Overview Video of Kaltura Personal Capture

Kaltura “Personal Capture” is a program that makes it easy for users to create and upload videos to Kaltura through Canvas or MediaSpace available for Windows or Mac.

Recorded videos can be a combination of webcams and/or screen recordings.

To launch Personal Capture (or to install it), choose “Kaltura Personal Capture” from the “Add New” menu in your Canvas course – My Media page or on our public video portal called Kaltura MediaSpace . Personal Capture is available to all current faculty, staff, and students in Canvas. Learn how to activate Kaltura in Canvas.

Choose Personal Capture from Add New menu

If you haven’t installed the application, you will be asked to choose your operating system, Windows or Mac and download the client. Selecting Add New, then Kaltura Personal Capture will ALWAYS take you to a page to download the client. You only need to download and install it once, but you will see this window each time. We recommend that you access the tool in this way, as opposed to using a desktop shortcut to the application.

Using Kaltura Personal Capture

The application will automatically open, presenting you recording options.


You can mute any of the sources by clicking on the icon. The icon will turn gray and have a slash through it when it is muted.


To choose from multiple source options, select the arrow to the right of the icon. When it is pointed UP, you will be able to select from multiple cameras and monitors. If you select a camera in the first/left window, the icon will change to a camera. You can record multiple cameras or screens. If you select a source in source 1, it will not be an option in source 2. You must also select an audio source, particularly if you have multiple microphone devices.

Press the big red button to get start recording, you will see a 3 second countdown. Do a 30 second test recording first to make sure the audio and video sources are correct. A local copy is saved by default, and you can play the recording back before you save and upload it. You can find this folder in the Manage link, then select the Logs directory. At the same level as the Logs is a folder called Recordings, the source files reside there (provided you have not set the application to delete them).

If you are using screen recording, and open a PowerPoint presentation, Personal Capture will capture thumbnail images and add them as time based markers to your presentation. It will also parse the slide show for keywords and make them searchable.

After you stop and save your recording, you will see a screen that allows you to Save and Upload or Delete your presentation.

The graphic below show your recording library. You can also control some caption settings from this window.

After a few minutes of processing, your recording will be able in your Canvas My Media section.


Overview video of Kaltura Personal Capture – how to install, record and post your video in Canvas.

How to install, record and share your Kaltura Capture videos


Notes on Devices

  • It is possible to use a USB document camera such as the IPEVO Ziggi HD Plus. You must select it as a camera source and we recommend setting the camera to 720p.
  • Personal Capture is only available for Windows and Mac full operating systems.
  • This application will not work in iOS.
    iOS 11 has a new screen recording feature, but it cannot be used at the same time as screen mirroring (either through the internal tool or a lightning to HDMI adapter), so it will not work in a classroom or presentation.
  • But you can record and upload to Kaltura. Details on iOS screen recording.

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