1.Getting Started

Kaltura Personal Capture (also referred to as Kaltura Capture) desktop recorder is an application which enables easy video creation anywhere by anyone.

Kaltura Capture has a simple user interface, requiring only one click to record, without complex setup or a lengthy learning curve. Kaltura capture is supported both on Windows and Mac. You can record: two camera inputs at once, two screens, or a camera and a screen. Kaltura Personal Capture automatically uploads new videos into the Kaltura Mediaspace video portal or Kaltura integrations with Canvas.

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1.1.Install Kaltura

      1. Login to your Canvas course and go to the My Media tool in the left navigation list.
      2. Click (1) Add New and select (2) Kaltura Personal Capture.
      3. Click the appropriate download link for your OS.
      4. Launch the installer and and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
        Windows: Double click the downloaded .msi file to launch the installer (you may need administrative permissions for this).
        OS X: Double click the .dmg to make its content available and drag the application from the .dmg window into /Applications to install (You may need an administrator password).
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1.2.Open / Launch Kaltura

There are 2 ways that Kaltura Recorder can be launched.

  1. Click the icon on your computer to launch the app directly.
  2. Go to your account in Rutgers MediaSpace or to My Media in your LMS, click Add New and select Kaltura Personal Capture as was done to install the app.  When the app is already installed this choice will open a prompt asking if you would like to launch the program.

Depending on the browser, checking the box to Remember my choice… or Always use this app… will launch the app without the prompt in future attempts.

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2.Recording in Kaltura

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2.1.Recorder Display

In the Kaltura Personal Capture Recorder, the default selection is the screen as the primary input and the camera as the secondary input. To record only one input, you must select the input and then turn off the secondary one.

Once launched The Kaltura Capture Recorder is displayed.

  1. The Record button will start a recording.
  2. The up or down arrows to the right of the computer and camcorder icons will toggle the preview window for its respective recording source.
  3. Clicking the computer, camcorder, or microphone icons toggles its respective recording option on or off.  When the option is enabled the icon has a blue outline.  When disabled the icon will be gray with a line through it.
  4. The up or down arrow next to the microphone icon allows you to select your audio source.
  5. The Preview Window displays an image of what will be recorded from that source.  It also has options to select the source from a drop menu and if you want to record full screen or a specific area.
  6. Clicking the Manage link opens your recording Library and provides access to the Settings and Information about the Recorder.

Additional information on specific recording scenarios including presentations is available at Kaltura Personal Capture – Recording Options​.

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2.2.Capturing and Uploading Your Recording

Once the record button is clicked, there will be a 5 second countdown before the recording begins and the recording controls will appear in the lower right of your screen.  These controls are visible during recording by default but they can be hidden while recording.

  1. The Stop button stops your recording.  Once clicked you will get a pop-up asking to confirm you wish to conclude your recording.  Once concluded your Library will open.
  2. The Pause / Play button allows you to pause your recording.  Clicking it again will resume the recording.
  3. The Cancel button will cancel your recording and nothing will be saved.
  4. The Timer indicates the length of your current recording.
  5. The Microphone icon can be toggled to enable or disable audio recording.
  6. The Screen Drawing toggle will toggle the screen drawing panel on or off.
  7. The Screen Drawing Panel provides access to tools for drawing on your screen as you are recording.
  8. The Minimize icon will minimize the recording controls to the taskbar in windows or the dock in OS X effectively hiding the controls during the recording. There are Keyboard Shortcuts you can use while the controls are minimized.

After you end your recording you will be directed to the entry page. If you clicked stop by mistake, you can always click Cancel and you will be returned to your recording in a paused state. If you want to complete the recording, enter the following information and click save:

  1. Title of the recording
  2. Description
  3. Tags
  4. Click Save and upload or Save to save your recording.

When you save a recording without uploading it, the Management window opens with the Edit tab and displays the options to Upload or Delete your media. You can also select Delete all uploaded to delete all uploaded media files from your local storage to save disk space.

When uploading follow the onscreen prompts and the upload must complete before exiting the program.

The Management Window opens to your Library by default which contains your recordings and the following controls:


  1. The Library button can be used to access your video library
  2. The Settings button allows you to set default recording quality and whether or not the cursor is highlighted.
  3. The Information button includes details on player version and the account it is linked to.
  4. Clicking a video thumbnail will allow you to View your recordings
  5. The New Recording button will begin a new video recording.
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2.3.Recording PPT Slides

Recording PowerPoint slides enables viewers to easily navigate through a video by jumping to a specific slide, or by searching for text in the slide. Kaltura Personal Capture can record any displayed PowerPoint Slides during the recording. Slides are added as chapters with their time stamp as part of the recording.

To record PowerPoint Slides as part of the Kaltura Personal Capture Recording:

  1. Start Recording.
  2. Open the PowerPoint presentation in Slide Show mode before or during the recording and present the slides.
  3. Each PowerPoint slide you use during the recording creates a chapter in the recording. Slides shown when recording is paused are not uploaded.
  4. End your recording.


  • When using multiple screens, slides are only captured and recorded from the screen being recorded.
  • If PowerPoint is opened in Protected Mode, slides cannot be captured in the recording. The following message will be displayed.
    “PowerPoint is running in protected mode – no slides will be captured”. You may click Enable Editing and create an identical PowerPoint presentation to use with Kaltura Personal Capture.
  • PowerPoint Viewer is not supported in this release.

To view and edit PowerPoint slides recorded with Kaltura Lecture Capture

  • Recorded slides are displayed in the menu on the player.
  • Click on any chapter to jump to the specific time in the video the slide was presented. You can also use the Search box to search for specific words in slides.
  • Chapters may be edited in the Timeline tab of Kaltura MediaSpace or your KAF application. See The Kaltura Player- Editing/Deleting Chapters and Slides for additional information.
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2.4.Tips for Recording a Presentation

Limit the Length of a Presentation / Lecture

It is highly recommended that you “chunk” your recorded presentation/lecture into one or more segments that are approximately 15 minutes in length, rather than one long presentation that is 45-60+ minutes in length. This is recommended for optimal retention and also to provide a smoother process of uploading, processing, and encoding your presentation to the Kaltura server. It will also make it easier to re-record a section of the presentation should you find you are not satisfied with your voice recording and would like a “do over.”

Avoid Date / Semester References

Remove any verbal or written references to the course section, semester, year, or dates so you will not need to re-record the presentation every semester (unless the content needs updating.) Likewise, refrain from including assignments in the presentation, as you may decide to modify assignments during the current semester – or subsequent semesters – which would:

  • Necessitate recording the presentation(s) or
  • Create a discrepancy between what is shown in the recording presentation and what is found in the course (or syllabus.)

Use Text Transcripts

Consider adding a text transcript to accompany your video. Having a text transcript will ensure that the recording is ADA-compliant by accommodating students with special needs.

Include PPT Titles and Notes

Add a title to each PowerPoint slide to aid Kaltura in indexing the recording. Kaltura creates a content index of PowerPoint slide titles with timestamps to allow students to jump to selected slides in the recording.

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2.5.Best Practices / Advice


  • Forget Editing (You’ll spend too much time editing)
  • Focus on your audience
  • Have a good USB microphone
  • Title your Slides
  • Express some emotion/passion
  • Smile while you record (it works)

Recording quality

  • Recording quality is less important than you might think/Perfection is overrated
  • Learn to love your voice…
  • Headset (keep the mic by your nose)
  • Relax
  • Sip a warm, not hot or cold beverage

Short recordings better

  • If you “mess up” just record again
  • Student absorb
  • Remix


  • Leave out course name, date, comments about the weather, etc. so recordings can be reused for many purposes
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3.Share / Publish Recordings

When using Kaltura in Canvas, you can embed videos in an Assignment or Page and share videos with your course site by using a tool called “Media Gallery.”

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3.1.Embed a Recording

  1. In Canvas, find the assignment or page you would like to add a video to and click on it.
  2. Click on the Submit Assignment button.
  3. Click on the (1) ‘V’ drop-down icon (2) Embed Kaltura Media button. A pop-up window should appear.
  4. Under the My Media tab, find the recording that you would like to submit, and click on the down arrow next to the word Select. This will allow you to specify the size of the media player to be embedded.
  5. Finally, click on the Save button to finalize the assignment or page.

Please see the Kaltura Video App for Canvas for more information on how to use a Kaltura recording in Canvas.

Note: Students can follow the steps above for submitting a video to an assignment.

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3.3.Organize Videos with Playlists

Videos in your Media Gallery cannot be ordered in a specific way and can often appear disorganized. The best way to organize your videos in Media Gallery is to use playlists. Here’s how you can create playlists in your Media Gallery.

  1. Go to the Media Gallery in your course site.
  2. Click the gray “Actions” button in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Choose Edit.
  4. Click the Playlist tab.
  5. Click the blue “Create New” button on the right.
  6. Click Manual Playlist.
  7. Input a title for your playlist, and a description if you would like.
  8. Click on “Add Media” to expand options for adding videos to the playlist.
  9. Click the “Add” button to the right of each video that you would like to add to the playlist. You can click the Add button for more than one video if you want to add multiple videos at once. The videos that will appear in the playlist will show up on the right side of the screen, underneath your playlist title.
  10. You can then re-order the videos on the right side of the screen. Two small black arrows appear to the upper-left of each video. Click on the arrow icons and drag the videos into the order in which you’d like them to appear.
  11. Click the blue “Save” button.
  12. Click “Media Gallery” to return to your Media Gallery and view your playlist.


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