Kaltura

Kaltura is a tool that you and your students can use to record, store, and share audio and video. It’s fully integrated with Brightspace and supported by the University of Maine system.

What can I do with Kaltura?

Both you and your students have full access to Kaltura, so you can use it to create audio and video clips to share with your students, plus you can have your students use it to create media as part of an assignment.

Lecture Capture

Record short videos of yourself delivering lectures or giving feedback or updates.

Podcasting

Record podcasts as lectures or have students create them as an assignment.

Screencasting

Record tutorials, narrate presentations, or give a “tour” of your course site.

How does Kaltura work?

Kaltura is integrated with Brightspace. You can access it in any course by clicking the Tools link on the Course Navbar and selecting My Media. Also, you can log in to your Kaltura account at video.maine.edu using your maine.edu credentials.

Kaltura has three main components that you can use to add audio and video to your Brightspace course.

  • My Media allows you to access, add, edit, and share media in your Kaltura account. Also, if you’ve already created video or audio files for your students, you can upload them to My Media for easier sharing within your courses.
  • Kaltura Personal Capture is Kaltura’s desktop recorder. It allows you to record new audio and video files from your computer and/or capture documents or websites open on your desktop.
  • Media Gallery allows you to organize all of the media for a single course on one page.

How do I start using Kaltura?

These tutorials cover the basics of accessing Kaltura and creating, adding, and sharing media in your Brightspace courses and other parts of the web.

Accessing Kaltura

From Within a Course

  1. Click the Tools link in the Navbar.
  2. Select My Media.

From the Campus or UMS Landing Page

  1. Click the My Media link in the Navbar.

From the UMS Video Website.

  1. Go to the UMS Video Website.
  2. If you see the word Guest in the upper-right corner of the screen, click it and select Login, and log in with you maine.edu username and password.
  3. If you see your name in the upper-right corner of the screen, click it and select My Media.
Click the Tools link in the navbar and select My Media.
Click the Tools link in the Navbar and select My Media
Click the My Media link in the Navbar.
Click the My Media link in the Navbar
Click the My Media link in the Navbar.
Click the My Media link in the Navbar

Adding Media to Kaltura

If you have media files on your computer, you can upload them to Kaltura, or you can use it to record new video or audio. To get started with either task, go to Kaltura’s My Media tool.

  1. Click the Add New button on the My Media page. Its dropdown menu will open.
  2. Select one of these options:
    1. Media Upload: Add media files to Kaltura (i.e., ones you have saved on your computer).
    2. Kaltura Personal Capture: Create new video or audio files using CaptureSpace. Once you’ve finished creating new media, Kaltura will upload it directly to your My Media account.
Illustrates the Add New menu in Kaltura's My Media tool.
the Add New menu in Kaltura’s My Media tool.

Install Kaltura Personal Capture

Kaltura Personal Capture is Kaltura’s application for recording video or audio. To install it,

  1. Go to Kaltura’s My Media tool.
  2. Click the Add New button.
  3. Select Kaltura Personal Capture from the dropdown menu.

If Kaltura Personal Capture has not already been set up on your computer, you’ll automatically be taken to a page to download and install it. Once you’ve installed Kaltura Personal Capture, it’ll open automatically whenever you select it in the Add New menu’s options.

NOTE
If you are unable to install CaptureSpace on your computer, contact the Technology Support Center at 1-800-696-4357 or help@maine.edu.

Install or start Kaltura Personal Capture by selecting it in the Add New menu of Kaltura's My Media tool.
Install or start Kaltura Personal Capture by clicking it in the Add New menu

Creating Your First Recording

This short video from Kaltura walks you through the basics of recording a video using Kaltura Personal Capture and uploading it to the My Media tool.

If you want to create a podcast (i.e., an audio recording) instead of a video or screencast, the process is nearly the same. Simply turn off your camera and the screen recording options when Kaltura Personal Capture launches.

You can view this video and many others on the Kaltura Learning website.

Adding Video and Audio to your Course

This video demonstrates how to add media to your Brightspace course. It shows several methods, including embedding YouTube videos, and how to add video and audio you’ve added to Kaltura’s My Media tool.

Embed Kaltura Media on the Web

Kaltura provides you with unique HTML code (called an “embed code”) for each of your media files, which allows you to embed it in other parts of the web, like Google Sites, webpages, social media posts, etc. To find the embed code for one of your media files in Kaltura,

  1. Go to My Media. You can access it through a link on your Blackboard home page (the system homepage, not your course homepage) or at video.maine.edu.
  2. Click the thumbnail of the video you would like to embed. The video’s information page will open.
  3. Click the Share tab. It’s below the video, so you might need to scroll to the bottom of the page to find it. (If your browser window is small, the tabs will instead appear in a dropdown menu under the “Details” button.)
  4. Copy the text that appears in the “Embed” textbox. This is your embed code; it starts and ends with “iframe”.
  5. Paste the embed code into the new site where you want your media to be viewable.
NOTE
Different sites manage embed code in different ways. If your media doesn’t appear in a site after you paste your embed code from Kaltura, check its user guide for help.
Screenshot showing the location of a media file's embed code in Kaltura
Steps 3 & 4: Finding the embed code for a video or podcast in Kaltura

Edit captions in Kaltura

  1. Record your video or audio (and follow your script as closely as possible).
  2. Upload your completed video or audio to the My Media tool in Brightspace (or at video.maine.edu). After your file is uploaded, Kaltura will add machine captions to the media (usually within 90 minutes). A “captioning complete” tag will appear on your media when the captioning process is done.
  3. Click the Edit button (pencil icon) to the right of the video’s title in My Media once your video has been captioned. A page with the video’s editing options will open.
  4. Click the Captions tab to show the list of caption files available for your video.
  5. Click the Edit Captions button to open the Closed Caption Editor. A list of your video’s captions will appear in its left column, and the video will appear in its right column.
  6. Examine the captions in the left column, and make corrections to the text and timing as appropriate. You can also copy and paste text from your script if you have one.
  7. Use the Find and Replace fields above the left-hand column to quickly fix reoccurring errors in your captions.
  8. Click the Save button when you’re finished editing your captions. It’ll appear above the captions column once you’ve made changes.
  9. Click the Back link on the top-right side of the page to return to your video’s editing options page, or click your name in the top-right menu to navigate back to your My Media page.
This screenshot illustrates where a user should click on a video in My Media to open the Edit page. There is a yellow arrow labeled '3' pointing at a small grey icon that looks like a pencil.
Step 3: Click the pencil icon to access video editing options.
Click the Captions tab to list the available caption files for a video.
Step 4: Click the Captions tab to list the available caption files for a video.

Want to turn your Kaltura video into an interactive quiz?

You can add multiple choice questions at specific points in a video to create a quiz. To do this, Go to My Media, click the Add New button and select Video Quiz. Once students take the quiz, it will be automatically graded, and their scores will be added to your course’s Grade Center.

Where can I learn more about Kaltura?

Kaltura provides a wealth of online information that you can consult if you want to learn more about its features. You can also meet with one of CTEL’s learning designers if you’d like more personalized assistance.

Video Tutorials

Visit the Kaltura Learning site to view a series of short videos on its features.

Text Tutorials

If you prefer reading text tutorials, visit the Kaltura Knowledge site.

Privacy

Visit Kaltura’s Privacy Notices page to learn how it manages users’ data.

Accessibility

Visit Kaltura’s Video Accessibility page to review features for diverse users.

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