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Lecture Capture



KU IT provides Lecture Capture service to enable faculty to schedule automatic recordings of lectures or presentations, or to create ad hoc captures in their classroom or on their KU workstation or personal computer. Online lectures provide students with a powerful tool that can be used for review, to supplement materials covered in class, or to provide entirely online instruction. The captured recordings can be viewed via a web browser, posted in Blackboard and/or lectures can be downloaded to a computer or mobile device.

Lecture Capture Information for Faculty

KU licenses video capture and on-demand delivery of video files from a cloud vendor called Kaltura. There are two Kaltura options for Capture at KU:

  • Kaltura Classroom: Scheduled or impromptu recordings via equipment and software already installed in classrooms
  • Kaltura Capture: Recordings created via webcam/microphone and software installed on your work or personal desktop or laptop computer

For more information about Lecture Capture for faculty, select from the following:

Publish Everything

Lecture Capture provides a common place for instructors to post all of their lectures online for students to view. Whether you choose to publish to Blackboard or to a web site, Lecture Capture provides an opportunity for students to review lectures they heard in class, make notes and get clarification on topics in the lecture.


Recording lectures is a great way to review teaching techniques and presentation. Instructors can evaluate themselves by watching their own lectures, and by looking at feedback from students. The Echo360 EchoCenter Player features heat-mapping that shows what parts of the recording students reviewed most, spots where they may be having trouble. Students can post comments in the Echo discussion board which are time stamped and associated with a point in the lecture. They can also create personal bookmarks to mark points in the lecture they like, and points where they need more explanation. These features help you understand where students have concerns and can help you redesign your course for the next semester.


Accessibility is a major concern when moving course content online. Use this service to capture in-class sign language translators so that students with a hearing impairment can still use the courses online content. Students will see the slides or other course content while also seeing a video window of sign language translators.

Flip The Classroom

Use Personal Capture to record lectures, upload them before class and require students to view before arriving. This allows time during class to work problems together, review concepts and apply learned material from the lecture.

Learning Modules

Changing small details in a lecture allows for the creation of “learning modules.” For example, removing date specific material from a lecture allows for that lecture to be used multiple times in future courses. Record all lectures in this way and at the end of the semester you will have a set of lectures that can be used over and over again.

Online and Hybrid Courses

Record lectures via Personal Capture or re-use “learning module” lectures that have already been created to enhance an online or hybrid course. The KU Center for Online and Distance Learning (CODL) can help you with an overall instructional design for your online or hybrid course and how best to incorporate captured lecture materials for the online and distance learner. Contact CODL at or 785-864-1000.

Live Stream Courses

If you are teaching in a classroom where an Echo360 SafeCapture HD » appliance is installed, you can live-stream your courses for students or others to view in real time. Live stream recording must be scheduled by completing the Lecture Capture Request Form. Notify support staff if you need to live stream when your schedule your recording. If your classroom does not have an Echo360 SafeCapture HD appliance, you can use another service to live stream. See Schedule Live Streaming Event for more information.

Create Pre-class Videos

Use Personal Capture (See "Using Personal Capture" below) to create short 5 - 10 minutes videos for students to view before class. Record an introduction to your course and post it to Blackboard, introducing your students to the syllabus and other topics that will be discussed during the course. This is a great way to provide quick update for students or introduce them to ideas that will be discussed in a future class.

Using Classroom Capture

Some classrooms are equipped with hardware capture appliances, but most will have Kaltura Classroom software installed on the classroom computer. Classrooms that have Kaltura Classroom installed will also have cameras and microphones available, to enable you to capture your classroom lecture. You can complete the Lecture Capture Request Form ahead of time or create a recording in an ad hoc fashion. Submitting your request ahead of time will save you time in the classroom.

Get Started with Classroom Capture

Request an Account:
To create an account, and schedule a recording, complete the KU Lecture Capture Request Form. After you complete this form, IT support staff will contact you for a brief consultation.

Classroom Setup:
As you are setting up in the classroom, make sure the computer is on and you are logged in for both previously scheduled recordings and ad hoc recordings.

Schedule Recordings

Setting Up Lecture Capture for the Entire Semester

To ensure availability of a Lecture Capture classroom, and to avoid delays in getting lectures posted to Blackboard and Canvas, we recommend that you schedule your Lecture Capture as early as possible – at least one month prior to the start of the term. Here are the steps to schedule recordings for the entire semester:

If you want to automatically publish captured videos to Blackboard and Canvas, please provide the following information:

  • The 5-digit CRN of the course you would like to record.
  • The Course ID for the Blackboard course you would like the links to be posted to. If you want the lecture posted in more than one course, or you have a multi-section Blackboard course, be sure to specify.
    • To locate the Course ID for your Blackboard course, go to the Blackboard course and click on Files in the Control Panel. The Course ID will appear underneath.

Once you have booked your classroom and scheduled your recordings, you are all set – just show up and hold class as usual. Your class will be recorded at the scheduled time and will be posted in Blackboard automatically. You will receive an email notification when the link has been posted.


If you need to cancel class or series of recordings, contact the Media Production Studio at or 785-864-6452 to cancel recording.

Setting Up a One-time Recording

In addition to recording your regular classes, you can also schedule one-time recordings, such as for another section you will miss or to record special class sessions (e.g., guest speakers, class presentations, etc.). Instructors can also schedule a practice recording session so they can see how the room is set up and how lectures will look for students. To schedule a practice session, contact the support staff for your classroom location.

Record Your Lecture

Previously Scheduled Recordings:

  • The classroom computer must be on
  • You must log in with your KU Online ID
  • The recording will start and end automatically at the time requested

Ad Hoc Recordings:

Share Your Lecture

Lecture recordings should be available in your Kaltura My Media account within 4 to 6 hours of the end of class.

To get a link or HTML Embed code for sharing outside of Blackboard/Canvas:

To share inside Blackboard:

Using Kaltura Capture

Kaltura Capture is an application you can download to your computer, and can capture screen, webcam, and voice. It gives you the freedom to create and edit customized instructional content whenever and wherever inspiration strikes. You can use Kaltura Capture to record lectures, upload them before class and require students to view before arriving. This allows time during class to work problems together, review concepts and apply learned material from the lecture. If you know students are struggling with a specific concept, you can create a short explanatory video to help them master the concept.

Install and Use Kaltura Capture

Installing Personal Capture

Installing Personal Capture on a KU-owned Computer:

If you are using a university-owned computer, contact your departmental technology support staff to assist you with the installation.

Installing Personal Capture on Your Personal Computer:

  • Contact the Media Production Studio at or 785-864-6452 for guidance.

Lecture Capture Information for Students

Lecture Capture allows you to learn at your own pace by making it easy to play back lectures and other course materials as often as you need to, bookmark sections within lectures so that you can go back and review them, and participate in online discussions with your instructors and other students. You have the ability to move forward or backward in a presentation to particular segments of the captured session. The captures can be viewed via a web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari), and/or be downloaded to a computer or mobile device.

Your instructors will provide guidance on how and where to access recordings, whether through Blackboard or another platform.

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