Submitting media to a LMS discussion using Kaltura

This guide steps through uploading media recorded with Kaltura and submitting it to a Discussion in Canvas (LMS).

There are a variety of reasons you may be asked to submit a Kaltura video or audio file to a Canvas Discussion. These can include:

  • Informal opportunities to get to know your teaching staff or fellow students, like posting a video introducing yourself
  • Visually or orally responding to questions or tasks set by your lecturers or tutors
  • Providing a visual demonstration that you can perform a physical task or technique
  • Illustrating how you solved a problem using a screencast
  • Submitting a more complicated video, presentation, pitch, promo, podcast or audio-visual essay

In every case, it’s important to read the instructions and expectations of what should be submitted in a discussion so that your media submissions meet the requirements of the discussion or task at hand.

Once you’ve carefully read the requirements of the discussion the next step is to choose your recording method. This guide features instructions on how to upload media recorded in Kaltura. For Universal Capture, see our Submitting media to a LMS discussion using Echo360 Universal Capture guide.

  • For a quick talking head video, you can use your computer’s web camera and Express Capture.
  • For a screencast where you record yourself talking to a PowerPoint presentation displayed on your computer, recording a video in advance with Kaltura Capture and uploading it via Media Upload is suitable; consider attaching a microphone to your computer to capture good quality audio.
  • For recording a demonstration or performance, using your mobile phone camera may be preferable.

Replying to a Discussion post with the Rich Content Editor

  1. Go to the Discussion heading in your subject’s navigation menu
The Discussions heading in the subject navigation menu
The Discussions heading in the subject navigation menu
  1. Choose the Discussion you would like to respond to
Opening a discussion post
Opening a discussion post
  1. Click in the Write a Reply text box
Responding to a discussion post
Responding to a discussion post
  1. This will open the Rich Content Editor where you will write your response and upload media
  2. To upload media with Kaltura, click on the Apps icon to open a drop down menu
The Apps icon
The Apps icon
  1. Click on Embed Kaltura Media
Accessing the Embed Kaltura Media function through the Apps menu
Accessing the Embed Kaltura Media function through the Apps menu
  1. This will open Kaltura. You will then have the choice to record a new video through Express Capture, upload an existing video from your local storage with Media Upload, or upload a video you have previously recorded with Kaltura in your My Media folder.
Embedding a new Kaltura video
Embedding a new Kaltura video

Upload Kaltura Media to a Discussion using Express Capture

  1. To record and upload a new video/audio file, click +Add New.
  2. From the +Add New drop down menu, select Express Capture. This will allow you to use your webcam and microphone to record and upload a quick video.
Recording a new video with Express Capture
Recording a new video with Express Capture
  1. Click the red Record button to record your video.
Recording a video with your webcam
Recording a video with your webcam
  1. If your webcam or audio isn’t working, click the settings wheel in the top right corner and change the Camera and Audio settings.
Changing your webcam and microphone settings
Changing your webcam and microphone settings
  1. When you are finished recording click the square Stop button. You then have the option to Record Again, Download a Copy, or use the recording (via the Use This button in the bottom right corner).
Finishing your video recording
Finishing your video recording
Uploading your video
Uploading your video
  1. When you click Use This it will upload the video to your Kaltura My Media folder. At this stage you can edit the title, provide a description and set up any tags that you want to use. If you would like to change the embed size click on the settings wheel in the top right corner.
Finalising your video recording
Finalising your video recording
  1. When you are happy with the recording click Save and Embed and then Post Reply. Your Kaltura Express video will be uploaded to your Discussion post reply.
Saving, embedding and posting your video
Saving, embedding and posting your video

Upload Kaltura Media to a Discussion using Media Upload

  1. To upload a video/audio file, click +Add New.
  2. From the +Add New drop down menu, select Media Upload.
Uploading an existing media file
Uploading an existing media file
  1. Click on Choose a file to upload and select a video from your computer or cloud storage location. This option supports most common media files.
Choosing a media file to upload from your device or cloud storage
Choosing a media file to upload from your device or cloud storage
  1. Once you have chosen your video to upload you can you can edit the title, provide a description and set up any tags that you want to use. If you would like to change the embed size click on the settings wheel in the top right corner.
Editing the details of your video file
Editing the details of your video file
  1. Once you are ready to upload your video click Save and Embed and then Post Reply. Your uploaded video will be embedded in your Discussion post reply.

Upload Kaltura Media to a Discussion post using an existing video in your Media Library

  1. Click in the Write a Reply text box
Responding to a discussion post
Responding to a discussion post
  1. This will open the Rich Content Editor where you will write your response and upload media
  2. To upload media, click on the Apps icon to open a drop down menu
The Apps icon
The Apps icon
  1. Click on Embed Kaltura Media
Accessing the Embed Kaltura Media function through the Apps menu
Accessing the Embed Kaltura Media function through the Apps menu
  1. To upload a video/audio file, click on the My Media tab. Scroll down to the video you would like to embed and click on the </> Embed button
Choosing an existing video to upload
Choosing an existing video to upload
  1. Once you are ready to upload your video click Post Reply. Your uploaded video will be embedded in your Discussion post reply.
Posting your video to the discussion
Posting your video to the discussion

This guide was last updated 17 May 2021.
Please report any errors or omissions in this guide by submitting an LMS support request.

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