How do I record with Kaltura Capture?

You can use Kaltura to present rich media content in your courses. Kaltura helps you to create, or host and share videos, images, and audio files. This article describes how to use Kaltura Capture for desktop and/or webcam recording.

If you have not yet installed Kaltura Capture on your computer, follow these instructions. Once installed, you can record with Kaltura Capture as follows:

  1. Launch Chrome or Firefox, go to Blackboard or  MediaSpace , and login.
  2. Look for My Media

My Media is your personal video storage area. Any videos posted to My Media will be  private and accessible to you only by default.  You can then choose to publish them to your chosen Blackboard course, MediaSpace channel or other online destination.

Select your recording type:

1. Media upload

Media Upload - allows you to upload any recording made in another application, or on your phone or by any other means.

See some options to create your video on How can I make a video to share with my students?

2. Express Capture

Express Capture - allows you to use your webcam or microphone to record video and audio entries directly from your browser without needing any additional software.

Recordings will necessitate the use of a webcam and microphone.  However, these are now often part of computer hardware or are easily accessible.

3. Create Recording with Kaltura Capture
Watch a video

This short video  shows you how Kaltura Capture works.

Let's see where to start to create your recordings.

3.1. Start the Kaltura Capture Application

Click Add New - >Create Recording

If you haven't already downloaded Kaltura Capture please refer to Kaltura Capture - Installation

As long as you have previously installed Kaltura Capture the browser screen will refresh with a message that says "The Kaltura Capture Desktop Recorder:

Your browser may display a notification asking you if you want to open Kaltura Capture:

Check "Always open these types of links in the associated app" if you  don't want to receive this notification every time you use Kaltura  Capture.

  • Click the Open Kaltura Capture button.
  • The Kaltura Capture control panel will open. That’s it. You can start recording.
3.2. Start your recording
  • You will see a 5 second count down and then your recording will start.
  • If you decide to cancel your recording during the 5 second countdown, click Cancel.
  • When the recording begins, the duration of your recording is displayed in the Recording Menu.
3.2.1. Want to record a powerpoint presentation?

Watch a short video on how to do this using Kaltura.

Learn more about the recording options

The Kaltura Capture recording menu includes:

  • Stop/Start recording button (Red circle/white square) - Press to start and stop the recording. You will be prompted with a confirmation box.
    If you choose Yes Stop it, the recording is stopped and the recording details are displayed. The recording tool moves to the new recording state.
    If you choose NO, you are returned to the previous recording state (before clicking on the Stop button). For example, if you paused the recording before clicking STOP, you will be returned to the pause state; if you were recording before clicking STOP, you will return to the recording state.
  • Pause/Resume recording button (red circle) - You can pause or resume your recording at any time.
  • Cancel recording button (grey x)  - discard recording. Press to cancel the recording.You will be prompted with a confirmation box.
  • Elapsed time
  • Annotations- Click on the Pencil icon to open the Annotations options. Use the various tools to annotate. When you are through annotating, click the Pencil icon to return to the cursor mode.
    Annotations are available for Screen recordings only. Annotations are disabled if you are recording from your camera only.

See also more tips on how to create recordings in How can I make a video to share with my students?

3.3. Completing Your Recording

When you are finished with your recording, you will click the grey button to stop you will be brought to a window to upload and save:

All the recorded videos are stored locally in your Recordings directory on your computer. Your recording can then be uploaded to your Kaltura account (to the user specified in  the User ID field in the Recording Details screen). The upload is  done in the background once you select this option. After you save your recording to it's online location, you can start a new one.


  • Keep your recordings reasonably short (5-10 minutes):
    • Shorter recordings reduce the cognitive load on the viewer;
    • Lapses in the viewer's attention become more frequent with longer videos;
    • Updating material is much easier if it is more modular - updating a 5 minute video is a lot easier than a 50 minute video;
    • The editing tools in Kaltura don't allow fine-grained edits especially on longer videos;
    • Longer recordings tend to encounter more frequent technical issues. It's less  painful if you do happen to encounter an issue on a 5 minute video to redo it than if you do on a 50 minute video.
  • If you need to make longer, more elaborate recordings and do more involved editing we recommend you consider purchasing a more powerful screen capture tool like Camtasia. See Making, Editing, and Sharing Video

Running into problems?


Privacy Notice to Students for Recording of Lectures by NUI Galway