Creating and Submitting to a Dropbox (for Student Submission of Media Files) in Ensemble

Creating a Dropbox

To access the Dropbox tool log in to Ensemble:

  1. Click Administration>Library in the navigation pane, and select Dropbox.
  2. Click the +Add button to create one.

The Dropbox menu will open with several fields to configure your Dropbox:

  • Name: The name of the Dropbox, this is a required field.
  • Url: The shareable web address for the Dropbox, this is a required field. For example, if you enter YourNewDropbox into the Url field, the link to share would be
  • Description: The description (or directions for the Dropbox) of the Dropbox. This option can be displayed to the submitter prior to uploading their content.
  • Dropbox Tracking: Allows you to select a user tracking method that will track the identity of the Dropbox submission. User registration allows a submitter to enter their name and email address. Ensemble Account requires the submitter to enter their Ensemble username and password. Lastly, you can leverage an Identity provider such as LDAP, Active Directory, CAS, SAML 2.0 or Shibboleth. 
  • Media Workflow: Select how the uploaded content will be transcoded and processed. Typically, you will want to use the default option. For audio files, use an audio-only Media Workflow. Video files can use the default "Streaming (Transcoded)" or "Standard" workflow.
  • Public: This setting allows you to show or hide your dropbox on the Ensemble Video dropbox directory located at
  • Enabled: This setting allows you to enable or disable the dropbox. When disabled, submitters will not be able to access or submit content to the Dropbox. 
  • Show Description: Determine if a Description field is displayed to the submitter when uploading content to the Dropbox.
  • Show Keywords: Determine if a Keywords field is displayed to the submitter when uploading content to the Dropbox.
  • Display Submissions in the Media Library: When checked, this setting allows you to show Dropbox submissions in the Media Library. If unchecked, the submissions will be accessed in the Dropbox Submissions area.
  • Send Email Notification to Submitter (5.4+): This feature is currently disabled.
  • Max Submissions Per User: This setting determines the maximum number of submissions per Dropbox submitter.
  • Schedule Availability: Using the Scheduling form, you can designate a Display After and Display Until date & time. Either or both of these controls may be used, and they will affect the Dropbox publishing options. 

Click the Save button when you are done. Your new Dropbox will now appear in the Dropbox list.

Uploading Content Using Ensemble Video Dropbox

Once you've created a Dropbox using the steps outlined above, you're ready to share the URL. Right click on the URL to copy it, or left click to visit the Dropbox's submission page.
When you or a viewer visits the new Dropbox URL, you will need to enter some meta data before uploading media.

Within Blackboard Learn, you may also add a direct link to your existing dropboxes by clicking on Build Content, then Ensemble Video Chooser 5.0 under the Mashups section. In the "Select/configure item..." popup, click on the Choose Dropbox tab at the top, and the select the dropbox you want to use.

To add video or audio files, click Add File to browse for the media, or drag them into the upload box from your computer.
Once the files are added, click Start Upload. After the video or audio file is uploaded the user will get a confirmation that their file has been submitted.

After the content is uploaded, the file(s) will be automatically placed in the Ensemble Video Media Library to be viewed, edited and published.

See Dropbox (5.3+) for more details.


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