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How do I get started using Kaltura Capture to record videos?


About Kaltura Capture 

Kaltura Capture is a desktop application that allows you to record presentations and screencast using any combination of voice, webcam video, screen share, and presentation slides. You can then upload and manage your recordings alongside other Kaltura content in My Media within bCourses or MediaSpace

Note for instructors: It is not required that you use Kaltura Capture; it is simply one option for recording asynchronous lecture content. If you are planning to record both a video of yourself and your screen, be aware that content captured using Kaltura Capture may have playback issues (poor synchronization) for longer recordings, so we recommend this tool only for shorter clips, less than 10 or 15 minutes. It is best practice to keep clips short (6 minutes is ideal). Refer to our Best Practices Guide for tips and best practices for using Kaltura Capture.

Installing Kaltura Capture

System requirements to install Kaltura Capture can be found at Prerequisites and Requirements for Kaltura Capture.

  1. Go to My Media in your bCourses site or MediaSpace. (If you do not see My Media in your bCourses site; if you are an instructor, follow the instructions in How do I add My Media or Media Gallery to my bCourses Site? If you are a student, your instructor may have disabled My Media for that specific site. Try using a different bCourses site or MediaSpace).
  2. Click +Add New. (Note: if you don't see the +Add New button, expand your browser window.)
  3. From the dropdown menu, choose Kaltura Capture

Screenshot of the Add New dropdown menu with the Kaltura Capture option highlighted

You will be presented with a page providing links for downloading software.

Screenshot of the Kaltura Capture Desktop Recorder download page

4. Click on Download for Windows or Download for Mac and then follow the instructions appropriate to your platform in Kaltura Capture-- Installing and Launching the Application. (For additional help installing Kaltura Capture, watch How to Install the Kaltura Capture Application.)

Note: If you encounter a permissions error while installing Kaltura Capture, contact your department's IT professional/administrator or the ITCS Service Desk for support.

Accessing Kaltura Capture

  1. Go to My Media in your bCourses site or MediaSpace. 
  2. Click +Add New. (Note: if you don't see the +Add New button, expand your browser window.)
  3. From the drop down menu, choose Kaltura Capture
  4. If prompted to Open KalturaCapture?,  select Open KalturaCapture.
  5. When asked to give access to the microphone, click OK.
  6. When asked to give access to the camera, click OK.

Note: If you are running Mac OS Catalina (10.15), you will need to give permission for screen recording in your Preferences; please see Control access to screen recording on Mac for instructions.

When Kaltura Capture is open, you will see the Recording Controls below appear on your screen.

Screenshot of the Kaltura Capture recording controls

Adjusting Recording Settings

Recording quality settings

1. From the recording bar, click the Manage link (on the right hand side). The Kaltura Capture window will appear.

2. Click the gear icon to open the Settings page.

Screenshot of the Kaltura Capture window with the settings icon highlighted

3. Set Camera recording quality and Screen capture recording quality. 

4. Click Save.

5. Make sure that Screen, Camera, and Audio are set appropriately, as described in the following section. 

Screen capture settings

To select the screen to be recorded or to adjust the size of your screen capture:

1. Click the downward arrow next to "Screen" to choose the display you want to record.

2. Choose if you want to record the full screen or a selected area. For the selected area, drag the dotted white rectangle's edges and corners to fit around the section you wish to record. To move the entire selection, click and drag any point within the rectangle. 

Screenshot of the Kaltura Capture recording controls with the screen dropdown menu opened and highlighted

Changing or disabling input sources

Kaltura Capture lets you record video and audio from multiple sources. To select sources, in the Kaltura Capture window, click each of the three downward arrows and choose the cameras, screens, or microphones you wish to record.

Screenshot of the Kaltura Desktop recording controls with the audio dropdown menu opened>

To turn a source on or off, click the large blue icon corresponding to that source, and the icon will turn gray and have a slash going through it to indicate that it is turned off.

Screenshot of the Kaltura Desktop recording controls with the Camera and Audio options disabled

Hiding or Displaying the Kaltura Recording Toolbar

While recording, the recording toolbar can be minimized by clicking on the line at the top right corner of the toolbar. If the toolbar is minimized and you wish to get it back, click on the Kaltura app in your dock bar.

Recording with Kaltura Capture

  1. Click the red button to begin recording. A countdown should begin in the middle of the screen, and a window with a timer should appear in the bottom right corner of the screen. When the countdown ends and the timer begins running, the recording has started.
  2. To pause the recording, click the red button with the pause symbol on it. Resume the recording by clicking the red button again.

Screenshot of the Kaltura Capture recording window

3. To end the recording, click the gray square next to the timer and select "Yes, Stop It" from the pop up menu. 

While recording, please note:

Annotating the screen capture while recording

Example of slide with Kaltura Capture annotations on it

1. To annotate your slides or screen capture demonstration while recording, click the pencil icon in the recording toolbar.

Screenshot of annotation tool menu opened and highlighted in the Kaltura Capture recording window.

2. The annotations tool window will open and you can then choose the color, scale, method of annotation (pencil, arrows, or text), and placement. You can clear your annotations by clicking on the trashcan icon.

3. To open a whiteboard (a window that displays only white) click on the whiteboard icon next to the trashcan icon.

4. To close the annotation tool, click the blue pencil icon again.

Note to instructors: if annotating lectures from your desktop or laptop is proving to be difficult, a Wacom tablet, iPad, or Surface Laptop might help you meet the need of a virtual blackboard. Check out the Instructional Equipment Checkout services provided by RTL.

Saving and uploading to bCourses

After the recording has ended, a window will pop up with the options to replay the video, change the title, and add a description and tags to your recording.

Screenshot of the Kaltura Capture Save & Upload window

The user has the option of deleting the recording, saving and uploading the recording, or saving the recording.

Deleting Kaltura Capture files

Once you have uploaded your videos to your My Media, there is no reason to keep them locally. To delete videos in your local Kaltura library:

  1. Open Kaltura Capture.
  2. Click Manage.
  3. Click the folder icon (above the settings gear icon) to view your Libray.
  4. Either use the Delete buttons to delete selected videos, or delete them all by clicking "Delete all uploaded files." 

For more detailed instructions, please see the vendor's Kaltura Capture User Guide. For tips and best-practices for achieving the best possible recordings using Kaltura, please see our DLS Kaltura-How-To and Best Practices Guide