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Kaltura - Features (UW-Madison)
This document summarizes the functionality that is available in the Kaltura suite.
Kaltura allows students, teachers, and administrators to easily create, upload, clip, manage, transcode, publish, and deliver high-quality video to any device. With our Canvas integration, Users can integrate video into their course environments for flipped classrooms, lecture capture, video assignments, and more to improve student engagement.
This is a front-end, user-facing interface that provides users the ability to upload, share, browse, and access media content. The vendor describes it as "a market leading social video and rich media portal that enables you to create your own Campus or Corporate YouTube™."
End users have the ability to ingest/upload/create media using these methods.
- Media Upload - Users can upload a previously created video file. Many, many formats are supported.
- Kaltura Capture - a webcam, screen, and audio recorder for creating shorter screencasts that don't require a lot of editing.
- YouTube (Embed) - In order to provide a consistent look and feel, users have the option to embed YouTube videos in Kaltura.
- NOTE: This process does not download the video from YouTube, it merely embeds the video within Kaltura. If the video is pulled down from YouTube, it will not continue to work in Kaltura.
Once users’ media is in Kaltura, they have the option to organize it within various groups. Those groupings are as follows:
- Departmental Categories - Categories are groupings that are located within the top navigation of https://mediaspace.wisc.edu. Only Kaltura administrators can create them. Categories can contain both individual media items and Channels. Categories can have various permissions that allow them to be viewed/updated by multiple individuals or groups.
- Channels - Channels are groupings consisting of media items. Channels owners cannot dictate the order in which media items in channels are displayed. Channels have aggregated analytics for all the media items contained within them. Channels can have various permissions that allow them to be viewed/updated by multiple individuals or groups.
- Playlists - Playlists are groups of media items in which the order the media items are played is dictated by the playlist owner/creator. Playlists can be embedded.
- Channel Playlists - The Channel Playlist feature allows Channel Managers to curate, organize and improve displayed featured content in their channels.
After users have uploaded, created, and organized media items, they have multiple ways to share those items.
- Media Players - The player is the wrapper surrounding a media item that allows a viewer to interact with that media. It allows the viewer to play/pause, show captions, increase the playback rate, and change the video quality. There are multiple players to choose from when using the Embed and oEmbed methods for sharing media items.
- Link to Media Page - Every media item has a page in which that media item can be viewed and played. Whether or not all users can see this page depends on the permissions set by the media’s owner.
- Embed - Every media item can be embedded into a learning management system or website using this option. When configuring embed options, owners and co-publishers are presented with embed code, a list of players to choose from, and a list of size options for those players.
- oEmbed - oEmbed is very similar to regular embed except that it provides you with one URL instead of a large amount of HTML inside of an iFrame. The most prominent use for oEmbed is to embed media items with WordPress sites.
- Download - Media owners, co-editors, and co-publishers have two ways in which they can allow viewers to download media. This can either be done using the download option that is only available from the Media Page or be selecting a player that has a download button.
- Like - The “Like” feature is only available on the Media Page. It is similar to Facebook’s like feature in that it is a small way for viewers to let media owners know that they appreciate a video.
- Commenting - The commenting feature is only available on the Media Page. This feature (if enabled by the media owner) allows viewers to leave comments about the media item. Viewers can even designate particular timepoints to comment upon.
- Scheduling - The scheduling feature enables you to create content and set its publishing start time and end time.
Once users have uploaded media to MediaSpace, it can be edited. All editing functions can be found by either navigating to the Media Page and clicking the Actions dropdown and then selecting edit or by going to a user’s “My Media” page and clicking the Edit button for the media item they wish to edit. All editing functions are available to owners and co-editors of media items. Each of the following items is a tab on the Edit Media Page:
- Details - The details tab contains fields for changing the name, description, and tags associated with a media item. The description field can contain rich text, links to external resources, and images.
- Options - The options tab contains checkboxes that enable everyone to create clips from the media item, disable comments for the media item, and closes discussion (allows no new comments).
- Collaboration - The collaboration tab contains functionality to change the media owner and add/remove co-editors and co-publishers. NOTE: If a media owner still needs access to the media item after they have transferred ownership they should set themselves as co-editor and co-publisher before transferring ownership.
- Attachments - The attachments tab allows owners and co-editors to attach any file to a media item. The attachments only appear on the Media Page as a button.
- Captions - The captions tab is where owners and co-editors can upload caption files (SRT) to media items.
- Thumbnails - The thumbnails tab allows owners and co-editors to set a specific still image to be displayed upon the media item being loaded in a web page. A thumbnail can be generated from an uploaded image, a specific time point in the video, or a randomly chosen time point in the video.
- Downloads - The downloads tab allows owners and co-editors to enable viewers to download media items. In this tab the quality of the downloaded video can be selected. Viewers can download media items that have this feature enabled by navigating to the Media Page and clicking on the Download button.
- Timeline - The timeline tab allows owners and co-editors to designate chapters and slides for their media items. Timeline has comparable functionality to Video Presentation but does not use Flash. Timeline is the preferred tool.
- Replace Video - The replace video tab allows owners and co-editors to upload different videos but retain all of the metadata associated with a particular video. In other words, owners do not have to completely redo everything if they need to make a simple edit to a video. They just need to replace it using this functionality.
- Trim Video - The trim video tab allows owners and co-editors to cut off the beginning and end of a video. This is handy for getting rid of dead air at the beginning and ends of videos. Dead air can happen when using the webcam or screen recorder.
- Create Clip - The create clip button allows owners and co-editors to create smaller subclips from a larger clip.
- Video Editing Tools - Kaltura providesa video editing tool which can be used to do basic edits, and add questions to your video.
Kaltura MediaSpace allows media owners and co-editors to track how much their media items have been video, the average length of time they were viewed and more.
- Channel Analytics - Channel owners can find channel analytics by navigating to the channel, clicking the Actions dropdown, and selecting Analytics. Analytics can be downloaded to a CSV and opened in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets for further, more in-depth analysis.
- Media Analytics - Media owners and co-editors can find an individual media items analytics by navigating to the Media Page, clicking the Actions dropdown and selecting Analytics. Analytics can be downloaded to a CSV and opened in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets for further, more in-depth analysis.