There are many advantages to using widgets for video versus inserting a video in a lesson:
The lesson pages load much faster. The lesson is smaller. If you use the media in multiple lessons, you can update it in one place. You don't have to worry about specific formats and browsers for your media (see below).
If you choose not to store your media in SoftChalk Cloud or in a streaming video service such as YouTube, you can insert a media file in a lesson using Insert/Media and then choose the Linked file option. Your lesson pages will load faster if the media is not inserted as an inline player. (If you decide to use the Inline player option, you may need to adjust the height and width of your media so that the player control bars are not cut off.)
As for the format of your media if you choose to insert media , please keep in mind your students need to be able to play the media in their web browser. For instance, students using Macintoshes may have difficulty playing a .wmv (Windows media video) since that format is not supported by default on Macintosh web browsers. In our testing, we found that the .mp4 files set as a linked file was the most compatible format across various browsers.