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Embedding Echo360 Videos into Sakai
Last Updated: Aug 15, 2019 05:11PM EDT

This article applies to:  Echo360 Admins

Prerequisites for using the Echo360 Embed button:
1) A Sakai Administrator must have installed and enabled the Echo360 Embed button for your Sakai 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 Sakai Admin has enabled it for your institution, Echo360 provides a content embed button (also called an "easy embed button") that appears in the toolbar of a content window, shown in the below figure.

This button provides the ability to:

The same button provides access to all three of these features. This button should appear in the toolbar for all content windows in Sakai. (e.g., Announcements, Assignments, etc). 

Sakai content window with Echo embed 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. Sakai 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. 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. Sakai may provide some student view information; check with your Sakai administrator if you are not sure.

The procedures below add an Announcement into a Sakai course site. You can add any element you like to hold the video, as long as the element contains a content window into which the video can be embedded. NOTE that the instructions below for working in the Sakai interface are provided only as a guide. If you need further assistance, please contact your help desk or Sakai administrator.

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.

To embed an existing Echo360 video into a content window

  1. Log in to Sakai.
  2. Open the location where you want to post the video
    The below figure shows a Sakai Site with the Announcements page open
    Site Announcements page in Sakai with Add option identified for steps as described
     
  3. Click Add.
  4. In the new item screen enter a name or title for the thing you are posting.
  5. From the content window toolbar, click the Echo360 embed button as identified in the below figure. 
    Assignment in Sakai Site with new assignment page open and Echo embed button identified

    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. Click Reset to clear any search/filters as needed.
  7. Select the video you want to embed. The row expands to show additional embedding options, as shown in the below figure.
    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.
    Content library list with item selected and embedding options shown for steps as described

     
  8. 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
     
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. When finished, click INSERT. The content area will show an "IFRAME" notification to indicate there is an embedded item there.
  13. Complete whatever remaining fields are on the Page you are adding, then click Post.

Once the item is added, students can open the page and view the embedded video. If you selected Autoplay or Start At configurations for the video, those are enacted for the user upon viewing.

Sakai assignment page in a Site with embedded video 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, then selecting it from your existing content list. 

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

  1. Log in to Sakai.
  2. Open the location where you want to post the video
    The below figure shows a Sakai Site with the Announcements page open
    Site Announcements page in Sakai with Add option identified for steps as described
     
  3. Click Add.
  4. In the new item screen enter a Name for the thing you are posting.
  5. From the content window toolbar, click the Echo360 embed button as identified in the below figure. 
    New announcement page open in Sakai with Echo embed button identified

    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 appropriate icon from the list on the left side of the dialog box.
  9. Follow the options to find and select the video to upload to Echo360 for embedding into your LMS content window. 
  10. Click Upload
    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 an LMS content window instructions 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. Complete whatever remaining fields are on the Page you are adding, then click Post.

The Preview and the published version of the newly uploaded video may show that the video is currently processing, as shown in the below figure. Once processing complete, the embedded video will appear.  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 Sakai.
  2. Open the location where you want to post the video
    The below figure shows a Sakai Site with the Announcements page open
    Site Announcements page in Sakai with Add option identified for steps as described
     
  3. Click Add.
  4. In the new item screen enter a Name for the thing you are posting.
  5. From the content window toolbar, click the Echo360 embed button as identified in the below figure. 
    New Announcement page open in Sakai with Echo embed button identified

    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. Click Reset to clear any search/filters as needed.
  7. Select the video you want to embed. The row expands to show additional embedding options.
  8. 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.
    Embed Echo video list with item selected and Link toggle turned on to show option changes as described
     
  9. 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.

  10. Click INSERT.
    The content window shows the name of the file as the link text as shown in the below figure.
    Sakai announcement window with linked video title shown as link text as described
  11. Complete whatever remaining fields are on the Page you are adding, then click Post.

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.

Sakai content window with video link showing video title as described

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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