Uploading videos to PlayPosit 3.0

IMPORTANT NOTES:
  • This article only applies to Pro users and certain Institutional license holders who are part of a license that includes direct video upload.
  • The PlayPosit 3.0 video recorder only works for users on the Chrome browser, but users should be able to upload video from any browser. If you're using Chrome and are somehow unable to use the recorder, please make sure you've enabled audio and video recording.

In this article

  1. Classic MP4 vs. HLS Uploader
  2. Pro license
  3. Institutional license

Classic MP4 vs. HLS Uploader

PlayPosit 3.0 introduced a new HLS video recorder and uploader that allows Pro and Institutional users to:

  • record their webcam or record their screen.
  • upload mp4, mov, webm, flv, avi, mkv, and many more file types.
  • transcode these file types into smooth-streaming video files that will play without interruption on poor-, medium-, and high-bandwidth internet connections.

However, this is available only to certain institutions who have opted for this premium video hosting package.

For other institutions who do not want the HLS video recorder and uploader, PlayPosit offers the Classic MP4 uploader, which only supports MP4 files with a maximum size of 300 MB. This file size constraint is due to the fact that larger MP4 files may not play back reliably or even at all, causing a poor viewing experience for our users. This is especially relevant as more users access PlayPosit from a shared network or from mobile devices.

If your video is not an MP4 or is larger than 300 MB, and your institution has not opted for the HLS video uploader service, we recommend using YouTube (or another online video host, like Vimeo) to compress your video by uploading it and then downloading the processed file. This processed file has been re-encoded to minimize file size and enhance playback. Another option is to use Handbrake, an open-source software program, to transcode and compress your video file.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the hard limit for uploads is 300 MB, but please note that uploads of larger videos may experience playback issues due to file size and network limitations.

Pro license

The Pro license includes 100 minutes of direct video upload per year. When Pro users exceed that 100-minute limit, they will be charged per additional minute of video uploaded. Click here for more information.

How to upload videos to PlayPosit

Pro users have two places in the Designer in which they can upload videos to PlayPosit:

  • As a video segment
  • As rich text within an interaction

Pro users will see the option to Record and Upload Video when they select a video source within the Designer

Pro users will also see the option to upload video to any interaction that supports rich text (i.e. free-response and discussion forums) by using the rich text editor. 

Please note that students will also have the ability to upload video as responses to those same interactions using the rich text editor, and their uploaded videos will also count against their teacher's quota

How much video have you uploaded?

Pro instructors can always check their User Profile to see how much video they have uploaded for the year.

Institutional license

If an institution has opted for the HLS video uploader, then its license may include a set number of minutes of direct video upload per year. Admins for institutional licenses should contact their account manager to discuss overages.

If an institution has not opted for the HLS video uploader, then instructors affiliated with that license will only be able to upload MP4s no larger than 40 MB.

How to upload videos to PlayPosit

Institutional instructors have two places in the Designer in which they can upload videos to PlayPosit:

  • As a video segment (1st screenshot shows HLS video uploader, 2nd screenshot shows Classic MP4 uploader)
  • As rich text within an interaction

In addition, admins can use their admin dashboard to upload videos directly to their institution's media library (only available with the HLS video uploader):

  1. Click the Admin icon in the left sidebar.
  2. Select the Media Library tab.
  3. Click Upload Video, and then drag and drop the video into the dialog.
  4. The video uploader will automatically build the video into a bulb, and the instructor will be prompted to change the title, thumbnail, and other settings prior to closing the dialog.

How much video has your institution uploaded?

This is only applicable to institutions whose licenses include the HLS video uploading service. Admins will be able to see how much video has been uploaded in three places:

  • They can click on their User Profile.
  • Whenever they upload videos, whether through the Designer or the Admin Dash.
  • Whenever they look at the Admin Snapshot tab of the Admin Dash.