Create and Share Video Content in Your Courses using Kaltura (Guide for Faculty)

This guide describes several common ways to use Kaltura to create, store, and publish video content in your Blackboard courses. This video can be used to present content, provide guidance, create teacher presence, prompt discussion, and enable authentic assessment. See the sections below for detailed instructions for uploading videos, capturing webcam video, indexing YouTube videos in your library, and capturing screen recordings. The final section describes ways that you might embed this content in your Blackboard course.

Students have access to these same tools via Blackboard, though the publishing steps are different for students as they will be submitting content to assignments, discussion posts, or other assessments based on your activity instructions. A "Student Version" of this guide that covers submission as a student is available for you to share with your students.

Create or Upload Video

Use this feature to upload existing video, such as video captured on a video camera, smartphone, or another system such as a Collaborate session or a Teams meeting. The video is stored in your Kaltura My Media library for later publishing in your courses.

  1. Login to Blackboard.
  2. In the main left-hand navigation, click Tools.
  3. On the Tools page, click Kaltura My Media. This page will display all media you have created or uploaded to Kaltura.
  4. To upload a video from your computer to Kaltura, click the Add New button and choose Upload Media. Valid media types include MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV, MP3, and other common formats.

Use Kaltura Express Capture to record your webcam and microphone activity. This is useful for many purposes, including quick lectures, informal messages, sharing anecdotes or updates, and for introducing content.

  1. Login to Blackboard.
  2. In the main left-hand navigation, click Tools.
  3. On the Tools page, click Kaltura My Media. This page will display all media you have created or uploaded to Kaltura.
  4. To record a new webcam video, click the Add New button and choose Express Capture. You may be prompted by your browser to allow access to your camera and microphone.
  5. Click the red record button. Your video will begin recording. When you are finished recording, click the stop button.
  6. Preview your video and then click Record Again or Use This to save the recording to your My Media Library.
  7. Edit the recording information, including Title, Description, and Tags if desired.
  8. Return to your Kaltura My Media page in Blackboard. Your new recording should be visible, though it will likely be processing for several minutes to an hour, depending on video length, size, and other system variables. The content will also be automatically captioned.

The YouTube integration tool in Kaltura allows you to index and embed a public YouTube video within your Kaltura Media library for later use in your courses and playlists. The video is not downloaded and uploaded, rather is played through the Kaltura player.

  1. Login to Blackboard
  2. In the main left-hand navigation, click Tools.
  3. On the Tools page, click Kaltura My Media. This page will display all media you have created or uploaded to Kaltura.
  4. To add a YouTube video to your Kaltura My Media Library, click the Add New button and choose YouTube. [The YouTube video must have been set to Public.]
  5. Paste the YouTube URL in the text box. The Youtube video will be scanned and indexed. The title and description will be imported from YouTube.
  6. Edit the Recording Information, including Title, Description, and tags if desired.
  7. Return to your Kaltura My Media page in Blackboard. The YouTube video will now be displayed in your Kaltura My Media library.

Kaltura Capture is a robust screen recording tool that allows you to capture any combination of your screen activity, your webcam, and your microphone. This is useful for recording software demonstrations, slide-based presentations, document narration, and any combination of these.

  1. Login to Blackboard (using Firefox, if this is the first time you are accessing Kaltura. After the first time, you may use any browser).
  2. In the main left-hand navigation, choose Tools.
  3. On the Tools page, click Kaltura My Media. This page will display all media you have created or uploaded to Kaltura.
  4. To begin a new Kaltura Capture screen recording, choose the Add New button and choose Kaltura Capture.
  5. The first time you select Kaltura Capture, you will be prompted to download the Windows or Mac version of the Kaltura Capture application. Click the appropriate link to download the software and install. This first time only, you may need to close the Blackboard pane by clicking the red X in the upper left after the software install and re-select Kaltura My Media from the Tools page.
  6. Once the software has been installed on your computer, select the Add new button and choose Kaltura Capture. Your PC or Mac will launch the Kaltura Capture application.
  7. In the top right corner of the Kaltura Capture application, click New Recording. A recording tool panel will appear.
  8. Use the record panel to configure your recording.
    1. Select which screen to record and whether to record the whole screen or a portion of the screen. If recording a portion, click and drag to move and resize the recording window.
    2. Select or deselect the webcam. If you do not have webcam, click the middle of the webcam button to turn this option off.
    3. Verify your audio is working by speaking into your microphone and looking for movement on the microphone button image.
    4. Click the Manage link to modify the settings of the recorder.
  9. When you have your Kaltura Capture application configured, click the red button to begin recording.
  10. While recording, you have several options available in the recording panel including:
    1. Pause and resume recording. This is especially helpful if you want to rearrange content in the recording window or take a break to collect your thoughts.
    2. Open th annotation panel using the pencil icon. This makes available several tools for you to annotate your screen while you record.
    3. Minimize the recording panel. This is helpful if you do not want the recording application panel to be visible in the recording. You can also position the panel out of the recording window (if less than full screen) or on another screen if you have more than one.
    4. Stop the recording. This stops the recording and display the Kaltura Capture application.
  11. Edit the recording information, including Title, Description, and tags if desired.
  12. Click Discard to discard the recording or Save and Upload to upload the recording to your Kaltura My Media page. Your recording will begin to upload; you can the progress in the Capture application.
  13. Return to your Kaltura My Media page in Blackboard. Your new recording should be visible, though it will likely be processing for several minutes. The content will also be automatically captioned.

Post a Video From Kaltura My Media Library to Your Course

Once you have created and uploaded your video to your Kaltura My Media Library, you can add the video to one of your courses. The instructions are slightly different for Original Course View and Ultra Course View. 

In Blackboard Original courses, there are two primary ways to embed videos from the My-Media library to your course, by creating a link from the Course Build Menu, and by using the Mashup button in any rich text editor in the course (e.g. Discussion Forum/Thread, Assignment, Item, Quiz Question, etc.)

Blackboard Original Option 1: Course Build Menu

This is the simplest way to display your video in the course, this process creates a link in the course that students will click to see the video.

  1. After having created your media, navigate to the place in your course where you want to insert a link to the video. Be sure you are in Edit Mode.
  2. From the Course Build menu at the top, choose Build Content then Kaltura Embed.
  3. This will display your My-Media content, click the blue Embed button for the video you want to embed in the course.
  4. This will create a direct link to your content in the course. You may edit this item to modify the title if you like.

Blackboard Original Option 2: Playable Thumbnail via the Mashup Tool

You can insert a playable thumbnail embed of a video in any rich text editing window in the course that has a Mashup button (e.g. Discussion Forum/Thread, Assignment, Item, Quiz Question, etc.). These instructions refer to an Item, but the instructions are essentially the same for Assignments, Discussion Forums, etc.

  1. After having created your media, navigate to the place in your course where you want to insert an item that contains a playable thumbnail embed of a video from your My-Media library.
  2. Click Build Content, then Item.
  3. Edit the title for your item and then click the Mashups button in the bottom row of the text editing tool panel, choose Kaltura Media. (If nothing happens, check that you are not blocking pop-ups.)
  4. This will display your My-Media content, click the blue Embed button for the video you want to embed in the text window.
  5. This will create a playable thumbnail embed of the video in the item. Finish editing the item and click Submit.

In Blackboard Ultra courses, there are two primary ways to embed videos from the My-Media library to your course, by creating a link from the Course Build Menu, and by using the Add Content button in any text editor in the course (e.g. Document, Discussion Forum/Thread, Assignment, Quiz Question, etc.)

Blackboard Ultra Option 1: Create Button

This is the simplest way to display your video in the course, this process creates a link in the course that students will click to see the video.

  1. After having created your media, navigate to the place in your course and hover your mouse where you want to insert a link to the video.
  2. Click the + icon and choose Content Market then Kaltura Embed.
  3. This will display your My-Media content, click the blue Embed button for the video you want to embed in the course.
  4. This will create a direct link to your content in the course. You may edit this item to modify the title if you like.

Blackboard Ultra Option 2: Playable Thumbnail via the Add Content Button

You can insert a playable thumbnail embed of a video in any text window that has an Insert Content + button including Document, Discussion Thread, Assignment, Quiz Question, and Ultra Document in the course. These instructions describe creating a new Bb Ultra Document, however, you could also edit and existing Bb Ultra Document or other type of Blackboard item and follow the same steps.

  1. After having created your media, navigate to the place in your course where you want to insert a Document that contains a playable thumbnail embed of a video from your My-Media library.
  2. Click the + icon and choose Create and Document.
  3. Edit the title of your Document and then click the Add Content button (or the + button on an existing document).
  4. In the Document editing window, choose the + button at the far right (Insert Content).
  5. Click Insert/Edit LTI Item.
  6. Click Kaltura Embed.
  7. This will display your My-Media content, click the blue “Embed” button for the video you want to embed in the text window. Edit the title if desired in the title panel that appears.
  8. This will create a playable thumbnail embed of the video in the document. Finish editing the Document and click Save.
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