Canvas: Add Media from Kaltura Using the Rich Content Editor

Kaltura is the University of Minnesota's media management system that integrates with Canvas. You can use Kaltura to upload and manage video, including:

  • Video files, including webcam recordings
  • Audio files
  • Image files

Within a Canvas course, you can:

Media in Kaltura can be viewed using phones, tablets, and computers.

Use this article to add media to a page, discussion, assignment, etc. within Canvas. To include all Kaltura videos within a Canvas course in one specific searchable area, go to Canvas: Add Kaltura Videos to Media Galleries.

Using the Canvas Rich Content Editor to Add Media Stored in Kaltura

  1. Go to the Canvas Page, Assignment, or another area where you would like to add Kaltura media into your Canvas course and click Edit. Canvas' Rich Content Editor (RCE) opens.
    Canvas course page. Edit button is highlighted.
  2. Click the Embed Kaltura Media iconKaltura media icon. Your My Media library appears, displaying all the media you own or that is shared with you.
    • To upload new media, go to step 3.
    • To embed existing media from your My Media library, go to step 4.
    • To embed an existing Media Gallery playlist, go to step 5.
  3. To upload new media:
    1. Click + Add New.
      Canvas Kaltura My Media page. Add New is highlighted.
    2. Select Upload New Media.
      Canvas Kaltura My Media. Upload New Media is highlighted.
    3. Select + Choose a file to upload and find the media you want to upload from your computer or mobile device. 
      Kaltura Upload Media page. Choose a file to upload is highlighted.
    4. Enter any relevant details.
    5. To use your default embedding settings, click Save and Embed at the top of the page.
      • To modify your embed settings: select the Save button at the bottom of the screen and then the Back link at the top left of the screen to return to My Media and continue to step 4. 
    6. Select Save in Canvas below the RCE.
  4. To embed existing media from My Media:
    • To use the default embed settings: Select Embed to the right of the desired media.
    • To customize your embed settings: Select the settings icon kaltura-settings-icon.jpgx to the right of the desired media. The Embed Kaltura Media window opens embedding options:
      1. Select on of the Choose Player options:
        Embed settings choose player: standard video player; viewers cannot download. Video player; viewers can download a copy.
        • Standard player; viewers cannot download is the default player.
        • Video player; viewers can download a copy if you want users to be able to download the video.
          • Note: This option is not available for YouTube videos in Kaltura.
        • Video player, includes transcript based on closed captions if you want viewers to be able to search within the video.
      2. Select the preferred Max Embed Size.
      3. Optional: Turn on the Thumbnail Embedded option. 
        • This feature displays a thumbnail of the media instead of the full player interface. When a viewer clicks the thumbnail, the player interface appears.
      4. Optional: Modify Start & End Time settings.
        Kaltura embed options. Start and end times feature is highlighted.
        • Check the box next to Start at or End at and enter specific times that you want the video player to start and end at.
          • Note: Viewers continue to have access to the full video even after custom start and end options are set.
      5. Uncheck the checkbox next to Set as my default settings for media type: Video.
        Unchecked box next to the text Set as my default settings for media type: video.
        • Note: Leaving the box checked sets all current settings (except the start and end time selections) as the new default settings for that type of media when using the Embed button on the main Embed Kaltura Media page.
      6. Select Embed at the top right of the options window. The embedded media appears in the RCE.

        Kaltura custom embed options page. Embed button is highlighted.
      7. Select Save in Canvas below the RCE.
  5. To embed an existing Media Gallery playlist, follow the steps to create a Media Gallery playlist. Once you have created your playlist:
    1. Return to the RCE. (If necessary, click the Embed Kaltura Media button to re-open the Embed Kaltura Media window.)
    2. Select the Media Gallery Playlists tab.
      • To use the default embed settings, select Embed to the right of the desired playlist.
      • To customize the playlist embed settings, select Embed Settings (the gear icon) to the left of the Embed button. The Embed Kaltura Media Embed Settings window opens.
        1. Select one of the following Choose Player options:
          • Playlist player; viewers cannot download is the default player.
          • Playlist player; viewers can download a copy if you want users to be able to download the video.
          • Playlist player, includes transcript based on closed captions if you want viewers to be able to search within the video.
        2. Uncheck the checkbox next to Set as my default settings for media type: Channel playlists.
          • Note: Leaving the box checked sets all current settings as the new defaults for the next time you embed a Media Gallery playlist using the Rich Content Editor.
        3. Select Embed at the top right of the Embed Settings window. The embedded playlist appears in the RCE.
    3. Select Save in Canvas below the RCE.

Embedding Audio Clips

Previously, the audio player in Canvas was a video-sized black screen. Hearing audio and seeing a black screen caused some learners to think there was supposed to be a video that wasn't playing correctly. The new embed audio in a smaller player feature provides a distinct look for audio-only media, and is denoted by a musical note in the corner of the video.

Canvas kaltura audio thumbnail on the my media page. A musical note indicating the media is audio highlighted.