Kaltura

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Hofstra's Blackboard system features an integrated video recording and hosting tool called Kaltura. Kaltura allows instructors to upload most commonly formatted videos files into their courses directly through Blackboard. It automatically converts uploaded files into several formats, ensuring consistent video playback on a wide range of devices (including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones). You can also create videos using your webcam or Kaltura's built-in screen recording tool. (See below, section 2.2.3, "Kaltura CaptureSpace Screen Recorder" section.) The basic features of Kaltura include:

  • My Media - Each Blackboard user has a place called "My Media" in which to store a personal collection of videos. This collection is independent of any particular course.
  • Kaltura Mashup Tool - When creating an Item or File in Blackboard, you now have the option of adding Kaltura video content using the "Add Mashup" icon found in Blackboard's text editor.
  • Student Uploads - You can have students upload video files to your course (e.g., as part of a class assignment). You can choose whether or not to make these files visible to other students.

 

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My Media

Kaltura allows you to store a collection of videos known as My Media. This collection is separate from your individual courses. You can manage your videos here and decide which videos should appear in specific courses.

Accessing My Media

  1. Log in to Blackboard.
  2. On the My Hofstra Blackboard page (i.e., the page that appears initially), click the My Media link.
  3. My Media

  4. Your personal My Media section will appear. After you add videos to your collection, they will be accessible through My Media.


Adding Videos to My Media

  1. To add content to Kaltura, click the Add NEW button at the top right of the My Media page. A drop-down menu featuring several options will appear:
    My Media
    1. Media Upload – this option will allow you to upload an existing file from your computer.
    2. Webcam Recording – this option will allow you to record video from a camera connected to your computer and then upload the resulting file to Kaltura.
    3. CaptureSpace Screen Recording – this option will allow you to record what displays on your computer’s screen (and optionally with audio and video from a connected camera/microphone), and upload the resulting file to Kaltura.
    4. YouTube – this option will allow you to add a public youtube video to your My Media gallery.
    5. Video Quiz – with this tool, you can integrate multiple choice questions directly into your Kaltura videos. Viewers are prompted to answer these questions at selected points in the videos.

Below each option is described in more detail.

 


 

Upload a video from your computer

  1. Click the Add New' button and select Media Upload from the drop-down menu.
  2. My Media

  3. Clicking +Choose a file to upload will allow you to select and upload video files residing on your computer.
  4. Video Upload Button

  5. A progress bar will indicate when the upload is complete.


  6. Upload video button

  7. By default, the Title field will display the video’s filename; you can change this.
  8. Enter a Title, Tags, Description, and your publishing settings (private or published).
  9. When you’re done,click the Save button at the lower left corner.
  10. You may also upload another video by clicking the +Choose another file button below.

Upload another video button



Kaltura CaptureSpace screen recorder

If you’d like to save a video of what appears on your computer screen, you can use the Kaltura CaptureSpace screen recorder tool. When you first access this tool, you'll be prompted to install a small program (available for Windows or MacOS) which will allow you to record your screen and perform some light editing before uploading the final video to your Kaltura My Media folder.

For more general information about CaptureSpace, see Kaltura's official documentation here.

To access the CaptureSpace screen recorder:

  1. From the Add Media dropdown menu, click "CaptureSpace Screen Recording".
  2. If this is the first time you're accessing CaptureSpace, a page will appear with download options for Windows and MacOS versions of the program. Choose the appropriate version and download and install it.
    1. If you've accessed CaptureSpace previously, a small popup window will appear prompting you to launch the program. Click "OK" to launch.
    CaptureSpace Voice Recorder

 

  1. CaptureSpace presents you with four options under the default "Record" tab. These options are explained in detail below. Briefly, they are:
    1. Screen: This is the screen recorder.
    2. Screen & Webcam: This is the screen recorder which will include an integrated recording from a web camera connected to your computer.
    3. Webcam: This is a recording straight from a web camera connected to your computer.
    4. Voice: This is an audio-only recording from a microphone connected to your computer.
    CaptureSpace main window

 

  1. There are also other tabs in the main CaptureSpace window:
    1. Library - here you will find recordings as you save them.You can reopen them and continue to work on them if you choose.
    2. Settings - here you can adjust the camer and microphone settings if desired. You can also specify where on your hard drive CaptureSpace stores files while you're using the program.
    3. Help - this tab just lets you know which version of CaptureSpace is installed.

To use the "Screen" option:

  1. Click the "Screen" button from the main CaptureSpace window.
  2. Under "Select area to capture," choose either:
    1. Full Screen - this will record your entire computer screen
    2. Select Area - this will allow you to draw a box on your screen to indicate which portion of the screen you want to include in your video.
  3. Click the "Record" button (if you chose "Full Screen") or the "Select Area" button (if you want to record only a portion of the screen).
  4. Kaltura will prompt you with a five second countdown to give you a chance to prepare yourself before the recording starts.
  5. Once the countdown window disappears, the recording has begun. To pause or end the recording:
    1. Press the "ALT" key and the "P" key. The window shown below will appear.

    2.      CaptureSpace main window
      
        1. Click "Resume" to continue recording.
        2. Click "Done" to stop recording.
  1. As you are recording, you have the option to annotate the screen using built-in drawing tools. See the "Drawing Tools" section below for more information.
  2. Once you click "Done", the edit window will appear. Here you can preview what you've recorded and make minor changes and additions. There are four tools along the left edge of the preview (see image below):
    1. Trim - click this button to indicate what part of the recording you want to keep.
      1. After clicking the button, drag the two blue sliders that appear on the timeline to the beginning and end points of the part of the recording you want to keep.
      2. Then click the "Apply" button at the lower right of the window.
    2. Chop - click this button to cut out a portion of the recording.
      1. After clicking the button, drag the two blue sliders that appear on the timeline to indicate what part of the recording you want to delete.
      2. Then click the "Apply" button at the lower right of the window.
    3. Titles - this tool will allow you to add one or more "slides" to the beginning of your recording.
    4. Credits - this tool will let you add "slides" to the end of the recording.
  3. Click the "Done" button to complete editing.
    CaptureSpace edit window

 

  1. If you've made edits to the recording, a window will appear with two main options:
    1. Edit original recording - select this option to save your edits to the original recording and upload it to Kaltura.
    2. Create new recording - select this option to keep the original recording intact, and upload a new recording from the edited version. Choose this option if you plan to make other versions of the same screen recording.
  2. In the "Upload Options" window that appears, enter a title (or keep the automatically generated one), and add description and tags if desired.
  3. Click the "Upload" button. The recording will be added to your My Media folder. You'll then be able to add the file to your Blackboard courses through the Kaltura mashup tools.

To use the "Screen & Webcam" option:

  1. Click the "Screen & Webcam" button from the main CaptureSpace window.
  2. Under "Select area to capture," choose either:
    1. Full Screen - this will record your entire computer screen
    2. Select Area - this will allow you to draw a box on your screen to indicate which portion of the screen you want to include in your video.
  3. Click the "Record" button (if you chose "Full Screen") or the "Select Area" button (if you want to record only a portion of the screen).
  4. Kaltura will prompt you with a five second countdown to give you a chance to prepare yourself before the recording starts.
  5. Once the countdown window disappears, the recording has begun. To pause or end the recording:
    1. Press the "ALT" key and the "P" key. The window shown below will appear.
        1. Click "Resume" to continue recording.
        2. Click "Done" to stop recording
  6. A small window displaying your webcam recording will appear at the top right of the screen. You can move this window by clicking on it and dragging it to the desired location.
    1. Note that if you used the "Select Area" option to record only part of your screen, you must move this webcam window into that area. Otherwise, it will not be included in the final recording.
  7. As you are recording, you have the option to annotate the screen using built-in drawing tools. See the "Drawing Tools" section below for more information.
  8. Once you click "Done", the edit window will appear. Here you can preview what you've recorded and make minor changes and additions. There are four tools along the left edge of the preview (see image below):
    1. Trim - click this button to indicate what part of the recording you want to keep.
      1. After clicking the button, drag the two blue sliders that appear on the timeline to the beginning and end points of the part of the recording you want to keep.
      2. Then click the "Apply" button at the lower right of the window.
    2. Chop - click this button to cut out a portion of the recording.
      1. After clicking the button, drag the two blue sliders that appear on the timeline to indicate what part of the recording you want to delete.
      2. Then click the "Apply" button at the lower right of the window.
    3. Titles - this tool will allow you to add one or more "slides" to the beginning of your recording.
    4. Credits - this tool will let you add "slides" to the end of the recording.
  9. Click the "Done" button to complete editing.
  10. If you've made edits to the recording, a window will appear with two main options:
    1. Edit original recording - select this option to save your edits to the original recording and upload it to Kaltura.
    2. Create new recording - select this option to keep the original recording intact, and upload a new recording from the edited version. Choose this option if you plan to make other versions of the same screen recording.
  11. In the "Upload Options" window that appears, enter a title (or keep the automatically generated one), and add description and tags if desired.
  12. Click the "Upload" button. The recording will be added to your My Media folder. You'll then be able to add the file to your Blackboard courses through the Kaltura mashup tools.


To use the "Webcam" option:

  1. Click the "Webcam" button from the main CaptureSpace window.
  2. Kaltura will prompt you with a five second countdown to give you a chance to prepare yourself before the recording starts.
  3. Once the countdown window disappears, the recording has begun. To pause or end the recording:
    1. Press the "ALT" key and the "P" key. The window shown below will appear.
        1. Click "Resume" to continue recording.
        2. Click "Done" to stop recording.
  4. As you are recording, you have the option to annotate the screen using built-in drawing tools. See the "To Use the Drawing Tools while recording" section below for more information.
  5. Once you click "Done", the edit window will appear. Here you can preview what you've recorded and make minor changes and additions. There are four tools along the left edge of the preview (see image below):
    1. Trim - click this button to indicate what part of the recording you want to keep.
      1. After clicking the button, drag the two blue sliders that appear on the timeline to the beginning and end points of the part of the recording you want to keep.
      2. Then click the "Apply" button at the lower right of the window.
    2. Chop - click this button to cut out a portion of the recording.
      1. After clicking the button, drag the two blue sliders that appear on the timeline to indicate what part of the recording you want to delete.
      2. Then click the "Apply" button at the lower right of the window.
    3. Titles - this tool will allow you to add one or more "slides" to the beginning of your recording.
    4. Credits - this tool will let you add "slides" to the end of the recording.
  6. Click the "Done" button to complete editing.
  7. If you've made edits to the recording, a window will appear with two main options:
    1. Edit original recording - select this option to save your edits to the original recording and upload it to Kaltura.
    2. Create new recording - select this option to keep the original recording intact, and upload a new recording from the edited version. Choose this option if you plan to make other versions of the same screen recording.
  8. In the "Upload Options" window that appears, enter a title (or keep the automatically generated one), and add description and tags if desired.
  9. Click the "Upload" button. The recording will be added to your My Media folder. You'll then be able to add the file to your Blackboard courses through the Kaltura mashup tools.

 

To use the "Voice" option:

  1. Click the "Voice" button from the main CaptureSpace window.
  2. Kaltura will prompt you with a five second countdown to give you a chance to prepare yourself before the recording starts.
  3. Once the countdown window disappears, the recording has begun. To pause or end the recording, press the "ALT" key and "P" key on your keyboard.
    CaptureSpace Voice Recorder

 

  1. Once you are finished recording, click the "Done" button.
  2. Once you click "Done", the edit window will appear. Here you can preview what you've recorded and make minor changes and additions. There are four tools along the left edge of the preview (see image below):
    1. Trim - click this button to indicate what part of the recording you want to keep.
      1. After clicking the button, drag the two blue sliders that appear on the timeline to the beginning and end points of the part of the recording you want to keep.
      2. Then click the "Apply" button at the lower right of the window.
    2. Chop - click this button to cut out a portion of the recording.
      1. After clicking the button, drag the two blue sliders that appear on the timeline to indicate what part of the recording you want to delete.
      2. Then click the "Apply" button at the lower right of the window.
  3. Click the "Done" button to complete editing.
  4. Click the "Upload" button. The recording will be added to your My Media folder. You'll then be able to add the file to your Blackboard courses through the Kaltura mashup tools.

 

Drawing Tools:

When using the "Screen" or "Screen & Webcam" options, you'll have access to a set of Drawing Tools which let you annotate your screen during the recording. To use the Drawing Tools:

  1. Begin either a "Screen" or "Screen & Webcam" recording.
  2. Press the "ALT" key and the "D" key. The window shown below will appear.
  3. Select from among the available tools, including pen, highlighter, arrow, square, circle, line, and eraser. Note that you can adjust the color and thickness of the stroke used by the various tools.
  4. When you are finished annotating, click the "Done" button.
    CaptureSpace edit window

 

 

Add a YouTube video to your My Media gallery

    Note:You will first need to find the YouTube video you would like to use by searching on | YouTube.com. Copy the URL of the video.
  1. Click YouTube from the Add New drop-down menu
  2. Paste the URL for the desired YouTube link in the Video Page Link (or Content ID) field and click Preview
  3.  Screen Recorder 

  4. Enter Title, Description, and Tags. Then, if you wish to make the video available, select Publish.
  5.  Screen Recorder
    
  6. Click Save to add YouTube video to your My Media

 


 

Uploading Video Files While Inside a Blackboard Course

  1. To add an individual video file to Kaltura while in a Blackboard course, first make sure that you are in Edit Mode in the course. You can confirm this by checking the top right of the page; make sure there is a message stating Edit Mode is: ON.


  2. Edit Mode

    Follow the below steps in order to insert a video you have already added to your My Media Gallery:

  3. Next, go into the section of your course from which you’d like students to access your video(s). Note that the Kaltura Video Tool is accessible from any page in your course to which you can add content (e.g., text files, web links, assignments, tests).
  4. You can click on either Build Content > Mashups/ Kaltura Media or Tools > Kaltura Media from the top of the page.
  5. This will bring you to your My Media Gallery. Scroll through your Media Gallery and then click on the Select button to the right of the video you wish to use.
  6. Create Mashup Item
    1. In the Title field, enter a name for your video link. (This is not the name of the video file; it is simply the name for the instance of the video on this page in your course.)
    2. In the Description field, you can enter text, images, and other content to accompany the video. You might use this space to provide contextual information about the video or instructions on how the video relates to a particular assignment.
      Note: A thumbnail image of the video you upload will appear in the Text field after you upload the video. Once the upload is complete, you can adjust the placement and size of the thumbnail.
  7. If you need to create a new video follow the steps outlined in My Media.



    Adding a Video Quiz

    You can add multiple-choice questions to a video uploaded through Kaltura. The questions will appear at predetermined points throughout the video. The video will pause, waiting for the viewer to choose an answer; once the correct answer is selected, the video will continue playing. You can add several questions to a given video.

      Follow the below steps to add a quiz to a video you've already uploaded to Kaltura:
    1. From the main Blackboard page, click "My Media"
    2. Click the "Add New" button at the top right of the page and choose "Video Quiz" from the menu that appears.

      Image:kaltura-quiz-02.jpg
    3. Click the "Upload Media" button at the top right of the page to upload a new video, or click the "Select" button to the right of any previously uploaded video that's listed.
    4. The Video Quiz interface will appear.

    5. Play the video until the point where you want a question to appear.
    6. Click the "Plus" icon that appears at the center of the video. This will bring up the text fields into which you can type the question and answer choices.
    7. Enter the desired question and answer text.

    8. Click the "Save" button.
    9. Repeat the process for any additional questions you'd like to add to the video.
    10. Click the "Preview Quiz" button to test the video and see how the questions appear.
    11. Click the "Go to Media" button to return to your My Media folder. From there, you can add the video to your Blackboard course the same way you add any other type of Kaltura video. Students will see the quiz questions when the play the video.


    12. For more information, see: https://knowledge.kaltura.com/interactive-video-quizzes-guide-creating-quizzes

      Downloading Copies of Your Media Files

      You can download any media files you've uploaded. To do this, you need to 'turn on' the Download option for each desired file.

      To activate the Download feature for a media file, follow these steps:

      1. In your "My Media" directory, click the "Edit" button to the right of the media file you'd like to download.
      2. Click the "Downloads" link directly below the media player.
      3. Check off the format(s) you'd like to download.
      4. Click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page.
      5. Click the "Go To Media" button at the bottom of the page.
      6. On the page that appears, you will see a Download button below the media player. Click this button to download the file.

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