University of Innsbruck

32-031 Configuration options for the course element Video


If you upload a video as a learning resource into OpenOlat, you will have several configuration options at your disposal. This HelpCard will explain the following functions:

  • Replace poster: In this tab you can define with what image the video is to be shown in the Authoring section and in the Course.
  • Chapters: In the tab Chapters you can add chapters to the video. When viewing the video, the viewer can jump from chapter to chapter.
  • Annotations: This function lets you add annotations to different moments of a video.
  • Quiz: In the tab Quiz you can add quiz questions to different moments of a video. These will be shown when viewing the video and viewers can answer the questions then. Please note: The questions are only meant to be a self-learning tool, no assessment at the end of the video is possible.
  • Subtitle configuration: It is possible to add subtitles to your video. Please note: The subtitles themselves need to be created with another software.
  • Download: This function allows downloading of videos.

Important Steps

  1. Choose the desired video in the Authoring section in the tab My entries.
  2. Click onto Administration and then onto Settings. You are now in the settings of the video and can view the metadata of the video.
  3. For further information about the Share tab see HelpCard 10-070.


Replace Poster

  1. Here, you can delete and replace the existing poster or upload a new image for the poster (starting image) of the video.



  1. Choose the tab Chapters.
  2. Play the video until the exact moment where the chapter mark should be inserted.
  3. Click onto Add chapter - you can also add the displayed point in time manually. Please note that the video will not pause while you are doing this.
  4. Fill in a name for the chapter in the field Create Chapter. In the field Begin the point in time has been filled in automatically. Click onto Add Chapter. The chapter has been added. Chapters can be edited or deleted at any point.



  1. Choose the tab Annotations.
  2. Play the video until the exact moment where the annotation should be inserted.
  3. Click onto Add marker. The configuration options will appear underneath the video player.
    • Start: You do not need to change anything in this field, the time stamp has been filled in automatically.
    • Seconds: Fill in for how long the marker should be viewable. Per default, 10 seconds have been predefined. Change the timing according to your preferences. The time stamp of the End field will automatically change accordingly.
    • Text: Fill in the annotation text here. You can use simple formatting for this and also add an annotation spanning several lines.
  4. Click onto the Save button. The annotation will be shown in the player in the upper left-hand corner.
  5. You can drag and drop the annotation with your mouse and reduce and increase its size. This option can also be found under Pos. top, Pos. left, Width and Height.
  6. Click onto the Save button. The annotation can be edited or deleted at any point.



  1. Choose the tab Quiz.
  2. Play the video until the exact moment where the quiz question should be inserted.
  3. To create a new question, click onto Create question. To use a question from the Question bank, click onto Import.
    • Create question: Select the desired question type. You can view all configuration options underneath the player.
    • Import: A new window opens up and a list of your questions from the Question bank will be shown. Select one (or several) questions and click onto Select. The question with the timecode will be shown to the right of the player and you will have the option of editing or deleting the question(s).
  4. Click onto Edit and you can view the configuration options underneath the player.
    • Position: Shows the time code for when questions will show up in the video.
    • Time limit (s): shows the time span for how long the question will show up in the video.
    • Skipping: Should you tick the checkbox besides allow skipping, the question will not need to be answered but can be skipped instead.
    • Color: Select a color with which the question should be marked in the timeline of the video.
  5. Beneath the video, click onto the tab besides Configuration (the tab label varies depending on the question type in use) to edit the question. The editing options differ depending on the question type (for further information see HelpCard 40-010).


Subtitle configuration

Please note: Subtitles need to be created with an external software outside of OpenOlat.

  1. Select the tab Subtitle configuration.
  2. Click onto Add subtitle. A new window opens up.
  3. Select the relevant language.
  4. Drag and drop the file into the field or click into the field and select the relevant file with the subtitles from your computer (the file has to be in the .srt format). Click onto Upload. The subtitle file has been added and can (if desired) be deleted at any point.



  1. If you want to allow the download of your video, tick the checkbox Allow at Download Video.
  2. Click onto Save.

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