This summer we have had several improvements to videos. Videos are hosted in Kaltura, though most of you probably thought of the videos as “living” in Blackboard. They now “live” in Canvas, but still on Kaltura. We’ve also changed some of the back-end so that auto captioning is even more accurate. This will save you some time fixing those few things the computer was unable to parse out.

When you login to Canvas and select your course you have the option “My Media” If you click on that you will be able to see all your videos already in Kaltura, as shown in the photo below. At the top near right there is an option to “add new”. If you select that you can upload any video files you have.

Screen capture showing main My Media page in Canvas

Once you have selected “add new” you will see the screen below. You are given the option to either drag and drop your file or choose the file on your computer.

Screen capture showing the upload media page in Kaltura within Canvas

Once you have uploaded a video you will see the screen below. You can also access this screen when you first login to My Media. On the far right of the screen by each video there is a small grey graph, pencil, and trashcan. Selecting the pencil which is the edit screen will also take you to this screen. From this screen you have the option to “Launch Editor”. This editor will allow you to do some light editing to the video

Screen shot showing the video uploaded and the Launch Editor button on the far right in Kaltura within Canvas

When you select “Launch Editor” you will see a screen like the one below. It will give you time codes and you can goto a spot to to split the video or delete sections. This can be useful if you had a few “oops” moments.

Screen shot of the video editor in Kaltura within Canvas

After you are happy with your video you can then work on captions. Captions will be auto generated using an AI. They will come out at around 90% accuracy. Then you need to edit them. Once processed you can goto My Media and click on the video. You will then see the screen below. Below the video is a dropdown menu called actions, select it.

Screen shot showing the video editing page with the dropdown for actions in Kaltura within Canvas

The dropdown menu will expand with several options, select caption and enrich as shown below.

Screen shot showing the expanded dropdown actions menu with the option to caption and enrich in Kaltura within Canvas

You will then see the existing requests and status completed. To the right of status is a grey pencil to edit, select it.

Screen shot showing the existing requests for caption in Kalutra within Canvas

Now you will be in the captions editor. You can correct anything the AI was unable to catch and add proper punctuation. You can also add speakers if you had an interview or several speakers in the video. Once you are done, remember to select save. You can come back and edit captions later.

Screen shot showing caption editor with spot for adding a speaker and the save button

A final thing to check is to goto My Media and then select the grey edit button on the far right. Under the video there is an option for captions, select it. You will then see the caption file or .srt. On the far right of action you want to make sure that “show on player is selected. It is the furthest option on the right. If you do not select this, your captions will not show up when you embed your video.

Screen shot showing where captions are located under video and to enable the show captions in player in Kaltura within Canvas