Frequently Asked Questions - Streaming Media

General Questions

What is Kaltura?

Kaltura is a software program that delivers live or recorded streaming audio and video that can be embedded in a web site and/or accessed on demand through Blackboard. Integration with Blackboard makes it easier to include video and other rich media content into coursework inside Blackboard. Users upload video files via the Course Gallery in Blackboard. The files are automatically converted for delivery through a web browser. There are no plug-ins or special software required to post or view the videos.

Who can use it?

Faculty and staff who manage a Blackboard course or need to live stream an academic event.

Are there any file storage limitations?

There is an initial limit of 20 GB of file space allocated per user. Depending on the type of files, 20 GB should allow you to post about 200 minutes of video. It is important to remember this service is a delivery mechanism, not a permanent storage location. Be sure to store your original video elsewhere.

How long will my video(s) be available in my course?

If you add video to your Blackboard course and use the course again next year, your video will remain linked there until you delete it. When the video is no longer needed you should delete it to stay within the storage limit. It is important to remember this service is a delivery mechanism, not a permanent storage location. Be sure to store your original video elsewhere.

What do I need to do if I want to use this service?

To include video in a course, log into Blackboard and follow the directions shown here.

Is training available?

Training on use in Blackboard will be included in regular Blackboard workshops. If you need assistance, please contact KU IT Blackboard Support at 864-2600 or blackboardsupport@ku.edu.

Can I upload and manage audio and video materials outside of Blackboard?

Faculty, Staff and GTAs can use MediaHub, which functions like a private YouTube and allows you to upload and share your videos with others (outside of Blacckboard). Click here for more information about MediaHub.

Are there any KU policies I should be aware of when using Streaming Media services?

Yes, please review the following KU policies:

How do I add a video file to my Blackboard course?

How do I add an audio file to my Blackboard course?

How do I add and manage audio and video in MediaHub?


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