Kaltura

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Kaltura is a video platform for instructors and students to record and share video content. Kaltura features include the ability to upload, publish, and search videos, embed video directly in a Canvas course (that can be reused across multiple courses), and create shortened clips from existing video content. Kaltura is available in Canvas through the My Media and Media Gallery links on the course sidebar.

NOTE: The Instructor's Canvas Student view mode is not currently supported to work with the Kaltura LTI (i.e. Kaltura embedded media in Rich Text Editor or Media Gallery). Using the Student View mode will not display the Kaltura embedded media or the Media Gallery content.

Workaround: Instructors can contact the LT-Hub and submit a request for a "TEST STUDENT" account in their course by providing a Basic CWL account - created from CWL Account Signup. The Test Student role will provide the view of a Student for LTI's including Kaltura.

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Faculty examples How are faculty using this tool?

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Using Kaltura to Share Instructional Videos with Students

Joseph Anthony uses Kaltura in blended and fully online courses, where a large portion of the online content is comprised of short (5 to 10-minute) videos. Joseph finds Kaltura very intuitive for uploading and then embedding into a course, and makes it easier to keep control of the video (i.e. makes it harder to download).

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Getting started How do I get started?

Kaltura can be used to record videos through the New Webcam Recorder or its desktop application, the New Kaltura Capture. If you wish to record a short video clip using your webcam, you can use the New Webcam Recorder. It is a fast and easy way of recording your lectures.

If you wish to record and edit your video recording, you may want to use the New Kaltura Capture tool.

New Webcam Recorder ↓ | Kaltura Capture ↓ | Kaltura Embed ↓ | Kaltura Resources↓

How to access Kaltura in Canvas?

  1. Log in to your Canvas course, and choose My Media from the course sidebar.
    • If you do not see it, go to the course settings and under the Navigation tab, drag and drop My Media in the course navigation items.
    • Click the blue button Save.

Accessing Kaltura through the Teaching & Learning Portal

Instructors and students can access the Teaching & Learning Portal to manage their media content, including any media content they have uploaded to Kaltura from within Canvas.

For help in putting together videos to upload, consult UBC Studios's media maker's site or the community-sourced DIY (Do-It-Yourself) video toolkit.

New Webcam Recorder - Express Capture

The Kaltura Webcam Recorder is an HTML browser based webcam recorder that enables recording content directly from the browser without the need to install additional software.

Note: The Webcam Recorder should only be used for short clips - (recordings no longer than 10 minutes). Any recordings greater in length should be made using Kaltura Capture.

 

Follow the steps below to start the webcam recorder.

Step 1 - The Setup
  1. In your Canvas course, click My Media.
  2. Select New Webcam Recorder from the Add New drop down menu.
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  3. First time deploying this tool, it will ask you to confirm "Camera to share" and "Microphone to share".
  4. Select your Camera and Microphone.
    • OPTIONAL: To change these settings, select the asterisk and select the source camera (If you have multiple cameras) or audio device and to turn the camera/audio on/off.
  5. Select "Remember this decision" and select Allow.
Step 2 - Record Media
  1. To create media using your Webcam Recorder and/or Microphone, select New Webcam Recorder. Once deployed, a big red Record button should be visible.
  2. Click the Record button to begin your recording. A 3 second countdown window is displayed.
  3. Start Recording.
  4. To Stop the recording, select the Stop button (white square button) located beside the timer. Once the recording has ended, the window will display 3 options:
    • Record Again - Choose Record Again to retake the recording or Use This to use the current recording. Record Again discards the current recording. You will be reverted to the Record button where you can retake the recording.
    • Use This - Select Use This when you are satisfied with your recording . The recording will be to upload to the My Media repository where meta details can be updated.
    • Download a Copy - Select Download a Copy to download a copy locally before you upload your file. Click Cancel to Cancel the upload.
Step 3 - Upload Media

While the file is uploading, on the Upload Media page, you can:

  1. Enter metadata information about the media and click Save.
  2. Select the Privacy Settings. When adding new media and editing the metadata, select if the media will be private, unlisted or automatically published to specific categories and/or channels when the media is ready.

To view the media page after uploading is complete, Select My Media from the User drop-down menu. The uploaded file will get a default name and is saved automatically. The name is of the following format: “Video Recording - July 23, 2019 7:43pm EST” or “Audio Recording - July 23, 2019 7:43pm EST”.

The entry details page displays the entry metadata and is editable;

  • If the recorded file is added from My Media, the upload page displays the “Publish” option.
  • If the recorded file is added from “Add to Category” (channel/gallery) , the “Publish” option” is not available.
Step 4 - Recording Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Start Recording/Record Again - Alt+Shift+R || ⌘+Option+R
  • Stop Recording - Alt+Shift+S || ⌘+Option+S
  • Pause/Un-Pause Recording - Alt+Shift+P || ⌘+Option+P
  • Upload/Use Recording - Alt+Shift+U || ⌘+Option+U

Kaltura Capture

The Kaltura Capture Recording tool is an application that enables easy video creation using your computer screen and camera, two screens or input from a screen or camera. The benefit of this tool is that it automatically uploads new videos into your personal media repository (My Media) accessible from within the Canvas navigation menu.

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Kaltura Capture software

The Kaltura Capture Recording Tool includes the following:

  • Recording Button – Press to record.
  • Screen Setting
  • Camera Setting
  • Audio Setting
  • Management Settings

That’s it. You can start recording.

The following steps provide an overview of how to use the Kaltura Capture Recording tool.

STEP 1 - Launch the Tool
  1. First, let's launch the tool from within your course by selecting My Media.
  2. Under Add New, select New Kaltura Capture.
  3. Wait for the application to launch and open (you may see a pop-up from your browser asking you to confirm).

Now that the tool has been launched let's start recording!

STEP 2 - Create a recording
  1. Click the red button to start recording.
  2. To see other recording options, see Kaltura Capture Recording Options.
  3. You will see a 5-second countdown and then your recording will start. If you decide to cancel your recording during the 5 second countdown, click Cancel.
  4. When the recording begins, the duration of your recording is displayed in the Recording Menu.

Note: Kaltura Capture will not work if you have other applications open. To share your PowerPoint slides, wait until the recording has started.

Kaltura Embed - Canvas Rich Content Editor

This section will outline the "Classic" RTE and Canvas' "New" Rich Content Editor.

Classic Rich Content Editor

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 (see screenshot), 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.

  • After the selection, you will be returned to the Rich Content Editor where the media will appear.
  • Choose Save to save the changes to the page.
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New Rich Content Editor

To access the Embed Kaltura tool, follow these steps:

  1. Select the 'Plug icon', a new window will open.
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  1. Under 'Select App', select 'Embed Kaltura Media'
  2. Select item to embed (embeddable items can be from My Media, Media Gallery, Shared repository or a new uploaded file). You may need to complete the meta-data and Copyright information if the values have not been completed.
  3. After the selection, you will be returned to the Rich Content Editor where the media will appear.
  4. Select Save to save the changes to the page.
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New RTE - Kaltura LTI



NOTE: The Instructor's Canvas Student view mode is not currently supported to work with the Kaltura LTI (i.e. Kaltura embedded media in Rich Text Editor or Media Gallery). Using the Student View mode will not display the Kaltura embedded media or Media Gallery content. Workaround: Instructors can contact the LT-Hub and submit a request for a "TEST STUDENT" account in their course by providing a Basic CWL account - created from CWL Account Signup. The Test Student role will provide the view of a Student for LTI's including Kaltura.

Kaltura - Interactive Video Quizzes

Instructors can create and administer online quizzes in the form of videos using the Kaltura Video Editing Tools Quiz Creator. Through its easy-to-use interface, the Quiz Creator can seamlessly embed multiple choice questions at any point in a video. As users watch the video, each question appears at its chosen point. Flexible settings allow quiz creators to choose whether to allow users to repeat sections, skip questions, revise answers, receive hints, and discover the correct answers. Practically, Video Quizzing increases engagement, tests knowledge and retention, and gathers media effectiveness data.

For more information on how to use Kaltura to set up video quizzes, check out the following resources:

Kaltura Resources

Using Kaltura in Canvas — self-paced training course

UBC's self-paced Kaltura training course provides step-by-step guides to uploading media and editing videos, creating interactive video quizzes, embedding videos in Canvas, and more.

Kaltura & Canvas - Comparison of Media Storage Quotas and File Upload Limits

The table below outlines the file storage quota and upload limits for Kaltura and Canvas. Media includes audio and video files.

Kaltura Canvas
File Storage Unlimited
  • The Record/Upload media tool does not count towards the Course or Personal quota as it is saved in the Cloud (max. 500 MB per file).
    • Manual file downloads (may reflect against Course or Personal user quota)
    • UBC Set Canvas storage defaults: Course - 4GB, Personal - 250 MB
Upload Limit Per File
  • Course Content
*5GB maximum 500MB (Record/upload Media Tool)
Upload Limit Per File
  • Student Assignment Submissions
**2GB 500MB (Record/upload Media Tool)

*Kaltura upload limit recommended for optimal system performance. For files greater than 5GB, please contact the LT-Hub.

**For Student assignments, the recommendation is to not upload a file larger than 2GB as as it will take time to convert the media, especially if there are a large number of uploads from the same course.

File types that can be uploaded into Kaltura

Files Format
Media / Video (all) .qt, .mov, .mpg, .avi, .mp3, .wav, .mp4, .wma, .flv, .asf, .qt, .mov, .mpeg, .avi, .wmv, .m4v, .3gp, .jpg, .jpeg, .bmp; .png, .gif, .tif, .tiff
Audio .flv, .asf, .wmv, .qt, .mov, .mpg, .avi, .mp3, .wav, . mp4, .wma, .3gp
Image jpg, .jpeg, .bmp, .png, .gif, .tif, .tiff


Considerations in Conversion & Viewing Media

Conversion process after Recording and Uploading Media

  • After recording the media, it goes through a conversion process where Kaltura creates multiple versions of the same video in different qualities (i.e. flavor profiles) to be viewed on mobile devices, web, size and quality bitrate.
  • As it takes time to convert (i.e. it will process the lower quality versions first before the higher quality).
  • During the conversion process, Viewers will see the lowest quality version first while the higher quality versions are converted.
  • Kaltura will deliver the best version based on the user’s bandwidth and device.

Wait time for Media Processing

  • This will vary depending on number of factors, including: number of files that are in the queue to be converted, transcoding quality and size
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What tools can I use with this?

Kaltura can be integrated with Canvas. It serves as a video storage platform for courses.


Available support What support is available?

Support is provided by the Learning Technology Hub and assisted by community members in the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Media Learning Community and industry experts from UBC Studios. Additional expertise is available during regular DIY help sessions.


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 within the Course Navigation menu.
    • If you are unable to view the My Media tab:
      • Go to Settings within the Course Navigation menu
      • Select the Navigation tab
      • Find the My Media menu item, click the cog icon, and choose "Enable"
      • Choose Save to update the navigation menu
  • 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 published video with the proper permissions in your 'My Media' or the course’s 'Media Gallery' can be embedded.

Some users prefer to set the browsers to block all 3rd party cookies. This can result in Kaltura media not displaying as expected. Depending on the browser, users who wish to maintain their privacy by blocking 3rd party cookies can enable the third-party cookies for a specific site.

Third-party cookies are cookies set by a website other than the one you are currently on. For example, in the Canvas course (i.e. canvas.ubc.ca), to view Kaltura media (as it is an LTI), cookies to Kaltura will need to be enabled as Kaltura needs to communicate with Canvas.

You may come across this error while trying to view Kaltura media in your Canvas course.

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How to resolve the issue

Below are the instructions to enable third-party cookies from your browser to allow access to Kaltura media.


  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Mac Safari



Google Chrome
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  1. Open a new browser window and enter: chrome://settings/content/cookies
  2. Check to see if “Block third-party cookies” has been enabled.
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Option: Slide the setting to be disabled to allow third-party cookies

or to allow a specific site: Go to the “Allow” area and add the following URLs:

  • canvas.ubc.ca
  • 113-canvas.kaf.it.ubc.ca
  • learning.video.ubc.ca
  • admin.video.ubc.ca
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Mozilla Firefox
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Firefox has Enhanced Tracking Protection that prevents Cross-site tracking cookies by default. To allow Kaltura media cookies access:

  • While in the Canvas course site, click on the shield (found to the left of the address bar)
  • Toggle the switch to turn it off for this site and refresh the Canvas page.
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Safari on Mac
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Safari blocks all third-party cookies by default, with no exceptions. You can disable and deselect “Block all Cookies”.

  • In the Safari app, choose Safari > Preferences, click Privacy
  • Uncheck “Block all Cookies”
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Yes! Embedding a published video will not add it to your public media gallery. To embed a published video, just select it from your 'My Media.'

The Instructor's *Canvas Student view mode is not currently supported to work with the Learning Tools Interoperability such as Kaltura LTI. In this mode, it will not display the Kaltura embedded media in Rich Text Editor or Media Gallery content.

Workaround: Instructors can contact the LT-Hub and submit a request for a "TEST STUDENT" account in their course by providing a Basic CWL account - created from CWL Account Signup. The Test Student role will provide the view of a Student for LTI's including Kaltura.

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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