Windows Media Video in D2L or Linked from D2L

Support for Windows Media Video (WMV) is still in progress for most browsers and platforms. It varies with browsers and operating systems, and also with how an WMV file is inserted in D2L. The following table is a summary as of Jan 2014. If you have any new findings, please send it to us at d2L@dsu.edu


  Internet Explorer 11 Safari 5.1 Google Chrome (current) Mozilla Firefox (current)
  Windows 7 Mac OS X 10.6 Windows 7 Mac OS X 10.6 Windows 7 Mac OS X 10.6
As Course Content Topic Yes Yes ** Yes * Yes ** Yes * Yes **
As InsertStuff to Course File, in a widget Yes Yes (as link, not embedded) Yes **** Yes ** Yes **** ?
As QuickLink to Course File, in News widget Yes
embedded in page, with play control bar
Yes **
hyperlink inserted
click to play
Yes **** Yes **
hyperlink
inserted
click to play
Yes **** ?
As QuickLink to a URL outside D2L (target = New window)   Yes Yes ** Yes Yes ** Yes * Yes **

Notes:

  1. * A plugin may be needed.
  2. ** Flip4Mac plugin is needed to play Windows Media Video on Mac. The plugin can be downloaded from the following sites:
  3. *** Use InsertStuff Insert Stuff button (instead of QuickLink) if you want to link to or embed a Windows Media Video in a widget or other item in D2L. Please read the description below. Read the user guide below about how to use InsertStuff button.

  4. **** As of January 2014, when inserted into the News widget, the video is embedded in Internet Explorer 11, but inserted as a link in Google Chrome (v. 32) and Mozilla Firefox 26. In Firefox, clicking the link will pop up an option to launch Windows Media Player. In Chrome, right mouse click on the link and select Open in New Window.

  5. When a Windows Media video is added as a Content topic in D2L, the video can be played with fast-forward and remind options. In addition, a Download button will be available under the video screen for students to download the video.

    WMV inserted as content topic

    Although there is no size limit for videos to be uploaded to D2L, downloading large videos (size greater than 50 MB) can abort or fail due to browser session time-out. If you want your students to be able to download large WMV files as well as view the streaming video, we advise that you put these large Windows Media video files on the DSU video server. For further information, please contact d2l@dsu.edu

Insert (Media) Stuff in D2L

You can insert a link to or embed a Windows Media Video in a D2L widget.

  1. Open the content editing window of a widget or other item. Select the InsertStuff button Insert Stuff button.

    insert stuff button

  2. Select Course Offering Files as the location of the file. Find and select the file, Wildlife.wmv in this example. Click the Next button.

    Insert Stuff step 2
  3. Enter Link Text and Alternate Text. Click Insert.

    Insert Stuff link

  4. As of August 2013, when inserted into a widget (News), the video is embedded in Internet Explorer 10, but inserted as a link in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

    WMV inserted into the News widget as Course File using QuickLink, viewed in IE10

    WMV inserted into News widget, viewed in IE

  5. WMV inserted as Course File, using InsertStuff, viewed in IE10

    WMV inserted as Course File using InsertStuff, viewed in IE10

  6. WMV inserted as Course File using QuickLink or InsertStuff

    WMV inserted as Course File, in Chrome or Firefox

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