Kaltura Media

The Kaltura Media Platform is a set of tools for creating, editing, managing, searching, and delivering video and audio content online. These tools are available to all users within the Canvas LMS and standalone at Mediaspace.baylor.edu. The following FAQs address common questions about the Kaltura Media Platform within Canvas. Additional information can be found in the Kaltura Research Guide. For more information, contact Andy_Clark1@baylor.edu.

Course Menu in Canvas


What is My Media?

The My Media page shows the media that you either created or uploaded. Items in My Media are associated with you, not with your course, and will follow you from course to course in Canvas. My Media items are only viewable to you until you publish them to a Media Gallery.

What is Media Gallery?

The Media Gallery contains all media published by any member of the course. The course instructor can moderate content and view usage statistics using the Action menu.



How do I add media?

You can create new media in several ways via the Add New menu on the My Media page: media-addnew

  1. Upload an existing media file Click Add New > Media Upload and choose a local file to upload. Enter metadata information about the media and click Save .
  2. Record in-browser Click Add New > Express Capture to launch a recording in your browser window. Depending on your browser, you may need to give permission for the plugin to launch. In the Express Capture window, click the red circle to start recording. Click the square in the recording area to stop recording, and click Save . Enter metadata information about the media and click Save .
  3. Embedding YouTube video Click Add New > YouTube and paste a link to a YouTube video. Enter metadata information about the media and click Save .
  4. Record a presentation Click Add New > Create Media to launch the recording application (called Kaltura Capture). If this is your first time using Kaltura Capture, click the Download link and then run the one-time installer from your Downloads folder. Once the installer has completed, launch Kaltura Capture by clicking Add New > Create Media again. Click here for a guide to using Kaltura Capture.
  5. Create a video quiz Click Add New > Video Quiz to create a video quiz. First, you will select an existing media or choose to upload a new one. Then, you may add questions to it to create an interactive video quiz Click here for a guide to creating Video Quizzes.

How do I capture a lecture?

Capturing a lecture, either in class or at your desk, is simple using Kaltura Capture. Kaltura Capture allows you capture camera, screen, audio, and PowerPoint together and publish that content to your course. Install and launch Kaltura Capture from My Media by clicking  Add New > Create Media. You can use either your computer's built-in microphone and/or webcam or an external mic and/or camera.

How can I edit my video?

On your My Media page, click Edit for the media you want to edit. In the Edit Media window, you can:

  • Edit the name, description, and other metadata
  • Trim the video or create new clips
  • Select a frame to use as the media thumbnail
  • Add chapters and slides for quick navigation
  • Enable downloads of the media
  • Add attachments and captions

How can I publish my content?

To share media files from My Media (private to you) to Media Gallery (public to a course):

  1. Go to My Media
  2. Select the media you want to publish
  3. From the Actions drop down menu, select Publish

How can I tell who watched and for how long?

Instructors can access the Media Gallery Analytics page to view different engagement reports for students enrolled in a course. In a course Media Gallery, click Actions and then Analytics . You can use the Dashboard for a quick glance, or view more detailed reports by clicking the following tabs.

  • Media Analytics Report The media analytics report lists all the content available in the course Media Gallery. For each media entry, the number of plays is displayed, total view time, average view time and the average drop-off rate.
  • Engagement Analytics Report The engagement analytics report lists all the users enrolled to the course that have viewed at least one video from the Media Gallery. For each user, the total view time, average view time and average drop-off rate are presented.
  • Contribution Analytics Report The contribution analytics report lists all the users that contributed content to the Media Gallery.

Can I add media to other content in Canvas?

You can embed content from My Media or Media Gallery anywhere you have access to the Rich Content Editor, such as Discussions, Announcements and Course Pages. To embed content from the text editor, choose More External Tools, then choose Embed Kaltura Media. Any content you select will appear in the editor.


Can I share media outside of Canvas?

Media can only be embedded and viewed from within Canvas. If you have an academic need to share content outside of Canvas, please email Andy_Clark1@baylor.edu for further discussion.

How long is my media stored in Kaltura?

As part of Kaltura's unlimited bandwidth and storage package, the following video retention policy is in effect:

  • Transcoded flavors of a given video asset (but not the source file for the asset itself) will be deleted if the video has not been called for playback in at least 2 years.
  • The original video asset will be deleted if the video has not been called for playback in at least 4 years.