Kaltura - Using channels in Kaltura MediaSpace

This document describes how to create channels, access channels, and add users to a channel. It also describes how to add and remove media to a channel.

A channel is a user-curated collection of related media and playlists in Kaltura MediaSpace. They can be configured to be open collaborative collections or private collections restricted to only certain individuals. You can use channels to:

  • Upload and group media
  • Add users and modify their channel permissions
  • Share content using links and subscriptions
A Canvas Kaltura course media gallery is a type of channel and generally preferred for instructors using Canvas. More information on Kaltura MediaSpace channels is available in Kaltura's documentation Understanding Galleries and Channels in Kaltura MediaSpace. See the links below for quick access to the topics covered in this document:

Accessing your channels

You can access your channels by clicking the your name in the upper right corner and selecting My Channels from the drop-down menu.

Creating a channel

  1. Click your name in the upper right corner and select My Channels from the drop-down menu.
  2. Click the + Create Channel button in the upper right:
    A screenshot of the "+ Create Channel" button.
  3. You will now be on the Create a New Channel page (https://mediaspace.wisc.edu/channels/create):
    A screenshot showing the "Create a New Channel" window. Callouts indicate the following fields: (4) Name, (5) Description, (6) Tags, (7) Privacy, (8) Moderate content, (9) Enable comments in channel, (10) Enable scription to channel, (11) Categories, and (12) the Save button.
    (click the image for a full size version)

  4. Name: The only required field is the name field. Enter the channel name.
  5. Description: Enter the channel description. The description field provides a rich-text editor in which you can describe the channel, insert links, images, and apply formatting.
  6. Tags: Add any tags you wish to include for the channel to help define and categorize your channel. Tags also help users search for and find your channel.
  7. Privacy: Set the privacy for your channel:
    Option Description
    Open All logged in users can view and contribute content (contribution is not allowed for viewer-role users).
    Restricted All logged in users can view content and only channel members can contribute content.
    Private Only channel members can view and contribute content. This is the default setting.
    Shared Repository Only channel members can view and contribute content; Content may be published to other channels, according to publishing entitlements.
    Public, Restricted
    Anyone can view content (including anonymous not logged-in users). Only channel members can contribute content according to their publishing entitlements.
  8. Moderate content: To require a channel manager's approval before media is displayed in the channel, select the Moderate content checkbox.
  9. Enable comments in channel: To allow users to post comments in the channel select the Enable comments in channel checkbox. This option is enabled by default.
  10. Enable subscription to channel: To allow users to subscribe to your channel and be notified when there is new content check the Enable subscription to channel checkbox.
  11. Categories: The categories option will only show up for users who have been granted access to a category by a category owner. Categories are another organizational structure within MediaSpace. They appear in the top navigation bar. By selecting one of the available options, you are placing your channel within a category.
  12. Click Save to create the channel.

Adding members to a channel

  1. On the Channels page, click a channel to open it.
  2. Click the Channel Actions button in the upper right:
    A screenshot of the Channel Actions button., then select Edit.
  3. Click the Users tab.
  4. Click the Add Members button. In the Add Member window, start typing the user's NetID (username) to display a list of matching NetIDs.

    Please note that the person you are trying to add must have logged into http://mediaspace.wisc.edu/ at least once in order for you to be able to find a person and add them to the channel. If the user has not logged in at least once you will get an error message: "Error: user does not exist". Once you've confirmed the user has logged into http://mediaspace.wisc.edu/ try adding them to the channel again.

  5. Select the user's NetID.
  6. Set the user's permission level:
    • Member - View channel content only.
    • Contributor - View channel content and add media to the channel.
    • Moderator - View channel content, add media to the channel, deleted media from the channel, and moderate the channel
    • Manager - View channel content, add media to the channel, delete media from the channel, moderate the channel, and manage the channel (delegate managerial rights to additional users).
  7. Click the Add button to add the user as a member of the channel.

Viewing a channel

  1. Log into http://mediaspace.wisc.edu/.
  2. Click on your name in the upper right and select My Channels from the drop-down menu. By default, Kaltura MediaSpace is set to view channels you manage.
  3. If you want to view channels you are a member of (not a manager of), a subscriber to, or a shared repository click the Filters button and select the radio button for what you want to view:
    A screenshot showing the Kaltura MediaSpace channels page. The user has clicked the "Filters" button to display the radio button options to display Channel Membership optiosn for "Manager", "Member", "Subscriber", and "Shared Repostories"

Adding media to a channel

You can add media from a channel if you are a channel moderator or manager:
  1. Click your name in the upper right corner and select My Channels from the drop-down menu.
  2. Click on a channel to access it. You will see the media within a channel.
  3. Click on the + Add to Channel button:
    A screenshot of the "+ Add to Channel" button
    If your browser window is narrow the + Add to Channel button may just look like a "+".

  4. Your media will display under Add Media to Channel. Search for or scroll to find the media you want to add to the channel. Click the checkbox next to the media you want to add to the channel:
    A screenshot showing the "Add Media To Channel" window. Two media entries are shown. The first has the checkbox to the left checked. The checkbox is outlined in orange to help point it out.
  5. Click the Publish button:
    A screenshot of the "Publish" button.
  6. Your channel page will display with the media added to it along with a message at the top in green text which says "All media was published successfully".

Removing media from a channel

You can remove media from a channel if you are a channel moderator or manager:

  1. Click your name in the upper right corner and select My Channels from the drop-down menu.
  2. Click on a channel to access it. You will see the media within a channel.
  3. Click the three dot button on the bottom right of the media thumbnail:
    Screenshot showing a channel media item with the three dot menu outlined in orange in the lower right.
    Click the Remove button which looks like a circle with an X through it:
    A screenshot shownig a user having clicked the three dot menu. The mouse icon hovers over the "Remove" button which is outlined in orange.

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