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 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, 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, refer to How to Enable the Kaltura Capture Security Setting on Mac for information on fixing the issue.

In this article:

Installing Kaltura Capture

  1. Use the links below to download Kaltura Capture to your computer:
  2. Launch the Kaltura Capture installer from your downloads folder and proceed with the installation.
    • 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

Once installed on your computer, you do not need to update Kaltura manually. Kaltura Capture updates automatically when a new version is available, when you are not recording. If your application is not updating, you can manually reinstall Kaltura Capture following the steps above.

After installing Kaltura Capture, you can launch it for the first time in one of two ways: from My Media in Canvas, or from Kaltura Mediaspace.

Launching from My Media in Canvas:

  1. 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).
  2. Click Add New in the top right corner.
  3. Click Launch Kaltura Capture (Mac/Win).
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    • 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 Launch Kaltura Capture (Mac/Win)
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    • 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

Understanding the Recording Tool 

In the Kaltura Capture Recorder, the default selection is the screen as the primary input and the camera as the secondary input. 

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.

KalturaCapture toolbar sample. Record, screen (off), camera (off), audio (on).

  • Record: Starts and stops the recording.
  • 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 down arrow to select what portion of your screen you want to record.
    • Click the Screen icon to toggle the screen record off or on.
  • 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 down arrow to choose which camera input 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 down arrow to select the recording device you want to use.
      • Click the Audio icon to toggle the audio recording off or 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. 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. When in the main menu, the microphone shows an indicator when you make noise:
      Audio bar showing sound settings
    3. Click the Record button 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.
      • 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 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 Stop icon 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.
      • Save: Saves the recording to your local computer
      • Save and Upload: Uploads the video to your Kaltura account, and you are be able to publish it using the steps in 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.

    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.