Uploading and sharing video in Canvas with Kaltura

Kaltura is a cloud-based video management system for storing, publishing, and streaming videos, video collections, and other media. Kaltura's integration with Canvas consists of three primary tools that make it possible to upload and share videos within any Canvas class:

  • My Media is a searchable repository for viewing and managing your personal media content.
  • Media Gallery is a searchable gallery of media content assigned to one or more courses.
  • Embed Kaltura Media is a tool in the Canvas rich content editor (RCE) for embedding Kaltura content wherever the RCE is available.

You can use any of the above tools to upload and share video, audio, and image files with your class. For general instructions, see below. For additional information, see the Kaltura Video App for Canvas User Guide.

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Using My Media

Your My Media repository gives you direct access to your personal media collection, including both unpublished and published content. When you upload content to My Media, you can then publish it to multiple classes at once or embed it within Canvas' Rich Content Editor (RCE).

Uploading videos to My Media

To upload a video to My Media:

  1. In the course navigation menu of your Canvas course, click Kaltura: My Media.
    Note:
    If Kaltura: My Media is not available in the course navigation menu, an instructor will need to add it via Settings > Navigation. For help, see How do I reorder and hide Course Navigation links?
  2. If prompted to authorize Canvas to access your Kaltura account, click Authorize.

  3. On the My Media screen, open the "Add New" menu and select Media Upload.
  4. Click Choose a File to Upload, locate the file on your computer, and then select it. Kaltura will display a green progress bar as the file uploads.
  5. On the "Upload Media" page, confirm or update the display name ("Name") for the uploaded field and optionally enter a description and tags.
  6. Click Save.
  7. By default, the video is private and can only be viewed by you. To publish to the Media Gallery in one or more Canvas courses, click Published. Kaltura will show a list of courses you are enrolled in. Check the desired classes and click Save.
Note:
After the video is uploaded, Kaltura will take additional time to process the video. Usually this completes within 10 minutes but may take longer if the video is exceptionally long.

Publishing videos to the Media Gallery in bulk

Your My Media repository provides access to the video, audio, and image files you've uploaded to Kaltura via the tools in Canvas, as well as the Kaltura web application, MediaSpace. In My Media, you can select multiple files and publish all of them to the Media Gallery in one or more classes.

To publish in bulk:

  1. In the course navigation menu of any Canvas course, click Kaltura: My Media.
    Note:
    If Kaltura: My Media is not available in the course navigation menu, an instructor will need to add it via Settings > Navigation. For more, see How do I reorder and hide Course Navigation links?

    If prompted to authorize Canvas to access your Kaltura account, click Authorize.

  2. On the My Media screen, use the sort, filter, and search options at the top to locate the items you want to publish.
  3. For each item you want to publish, check the box to the left of the thumbnail to select it. After selecting all the items you want to publish, open the "Actions" menu and choose Publish.
  4. Kaltura will show you a list of courses you are enrolled in. Check the desired classes and click Save. The files will now appear in the Media Gallery for the courses you selected.

Every course site in Canvas has its own Media Gallery. Anyone in the class can upload and/or publish files to the Media Gallery, as well as add comments to files. If needed, instructors can disable commenting and turn on a moderation feature, which then requires files to be approved by an instructor before they are visible to the entire class.

To enable or disable comments and/or moderation:

  1. In the course navigation menu of your Canvas course, click Kaltura: Media Gallery.
    Note:
    If Kaltura: Media Gallery is not available in the course navigation menu, an instructor will need to add it via Settings > Navigation. For more, see How do I reorder and hide Course Navigation links?
  2. On the "Media Gallery" screen, open the "Actions" menu and choose Edit.
  3. On the "Edit Media Gallery" screen, check the boxes in the "Options" section to enable moderation (Moderate content...) and/or comments (Enable comments...).
  4. Click Save.

Any media uploaded to My Media can be easily added to a course Media Gallery. To add media:

  1. In the course navigation menu of your Canvas course, click Kaltura: Media Gallery.
    Note:
    If Kaltura: Media Gallery is not available in the course navigation menu, an instructor will need to add it via Settings > Navigation. For more, see How do I reorder and hide Course Navigation links?
  2. On the Media Gallery screen, click Add Media.
  3. On the Add Media screen, use the sort, filter, and search options at the top of the screen to locate the item(s) you want to add to the current gallery.
  4. Select each item you want to add by checking the box to the left of the thumbnail. After selecting all the items you want, click +Publish.

    A blue progress bar will display. When all items have been added, you will be returned to the main "Media Gallery" page.

To upload videos directly to a course Media Gallery:

  1. In the course navigation menu of your Canvas course, click Kaltura: Media Gallery.
    Note:
    If the Kaltura: Media Gallery is not available in the course navigation menu, an instructor will need to add it via Settings > Navigation. For more, see How do I reorder and hide Course Navigation links?
  2. On the Media Gallery screen, click Add Media.
  3. On the Add Media screen, open the "Add New" menu and choose Media Upload.
  4. Click Choose a File to Upload. Then browse to locate the file on your computer and select it. Kaltura will display a green progress bar as the file uploads.
  5. On the "Upload Media" page, confirm or update the display name (Name) for the uploaded field and optionally enter a description and tags.
  6. Click Save.
Note:
After the video has uploaded, it will take additional time for Kaltura to process the video. Usually this completes within 10 minutes but may take longer if the video is exceptionally long.

If moderation is enabled in your Media Gallery, student contributions to the Gallery must be approved by an instructor or TA. To approve pending files:

  1. In the course navigation menu of your Canvas course, click Kaltura: Media Gallery.
    Note:
    If Kaltura: Media Gallery is not available in the course navigation menu, an instructor will need to add it via Settings > Navigation. For more, see How do I reorder and hide Course Navigation links?
  2. On the "Media Gallery" screen, check the information immediately beneath the page title. If you see a pending link (e.g., 2 Pending, Browse Pending), there are pending files to moderate. Click the pending link:

    Kaltura: Media Gallery tool pending link

  3. On the moderation page, click each thumbnail to view the file. Click Approve to add the file to the Media Gallery or Reject to reject and remove it. You can also remove or reject files in bulk by checking the boxes to the left of each thumbnail and then clicking Approve or Reject at the top of the screen.

Using the Embed Kaltura Media tool in the Canvas rich content editor

Kaltura video, audio, and image files can be embedded in any Canvas tool that uses the rich content editor (RCE), e.g., Pages, Assignments, Quizzes, etc.

To embed a Kaltura file:

  1. In Canvas, open the tool and item where you want to embed the Kaltura media.
  2. Place your cursor where you want the embedded file to appear.
  3. From the editor toolbar, select Embed Kaltura Media:

    Embed Kaltura Media tool icon

  4. Select the item you want to embed:
    • To select from My Media, click My Media at the upper left, locate the item from the list, open the "Select" menu next to the item, and select the desired size for the embedded object.
    • To select from the class Media Gallery, click Media Gallery at the upper left, locate the item from the list, open the "Select" menu next to the item, and select the desired size for the embedded object.
    • To upload a new file from your computer:
      1. Open the "Add New" menu and select Media Upload.
      2. Click Choose a File to Upload, locate the file on your computer, and then select it. Kaltura will display a green progress bar as the file uploads.
      3. Click Save.
      4. Click Back to browse and embed.
      5. Locate the file you just uploaded in My Media. It should be at the top of the list.
      6. On the "Upload Media" page, confirm or update the display name (Name) for the uploaded field and optionally enter a description and tags.
      7. Open the "Select" menu next to the item, and select the desired size for the embedded object.
  5. You'll be returned to the rich content editor and a preview of your file will appear.
    Note:
    The size of the preview may not be indicative of the size of the video once the content has been saved.
  6. You may continue editing the page. Remember to save or submit it when you are done.

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Last modified on 2017-11-17 10:18:53.

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