What is Kaltura?

Kaltura is a campus-wide video management system available for all active DU community members via Canvas or DU MediaSpace. Kaltura is available in all Canvas courses under the menu titles of My Media and Media Gallery. Kaltura has a suite of tools related to video creation, uploading, editing, sharing, mobile app, close captioning, lecture capture, video quizzes, and hot spots. Here is a list of Kaltura products with a short description:

  • Kaltura – Company name
  • Kaltura – Canvas Integration: Canvas integration with rich-text editor menu.
  • Kaltura My Media: Your private collection of all your uploaded videos located in Canvas. Students can not see media that belongs to the instructor on their My Media page, students will see only their media on their My Media page.
  • Kaltura Media Gallery: A gallery area for media items uploaded by the instructor and/or students specifically related to a single Canvas course. It’s a great way to share videos, images or audio files with the entire class.  
  • Kaltura – Personal Capture: Computer screen and webcam recorder software for instructors and students. Recorded media will be uploaded automatically into their My Media account.
  • Kaltura – MediaSpace: A non-Canvas video portal website that supports public and private channels.
  • Kaltura – Go: A mobile app for Apple and Google devices that allows you to record smart phone videos and upload videos into DU MediaSpace

Popular Kaltura Videos Tutorials and User Guide:

Recorded Kaltura/Canvas Webinars:

Who’s allowed to use Kaltura?

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

Who can help me with Kaltura?

Send your Kaltura questions to kaltura@du.edu

  • Alex Martinez – Main Campus
  • Nicolas Pares – University College
  • Allison O’Grady – University College

Will Kaltura work outside of Canvas?

Yes, if you have videos outside of academic coursework, you can use the Kaltura MediaSpace video portal – https://mediaspace.du.edu/. You can use this video portal for business-related or research videos. Log in using your firstname.lastname@du.edu and password.

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

Kaltura provides Canvas instructors and students with a generous amount of storage space. However, you will experience problems uploading large video files if you have a slow Internet connection. We recommend not uploading files larger than 1 GB. We recommend using HandBrake to compress your videos to a smaller file size (1000-2000 Kbps). Visit How to compress video size using HandBrake to learn how to compress your videos.

What type of content can be uploaded into Kaltura?

You can upload videos, images and audio files into Kaltura. You can also upload related media files to your primary video. For example, you can attach a PDF or PowerPoint to your video. All Kaltura content creators must agree to the terms and conditions defined by the University of Denver.

Does Kaltura support closed captions?

Yes, Kaltura has a built-in caption engine that will generate captions on every video that you upload into the system. This computerized caption service is about 85% accurate but Kaltura allows you to edit your video captions.  Refer to “Kaltura – Editing Closed Captions“.

You can continue to use professional captioning services for videos that have poor audio quality or different speakers. Here are three possible options:

Does Kaltura support other media formats besides video?

Yes, Kaltura allows users to upload video, audio and images. You can also attach 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 Video Recording?

Common features between Kaltura and ZOOM Cloud video recording:

  • Computer screen capture with voice – Yes
  • Record and share videos with others via a web link – Yes
  • Make videos available via Canvas – Yes
  • Computer-based auto closed captions – Yes

Unique features between Kaltura and ZOOM

  • ZOOM is primarily used as a live video conference tool that can host many people in real-time.
  • Kaltura has robust management features, analytics, and video quiz editor.
  • Zoom has limited editing – trim.
  • Kaltura specializes in video capture from your desktop computer.
  • Kaltura has many integration points within Canvas.
Features Kaltura Zoom Cloud
Computer screen recording  Yes Yes
Webcam recording Yes Yes
Narrate PowerPoint recordings Yes Yes
Edit video after recording Trim and Cut Trim
Share video with students or others Yes Yes
Auto-captioning Yes Yes
Edit captions Yes No
Co-author/Co-owner Yes No
Web conference with others No Yes
Attach related files Yes No
Instructor, student, and staff access Yes Yes
Video quizzing Yes No
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