Kaltura Capture - Installation

Kaltura Capture is screen and webcam recording software for Windows and macOS. It is a good fit for doing shorter recordings (4-6 min) which can be done in one take and don't require much editing. This document describes the system requirements for Kaltura Capture and how to install it.


  • This document focuses on Kaltura Capture, but we generally recommend TechSmith Camtasia (newly available to instructors and staff on 8/28/20) over Kaltura Capture for instructors and staff at UW-Madison. It can more easily make longer recordings, allows you to do more editing and is an easy-to-use and more powerful screen capture, and webcam capture tool.
  • Users who want to record slideshows with audio narration can also use Powerpoint itself (More instructions for: Windows, Mac). Powerpoint allows you to more easily update your narrated slideshows - you can not easily update a Kaltura Capture video later. In Powerpoint you can delete the audio for an individual slide, re-record and export your presentation as a MP4 and upload that to Kaltura MediaSpace or share the file itself. Kaltura Capture (or Camtasia) is more for if you need to record yourself using software or guiding your viewer through a website, etc. - something beyond narrated Powerpoint slides.

System Requirements

If you're interested in recording your screen or webcam with Kaltura Capture make sure your machine meets Kaltura Capture's minimum specifications:
 Hardware / Software:
 Operating System:
Windows 7 - 10 (64 bit) and above
macOS 10.12 and above
 Memory: 4 GB RAM
 1 GB minimum available (we recommend 10 GB available)
 Processor: Minimum Intel i5 or AMD A10 (min 4 cores)
 Internet Connection: While an internet connection isn't technically required to use Kaltura Capture after it is downloaded and installed, you do need a decent connection to upload the files to Kaltura MediaSpace. We recommend at minimum 1 Mbps upload speed. You can test your internet connection speed by going to typing "speed test" into Google and clicking RUN SPEED TEST. An alternate speed test is fast.com - make sure you click "Show more info" after the initial test runs to show the upload speed.
Please note that Kaltura Capture does not currently support capturing of system audio (for example capturing the audio from a video you are playing back while screen capturing) in OSX.
More detailed information on the requirements is available on Kaltura's document Kaltura Capture - Prerequisites and System Requirements. Additional information on installing Kaltura Capture is also available in Kaltura's document Kaltura Capture - Installing and Launching the Application.

Installing Kaltura Capture

Dr. Muehlenhaus has recorded a number of short, helpful videos on installing Kaltura Capture from a faculty perspective which he has let us share.

  1. Intro to Kaltura & Video Lecture Recording
  2. Log In to Kaltura and Download Kaltura Capture
Look for links to more of his videos on using Kaltura Capture in the next KB doc. We also have two of Learn@UW-Madison's screencasts on installing Kaltura Capture:

Installing Kaltura Capture on Windows screencast (2 min, 20 sec)

Installing Kaltura Capture on Mac OSX screencast (2 min, 28 sec)

Installing Kaltura Capture step-by-step directions

You will need administrator rights to install Kaltura Capture. If you don't have admin rights, contact your department's IT professional. If your machine meets the minimum specifications and you have admin rights you can install Kaltura Capture by following these directions:
  1. Launch Chrome or Firefox and go to Kaltura MediaSpace: mediaspace.wisc.edu. If you need more information on how to log in to MediaSpace please see Kaltura - How to Log in to Kaltura MediaSpace (UW-Madison) .

  2. Click Add New → Kaltura Capture:
    Screen capture showing the MediaSpace "Add New" drop-down menu expanded with the mouse hovering over the "Kaltura Capture" option

  3. A new window will display which says “The Kaltura Capture Desktop Recorder”. Near the bottom text reads “Using Kaltura Capture for the first time?” with links for both the Windows installer and the Mac installer. Click the link for the installer you want to use:
    Screenshot showing "The Kaltura Capture Desktop Recorder" window with text pointing out the links to download the Windows and Mac installers.
  4. Once the installer is downloaded, find the downloaded file.
    • In Windows double click the installer file to launch the installer. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
    • In OSX drag the Personal Capture icon to the Applications folder of your machine.
      Mac OSX Catalina (10.15) requires additional permissions to run Kaltura Capture successfully. To run Kaltura Capture, change the following settings:
      System Preferences → Security & Privacy → General → (unlock the padlock) → Choose App Store and identified developers(lock the padlock)
      System Preferences → Security & Privacy → Privacy → (unlock the padlock) → Choose CameraCheck KalturaCapture (repeat this process for Microphone and Screen Recording) > (lock the padlock).
  5. Once it is installed you can launch it via two different methods:
    • You can go back to mediaspace.wisc.edu and select Add New Kaltura Capture and it will launch the app, or:
    • You can launch it from your programs or applications menu in Windows or OSX.
Once you've successfully installed Kaltura Capture please refer to Kaltura Capture - Recording your screen or webcam with Kaltura Capture from Kaltura MediaSpace  for more information on using it to record your screen or webcam.

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Keywords:kaltura, capture, screen, recording, recorder, minimum, specifications, windows, osx media   Doc ID:90530
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW-Madison
Created:2019-03-21 11:47 CDTUpdated:2020-09-01 15:36 CDT
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