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Brightspace Tip #299: Video Notes

Video Note new recording window
Video Note Recording Window

Video Notes is a built-in media recording tool in Brightspace that allows instructors and learners to record short videos (up to 30-minute video recording) with a webcam or up to 1GB file upload. This makes it easy to personalize the learning experience with short, video-based feedback, comments, or instructions. Video Notes can be added where video attachments are supported and when the Brightspace Editor’s Insert Stuff option is available.

Instructors can use Video Notes to:

  • Create a new Topic in Content area
  • Add a Description to a Module or a Topic in the Content area
  • Create an Announcement
  • Provide instructions when creating a Submission Folder for Assignments
  • Provide a feedback on students’ Assignments
  • Give a description of a new Topic in Discussions or make a post on a Discussion topic
  • Give students feedback in the Grade Book
  • Post a message in the Activity Feed
  • Anywhere Brightspace Editor is available

Learners can use Video Notes in these areas of Brightspace:

  • When adding comments to uploaded assignments in a Submission folder
  • When posting a new thread or replying on someone’s thread in Discussion topic
  • Anywhere Brightspace Editor is available

Follow these steps to do it.

To create and insert a video note in the Brightspace Editor:

  1. In the Brightspace Editor, click the Insert Stuff icon.
  2. Click Add Video Note.
  3. Select Record Webcam Video, or Upload File.

    If Record Webcam Video is selected, follow these steps:

    1. Click New Recording.
    2. Record up to 30 minutes of video and click Stop Recording.
    3. To view the video note, click the play icon.
    4. If you are satisfied with the video, click Next.
    5. Enter a title, description, and audio language for the video note. To generate captions automatically, select Automatically generate captions from audio.
    6. Click Next.
    7. Click Insert.

    If Upload File is selected, follow these steps:

    1. Click Choose File and select the file you want to upload from your computer.
    2. File format must be .mp4, .webm, .mov, .flv, or .f4v, and file size cannot be larger than 1GB.
    3. Click Next, and enter a title and description.
    4. Click Next, and then Insert.

insert stuff button

example of insert stuff menu with video note selected
Add Video Note from Insert Stuff menu

Want more information?

Create Video Notes
Create and insert a Video Note in Brightspace Editor
Reuse Video Notes
Spotlight: 3 Video Note Workflows (New York University)
Understanding the Brightspace Editor
Add closed captions to a Video Note
Edit Video Notes closed captions

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