What types of media files can be uploaded into Canvas?

Canvas can convert specific video and audio files for upload into your course. Canvas converts video and audio files up to 500 MB through the media tool.

Note: Uploaded files are converted to a format supported by your browser. However, not all media files can be played within Canvas.

Supported Video Formats

The Canvas media player supports H.264 video playback; for platforms that do not support H.264 directly, the Canvas media player uses a Flash plugin.

Canvas will accept the following video files as an upload:

  • flv – Flash Video
swf – Macromedia flash
asf – Windows Media
  • a
qt – Apple Quicktime
mov – Apple Quicktime
mpg – Digital Video Format

  • mpeg – Digital Video Format
avi – Digital Video Format
wav – Digital Video Format
m4v – Digital Video Format

  • wmv – Windows Media

  • mp4 – Digital Video Format

  • 3gp – Multimedia Mobile Format
  • webm - Matroska Media

For tips about media compressions and playback quality, view Vimeo's Video Compression Guidelines.

Supported Audio Formats

Canvas will accept the following audio files as an upload:

  • mp3 – Digital Audio Format
  • wma – Windows media audio
  • wmv – Windows Media

Uploaded Files and Browser Playback

When you upload a media file, Canvas will convert the file into a format supported by your browser. Playback is determined according to browser, so if you cannot view the file, you may need to try to view the file in another browser or download the file to watch outside of Canvas.

You may also need to enable or update the Adobe Flash plugin. Learn more about supported Canvas browsers.

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