Kaltura: Use Kaltura Capture

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Kaltura Capture is an application (app) for Mac and Windows that allows you to record your computer's screen, camera, and/or microphone. Kaltura Capture features:

  • Quick publishing to Kaltura: After installing Kaltura Capture, you can quickly send new recordings to Kaltura and post them using Kaltura 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
    • Focus on just one source
  • 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. Viewers can click an icon in the upper left of the video to search through the slide contents.
    • Note: For this functionality, 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.

Installing Kaltura Capture

  1. Download Kaltura Capture to your computer:
  2. Launch the Kaltura Capture installer from your downloads folder to proceed with the installation.
    • Note for Mac users: You will need an administrator username and password to drag the Kaltura Capture application into the Applications folder.

Note: Once installed, Kaltura Capture updates automatically when a new version is available. This occurs when the application has been idle and not recording for five minutes. If Kaltura Capture is not updating automatically, you can manually reinstall Kaltura Capture following the steps above.

After installing Kaltura Capture, you can launch it from My Media in Canvas or from Kaltura MediaSpace.

Launching from My Media in Canvas:

  1. Login to canvas.umn.edu and go to My Media using one of these options:
    • From canvas.umn.edu, select the Account menu, then pick My Media (Kaltura).
    • 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, instructors or designers in the course can follow the steps in Adding Kaltura Course Tools to Canvas to add it.
  2. Click Add New in the top right corner.
  3. Select Record Using Kaltura Capture.
  4. If you receive a pop-up request, check the box next to Always open these types of links in the associated app and click Open KalturaCapture.
    My Media Add New Dropdown. Record Using Kaltura Capture highlighted.
    • If you receive a pop-up request, check the box next to Always open these types of links in the associated app and click Open KalturaCapture.

Launching 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 Record Using Kaltura Capture.
    Mediaspace Add New dropdown. Record Using Kaltura Capture highlighted.
    • If you receive a pop-up request, check the box next to Always open these types of links in the associated app and click Open KalturaCapture.
      Popup asking to "Open KalturaCapture" with check box to always open these types of links in the associated app

Launching from Your Computer's Desktop

Once you have installed Kaltura Capture, you can open it either from the Add New menu in Kaltura or from your computer (in the Applications folder on Mac or Start menu on Windows). 

Using the Kaltura Capture Control Panel

After you open Kaltura Capture, the control panel appears over any windows you currently have open.

You can use Kaltura Capture to record both your screen and your camera. Upon playback, the primary source appears large in the background, and the secondary source appears inset in the lower right.

We recommend setting Kaltura Capture to show the screen on the left side of the Recording Toolbar, which makes it the primary source. Camera should be to the right as the secondary source.

Kaltura Capture Recording toolbar. Record button; Screen icon highlighted with text "left/primary"; Camera icon highlighted with text "right/secondary"; audio icon.

  • Record: Start recording by clicking this button
  • Screen: Choose the portion of your computer screen you want to record (i.e., a slide show presentation, a specific portion of your screen, or the full screen).
    • Click the Screen icon to toggle screen recording off or on.
    • Click the down arrow to select what portion of your screen you want to record.
  • Camera: 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 Camera icon to toggle your camera off or on.
    • Click the down arrow to choose which camera source you wish to use if other than your computer's built in camera.
      • Click the down arrow to choose which camera source you wish to use if other than your computer's built in camera.
      • Click the Camera icon to toggle your camera off or on.
  • Audio: Controls which device you record audio from.
    • Click the Audio icon to toggle the audio recording off or on.
    • Click the down arrow to select the audio source.

Making a Recording in Kaltura Capture

Note for Mac users: If you see errors related to secondary or audio devices, or are unable to save or upload videos to Kaltura, refer to How to Enable Privacy Settings for Kaltura Capture on Mac for steps to resolve the issues.

  1. Open Kaltura Capture.
  2. Every single time you record, check to make sure your microphone is working properly. Failure to do so may result in recordings with no audio. 
    • In the control panel, the microphone should fill in when you make noise:
      Audio bar showing sound settings
  3. Click Record when you are ready to record. A countdown appears before recording begins. 
  4. Once you begin recording, a recording toolbar appears in the bottom right corner of your screen.
    1. To stop the recording, click the Stop icon and agree to the Are You Sure? message. The video preview opens in your Kaltura Capture library.
  5. Give the recording a name.
  6. Choose to Save, Save and Upload, or Delete the recording.
    1. Save: Saves the recording to your local computer
    2. Save and Upload: Uploads the video to your Kaltura account and you can publish it using Publishing Your Video to Canvas or MediaSpace. You will get a notification when the media upload completes, and an additional email from Kaltura when the recording is ready.

Additional Recording Information and Resources

  • Learn More About the Recording Menu, including information about annotation tools available while recording.
  • Note: The recording toolbar is visible in your video recording and may cause viewers confusion. 
    • There are two ways to minimize the toolbar when recording. 
      • Option 1: Click the Minimize icon to hide the toolbar while you are recording.
        Kaltura Capture toolbar. Minimize highlighted.
      • Option 2: Change your settings to automatically minimize when recording:
        1. Go to Manage, then Settings (gear icon)
        2. Click Save.
        3. Set Auto-minimize when Recording to Yes.
    • To stop recording, you will need to find the toolbar in your Dock (Mac) or Taskbar (Windows).

Publishing Your Recordings in Canvas or MediaSpace

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

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.

Additional Resources

TDX ID
3760