although viewers will be able to rewind/fast-forward the player to view any segment of the embedded video.
  13. When finished, click INSERT. A preview of the inserted video appears inside the content area.
  14. If the Administrator has NOT added the Echo360 URL to the Trusted Sites list, you may see a notification to Allow links to this URL, as shown below. 
    Blocked URL warning from Brightspace for embedded Echo360 video
     
  15. Click Allow and be sure the Always trust this URL box is checked.
  16. The embedded video appears in the Preview window as shown below. If it is the video you want, click Insert.
    Insert Stuff preview window with embedded Echo360 video showing as described
     
  17. The content window holding the video appears with the video showing in the main portion of the window. Complete the remaining fields or other configuration items for the thing you are creating, and click Publish.
‚ÄčOnce the item is added, other users in the course can open the page or module and view the embedded video. If you selected Autoplay or Start At configurations for the video, those are enacted for the user upon viewing.

New file page with embedded Echo360 video on it for viewing as described

Uploading a Video to Embed into a Content Window

The steps below are for uploading a video to Echo360 then embedding the new upload into the content window. Most of the procedural steps are identical to embedding an existing Echo360 video, with the exception of being able to upload the video first, before selecting it from your existing content list. 

To upload and then embed an Echo360 video into a content window

  1. Log in to Brightspace.
  2. Open the Course in Brightspace where you want to post the video.
  3. Add a module or discussion post or other content item where you want to add the video.
  4. Click the Insert Stuff button, identified by the arrow in the below figure.
    Brightspace content window with Insert Stuff button identified as described
     
  5. If necessary, scroll through the Insert Stuff list to find and select the Echo360 plugin. It should be clearly named.
    A dialog box appears with the Choose From My Home tab active, listing the videos you own, or for admins, the videos you have access to.
  6. From the media selection dialog box that appears, select the Upload Existing Media tab, as shown in the below figure.
    Select media to embed dialog box with Upload Existing Media tab identified for steps as described
     
  7. Click Select Media.
    The dialog box changes to allow you to upload from your local machine (this is the default). 
    Option to upload video from local device for steps as described
     
  8. To select to upload from a shared drive location (such as Dropbox or Google Drive), click the list icon in the top left corner of the dialog box as shown below.
    List of shared drive options for uploading video to embed as described
     
  9. Follow the options to find and select the video to upload to Echo360 for embedding into your LMS content window.
  10. Click Upload
    NOTE: You may need to scroll down to see the Upload button shown in the below figure.
    File selected for upload shown in dialog box for steps as described

    Once the file is uploaded, you are returned to the media list in the Choose from My Home tab, with the newly uploaded video selected by default, as shown in the below figure. 
    NOTICE that the video may not have a preview thumbnail; this is because the video is still being processed by Echo360. How long this takes is partially dependent on the size of the video.
    Uploaded video selected for embedding as described

    If you plan to post a URL link to the video instead of embedding the video directly into the content page, see Posting a Video Link in a Content Window later on this page.
     
  11. From the Select size drop-down list, select the size you want for the embedded video.
  12. After selecting a size, you have the option to Autoplay the video (it will play as soon as a user opens the page you are embedding it into).
  13. If you enable Autoplay, Automute is automatically enabled, to accommodate browsers that no longer allow autoplay with sound. You CAN enable Automute separately without Autoplay.
  14. If appropriate, set a Start At time. If set, the video will begin playing at that timestamp, although viewers will be able to rewind/fast-forward the player to view any segment of the embedded video.
  15. When finished, click INSERT.
  16. The embedded video appears in the Preview window as shown below. It will likely show as Processing, depending on the size of the video. Click Insert.
    Insert Stuff preview window with uploaded Echo360 video showing as processing as described
     
  17. The content window holding the video appears with the video showing in the main portion of the window. Complete the remaining fields or other configuration items for the thing you are creating, and click Publish.
While the newly uploaded video is still processing, users will receive a message noting this, as shown in the below figure. Once the item has finished processing, it will appear for users in the content window. If you selected Autoplay or Start At configurations for the video, those will be enacted for the viewer on playback.

Preview of inserted video that is still processing in content window as described

 

Posting a Video Link into a Content Window

The below procedure inserts a URL link for the video into the content window instead of embedding the video. A URL Link (also referred to as a Public Link or a Video Link) opens the video in a player outside of the LMS page where it resides (often in a new browser tab). 

Most of the procedural steps are identical to embedding an existing Echo360 video, with the exception of selecting the Link option instead of the available embedding options (Size, Autoplay, Start At).

Video links DO NOT generate Echo360 user-specific analytic information about who has viewed the video or how much of it. Overall view data such as view counts and heatmap data are provided for views of the video through these links (in the media details page), but they are not correlated to any particular user or set of users.

To insert a URL link to an Echo360 video into a content window

  1. Log in to Brightspace.
  2. Open the Course in Brightspace where you want to post the video.
  3. Add a module or discussion post or other content item where you want to add the video.
  4. Click the Insert Stuff button, identified by the arrow in the below figure.
    Brightspace content window with Insert Stuff button identified as described
     
  5. If necessary, scroll through the Insert Stuff list to find and select the Echo360 plugin. It should be clearly named.
    A dialog box appears with the Choose From My Home tab active, listing the videos you own, or for admins, the videos you have access to.
    If you need to upload a video to link to, click the Upload Existing Media tab, and refer to the instructions above on this page.

    Embed Echo360 video window with My Content library items listed for steps as described
     
  6. If necessary, use the Search Content text box and/or Filters options to find the video whose link you want to place in the window.
  7. Click Reset to clear any search/filters as needed.
  8. Select the video you want to link. The row expands to show additional options.
  9. Enable the Link toggle, located below the Size drop-down list, as shown in the below figure. 
    Notice that the embed options are grayed out once the Link toggle is enabled.
    Echo video list with item selected and Link toggle turned on to show option changes as described
     
  10. Once the LINK toggle is enabled, you can also enable the Authenticate toggle, requiring users to be logged into Echo360 to view the linked video.

    IMPORTANT: LMS users typically do not have direct logins to Echo360; in order to view an authenticated link, users must already be authenticated into Echo360 or they will be faced with a Login window. In order to authenticate, users should pass into a linked Echo360 Section first, then click the link to the video.

  11. Click INSERT.
    The URL Video link is entered into the content window. The link posted uses the Video title as the text for the link; it does not post the full URL.
    Brightspace content preview window with video link showing video title as described

     
  12. If this is the video link you want to post, click Insert.
  13. Complete the remaining fields or other configuration items for the thing you are creating, and click Publish.

The URL Video link is entered into the content window. The link posted uses the Video title as the text for the link; it does not post the full URL. Once the item is published, users can click the video link, and playback will open in a new browser tab or window. 

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