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Playing Media

Opening a media item, such as from the home page sidebar, displays the media's playback page.

Note: The MEDIAL administrator can disable certain features on the playback pages, so you may not have access to all of the features described in this topic.

Playback Page Features

Each playback page for a media item may contain the following elements:

1. Video playback in Flash Player.

2. Copy Link that displays a copy URL for this page.

3. Copy Code displays the embed code. The checkboxes below the embed code can be used to change the code to Javascript or legacy Flash embed code. Unchecking them changes it back to iframe code.

4. Player size adjustment. Below the embed code you can select from three different sizes or full screen, which will alter the embed code accordingly.

5. Quality. Select high, low or HD (if present). Your choice should depend on the available bandwidth.

6. Download. When enabled, this allows the clip to be downloaded.

7. Rate this media. A clip can be rated by clicking on one of the stars next to rate:

8. Flag as inappropriate. Clicking this reports the media clip to the system administrator. The clip is hidden from view until approved by the administrator. A box appears asking for a reason for reporting the clip.

9. Related Clips. Links to clips within the same category or any other related metadata.

10. Resources. Associated files that have been uploaded with the clip.

11. Tags. Metadata tags associated with the clip.

12. Comments. Read and enter comments about the current clip. Offensive comments can be reported. They are hidden from view until approved or deleted by an administrator.

13. Chapters. Chapter points that have been created. You can creat new ones if you have the permissions to do so.

14. Share. Share the clip (if it is publicly available) on Facebook, Twitter, or through email.

15. Playlist. Create a playlist. You can add a clip or chapter point to the new playlist or an existing playlist.

Copy Link

The Copy Link box provides a link to the media. Click inside this box and copy the URL by pressing CTRL+C or right-clicking and selecting Copy. The URL can be pasted into Facebook to embed the media item as long as it is available publicly in the library.

Note: The MEDIAL administrator may place restrictions on which external sites can play the media.

Copy Code

The Copy Code function generates HTML markup that embed the media player into an external site or a Virtual Learning Environment course. Three types of embed code are available:

iframe – Offers support for playback across most devices.

Legacy Flash – Used to support Flash-only playback.

Javascript ‘Modes’ – Provides support for certain applications that cannot render the player when the iframe code is used.

Tip: When you upload your own media, the embed code is disabled until you enable it through your personal category.

Types of Copy Code

Shown below are the three samples of embed code (the embed code for each video or audio clip will be unqiue). If non-standard player sizes are required, the WIDTH and HEIGHT values (bolded in the following samples) can be changed. 

iframe Embed Code

<iframe width="320" height="260" src="
&captions=y" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>

Flash Embed Code

<embed  src=
&image=" />

Javascript ‘Modes’ Code

<div id="player9">Loading Video Player....</div>
<script type="text/javascript" 

Tip: Using the iframe embed code offers the best level of compatibility across all devices. Use the Legacy and Javascript embed code only in situations where the iframe code does not work.

Using Copy Code

Do the following to embed media within an external web site:

1. Click anywhere in the Copy Code text box and press CTRL+C or right-click and select Copy. This places the code within the clipboard.

2. Between the <body> and </body> tags of the web page or a blank work area of a virtual learning environment course, place the code by pressing CTRL+V or right-clicking and selecting Paste.

Chapter Points

Chapter points allow you to divide a video into sections and move between the sections quickly.

1. To create a chapter, click on the Chapters button beneath the clip.

2. Click on Add Chapter. Play the clip. At the point where the chapter should begin, click Add Start Time.

3. Allow the clip to continue playing or seek to the desired end point. Click Add End Time to create the chapter end point.

4. Once the start and end time are set, give the chapter point a title and description, then click Add Chapter.

5. To indicate a point of interest in a clip, enter the time in a comment as follows. This example creates a hyperlink that starts the clip playing at 35 seconds into the clip timeline:


Inappropriate Content

Selecting Flag as Inappropriate displays a screen for reporting questionable content.

A drop-down list allows you to select the reason for concern.

Enter a message for reporting the clip.

The system administrator will receive a notification and will be able to review the clip and either delete it or reinstate it.

Note: Flagged content will be removed from view immediately and will not be available publicly unless an administrator reinstates it.


When comments are enabled, users can leave messages about the content. Any comments deemed inappropriate or offensive can be reported to the administrator. Reported comments are hidden immediately.

RSS Feeds

Click the RSS button within a category to display the Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed. This allows you to subscribe to a basic feed that is updated automatically whenever new video or audio is added to the category.

The RSS feed link can be added to any compatible viewer such as the RSS Feed Reader built into Windows 7. When you choose a feed, a preview displays the content to be delivered. The following shows content previewed in the Firefox browser.

Note: For a category to have an RSS feed, the feed must be publicly available.


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