Uploading an .mp4 File (Zoom recording, etc.) to a Canvas or Blackboard Course Media Gallery


  • Canvas or Blackboard
  • MiVideo/Media Gallery
  • Zoom or other service used to create a .mp4 file


  • How do I share my Zoom recording with my students in Canvas or Blackboard?
  • How do I share a .mp4 file with my students in Canvas or Blackboard?


  1. Make sure you have your .mp4 file you want to upload downloaded on your computer
    • For Zoom cloud recordings: navigate to https://umich.zoom.us/recording, click More next to the recording you wish to download, then click Download. Find the recording files in your Downloads folder.
    • For Zoom local recordings: open the Zoom app on the computer you used to record, click Meetings at the top, click Recordings in the upper left, find the recording in the list and click on it, then click Open to show the location of the recording on your computer.
  2. Navigate to Media Gallery in your Canvas or Blackboard course
    ​​​​​​​Note: Media Gallery is a MiVideo service integrated with your Canvas or Blackboard course; if you do not see it, navigate to Settings>Navigation and enable it. Be sure to click Save.
  3. Click Add New
  4. Click Media Upload
  5. Upload the .mp4 file from step 1 and Open
  6. Complete the fields as desired
  7. Save
    Note: Depending on recording quality settings, videos can take as much as 10-15 times the duration of the recording to be appear in your course
  8. Recommended: order captions once your video is done uploading
    Note: caption files from Zoom cannot be uploaded in Media Gallery; the recommended process is to request new captions in Media Gallery

Additional Information

Video demo of downloading from BlueJeans and uploading in Canvas
Note: this video demonstrates downloading a BlueJeans recording and adding it to Canvas, but the steps of uploading in Canvas are the same for Blackboard, and the same regardless of the source of the .mp4 file.