Distribute Media

There are many methods for distributing your content. In general, you want to target your distribution channel for your intended audience. If the media is only for your classroom participants, it may be sufficient to embed it in a PowerPoint presentation that you plan to show during the class. If you want a persistent link that students can access beyond the classroom, you may need to make it available in BlackBoard, or on the web.

Please be aware that while these computer interfaces are updated frequently, demonstration videos describing them are sometimes a version or two behind. If you find newer (or better) demonstrations than those that appear below, help us make this website better by letting us know where they are.

How to Link Video

  • In PowerPoint - Useful for playback as part of a classroom presentation
  • In BlackBoard - Useful for distributing as, for example, a homework assignment  Video 

How to Embed Video

  •  In a Drupal page - Useful for displaying on a web page Video
  • Upload to MediaSpace - For distribution internal to OSU faculty, staff, students, etc. Video
  • Upload to YouTube - For public distribution Video


Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website. Dropbox also makes it super easy to share with others, whether you're a student or professional, parent or grandparent. Even if you accidentally spill a latte on your laptop, have no fear! You can relax knowing that Dropbox always has you covered, and none of your stuff will ever be lost.


Although increasingly rare, DVDs are still useful at distribution for long programs or features. Typical consumer-grade recordable DVDs hold about 4.5 GB of data, which is roughly half the capacity of the DVDs used for your favorite Hollywood films. Using heavier compression, you can still squeeze a couple hours of decent-looking video onto a consumer DVD. Unless you’re using something like a component DVD recorder, making DVDs is a multi-step process consisting of:

  1. Output a high quality master file from editing software (usually tens to hundreds of gigabytes, depending on program length)
  2. Use special software, compress the master into DVD compatible file formats (usually .m2v for video, and PCM or AC3 for audio)
  3. Author a DVD master using something like iDVD or Adobe Encore. This lets you create custom menus, etc.