Kaltura - FAQ

Last Updated: 02/04/2014

Faculty and Staff FAQ

How can I upload media into Kaltura?

Learn how to upload media directly within Desire2Learn.  Media can also be uploaded by either working with your department, college or school media administrator or an OIT Academic Technology Consultant who has access to the Kaltura Management Console.

How can I make media available in the D2L course?

Learn how to insert course Media via Kaltura. Alternatively, you can work with a department, college or school media administrator who has access to the Kaltura Management Console to assist you. Once you have the Kaltura embed code for the player and/or playlist, you can add the media to your course web page for your students to view. You can also work with campus media administrators to select the best media player, create playlists and customize the player.

How can I edit a video file after I have uploaded it into Kaltura?

Campus media administrators with access to the hosting environment can use the editors and configuration tools in the Kaltura Management Console to customize media and players as needed.

How do I find my group’s Kaltura administrator?

If you don’t know who is your group’s media administrator, contact the IT Service Center and ask for your “Kaltura admin.” An analyst will look it up for you.

General FAQ

What is Kaltura?

Kaltura is a hosting service that we have contracted with to provide rich media streaming services. It allows for uploading, editing and managing rich media content for campus colleges, schools, departments and groups. It also allows for integration with the campus online learning environment (Desire2Learn). It allows for media such as video and audio to be stored and presented in a variety of ways to benefit faculty, students, campus affiliates and external viewers.

How can I benefit from Kaltura?

As a student you will be able to benefit in the classroom from the media provided by your faculty as part of the academic learning environment.  As a faculty member, you have a repository to access rich media required in the classroom that can be customized for your specific needs.  As a campus rich media administrator or designer, you are able to store and retrieve your digital assets, including large media files in a centralized location for presentation in many areas. The entire campus benefits from having a single repository to consolidate existing streaming media servers and the content they host.  An additional benefit is the ability to have this content available through a colorado.edu address when it is accessed through a campus web site.

How can I get access to Kaltura?

As a student, you will be able view faculty provided rich media in Desire2Learn courses.  If you are a Desire2Learn instructor, you can store and present your rich media to your class directly from the Desire2Learn. As a rich media administrator or Academic Technology Consultant you will have access to the KMC (Kaltura Management Console) where you can upload media, create players, playlists, manage media and obtain media embed code that can be presented in D2L or on campus websites.

Is there a cost with using Kaltura?

The hosting service is a common good service for the campus and there is no cost to the users to take advantage of it. This service decreases organizational infrastructure costs, reduces administrative overhead costs, and provides an environment aligned with technology and information security standards.

How can Kaltura be used with my CU department, college or school website?

Various departments, colleges and schools have already been provided with access to the Kaltura Console, including the Law School, College of Music, Libraries, ASSETT, Architecture and Planning, Art and Art History, Continuing Education and CAETE. 

There are multiple media services on campus today. Which one should I use?

Visit the Teaching and Learning Tools service area to learn more about OIT's media services. 

 Kaltura is the recommended solution for:

  • Library course e-reserves
  • Rich media in Desire2Learn (includes copyrighted media)
  • Time restricted media
  • Streamed content only (non-downloadable)
  • Downloadable media when required and approved by faculty (e.g., Athletics, Disability Services)
  • Embedded rich media on campus websites
  • Student uploaded course related media in D2L
  • Faculty uploaded course related media in D2L
How is Kaltura used with campus online learning environments, such as D2L?

Kaltura is a strategic partner with Desire2Learn and these two organizations have created an integration between these two environments. The current integration allows for instructors and students to upload and access their media in the Kaltura repository and embed that media in their D2L course with minimal effort. 

What are the best settings to export high-quality video?

When preparing a high-quality video for presentation, try using either the presets for “YouTube,” “Web,” or “HD".  Each video editing software package offers different preset option as well as custom settings.  Please see the user manual for your specific software. If further assistance is needed, a media preparation service is offered (for a fee) at the Norlin Library e-reserves.

What is the maximum file size upload?

A maximum approaching 2 GB worth of data may be uploaded into Kaltura at a given time. If you get any error upon uploading, please check the file size.  If the file is too large there are free programs such as iMovie (for Mac) and Live Movie Maker (for Windows) that will edit files down in size.  If further assistance is needed, a media preparation service is offered (for a fee) at the Norlin Library e-reserves.

Where can I go to get more information?

Student FAQ

Can I upload a video as part of a class project (course related only media) and have my professor view it?

Yes, if your course is using D2L. Learn how to upload media in D2L.

Can I upload a video as part of a class project (course related only media) and have students in my class view it?

Yes, if your course is using D2L. Learn how to upload media in D2L.