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Kaltura Capture - Recording your screen or webcam with Kaltura Capture from Kaltura MediaSpace
This document describes how to use Kaltura Capture for desktop and webcam recording.
If you haven't already downloaded Kaltura Capture please refer to Kaltura Capture - Installation .
Kaltura has a one-page Get Started User Guide, a User Guide with more detailed instructions, and an introductory video: Personal Capture Walkthrough Video:
- Keep your recordings reasonably short (5-10 minutes):
- Shorter recordings reduce the cognitive load on the viewer;
- Lapses in the viewer's attention become more frequent with longer videos;
- Updating material is much easier if it is more modular - updating a 5 minute video is a lot easier than a 50 minute video;
- The editing tools in Kaltura MediaSpace don't allow fine-grained edits especially on longer videos;
- Longer recordings tend to encounter more frequent technical issues. It's less painful if you do happen to encounter an issue on a 5 minute video to redo it than if you do on a 50 minute video. Kaltura Capture is also brand new and in development.
- If you need to make longer, more elaborate recordings and do more involved editing we recommend you consider purchasing a more powerful screen capture tool like Camtasia. While the example below shows how to use Kaltura Capture for recording a Powerpoint presentation, you can also use Powerpoint itself to record slide shows.
Recording a Powerpoint lecture with Kaltura Capture in Windows screencast
Launching Kaltura Capture from Kaltura MediaSpace step-by-step directions
- Launch Chrome or Firefox, go to Kaltura MediaSpace, and login: 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) .
- Click Add New → Kaltura Capture:
- As long as you have previously installed Kaltura Capture (see Kaltura Capture - Installation if you have not installed it) the browser screen will refresh with a message that says "The Kaltura Capture Desktop Recorder:
Your browser may display a notification asking you if you want to open Kaltura Capture:
Check "Always open these types of links in the associated app" if you don't want to receive this notification every time you use Kaltura Capture. Click the Open Kaltura Capture button.
- If you've used Kaltura Capture before, the Kaltura Capture library may appear. If it does, click New Recording:
If you haven't used Kaltura Capture, or if you click New Recording the Kaltura Capture control panel will open:
- Select capture input 1 (also known as the primary input) - if you have multiple monitors or a webcam you can choose which monitor to record or the webcam. You can click the icon for either input to disable it if you don't want to use it. This is the video input that will download if you choose to give your users the ability to download your video.
- If you select a monitor to record, Kaltura Capture gives you the option to select Full Screen or Select Area:
If you choose Select Area, Kaltura Capture will display a window of the area you will capture along with 1: Some pre-set window sizes for you to choose from and 2: you can also click and drag the edges of the window to set the recording window size:
- If you have multiple monitors or a webcam you can choose a second monitor to record or the webcam on input 2 (also known as the child input).
Recommendation: Even though Kaltura Capture can record monitors at resolutions higher than 1920 x 1080, all video recorded is reduced to a maximum of 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. Because of this we recommend you reduce your monitor resolution to 1920 x 1080 or lower before recording so you're not surprised by any loss of detail in recording higher resolution screens.
- Select audio input - Select the microphone to record from. Use a headset or dedicated microphone for best quality. If you watch closely you can see the microphone icon change as you speak to provide a visual indicator of the microphone level. You may also want to review how to set your microphone level in Kaltura - Choosing a microphone and setting levels for recording quality audio (UW-Madison) .
- Click the record button to start recording to start your recording.
Recommendation: Do a test recording of a few seconds. Upload it to MediaSpace and review it to ensure that you are recording the correct inputs and that your audio quality and levels are good before making your full recording.
Consider using the Kaltura Capture keyboard shortcuts:
Control for Windows, Command for Mac:
Command or control + Shift + R: Start Recording or Pause Recording in progress
Command or control + Shift + S: Stop Recording
Command or Control + Shift + C: Cancel Recording
Command or Control + Shift + E: Clear all Notifications
Command or Control + Shift + M: Go to Management
- The recording toolbar appears with a three second countdown after clicking the red record button. You can:
- Click and drag the toolbar to move it.
- Click the gray box to stop the recording.
- Click the red button (which will have a pause icon on it while recording) to pause the recording if you want to gather your thoughts before continuing. Click it again to continue the recording.
- Click the x button to cancel the recording.
- Click the pencil icon to display the notation feature pane. For more information on the notation tools please see Kaltura Capture - Notation Tools .
- Click the gray dash in the upper right of the control panel to minimize it
- Delete the file if you know you do not want it.
- Save & Upload if you want to keep the recording.
- Save if you do not want to uploads it at this time - for instance if you do not have internet. It will remain in your local library on your computer.
To view the video, click the blue link once it has finished uploading or you can go to your My Media area of Kaltura: mediaspace.wisc.edu/my-media
NOTE: It may take several minutes for the video to appear. Until the video is done processing a camera icon will show in the thumbnail. If the page does not refresh with an accurate thumbnail, click on the video to view it as a new page.
Changing your Kaltura Capture settings and collecting logs for troubleshooting
To check your Kaltura Capture settings and modify them:
- Launch Kaltura Capture as described in steps 1-2 above.
- After Kaltura Capture launches and displays the control panel click the Manage link on the right side of the control panel.
- Your Kaltura Capture library will display. Click the gear button on the left.
- The Kaltura Capture Settings screen will display:
- Camera recording quality: User can select from lowest to highest resolution: 480p, 720p, and 1080p.
- Screen recording quality: User can select from lowest to highest resolution: 480p, 720p, and 1080p. Mac OSX users may want to review Kaltura - Known Issue - Kaltura Capture and OSX resolution and quality issues .
- Recording name prefix: The autogenerated text prefix created when a new recording is created.
- Highlight cursor: Highlights the cursor when creating a recording with Kaltura Capture.
- Auto minimize when recording: Hides the Kaltura Capture control panel when a recording is started.
- Collect and upload app logs: Used to collect application logs for troubleshooting.
If you change any setting be sure to click Save:
Updating Kaltura Capture
Once installed by an end-user as described in Kaltura Capture - Installation Kaltura Capture will attempt to auto-update itself if the application is left idle for approximately five minutes. A message will display informing the user the update is taking place, to not start a new capture until the update is complete, and a final notification letting the user know the update is finished. Kaltura Capture installations installed to lab deployments do not auto-update.
Minimizing Kaltura Capture
- Clicking the line in the upper right corner of the control panel minimizes it to the Windows taskbar.
- Clicking the X in the upper right minimizes it to the Windows notification area / system tray.
If your computer goes to sleep while Kaltura Capture is running and is woken back up, Kaltura Capture will re-initialize and appear to launch again. As described above in Changing your Kaltura Capture settings you can also set Kaltura Capture to auto-minimize when you start a recording.
Quitting Kaltura Capture
- Windows: Click the up carat ( ^ ) in the lower right of the Windows tray to display the Windows notification area - historically known as the system tray. This will display icons for applications that are currently running including Kaltura Capture. Right click on the Kaltura Capture icon which looks like a light blue square with a white circle in the middle and select Quit to exit:
- OSX: In the Finder menu at the top of the screen click on the Kaltura Capture icon and select Quit to exit:
If you would like to edit your screen capture in Kaltura MediaSpace please see Kaltura - MediaSpace video editing tools (UW-Madison) .
To embed your screen or webcam capture in Canvas please see Canvas - How to add or embed a video in your Canvas course using Kaltura Media (UW-Madison) .