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During the summer of 2018, DU will be introducing a new video management system for the entire DU community called Kaltura.

Here are some common questions and answers related to this project.

What is our new enterprise video management system called?

The University has selected a company called Kaltura to be the next campus-wide video management system. Kaltura has a suite of tools related to video creation, capture, uploading, editing, mobile app, captioning, management, lecture capture, sharing and Canvas integration. Here is a list of Kaltura products with a short description:

  • Kaltura – Company name
  • Kaltura–Canvas Integration: Canvas integration with WYSIWYG editor
  • Kaltura-My Media: Your personal collection of all your uploaded videos located in Canvas or MediaSpace
  • Kaltura-MyMediaGallery: A gallery of media items specifically related to a Canvas course.
  • Kaltura–MediaSpace: Video portal website that supports public and private channels
  • Kaltura–CaptureSpace: Computer screen capture and webcam recorder
  • Kaltura–Lecture Capture: Classroom hardware to record video in a classroom
  • Kaltura–Webcasting: Live video feed for large events

Why is DU moving to Kaltura?

Our TechSmith Relay and DU VideoManager servers are nearing “End of Life” which means they are no longer supported. Kaltura is a well established company that has specialized in enterprise video management for over 10 years. Kaltura provides many of the same features that Relay and VideoManager provides and in some cases does a much better job.

What are some of the most useful features that Kaltura provides?

  • Integration with Canvas
  • Large amount of storage space for video in Canvas
  • Share and co-own videos with your peers
  • Clipping and trimming tools
  • Automated captions and caption editor
  • Robust video management capabilities

Who’s allowed to use it?

Our software license with Kaltura allow the entire DU community to use it. It’s primary use is for education, however, it can support marketing, research, special groups and business operation needs.

Will it work Canvas?

Yes, Kaltura provides Canvas instructors and student many helpful features. Please review this video
Kaltura LMS Video Plugin: Canvas Integration

Will it work outside of Canvas?

Yes, if you have videos outside of academic course work, access Kaltura at  ………….

Will my TechSmith Relay and DU VideoManager still keep on working?

Yes, TechSmith Relay and DU VideoManager will continue to work until the December 2019. However, we highly recommend that our campus community members start using Kaltura for all their new video content.

Will I run out of storage space if I upload several videos into my Canvas My Media folder?

No, Kaltura provides Canvas instructors and students with a generous amount of storage space. You may experience problems uploading large video files if you have a slow Internet connection. We still recommend not uploading files larger than 2 GB, we encourage users to compress their large files before they upload them for a better user experience.

What type of content can be uploaded into Kaltura?

You can upload videos and audio files into Kaltura. You can also upload related media files to your primary video. For example, you can attach a PDF of your research report to your video.

Can I move my content from DU VideoManager and Relay to Kaltura?

Yes, DU VideoManager and TechSmith Relay allow you to download your videos. If you have several videos to transfer, contact us to help you migrate your videos over to Kaltura. After the videos have been moved, you will have to update the video embed code for each video.

 

How can I login and explore Kaltura?

If you are an active DU community member (instructor, staff or student) you can login via two ways.  Kaltura is directly embedded in Canvas so you can access it via your Canvas course. You can also access it via DU VideoCast at http://videocast.du.edu using your DU 87 number and password.

Does Kaltura support captions?

Yes, Kaltura has a built-in caption engine that will index every video that you upload into the system. This computerized caption service is about 80% accurate but Kaltura allows you to edit your video captions.  For longer videos, contact our support team to get assistance captioning your videos.

Does Kaltura support other media formats besides video?

Yes, Kaltura allows users to upload video, audio and images.  You can also attached related files (PowerPoint, WordDoc and PDF) to a video as a Video Presentation. Click here to learn more about Kaltura Video Lecture Presentation.

 

What’s the difference between Kaltura and Zoom Cloud Recording?

Common features between Kaltura and Zoom Cloud Recording include:

  • Screen capture
  • Share videos with others via a link
  • Make videos available via Canvas
  • Basic captioning

Unique features between Kaltura and Zoom

  • Zoom is primarily used as a  live video conference tool that can host many people at once. Kaltura does not have a web conference feature.
  • Kaltura has robust editing and management features. Zoom has limited editing and management tools.
  • Kaltura specializes in video capture from your mobile and desktop computer.

 

Features Kaltura Zoom Cloud Learn More
Computer screen recording  Yes Yes link
Webcam recording Yes Yes link
Narrated PowerPoint Recordings Yes Yes link
Edit video after recording Yes Yes but limited link
Share video with students or others Yes Yes link
Has auto captioning Yes Yes link
Edit captions Yes No link
Co-Author /Co-Owner link
Web Conference with others No Yes link
Attach related files link
Instructor, Student & Staff access Yes Yes link
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If you have a question about using Kaltura, please contact Alex.Martinez@du.edu for assistance.

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