Canvas: Add Media Using Kaltura with the Rich Content Editor

In this article:

Kaltura is the University of Minnesota's media management system that integrates with Canvas. Within Canvas, you can:

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, refer to Add Kaltura Videos to Media Galleries.

Using the Canvas Rich Content Editor to Add Media from 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 Embed Media from Kaltura to open the embed window.
  3. Next steps depend on your needs.
    Embed media from kaltura pop-up with options: upload media, more media options, record webcam, add from youtube.
    Select an option from the choices below to jump to the appropriate section:

Uploading Media

  1. Select Upload Media to open the Upload Media page.
  2. Drag and Drop a file or select Choose a file to upload and find the media you wish to upload from your computer or mobile device. 
    Kaltura upload media pop-up with drag and drop and choose file options.
  3. Click Embed at the top of the page, then select Save below the RCE.

If you wish to change the name or other settings about the uploaded file, see information about My Media.

Embedding Media Already Uploaded to Your Kaltura My Media Library

Select More Media Options to open your My Media library.

  • To use the default embed settings: Select Embed to the right of the desired media. The RCE opens with your content. Select Save below the RCE.
  • To customize your embed settings: Select the Embed Settings icon to the right of the desired media to open the settings:
  1. Select a Choose Player option:
    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 see a transcript interface along with the video that includes text search capabilities.
  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 start/end times.
      • 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 you embed using More Media Options.
  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 below the RCE.

If you choose to also post this media in the course Media Gallery, viewers will see a name based on the file name you uploaded. If you wish to change the name, description, etc., refer to information and steps about My Media.

Embedding an Existing Media Gallery Playlist 

If needed, follow the steps to create a Media Gallery playlist. Once you have a playlist created:

  1. Return to the RCE. (If necessary, click the Embed Kaltura Media button.)
  2. Select More Media Options, then 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 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 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 below the RCE.

Recording Your Webcam

  1. In the Embed Media from Kaltura window, select Record Webcam.
  2. Follow the directions on the page.
  3. After you finish your recording, select Use This. Your recording will upload to Kaltura's systems. When complete, you will see an Upload Completed! message
  4. Select Embed. Your recording (or a temporary placeholder) will appear in the RCE window.
  5. Select Save below the RCE.

If you choose to also post this media in the course Media Gallery, viewers will see a name based on the date and time it was recorded, e.g. Video Recording - Tue Jan 19 2021 11:23:12 GMT-0600 (CST). If you wish to change the name, description, etc, refer to information and steps for My Media.

Adding a Video from YouTube

  1. In the Embed Media from Kaltura window, select Add from YouTube.
  2. Paste a link to a YouTube video.
  3. Select Preview. The video will appear in the window.
  4. Select Embed. The YouTube video you are linking to will appear in the RCE window.
  5. Select Save below the RCE.

If you choose to also post this media in the course Media Gallery, viewers will see the name and description that were pulled from YouTube when you completed the steps above. If you wish to change the name and description, refer to information and steps for My Media.

Notes on Embedding Audio-only Recordings

Starting in January 2020, when embedding audio recordings using Kaltura, a smaller player 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. 

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