Kaltura for Canvas

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Kaltura is a video platform that allows instructors and students to share video content. Kaltura features include the ability to upload, publish, and search videos, embed video directly in a Canvas course (which can then be reused across multiple courses), and create shortened clips from existing videos.

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Getting started How do I get started?

Instructors and students can use Kaltura from anywhere within a Canvas course that has a Rich Content Editor. Using the 'Embed Kaltura media' button in the editor, you can upload videos to Kaltura and embed videos within your course content. You can also upload directly to your Kaltura account from the 'My Media' section of any Canvas course.


Available support What support is available?

For assistance with Kaltura, please contact the Learning Technology Hub.


Frequently asked questions FAQ

Uploading video content is easy with Kaltura. You can upload videos by accessing the ‘My Media’ tab, which can be found in your Canvas course on the navigation bar on the left.

  • Go to 'My Media.'
  • Click 'Add New.'
  • Select 'Media Upload.'
  • Click 'Choose a file to upload.'
  • Select the file you wish to upload from the file manager.
  • Give the file a name, description, and any desired tags.
  • Select the proper permission from the “Copyright Permissions” drop-down menu.
  • Click 'Save.'

The Media Gallery is a searchable gallery of video content that is available to everyone in your course. All videos in the 'Media Gallery' can be viewed by students at any time.

'My Media' is where you can upload new videos and access any videos that you have uploaded. 'Media Gallery' contains all the videos that have been published to a course.

Any place that has a Rich Content Editor can have a video embedded in it. Just press the 'Embed Kaltura Media' button, and select the video you wish to embed.

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Any video in your 'My Media' or the course’s 'Media Gallery' can be embedded.

Yes! Embedding a video will not add it to your public media gallery. To embed a video, just select it from your 'My Media.'

Kaltura converts all uploaded videos to UBC-standard formats. This allows your video to be played on different devices (e.g., computers, iPads, mobile phones).

In Canvas, Kaltura will convert your videos to one, two, or three of UBC's standard video formats, depending on the quality of the video you have uploaded:

  • SD/small (640xauto @ 964 kbps)
  • SD/Large (1024xauto @ 1628 kbps)
  • HD/Small (autox720 @ 2628 kbps)

Your video will need to meet the bitrate requirements in order to be converted to each format. Videos that don't meet the bitrate requirements will be converted to a lower-quality format. It's recommended that the bitrate of your source video exceeds the bitrate requirement of the format that you need to ensure that it will qualify for conversion to your desired format.

If you plan to upload a screencast video to Kaltura, we recommend setting up your screencast recording software to export HD quality (at least 1280x720 @ 2628 kbps). If your video is being uploaded from a camera or video creation software, we recommend that the software you're using to capture/edit the video will export a high quality video (at least 1028x720 @ 2628 kbps).


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