Personal video using Kaltura Express Capture

Using personal video in discussions or assignments is simple to do using Kaltura Express Capture. Note that Express Capture only works in a web browser (desktop or mobile) but does not work in the Canvas mobile app.

Record a Video Using Kaltura Express Capture

Kaltura Express Capture lets you record directly in your discussion post or an assignment set up with a text box for submission.

To record and post your video,

  1. Click “Reply” under the discussion prompt or “Submit Assignment” for an assignment to get to the text box.
  2. If you see a toolbar above the text box with two lines of icons, click on the Embed Kaltura Media icon (). A new window will open showing any media you may already have in Kaltura and you can skip to step #7 below.
  3. If you see the single line toolbar, click on the three vertical dots (the “More” button) on the right side to open up an additional toolbar showing the Apps icon (it looks like an electrical plug)
  4. Wait a second for the entire list to load.
  5. Click on the words “Embed Kaltura Media” – not “Kaltura Media Gallery.” IMPORTANT: It won’t look like you can click on “Embed Kaltura Media” because your mouse pointer won’t change to indicate that it’s a clickable link, but that is where you need to click.
  6. A new window will open showing all of the media you have in Kaltura.
  7. Click the “Add New” button at the top right of the new window and select “Express Capture.”
  8. Express Capture should automatically detect your default webcam and microphone. If you would like to use a different one, click the settings gear icon at the top right, and select the mic or camera you prefer.
  9. To record, click the large red Start button. It will count down 3 seconds before beginning to record.
  1. To stop, click the white square Stop button next to the timer that appears when you are recording.
  2. When you are finished recording, you can review your recording and choose to either use it or record again by clicking either the “Use This” button or the “Record Again” button below the video.
  3. When you have selected a video to use, click the “Save and Embed” button at the top right and your video will be placed in your discussion post or assignment. You can add any necessary text below your video and then click “Post Reply” or “Submit Assignment.”

Note on Video Processing

When a video is first uploaded to Kaltura you may see a “media is being processed” animation where you expect your video to be.

The longer your video is, the longer it will take to process. The video will appear once it has completed processing, though you may need to refresh your page to see it. You can embed a video that is still processing in Kaltura.

Captions on Your Video

All video uploaded to Kaltura is automatically mechanically captioned using speech-to-text technology. The mechanical captions appear fairly quickly on short videos once they’re uploaded. If your instructor has asked you to verify that your captions are correct, you can check them either in Kaltura: My Media in Canvas (if it is available in your course), or at Kaltura Mediaspace.  Instructions on checking and editing your captions are in the Accessible Videos chapter in this book.


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