Creating screencasting videos in Kaltura

Creating screencasting videos in Kaltura
This tutorial will guide you in the process of creating and deploying screencasts for use in Moodle
courses. Also see the how-to video in the FAQ section.
1. Begin the process by
accessing your Navigation
block. You can access the
Navigation block from any
course or from your “My
Home” page.
2. Click on the “down arrow” for My Home
or click “My Home”. Then click the link “My
Media” link.
3. Click on the blue button, “Add
4. Select the type of media you wish to
create. Fro this tutorial , we’ll use a Screen
Screen Recording does what it says. It will
record whatever you have on your
computer screen – a PowerPoint, Word doc,
5. Click “Launch the
screen recorder”.
Note: It may take 12 minutes for this
to launch. Be sure
you Java is up to
date or this will not
function properly.
6. The screen-capture box will
7. Select the area to
capture by using the
adjustment boxes in the
corners and on the sides.
Note: If you choose to use a webcam in addition
to your screencast, the webcam will appear
outside of the capture box during recording.
After you have recorded the video, use the
Preview mode to move the webcam screen to
the proper location in the video screen. The
webcam screen is size adjustable.
8. Select your options on
the toolbar at the bottom.
(webcam – on/off. If you
are using an external
microphone, make sure it
is enabled.
9. To screencast a
PowerPoint, you have
two options. One, you
can simply resize your
box over the slides and
use the arrow keys on
your keyboard to
advance the slides.
This will only record
your static slides.
Advance the slides
with the arrow keys
on your keyboard.
This second option will
work if you wish to keep
any transitions,
animations, etc. in your
a. Click on “Slide Show”’
in your toolbar. (Mac
view, PC will have a
similar look)
b. Next, click on “Set up
Click “Browsed by an individual (window)”. Click
“OK”. This will allow you to put your slide show in
Presentation mode and you simply click through
your presentation, as you normally would do for a
10. You are ready to begin your
recording. Click the red “record”
button. You will have a 3-second
countdown timer and then you will
start recording.
Note: You can pause the recording at
any time simply by clicking the
record button. Each time you start
again, you will see the 3-second
countdown timer.
If you do make a mistake during the
recording, you will have to start over!
 (click the “Restart” button)
11. When you are finished
recording, first click the
“record” button to pause,
then click “Done”.
A preview screen will
popup. You can listen to
your recording. Be sure to
title your screencast.
When you are satisfied, click
“upload”. After the upload is
complete, click “close”.
Important: How quickly
your screencast uploads will
depend on several factors –
the overall length of your
screencast, your Internet
speed, etc.
12. You will now see the “details”
box. You have the option of
changing the title of your
screencast. You can fill out any
important details you feel are
necessary. (Title is required.
Details are optional.)
Title your
13. Scroll to the bottom of this
screen. Leave the video
settings to “Private”. Then
click “Save”. This will begin
the process of rendering your
screencast into a proper
Again, you will need to be
patient! Depending on your
Internet speed and the length
of video, it may take a while
Next, click on “Go to My
14. Your new video is now
added to your media space.
Keep in mind that you can create a screencast of almost anything – a Word document, Excel
spreadsheet, website, etc. If it is on your computer screen, you can screencast it. Just don’t make a
screencast of any existing videos (YouTube, for example)! First, it’s redundant. There are better ways
to add existing videos. Second, that violates copyright!
Tips and suggestions: Be sure to check your microphone settings for clarity and quality. Many builtin mics will work just fine. Some people like to use an external mic for better voice quality. If you
decide to use an external mic, a USB plug-in mic is recommended.
The next step is to actually embed your new video into a course. Instructions for embedding Kaltura
videos can be found in the “Adding Kaltura Videos to a Course”.
If you have any questions or issues with the creation of a screencast, please contact your course
designer mentor.
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