Introduction to Canvas Studio

For detailed Canvas Studio tutorials:

  • Studio is a video-capture tool that is integrated into the Murray State instance of Canvas. It is accessible from the course menu in any Canvas course, or from the Global Canvas Menu

  • The Studio link in the course menu will access videos created within that course.

  • The Global Canvas Studio link will access every video recorded in Studio

  • The rich content editor “more external tools V” button allows you to embed any video in Studio into any of your courses.

  • When you create a video you can edit the video immediately with the provided screencast-o-matic software attached to Studio and then upload it into the Studio Cloud. Note: At this date you cannot re-edit an uploaded video except by downloading the video and editing it in an external video-editor, so it is important to immediately edit the video prior to uploading it to Studio. The last entry in this tutorial has a best practices suggestion for editing.

Recording with Studio:

1) Within a course, click on the Studio button on the course menu.


2) Click on the “Record” button in the right corner control. This will ask you to download the app if you have not done so already. 

3) -Select Screen Capture. Note: Selecting webcam bypasses the editor and the screenrecorder app described in this document.

4) Click on Download if you have not installed the APP yet. This will download the app exe for you to install:

5) Double click and follow the instructions.  Once the app is installed you will get the next screen when you click on the record button:


6) This is the button you click on to launch the record screen to use Studio when the app is installed.

(Screen Recorder)

7) You may select Screen, Webcam or Both from here, set the amount of the screen to be captured, turn on computer audio (if you are capturing a YouTube video for instance).
Preferences allows you to set things like hot keys for quick navigation, remove the countback, etc.
When these are set, click on the red record button which starts a countback to 0, and start talking or browsing.
You can pause and then restart the video and have it record from your pause, etc. When you are finished recording, click on the Pause button, then select “Done”


Studio puts you into Playback/Upload mode automatically. Note the timeline and play control at the bottom, and the upload window on the right side.
To go into Edit mode, select “Edit” at the bottom of the Upload window on the right. This will put you into editing mode where you will have access to editing tools.

Once you are done editing, click on the “Done” button. This takes you back to the upload screen.

Give your video a title and description and select edit, which will give you access to screencast-o-matic editing tools. Select upload and your video will be uploaded to Studio.

Let Studio prepare the upload. When it says, “Upload Successful!!!” click on “Continue”. This will take you to your Studio collection (My Uploads).


You can download your videos for backup or further editing by opening them here, then clicking on the download icon. You may also delete them by here without opening them by selecting the Options menu (3-dots) and selecting “Delete Media”.

Once the videos are in Studio they can be added to a page or assignment, etc. in any of your courses in Canvas.

Select edit for any container you wish to add your video to in your course (page, assignment, quiz, etc.), and select the V (more external tools) link in the rich content editor, then select the Canvas Studio link, and double-click your video and save.


Best Practices for editing

Generally, it is best to edit your video immediately, but this isn’t always possible. At this date you cannot re-edit an uploaded video with the integrated screencast-o-matic software.  You will need to download the video and edit it in an external video-editor.

We suggest that you download the free version of screencast-o-matic to your computer ( This allows you to edit any videos at a later date and then add them to Studio, or back them up to your Google Drive. Any video recorded in Studio (or previously recorded in YuJa) can be downloaded as an mp4, then added to Studio:

To upload an mp4, simply click on “Add”, browse to where your video file is on your computer and click OK.

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