Documentation:Kaltura/FAQ/1. General information and activation of Kaltura in Connect

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General information and activation of Kaltura in Connect

What is My Media?

My Media: is your personal video library. It allows you to upload videos from your computer or record videos from your webcam. If you are a student, you can contribute videos from your “My Media” to the “Course Gallery” of the courses in which you are enrolled. If you are an instructor, you can contribute videos from your “My Media” to the “Course Gallery” of your courses or to the “Faculty Repository”.

What is Course Gallery (Course Media)?

Course Gallery (Course Media): a course tool allowing the members of a course to view and search videos contributed by the instructor and the students enrolled in the course. The instructor can directly publish videos to the Course Gallery. Videos contributed by students need to be approved and made visible by the instructor.

What is Faculty Repository?

Faculty Repository (for instructors only): a searchable cross-campus video library. It allows faculty members of UBC to share videos with all other faculty members and access videos contributed by them.

Activate Kaltura modules for the first time?

Add “My Media” (required - instructors and students)

  • On ‘My Connect’ page, Click ‘Add Module’
  • Search and add the following module(s):
    • My Media - click the “Add” button.

The modules will appear on your “My Connect” page.

Add Course Media (required - instructors only )

Step 1 – add the Course Media module on your course home page:

  • Go to your desired course
  • On your course home page, click ‘Add Module’
  • Search and add “Course Media” and click the “Add” button.
  • The module will appear on your course home page.

Step 2 – enable the Kaltura tools:

  • On the left menu, under customization, click “Tool availability”.
  • Find “Kaltura Mashup”, “Kaltura Media” and “Media Gallery” on the list and make sure the Availability boxes in front of them are checked.

Step 3 – Add a link to the Course Gallery on the left menu

  • Click the “+” button, on top of the left menu and select “tool link”.
  • In the Name box, type Course Gallery (or Media Gallery), then select “Media Gallery” from the drop-down menu and check the “available to users” box, then click “submit”. The link to the Media Gallery tool will be added to the left menu.

Add “Faculty Repository” (optional - instructors only )

  • On ‘My Connect’ page, Click ‘Add Module’
  • Search “Shared Media Repository” and click the “Add” button. The module will appear on your “My Connect” page.

Access My Media

Make sure the module is activated. Click the “My Media” link on “My Connect” page or on your course home page (depending on where it has been initially added).

Access Faculty Repository

Make sure the module is activated. Click the “Faculty Repository” link on “My Connect” page or on your course home page (depending on where it has been initially added).

Access Course Media (Course Gallery)

Make sure the module is activated. Click “Course Gallery” (or Course Media) link on the left menu. Alternatively, you can find the Course Gallery module on the course home page and click “more” on the bottom of the module box.

System requirements for Kaltura in Connect

Refer to Connect Supported Operating Systems and Browsers: http://elearning.ubc.ca/connect/get-started-with-connect/supported-browsers-and-operating-systems/ Refer to Connect Recommended System Requirements: https://help.blackboard.com/en-us/Learn/9.1_SP_12_and_SP_13/Student/030_Browser_Support/040_Browser_Support_for_SP_13 If your computer runs Windows operating system, you need to install Flash Player in order to view the videos: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. To record videos using Kaltura in Connect, you need a standard webcam, and a standard computer microphone.

Recommended video specifications

Make sure user’s video is compliant with the recommended specifications

  • Standard UBC formats:
  • auto x 720 @ 2628 kbps (ideally 3000-5000 Kbps)
  • 1024 x auto @ 1628 kbps (ideally 2000 Kbps)
  • 640 x auto @ 964 Kbps (ideally 1500 kbps)
  • Container: MOV and MP4 are recommended. Other supported file types are FLV/M4V, QT/M4V, AVI, 3GP, WMV/ASF, MPG/M1V/M2V, MKV, Ogg, RM, WEBM.
  • Compression technology: H.264, ProRes
  • Bitrate ratio: X 1.5-2 of the highest flavor – ideally 3,750 - 8,500 kb/s.
  • Frame size: Multiples of 16
  • Frame rate: Keep the original