Kaltura is the name of our video platform that integrates with Canvas to help you find, create, and share educational video content with students. Below are some tutorials to help you get started using Kaltura. To use Kaltura, you must enable "My Media" and "Media Gallery" in your course navigation list. (Article: How to Manage Course Navigation)

Media Gallery and My Media are enabled in this course navigation.

My Media vs Media Gallery

My Media page is a page for any media that you upload into Canvas, no matter what course it is for. Only you can see the videos that are in My Media. Additionally, students, TAs and others can use My Media as a place to upload their own content if you choose to use that for your class.

Media Gallery is a gallery of video content specifically published for the course that you are in. Media from My Media needs to be published to the course in order to show up in this space. You can also choose to upload content directly into the Media Gallery if you wish.

When you edit a video, there is a publish button that will allow you to select the courses that you'd like to publish in. There is a limit of 32 courses at a time that can have a single video published in it (it's an arbitrary limit by Kaltura, so if you need to publish a video to more courses than that, we can find a work-around).

Adding and Creating Video Content

An example of the "My Media" page.

In My Media, click on the blue "Add Media" button, and a menu will appear. We will explain each way that you can add media in the sections below.

These are the ways that you can add media to your account.

Media Upload

Select this option if you want to upload an existing video from your computer into Canvas. Once you have uploaded your media, you can make some edits to it. Watch the "Kaltura Video Editor" video for how to edit your uploaded video. Please note that currently, you cannot edit a YouTube video.

Sometimes you create a video that needs to be edited slightly (cropping out the beginning or end, or taking out a section in the middle). This video covers how to use Kaltura's simple video editor tool.

Adding a hotspot to a video

Hotspots are links that you can add to a video (note that you cannot add a hotspot to a quiz video or a YouTube video). They can link out to a different website or link to another place in the video. Watch the tutorial video if you need some guidance.

Express Capture

This option will allow you to record a video of yourself, if you have a webcam attached to your computer. This is nice if you want to quickly explain something to your students. You don't need any extra software for this, and it runs right within Canvas. This works best in Google Chrome browsers.

You will see an image of yourself with a red record button at the bottom when you select "Express Capture"


As the name option implies, if you click on "YouTube" you can import a video from YouTube into your Media Gallery. You simply have to input the link to the YouTube video into the designated spot. This works nicely if you know of high quality content that teaches a principle you'd like your students to use. You can also turn YouTube videos into Video Quizzes that also reflect in the student's grade book.

This is the screen you will see when you select "YouTube" as your video option. Copy the link from the YouTube video you want and paste it into the box provided.

Personal Capture

Personal Capture allows you to record your desktop for students. This is helpful if you have specific instructions about how to use a website or software. It will record your voice as you demonstrate how to do something on your computer screen. You will be invited to download Kaltura Capture Desktop Recorder to your computer before you are able to record for the first time. The following video demonstration will show more detail about how it works.

This video shows how to record your own computer desktop if you want to create online lecture content or show how to use something on the computer.