Kaltura Guide for Faculty

Kaltura is a tool that you and your students can use to record, store, and share audio and video. It’s fully integrated with Brightspace and supported by the University of Maine system. This page will help guide you through the basics of using Kaltura from within Brightspace.

Need additional assistance or not sure where to start? Contact the Center for Technology Enhance Learning (CTEL) at ctelhelp@maine.edu


What can I do with Kaltura?

Both you and your students have full access to Kaltura, so you can use it to create audio and video clips to share with your students, plus you can have your students use it to create media as part of an assignment.

Lecture Capture

Record videos of yourself delivering lectures or giving feedback or updates.


Record podcasts as lectures or have students create them as an assignment.


Record tutorials, narrate presentations, or give a “tour” of your course site.

How does Kaltura Work?

Kaltura is integrated with Brightspace. You can access it in any course by clicking the Tools link on the Course Navbar and selecting My Media. Also, you can log in to your Kaltura account at video.maine.edu using your maine.edu credentials.

Kaltura has three main components that you can use to add audio and video to your Brightspace course.

How do I start using Kaltura?

These tutorials cover the basics of accessing Kaltura and creating, adding, and sharing media in your Brightspace courses and other parts of the web. 

Accessing Kaltura

Kaltura can be accessed directly from the nav bar in Brightspace. To find it,

This image depicts step 3 from the section "Accessing Kaltura for the First Time"

Adding Media to Kaltura

If you have media files on your computer, you can upload them to Kaltura, or you can use it to record new video or audio. To get started with either task,

a. Media Upload: Add media files to Kaltura (i.e., ones you have saved on your computer).

b. Kaltura Personal Capture: Create new video or audio files using Kaltura Capture. Once you’ve finished creating new media, Kaltura will upload it directly to your My Media account.

c. YouTube: Add YouTube videos to your collection of media by selecting this option and entering the URL of the video.

This image depicts steps 1, 2A, and 2B, from the section "Adding Media to Kaltura"

Install Kaltura Personal Capture

Kaltura Personal Capture is Kaltura’s application for recording video or audio. To install it,

If Kaltura Personal Capture has not already been set up on your computer, you’ll automatically be taken to a page to download and install it. Once you’ve installed Kaltura Personal Capture, it’ll open automatically whenever you select it in the Add New menu’s options.

NOTE: If you are unable to install Kaltura Capture on your computer, contact the Technology Support Center at 1-800-696-4357 or support@maine.edu.

Installing Kaltura Personal Captpure

Creating Your First Recording

This short video from Kaltura walks you through the basics of recording a video using Kaltura Capture and uploading it to your My Media account.

If you want to create a podcast (i.e., an audio recording) instead of a video or screencast, the process is nearly the same. Just select the Voice option when Kaltura Capture (rather than Screen or Webcam).

You can view this video and many others on the Kaltura Learning website.

Note: Zoom Cloud recordings are automatically copied to Kaltura, and can be found in "My Media." More information on this can be found in our Zoom guide.

NOTE: If the video's Full Screen button doesn't work, try this alternate link: Kaltura Capture Tutorial.

Adding Video and Audio to Your Course

This video demonstrates how to add media to your Brightspace course. It shows several methods, including embedding YouTube videos, and how to add video and audio you’ve added to Kaltura’s My Media tool.

See the following link for text instructions on using the Existing Activities button in Brightspace to embed Kaltura video in your course

Embed Kaltura Media on the Web

Kaltura provides you with unique HTML code (called an “embed code”) for each of your media files, which allows you to embed it in other parts of the web, like Google Sites, webpages, social media posts, etc. To find the embed code for one of your media files in Kaltura,

Note: Different sites manage embed code in different ways. If your media doesn’t appear in a site after you paste your embed code from Kaltura, check its user guide for help.


Edit Captions in Kaltura

Captions can be added/edited in Kaltura all from within Brightspace. The following instructions will walk you through this process:


Trimming & Saving Zoom or Kaltura Videos

The following will walk you through editing a Zoom or Kaltura video to change the length. In the instructions, I will use an example in which I have a 30 minute video, and I'd like to delete the last 2 minutes of it.

Note: The save button will permanently save the edit you made to that video. The Save a Copy button will save a new copy of the video with the changes you've made, as well as keep the original, unedited video intact. I recommend "Save a Copy" if you want to play it safe, you'll just have to be able to distinguish between the newly edited copy, and the original.

Want to turn your Kaltura video into an interactive quiz?

You can add multiple choice questions at specific points in a video to create a quiz. To do this, Go to My Media, click the Add New button and select Video Quiz. Once students take the quiz, it will be automatically graded, and their scores will be added to your course’s Grade Center.

Where can I learn more about Kaltura?

Kaltura provides a wealth of online information that you can consult if you want to learn more about its features. You can also meet with one of CTEL’s learning designers if you’d like more personalized assistance.

Visit the Kaltura Learning site to view a series of short videos on its features.

If you prefer reading text tutorials, visit the Kaltura Knowledge site.

Visit Kaltura’s Privacy Notices page to learn how it manages users’ data.

Visit Kaltura’s Video Accessibility page to review features for diverse users.