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How to embed films?

What is embedding?

You can easily share or embed any Kanopy film (or clip or playlist you create) through the sharing tools below the film.

"Embedding" a film means that you embed the whole video player into another website (your library website, your course management system, your blog, etc) so that the film appears and can be watched there as opposed to having to click on a separate link to the film.

Note: to simply share a film link (rather than embed the video player into another website) which is easier, you can see how to here. This article focuses only on how to embed films.

How to embed a film?

Below every film (and clip/playlist) you will notice a button for "Share / Embed". If you select this button if will come up two tabs for which allow you to both share and embed the film. The default tab will be the "Share" option, so simply select the "Embed" tab.

This feature allows you to embed the film player into any other website. Simply copy the HTML code you see there and paste it into your course post or website code.


It is important to note that unlike public streaming websites (such as YouTube) your Kanopy website is access controlled to ensure only users of your institution can access it. These access controls also apply to embedded films. Therefore, if you are at a University and you embed a film, users will likely be able to see it straight away and press play if they are located on campus (campus IP recognition), but when offcampus they may see the embedded film with the page requesting them to log in with student/staff ID first to load the film.

Having issues with embedding?

If you are having some issues with embedding this is most typically caused by your institution's authentication system that protects access to the website (i.e. the system you see that asks you to log in with your student/staff/library user ID before being able to access the website). You are best to contact your library or campus technical team if you have an embed issue and you can always use the direct film link (option 1) above in the meantime instead.

If you have technical expertise and wish to diagnose the embed problem, you can see common issues for this here.

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