Canvas: View and Search Video Contents in Kaltura Media Galleries

A Media Gallery appears in each Canvas Course, unless hidden by the instructor. See additional resources about how an instructor can restore a hidden Media Gallery.

From the Media Gallery, only users enrolled in that Canvas Course can post, view, and search the media added there. The powerful search feature includes the text from captions, so users can find specific word(s) or phrases said and advance to that portion of the media.

Roles in Canvas:

  • Teachers/TAs/Designers can post videos to Media Galleries. Instructors can approve student postings to a Media Gallery with or without moderation by instructors.
  • Students can post to Media Galleries if the feature is enabled by instructors.

On this page:

Viewing Videos in Canvas Kaltura Media Galleries

  1. Open a browser and go to Canvas (canvas.umn.edu). You may need to sign in.
  2. Find your media gallery:
    1. Select the Courses icon in the left navigation bar. All of your available courses will appear.
    2. Select the course you want.
    3. Select Media Gallery from the course navigation menu.
      Canvas navigation with Media Gallery highlighted
  3. Select the a video's thumbnail to view it.
    The Media Gallery with Thumbnail for a specific video Highlighted

Searching Video Contents in Kaltura Media Galleries

  1. Open a browser and go to Canvas (canvas.umn.edu). You may need to sign in.
  2. Find your media gallery:
    1. Select the Courses icon in the left navigation bar. All of your available courses will appear.
    2. Select the course you want.
    3. Select Media Gallery from the course navigation menu.
      Canvas navigation with Media Gallery highlighted
  3. If there are playlists in the Media Gallery, you will have a Home tab and a Media tab at the top of the page. Select the Media tab to find the Search field to search all Kaltura media in the Media Gallery.
    Media Gallery page with Home and Media tab and an arrow pointing to the Media tab which will reveal the Search icon
  4. Enter a search term in the Search this gallery field and this will search all fields within the videos.
    1. If you are seeing the Show More link within your search result, this means that there are possible results within the captions.
      A search for "quiz banks" in the Media Gallery with a result highlighting the Show More link
    2. Clicking on Show More will expand the menu and give results within the captions.
      1. Clicking on a specific Time Stamp within the results will bring you to that point within the video.
        A search result with a Time Stamp highlighting the words "quiz bank" highlighted
      2. If you want more Time Stamps, click on Show All to get a comprehensive list.
        The Show All link within a Search Result highlighted

Searching for Content within a Video

In Canvas Kaltura, you can limit a search to a single video within Media Gallery. 

  1. Find the video you want to search in the Media Gallery.
  2. Select the video thumbnail.
  3. Select the Search (magnifying glass) icon next to Details, below the video.
    search icon underneath a video within Kaltura
  4. Enter your search terms.
  5. The results list will have links to exact time markers in the video that contain the search terms you used. 
    Search results for searching a specific video in Kaltura

Additional Resources

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