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Using Video Note in D2L Brightspace

We recently added Video Note, a new D2L tool that allows a simple way to record video using your computer’s webcam and instantly publish it in your D2L course. You may find this new feature helpful when you want to add media content, create a more personal touch, or improve engagement with your students.

Instructors can use Video Note to do the following:

  • Create a new topic in the Content area
  • Add a Description to a Module or a topic in the Content area
  • Create an Announcement on the course Homepage
  • Provide Instructions when creating a Submission Folder for Assignments
  • Provide 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 Gradebook
  • Compose an email inside of D2L
  • and any other place where the D2L HTML editor is available

Video Note is also available for students in these areas:

  • When adding comments to uploaded assignments in a Submission folder
  • When posting a new thread or replying to someone’s thread in the Discussion topic
  • Composing an email inside of D2L


We find the Video Note tool is the easiest video solution currently available in D2L.

Where can I use it and who can use it?
This tool can be used anywhere in D2L where you can find the standard HTML editor like this one:

Toolbar of D2L's HTML Editor


  • The recordings with Video Note are limited to 3 minutes. It might be just enough for a basic announcement or feedback. If you are looking to create longer videos, please consider using Kaltura. Files uploaded on Kaltura can be embedded by instructors in all the applications mentioned above, but this tool is not available to students.
  • Videos are automatically removed after 6 months
  • Recordings posted in Content, Assignments, and Discussion topic details can be copied from course to course. But since they can’t be captioned, it’s a better idea to have longer-term videos created and uploaded on Kaltura.

Picture of D2L's HTML editor tool bar and pointer on Insert Statuff tool

  • You cannot download or embed the files created by Video Note, they can be only played in D2L where you created them.

Creating Video Note

  1. Open an HTML editor anywhere in mentioned above applications and locate Insert Stuff tool in the upper left corner of the panel.  Picture of Video Note Button
  2. Click on Insert Stuff icon and a new window will pop up. Locate Video Note icon and click on it.Video Note button under Insert Stuff tool pallet. Don’t get confused with webcam tool. We don’t recommend the Webcam tool.
  3. Click on Video Note tool and you should be able to see your computer’s webcam video on the screen. You may need to give your browser permission to access your webcam and microphone. You can start New Recording.
    Picture of Video Note tool and New Recording button
  4. Click on New Recording to start the recording and keep your eye on the time meter. There is a 3 minutes limit. Click Stop Recording to finish.
    Picture of Stop recording button
  5. Now you can review the recording you made. Roll the cursor over the video and you should be able to see the video player’s controls for adjusting the audio volume, to pause/play the video and play video on the full screen.
    If you don’t like your recording, click New Recording for another take.
    Picture of the video and New recording button
  6. Click on Next button at the bottom of this screen to proceed to the next stepnext and cancel button .
  7.   It may take a little bit of time for D2L to process and give you the next windowPicture of In Progress Please Wait indicator.
  8. You need to provide Title and Description for your recording on the next screen. The more descriptive you are, the easier it is to know what the video is about later.
    Picture of Video Note Title and Discription fields and Next button
  9. The next screen will inform you that the Media is being prepared. You can click on Refresh Preview to review the recording again. Picture of Video Note Refresh Preview Screen
  10. You don’t have to wait for D2L to transform the video. Click Insert button, that will place your video on the page.
    The video will appear when it is readyPicture of Video Note Insert button .
  11. Finish your post and close HTML editing by clicking on Update button:  Video Note Update button
  12. Now you and your students should be able to see the video post. The video player will have controls for adjusting the audio volume, to pause/play the video and play video on the full screen.Picture of Video Note screen and player

Video demonstration using the Discussion tool

If you have any questions on how to use the program, please feel free to contact an Instructional Technology Specialist.