Kaltura / Mediaspace FAQ

Helpful Kaltura & Mediaspace Articles

BASIC INFORMATION 

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

What is Kaltura / Mediaspace?

Kaltura and Mediaspace are references to an online media-streaming server that hosts Video / Audio / and Image content within the Bucknell domain. Mediaspace is our web interface, and Kaltura is the parent company of Mediaspace. Kaltura / Mediaspace are available to all Bucknell users: Students, Faculty and Staff.

To access content, visit https://mediaspace.bucknell.edu and

Login with your BU credentials.

If you are signed into myBucknell already, your name will replace the login button in the upper right corner when you click on the login option. By visiting the website and logging in, you will activate your account, which will allow you to begin to upload content, share media, and access the screen-recording program Kaltura Capture.

How do I upload a video or multiple videos to Mediaspace?

The following article outlines steps to upload and publish media within Mediaspace. 

Mediaspace, My Media Upload & Publishing Guide

Begin by logging into Mediaspace, entering your BU credentials, and then next to your name, selecting the + Add New button, and selecting from the options there.

Can I use Kaltura / Mediaspace on a mobile device?

Yes, mostly... There is a mobile app that works with Mediaspace, however the app does not include certain features like the Kaltura Capture program or the ability to create channels.

Users of the mobile app can access video content, upload their own media, download media, and access channel content, but the mobile app does not include the client application to screen record or access the phone's camera.

The app is called KMS Go, and you can find information on downloading it and configuring the app in the following article:

Using the Mobile App for Mediaspace - KMS GO

   

FEATURES & USE 

Do students have access to Mediaspace / Kaltura?

Yes, students have the same access and functionality as you do. Students don't have quite the same options for content in Moodle, however you can setup a Kaltura Video Assignment, create a channel in Mediaspace, or have students share a url with you to accept student created media content.


 Is there a Student Use Guide?

Yes, the student use guide can be found here:

Student's Guide to Using Mediaspace

Why Should I Use Mediaspace?

Key functions of Mediaspace include firewall protection, user authentication, and registered safeguards of protecting sensitive information within a protected domain.

These measures ensure that our multimedia content meets proper academic standards for student privacy and protection.

 In addition to security and privacy, Mediaspace is also integrated with Moodle, includes unlimited media storage and bandwidth for streaming, and allows the creation of Video Quizzes, and Dynamic View options for digital presentations.

BASIC UPLOADING 

PUBLISHING & SHARING 

The following article outlines steps to upload and publish media within Mediaspace. 

Begin by logging into Mediaspace, entering your BU credentials, and then next to your name, select the + Add New button, which will include several Media contribution options there.

 

The 2 most common methods of adding content to Mediaspace including using Media Upload & Webcam Recorder option.

The Media Upload is used for audio, video and images that you have already created or downloaded locally on your computer or device.

The Webcam Recorder accesses your laptop or desktop's camera, and records directly into the webspace, saving you from uploading content and /or using an application on your computer to create video.

IN ORDER TO SHARE CONTENT WITH OTHERS YOU MUST INCLUDE A MINIMUM OF 3 UNIQUE KEYWORDS (TAGS) TO THE DETAILS OF YOUR UPLOAD.

Media uploaded to Mediaspace will default to a setting of Private, unless the owner of that media chooses to change it's publishing status. Users who choose to share their content may choose between the following sharing options:

  • Unlisted - Anyone with the link (generates a URL) will be able to view your content, however it will not be publicly discoverable within the site.
     
  • Published - Allows content to be shared to Channels & Galleries, which may either be Public, Restricted, or Private. *** - See more information.
     
  • Add Collaborators - After media has finished uploading, an option to share your content with "collaborators" will appear in the details window. Using this method will allow you to share your content with specific activated users within their My Media library, along with special permissions. Those permissions include:
    • Co - Viewers - Collaborators will see the media appear in their My Media library.
    • Co - Editors - Collaborators can edit and change the media's title, description, and tag information, as well as basic editor functions.
    • Co - Publishers - Collaborators can distribute the media in additional ways including adding content to alternative Moodle courses, external websites or blogs, and other platforms other than Mediaspace.

CREATING CHANNELS & PLAYLISTS 

MOODLE INTEGRATIONS 

Can I consolidate Media into a single page, accept student submissions, and organize subtopics related to your course?

How do I integrate my Mediaspace / Kaltura media into my Moodle course?

The following articles outline Moodle integration with Mediaspace / Kaltura.

   

ACCESSIBILITY

CLOSED CAPTIONING 

TRANSCRIPTIONS 

Can I add captions to my Media?

Absolutely, Mediaspace now includes a service called Kaltura REACH which includes machine-learning captioning, as well as the ability to request professional captioning services for a fee.

You can learn about creating captions below:

Creating Captions for Audio and Video using Kaltura Reach

Watch the tutorial video on MediaspaceWatch the captioning tutorial video on Mediaspace

For course or academic captioning accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Resources 

For Staff or Faculty accommodations, please contact Human Resources for more information

Transcriptions can be generated from captioned content, and after successfully requesting, editing, and confirming your captions you can access a text file or share your media in a player with an added transcription box below the content for users to follow along. Read more about this process from the following articles:

(COMING SOON) - Creating transcriptions from uploaded media

(COMING SOON) - Sharing media with a transcription window

ADVANCED FEATURES AND USES 

KALTURA CAPTURE 

FULL DECK 

Kaltura Capture is a free screen-recording application that integrates directly with your Mediaspace library. Users can download a Windows or Mac version fo the program, and then prompt a new recording through the online +Add New - > Kaltura Capture option in Mediaspace.

Learn more about using Kaltura Capture from the following articles:

How do I record lectures using Kaltura Capture?

Using Kaltura Capture with Presentation Software (i.e. Powerpoint, Google Slides, etc.)


Creating presentations with a dynamic side-by-side and/or Picture-in-Picture view of PowerPoints or PDFs, can also be achieved using the Full Deck feature in Mediaspace. This feature is helpful when animations or screen-annotations aren't necessary and it's an easy way to create a more engaging presentation. 

To create Full deck presentations, users who have already recorded a video either by upload or using the webcam recorder, can look within the Actions menu within Edit, and the select the Timeline menu option to add content.

You can learn more about this feature here: Use the Full Deck action in Mediaspace or watch the how-to video here:

Using the Full Deck feature in Mediaspace thumbnail

Watch the How-To Video

BASIC EDITING 

VIDEO QUIZZES 

You may find the need to "clean-up" your media, and users have a few options to do so.

Mediaspace has an online media editor available, using the Launch Editor feature on the individual media page. This editor allows for VERY basic editing functions like trimming, splitting, and clipping. You can read about using this feature, in the following article: Basic Editing in Mediaspace

VIDEO EDITING APPS

Mac Users also have a similar basic editor available within their Applications folder in Quicktime Player. Quicktime Player includes the added benefit of appending video clips to merge multiple videos into 1 single video. You can review help articles below:

Windows Users can use a similiar tool within the Photos app of Windows 10, or by downloading the dedicated Video Editor. You can learn more about how to edit video content in the app, here: Create films with Video Editor

Linux Users might explore options with OpenShot or Shotcut.

Mac users also have access to iMovie for more robust video editing. iMovie is unfortunately a mac-only application, however it's available for free within the App Store or through the iOS app store. iMovie is also available in several mac labs on campus.
 

Windows users looking for a comparable video editor should look at Adobe Premiere Rush CC. Adobe Rush is available as both a desktop and mobile application, which works on both Android and iOS devices. Faculty and Staff can find install instructions for all Adobe products here.

For advanced video editing, we offer Final Cut Pro X in our Digital Video Editing Lab, as well as Adobe Premiere Pro.

<COMING SOON> Creating and Using Video Quizzes in Mediaspace

<COMING SOON> Sharing and Embedding your quiz in Moodle

<COMING SOON> Quiz Grades and Analytics

   

CREATING ONLINE VIDEO PRESENTATIONS 

Faculty and Students are welcomed to choose either the Kaltura Capture or Full deck options aforementioned above to create online video presentations, but additional options or alternative solutions are available as well.

There are a number of options available for you to record lectures, short video announcements and other media to integrate into your course.

Consider using one of the following articles:

Using your iOS device for screen recording and narrations.

Using Zoom to record meetings.

Linux screen recording programs.

then reference the article on uploading to Mediaspace, My Media and Publishing for extended use.

For more information or questions regarding Kaltura / Mediaspace, please contact dps@bucknell.edu