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Using SOM in Canvas   |   Connect: Download Zoom Recordings  |  Support

Screencast-O-Matic (SOM) is an easy-to-use video and screen recording web application for Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks that enables you to capture what is being displayed on your computer screen along with audio and optional webcam.

Faculty are legally required to make electronic course material accessible via captioning (Section 508).

NOTE: Screencast-o-Matic plugin does not work in Safari browser. Try Chrome or Firefox. 

Cal Poly’s license to SOM comes with full editing functionality and automatic/editable captions. Faculty have limited allocations of storage (charged extra in license fees) for those files on the SOM cloud. Cal Poly also has Stream on SharePoint. SOM videos can be downloaded and uploaded into Stream. To upload a video into Microsoft Stream, open OneDrive and drag/drop the .MP4 file. It will appear in Stream. 

With Stream (on SharePoint), users can:

  • Upload video or audio files to SharePoint, Teams, or OneDrive, just like any other file.
  • Find and get back to recent videos, ones shared with you from the Stream start page in Office.
  • Generate a transcript and closed captions for the language spoken in a video in SharePoint, Teams, or OneDrive.
  • Manually add chapters, letting a viewer jump right to the part of the audio/video file they want.
  • Collaborate with comments, just like with any other Microsoft 365 document.
  • Add custom thumbnails, titles, and descriptions.
  • Share videos with others, including external partners or guests, just like you share any other file.
  • Feature videos in pages, sites, portals, and Microsoft Teams.
  • Get analytics to know how your viewers are watching.

How to embed a Stream Video into Canvas.

Embedding a Screencast-O-Matic Cloud Video

After you have already created the video (link above), you can embed it into your Canvas course.

  1. You will need to Log into Screencast-O-Matic first via our Cal Poly address
  2. While creating content - in the Text on the Plug icon.
  3. Click on the View All button. 
  4. Scroll down and click on the Screencast-O-Matic link.
  5. Since you are already logged in (step 1), pick the video you want to add.
    SOM pick
  6. Click on the Embed button.
  7. Save the Page.

NOTE: The SOM button will now appear in the Plug list.
Plug list

Go to the CTLT page to learn more about Screencast-O-Matic.

Connect: Download Zoom Recordings

Starting July 22, 2021, Connect has been enabled to allow faculty to download Zoom recordings into SOM to edit, caption, upload and share in the SOM cloud.

Connect is used within the SOM application - This is not a Canvas tool/integration.

To learn more about Connect:



Most of the support for SOM will be via Screencast-o-matic. Please see the support links below. 

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