Kaltura Tip: Adding YouTube Videos to My Media with Workaround for Chrome issue

Did you know you can add YouTube videos to your My Media area in Kaltura? This doesn’t mean you are copying the actual video, but you can add links to YouTube videos so that those videos appear as part of your My Media area, meaning you can then embed them in a Content page (through Insert Stuff in the HTML editor). Why pull them in to My Media when you can embed YouTube videos directly through Insert Stuff? Well, if you add them to My Media, you can add them to Playlists in the Course Media gallery area, but most importantly, if you add YouTube videos to My Media, when you embed them in the HTML editor, Kaltura will strip out that annoying final screen in YouTube videos which tempt students to click on another video.

How do you do this? This tutorial will show you how, and in addition, will show you how to embed the videos to avoid the current issue with viewing embedded YouTube videos in Chrome. There are several steps, so please contact desupport@camosun.ca if you encounter difficulties.

This tutorial is designed for faculty who have previous experience using D2L and My Media in D2L and will cover the steps involved when you wish to add a YouTube video to your My Media space in D2L and embedding it in the HTML editor (for example, in a Content page). Note that this is a workaround as viewing a Kaltura YouTube video is not currently working in Chrome (Jan. 2020).


  1. Go to your course in D2L.
  2. Go to My media (through the link on your Navbar, or in your My Tools drop-down menu, or in a draft Topic in the Content tool).Go to My Media
  3. Click Add New and select YouTube.

    Click Add New and select YouTube

  4. Open another tab in your Browser and go to YouTube. Find the YouTube video you want to add and click Share. Then select the video’s URL and click Copy.

    Find the YouTube video and click ShareSelect the link and click Copy

  5. Go back to your D2L course, and paste the copied URL into the Video Page Link box. Click Preview.

    Paste the URL and click Preview

  6. It will take a few minutes for the YouTube video to completely be pulled into My Media – the longer the video, the longer it will take. If the video appears to be taking a longer time to load than you think it should, pull the play bar across for a little bit and the video information editing area will appear in the main window. If this does not work, wait a little longer (it may take upwards of 20 minutes) and try again.

    YouTube video appears in your Kaltura My Media space

  7. Edit and add details as needed. We highly recommend adding information to all the listed fields to help you filter/sort media files as you build your collection, and to help your students search for specific media files. Note that you do NOT need to Publish the video for it to be available for use in your course. Click Save. The YouTube video will now appear in your My Media space.

    Fill in the details and click Save

  8. To allow students to see the YouTube video you just set up in My Media, you will now need to embed it in the HTML editor, in whichever tool you are using. In this scenario, we will embed it into a Content page. So, first go back to My Media and click the title of the YouTube video you want to embed.

    Click video title.

  9. Scroll down below the video, and click the Share tab.

    Click Share

  10. This next step is the first part of the workaround for embedding YouTube videos in your Content pages. This will require that you have added the Course Media link to your NavBar. Once you have done that, click Course Media, then click Add Media.

    Click Course Media then Add Media.

  11. Click the select box next to your YouTube video ad click Publish.

    Select the video then click Publish

  12. Click the Channel Actions menu (top right) and select Edit.

    Click Channel Actions and select Edit

  13. Click Playlists.

    Click Playlists

  14. Click Create New and select Manual Playlist.

    Click Create New and select Manual Playlist

  15. Give your Playlist a Title – for this scenarios, we will use the title of the YouTube video we are going to embed. Then click Add Media.

    Add Title and click Add Media

  16. Click Add next to your YouTube video. Then click Save.

    Click Add then Save

  17. Click Embed.

    Click Embed

  18. Copy the Embed code in the Embed Playlist pop-up box (you will paste it into the HTML editor later in the following steps).

    Copy the embed code

  19. Now, go to the Content tool in your course and click on the title of the Module you want to add your video to. Click New and select Create a File.

    Click New and Create a File.

  20. Give your Topic a Title. Then click in the HTML editor box and add some text to provide a context for the video you will be embedding. For example, explain to your students what the video is about and what they should be watching/listening for. Make sure to hit your Enter key so your cursor appears below the text you just typed in, otherwise your video may not appear where you want it to! Click on the Insert Stuff icon at the top left of the HTML editor.

    Add a title, text, and click Insert Stuff

  21. In the Insert Stuff pop-up, click Enter Embed Code.

    Click Enter Embed Code

  22. Paste the Embed code you copied from the My Media area into the Embed Code box, and click Next.

    Paste the embed code and click Next

  23. Once the video appears in the Preview area, click Insert.

    Click Insert

  24. Your video will now appear in your Content Topic page, and you can click Save and Close to publish your Topic page. Your Topic will now appear with the embedded video in it.

    Click Save and Close

Things to Remember

When you embed a YouTube video you have added to your My Media space into a D2L page, the video will not show advertising or additional videos as it does when embedding it from YouTube directly.

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