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Kaltura Quick Start Guide for Instructors

Kaltura is a tool integrated within Blackboard that makes it easier to create and share video and audio files.

Users upload video and audio files via the Kaltura Course Gallery, also known as the Media Gallery.  This is where files are automatically converted for delivery through a web browser

No plug-ins or special software are required and anyone who has been granted access can view the file.

Video items can easily be inserted into content areas and homepage modules.  Instructors can even grant upload permission to students.

File types accepted by Kaltura:

1.  flv - Flash Video/Audio
2.  asf - Microsoft Media
3.  qt - Apple Quicktime
4.  mov - Apple Quicktime
5.  mpg - Digital Media Format
6.  avi - Digital Media Format
7.  wmv - Windows Media Video
8.  wma - Windows Media Audio
9.  mp4 - Digital Video Format
10. 3gp - Multimedia Mobile Format
11.  rm - Real Media
12.  wav - Audio Media Format
13.  mp3 - Audio Media Format

Kaltura brings many new features that can be used within Blackboard

  • Allows videos up to 1.5GB per upload to be posted within a course and organization sites.
  • Provides a secure video delivery option that limits access to authorized viewers
  • Grants a method for students to post videos and audio, creating a more interactive environment.
  • Allow videos to be captured directly from a webcam.



Add Media Gallery to the Course Menu

Although the Media Gallery is now accessible from the Control Panel, creating a link from the course menu at the top left of the page makes it more accessible.

Step 1:  In the top left corner of the page within the course menu, locate and select the gray square with the white "+" symbol and choose Tool Link.kaltura7

Step 2:  Provide a name in the text field for the link and select Media Gallery from the Type dropdown menu.

Step 3:  If student/participant users need access to this link, be sure to check Available to Users box.

Step 4: Select Submit.

Upload to Media Gallery

  1. From the Media Gallery, select the Add kaltura8Media button and choose Upload media or record from webcam.
  2. Select from thr options provided to upload a video/audio file, add a video that is already in Kaltura, or create a video via webcam.
  3. Add a title, tag, category, and description in the provided fields.
  4. Select Next.
Processing:  Larger videos will take longer to process before they appear in the gallery.

Upload to a Content Area

  1. From any content Kaltura9area, select the Tools button and choose Kaltura Media.
  2. Add a Name and Text for the Media that will be added.
  3.  Select Add Media.
  4. Repeat steps 2 through 4 from Upload to Media Gallery.

Using Kaltura as a Student

Kaltura can be used as a method for giving assignments to students. Students will need to go into Course Gallery and select the Add Media link, then follow the provided steps for uploading/adding media.

Once submitted by the student, the instructor must check the Make this item Public in Gallery box in order for other students to view it.

Upload using Kaltura Mashup with the text box editor

If the text editor is set to available, an instructor can add Kaltura Media using the Kaltura Mashup.

  1. Select the Add Mashup icon.
  2. Select Kaltura Media (this links to videos within My Media).
  3. Choose Select on a video from the list.
  4. Set the Mashup options.
  5. Select Submit.

Using the Screen Recorder in Kaltura

The Screen Recorder in Kaltura can be used to capture the actions transpiring on the computer screen.

  1. Go into the Course Gallery and select Add Media.  Click the option for Kaltura Screen Recorder.
  2. Select Run when the Java applet pops up.
  3. Use the screenshots below to help create your screen recording.
  4. When the recording has finished, the video will automatically render into the Course Gallery.
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  1. Record
    This red button begins a new recording.
  2. Webcam
    The webcam icon records a video of the user talking while also capturing the actions on their computer screen.
  3. Close
    The X stops the recording.
  4. Anchors
    Click, hold, and drag anchors like these to resize the area of the capture screen.

5.  Pause
     Select this to momentarily pause the recording.

6.  Restart
     Erase the whole recording and start over.

7.  Done
     Finish the recording session.
     The video will render once this is clicked.


Questions?  Contact the FSU Help Desk @ x7777,, or