Kaltura - Webcam Recording in Canvas [UW-Madison]

This document describes how students, staff, and instructors can use the Kaltura Webcam Recorder in Canvas to record simple webcam video, screen capture and audio directly from within their browsers.

Kaltura's Webcam Recorder works within any WebRTC-enabled internet browser and is entirely browser-based. A good browser option is Chrome. No additional software or plugins are needed. The Webcam Recorder offers basic webcam video, screen capture and audio recording.  Other capture software to consider using are Kaltura Capture or TechSmith Camtasia. We recommend you keep your recordings relatively short: 5-10 minutes.

To record a video in Canvas:

  1. Go to any Canvas Page, Assignment, Discussion which allows you to use the rich content editor. Click Edit or Reply to open the rich content editor.
    NOTE - You can also access Kaltura My Media in Canvas and continue from step 3.
  2. In the rich content editor, click the Embed Kaltura Media icon.
    Image showing the Kaltura Embed icon
  3. On the Kaltura Media page, click Add New and select Webcam Recording.
    A screenshot showing the user having clicked on the "Add New" button. The cursor is over "Webcam Recording" which is outlined in orange.
  4. The webcam recorder tool will appear. Your browser will probably prompt you to indicate that the website wants access to your microphone and camera. Click Allow.
    A screenshot showing the Chrome browser messaging requesting use fo the microphone and camera. The cursor hovers over the button to click "Allow".
  5. The webcam recorder may be slightly larger than can fit in the opened window and require you to use the scroll bars on either side. Click the Icons at the bottom to open settings and choose what camera, screen and microphone to record from.
    Image of Kaltura webcam recording including device settings
  6. Click the big red button to begin recording. A three-second countdown will appear for you to prepare yourself for your recording.
  7. Once recording a display on the bottom will show you the length of your recording. Click the red Stop button to stop recording.
    Image if Kaltura webcam recorder including red stop button
  8. After you stop the recording you have a number of options. You may have to scroll to view the options below the video.
    A screenshot showing the webcam recorder tools after having clicked the stop button. The cursor hovers over the "Use This" button.
    1. You can use the playback controls to review the recording you just made.
    2. Click Record Again to delete the recording you just made and start a new recording.
    3. Click Download a Copy to download a local copy of the file in webm format. 
    4. Click Use This to upload the recording to your Kaltura account and give you the option of providing additional details about your recording.
      1. Use the scroll bar to scroll down and fill out a:
        1. Title
        2. Description,
        3. and Publishing Status (Private / Published) for the video.
        4. Click Save on the bottom.
        5. Click Save and Embed at the top right:
          A stitched together screen capture showing the final webcam recorder screen. Item (1) is labled for the title, (2) for the description, (3) for the publishing status, (4) for the save button and (5) for Save and Embed.

  9. Your Canvas Page (or Assignment, or Discussion) will update to display your webcam recording. Depending on the length of your recording you may see a message indicating the video is processing. Click Save on your Canvas Page, Assignment, or Discussion.
    A screenshot showing a Canvas Page with a new webcam recording added to it. The cursor hovers over the "Save" button.

Keywordswebcam, canvas, record, video, self, canvas, kaltura media, recorder,   Doc ID91930
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Created2019-05-23 08:16:53Updated2023-07-24 13:15:18
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