Open edX® Tutorial: How to add videos to your course.

In our previous tutorial about How to Add Course Sections and Subsections you added your first Section and Subsection to your course. With those in place, you can start adding content Units under the Subsections and then add your real course content into those Units in the form of components. Units can have one more multimedia components such as text, images, PDFs, videos, tests and more. In this tutorial you will learn how to add your first Unit into the course then add a video component inside that Unit.

Note: If you already know how to add Units into your course, you can go directly to Step 3 below. 

Step 1: Navigate to the course Outline from inside Studio.

In order to access the course Outline page, you first need to sign into Studio. From the Studio Home where all your courses are listed, click the course name of the course you want to enter. In the below image the course name is indicated as “Demonstration Course”, just click that to go inside the course to the course Outline.

Image: A screenshot of the Open edX Studio Home page.

Open edX Studio Home


When you click the course name, you will immediately be taken to the course Outline, as shown in the below image.

Image: A screenshot of the course Outline in Studio with the Section and Subsection you added in our previous tutorial How to Add Course Sections and Subsections.

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Step 2: From the course Outline, click the + New Unit button

When you click the blue + New Unit button the system will automatically generate a new Unit for you. Go ahead and click it and the Unit will open up in a new page making it easier for you to develop that Unit.

Image: A screenshot of the new Unit created by the system.

open edx tutorial add new unit


Step 3: From the new Unit, click the green Video button to add a placeholder video component.

When you click the green Video button a placeholder video will be generated by the system as per the below image.

Image: A screenshot of a placeholder Video unit showing the face of edX CEO Anant Agarwal.

open edx studio tutorial how to add a video

Step 4: Click the EDIT button then fill in a URL to your video.

When you click the EDIT button, a pop-up screen will appear prompting you to fill in your own URL to your video. For example, if your videos are hosted on YouTube, you can copy the YouTube URL of the video and copy/paste it into the highlighted area in the below image. Go ahead and copy/paste your own video URL into that input field.

Image: A screenshot of the input field highlighting where you should add your own YouTube video.

open edx studio tutorial how to add a video


Step 5: Click Save.

Once you have added in the URL to your own video, you can click Save and your video will be inserted as per the below image. As an example I have used a video we filmed at the Open edX Conference 2020 in USA! Here is the link in case you want to watch the awesome video:

Image: Screenshot of your final video in the unit.

open edx studio tutorial how to add a video

Note: At any time you can click the Edit button again to make changes.

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