Kaltura is a video platform for 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 (that can be reused across multiple courses), and create shortened clips from existing video content.

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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?


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.

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.

UBC Learning Videos

Instructors and students can use UBC Learning Videos 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.

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 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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