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Streaming Video Collections: Kanopy

A tutorial on how to use streaming video collections. Information on linking, clips, playlists, and accessibility.

Electronic Resources Manager


Kanopy offers one of the largest collections of films in the world with 50,000+ films from thousands of leading producers. These films are all genres - from documentaries to movies and training videos.


Each video from Kanopy has an embed code. 

To link to videos in Kanopy

  • Identify a video in the Kanopy database.
  • Click on the "Embed" button below the video player and copy/paste the code provided.
  • Copy the persistent link to employ in Blackboard or other course management system tools for creating content

To embed in BlackBoard:

  • Select Content
  • Click and hold on Build Content to select "Create" / "Item"
  • Enter your selected Name
  • Click on "HTML" in the Tool Icons displayed for the Text box.  The HTML code view dialog box will open.
  • Paste in the embed link copied earlier
  • Click "Update"
  • Click "Submit" on the Create Item page
  • The title of the video along with production details and running time will automatically be included above the video window in BlackBoard

Create Shareable Playlists and Custom Clips

Instructions: Playlist and Clip Creation Tool

1. You can access the Playlist and Clip Creation Tool from any video by clicking the "PLAYLIST/CLIP" button under the video player

2. Complete the form with your name, e-mail address and playlist title.  Click on "Create" to start crating your playlist.

3. Review your information and click "Save & Select/Edit Clips".

4. Click on "Add a new clip"

5. Choose a video by either searching or browsing

6. Finalize the clip(s) selection and "Save and Publish"

7. Your playlist has now been created and two URLs have been created and e-mailed to you.  The first UrL is your published plyalist to be viewed or shared with others.  The second URL can be used to edit or delete your playlist at any time.



  • If you need help using the keyboard accessible video player, please contact Kanopy to assist you
  • Closed Captioning and Transcripts are available on most videos.  If a film is without captions and they are desired, there is a simple request option, located directly from teh film page in question.

  • No player is required to view the videos.  For a PC you only require Flash, which most computers already have installed.  Videos can also be played on all iPads, iPhones and other mobile devices.