Kaltura: Use Kaltura Capture

Kaltura Capture (also known as Kaltura Personal Capture) is an application for Mac and Windows that allows you to record your computer's screen, camera, and/or microphone. This tool has some unique features:

  • Quick publishing to Kaltura: After you install Kaltura Capture and connect it to your Kaltura account, you can quickly send new recordings to Kaltura, then post them in Canvas or Kaltura MediaSpace.
  • Multi-source recordings and viewer playback controls: When you record the screen and camera at the same time, viewers will see these two "sources" separately, with one appearing picture-in-picture. Viewers can swap the sources, set the playback to be side-by-side, or focus on just one of them.
  • PowerPoint content searchability: If you do a full-screen recording and then view a PowerPoint as a slide show, the slide content will be captured as text and become searchable "chapters." For such recordings, viewers can click an icon in the upper left of the video to search through the slide contents.
    • Note: For the searchable chapter interface to appear along with the video, you must use Kaltura Capture to record when viewing a PowerPoint presentation in full screen slideshow mode, or use Kaltura Capture to record the slide portion of the presentation in presenter view.

Note for MacOS users: If you are unable to save or upload videos to Kaltura, see the article Cannot run Kaltura Capture on MacOS for information on fixing the issue.

In this article:

Downloading Kaltura Capture

You can access Kaltura Capture through MediaSpace (mediaspace.umn.edu) or My Media in Canvas. The first time you use Kaltura Capture, you will need to download and install the application from within Canvas. After it is installed, you can access it from your desktop or within Kaltura's Add New menu.

  1. From My Media in Canvas: Go to a Canvas course site and click on My Media in the course navigation (Note: If you don't see My Media in course navigation, go to Adding Kaltura Course Tools to Canvas to add it).
    1. Click Add New in the top right corner.
    2. Click Launch Kaltura Capture (Mac/Win).
  2. From Kaltura MediaSpace:
    1. Go to mediaspace.umn.edu and log in.
    2. Click Add New in the top right corner
    3. From the dropdown menu, select Launch Kaltura Capture (Mac/Win)
  2. Click Download for€¦ for whichever operating system you are on.
    Kaltura capture recorder page. "If you've already installed Kaltura Capture, it will launch automatically." "Using Kaltura Capture for the first time?" Options Download for Windows and Download for Mac highlighted.
  3. Launch the Kaltura Capture installer from your downloads folder and proceed with the installation.
    • Note: If you open Kaltura Capture from you desktop, you will receive the notification: "Please launch Kaltura Capture from the Add New menu on your website." Select OK.
      Popup box that says "Please launch Kaltura Capture from the "Add New" menu on your website"
    • Note for macOS users: When you drag the Kaltura Capture application into the Applications folder icon, you will need to enter an administrator username and password.
  4. To connect Kaltura Capture to your user account:
    1. Return to My Media in Canvas or MediaSpace
    2. Click Add New 
    3. Select Launch Kaltura Capture Recorder.
    4. If you receive the message "Always open these types of links in the associated app," check the box and click Open KalturaCapture.
      Popup asking to "Open KalturaCapture" with check box to always open these types of links in the associated app

Understanding the Recording Tool 

Once you have downloaded the Kaltura Capture application, you can open it either from the Add New menu area or from your desktop's applications area (in the Dock of a Mac computer or the Taskbar on a Windows computer). The player appears over any windows you currently have open.

Kaltura Capture player with an arrow pointing toward the player

  • The red Record button starts and stops the recording.
  • The Camera icon allows you to record yourself presenting information in a picture-in-picture tile while recording.
  • View of a picture-in-picture video with a slide show in the larger picture window and a presenter in the smaller picture window
    • Click the down arrow to choose which camera input you wish to use if other than your computer's built in camera.
    • Click the blue Camera icon to turn off the camera option. The icon will be gray and have a line through it if the camera is turned off. Click the icon again to turn the camera back on.
  • The Screen icon lets you choose what part of your computer screen you want to record (i.e., a slide show presentation, some specific area of your screen, or the full screen).
    • Click the down arrow to choose what area of your screen you want to record.
    • Click the blue Screen icon to turn off the screen recorder. The icon will be gray and have a line through it if the camera is turned off. Click the icon again to turn the screen recorder back on.
  • The Audio icon controls whigh device you record audio from.
    • Click the down arrow to choose which recording device you want to use.
    • Click the Audio icon to turn off audio if your video will not have any audio. The icon will be gray and have a line through it if the camera is turned off. Click the icon again to turn the audio back on.

Making a Recording in Kaltura Capture

  1. Open Kaltura Capture by either opening it from the desktop application area or Add New in MediaSpace or Canvas My Media.
  2. Check to make sure your microphone is working properly. When in the main menu, the microphone shows an indicator when you make noise:
    Audio bar showing sound settings
  3. Click the red Circle when you are ready to record. A three-second countdown begins before the player starts to record.
  4. Once you begin recording, a recording toolbar appears in the bottom right corner of your screen.
    Kaltura Capture video recorder tool bar
    • Note: The recording toolbar appears in your video and may cause viewers confusion if they try to use the buttons to start and stop the recording. There are two ways to minimize the the recording toolbar. In either case, if the recording toolbar is minimized, you will need to find the recorder menu in your Dock or Taskbar to open it back up and stop the recording.
      • Option 1: Click the Minimize icon (pictured below) to hide the toolbar while you are recording.
        Video recorder tool bar with arrow pointing to the minimize icon
      • Option 2: Change your settings to automatically minimize when recording:
        1. Go to Manage, then Settings (gear icon)
        2. Set Auto-minimize when Recording to Yes.
        3. Click Save.
    • The Edit (pencil) icon opens a small annotation tool box above the recording toolbar:
      Annotation menu expanded to show options
    • For information on how to use the recording toolbar, go to The Recording Menu.
  5. To stop the recording, click the gray square and agree to the "Are You Sure?" message. The video preview opens in your Kaltura Capture library.
  6. Give the recording a name.
  7. Choose to Save, Save and Upload, or Delete the recording.
    • Choosing Save and Upload uploads the video to your Kaltura account, and you are be able to publish it using the steps in the Publishing Your Video to Canvas or MediaSpace section below.
    • If you upload the recording, you will get a notification when the video upload completes.

For more information, see Completing and Uploading Your Recording.

Viewing Recordings Made in Kaltura Capture

The type of video file that Kaltura Capture produces has some extra features that allow viewers to engage with the video content. See Viewing Rich Media in the Kaltura Player for more information.

Publishing Your Recordings in Canvas or MediaSpace

Once your recording is complete, you can share it through MediaSpace or Canvas:

Updating Kaltura Capture

Kaltura Capture updates automatically when a new version is available. The updates occur when the application is not in use. If your application is not updating, you can manually reinstall Kaltura Capture by following the instructions in Downloading Kaltura Capture.