Recording Your Screen and Webcam Using Kaltura Capture

Kaltura Capture, also referred to as Personal Capture, is a program that allows you to record your screen and webcam simultaneously, making it a great program to use for recorded presentations or lectures. Recordings made in Kaltura Capture are uploaded directly to your Kaltura account once you're done recording. In this video, learn more about how to use Kaltura Capture to create screen/webcam recordings.

Recording Your Screen and Webcam Using Kaltura Capture

Updated 09-27-2019

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Kaltura Capture, also sometimes referred to as Personal Capture, is a program that allows you to record screencasts that are then directly uploaded to Kaltura. You can also record your webcam as you share your screen, which makes Kaltura Capture ideal for recording presentations. Videos made with Kaltura Capture allow for switching between the recorded sources as well, allowing you to switch between viewing a presenter's webcam and their screen at any time. I'll be demonstrating how to use Kaltura Capture to record a presentation. To get started with Kaltura Capture, you'll first want to go to kaltura.iu.edu and click on the Log In button, then log in with your IU username and passphrase. After the Kaltura site loads, to start the process of installing Kaltura Capture, on the upper right side of the screen, click Add New, then click on Personal Capture in the menu that appears. The Kaltura Capture page will load.  If this is the first time you've used Kaltura Capture, you'll need to download the program and install it before using it. Underneath the text that says "Using Kaltura Capture for the First Time?", there are links for downloading the software for Windows and Mac computers - click the appropriate link for your operating system to start the download process. I'll be downloading the Windows version for this demonstration, but the program works the same on both operating systems. Once the installer is finished downloading, go ahead and double-click on the installer to start the installation process. When Kaltura Capture is finished installing, go back to your web browser and refresh the page to load Kaltura Capture. When Kaltura Capture is finished installing, go back to your web browser and refresh the page to load Kaltura Capture. A message will appear, asking if you want to open Kaltura Capture. Click the Open Kaltura Capture button to continue. From now on, when you choose to add a new personal capture, your browser will ask if you want to open Kaltura Capture. Kaltura Capture will load, and the interface is relatively straightforward. You can choose to record up to two visual sources, as well as record audio using your microphone. For today's demonstration, I'll be setting the first visual source to my webcam, and my second source to my primary monitor. I'll also check to see that my microphone is recognized by Kaltura Capture - if you have multiple microphones available, you can choose which one you want to use from here. When you're ready to record, you can hit the red Start Recording button. Don't worry if you're not completely ready to record yet - the Kaltura website has a basic video editor that you can use to remove parts of the video that you don't want to include. At this point, you can talk through your presentation and navigate through your slide deck if you're presenting, or simply record whatever you want to demonstrate in a screencast. In the Kaltura Capture controls at the bottom right corner of the screen, there are annotation tools available, allowing you to mark up or add text to the screen if you want. You can also pause and stop recording from here. When you're finished recording, click the Stop Recording button. A message will appear, asking if you're sure you want to stop the recording - click "Yes, Stop it" to finish recording. Kaltura Capture will then open a window displaying a thumbnail of your video. It also provides the opportunity to name, add a description, and assign tags to your video. An important thing to note about Kaltura Capture is that when a video is uploaded, the video's visibility level is set to Private by default, to give you the opportunity to make edits if needed before publishing the completed video. When you're ready, click on the Save and Upload button to start the upload process. After clicking Save and Upload, Kaltura will display your library of recordings, and also show the upload process of the video you just created. When the video is uploaded, you can click on the link that's at the bottom of the video's listing to load the video's page in your web browser. Depending on how long your video is, Kaltura may still be processing your video when you load the video's page - while it's processing, you can go ahead and publish the video if you want to. To publish the video, on the video's page, scroll down until you see the Actions menu. Click on Actions, then in the drop-down menu that appears, click Publish. Kaltura gives you three options for publishing: private, unlisted, or public. For today, I'll choose unlisted, and then click the Save button. Kaltura will save my changes, and now my video is accessible to those who have the link to it. To learn more about editing videos using Kaltura's built-in video editor, watch the video "Editing Videos using the Kaltura Video Editor". If you're viewing this video in Kaltura, it's linked in this video's description. Now you know how to use Kaltura Capture to record your screen and webcam, and upload it to Kaltura!

Recording Your Screen and Webcam Using Kaltura Capture

Kaltura Capture, also sometimes referred to as Personal Capture, is a program that allows you to record screencasts that are then directly uploaded to Kaltura.  You can also record your webcam as you share your screen, which makes Kaltura Capture ideal for recording presentations. Videos made with Kaltura Capture allow for switching between the recorded sources as well, allowing you to switch between viewing a presenter's webcam and their screen at any time.

Downloading and installing Kaltura Personal Capture

To get started with Kaltura Capture, you'll first need to download and install the software. The following steps will walk you through the process.

  1. Log in to https://kaltura.iu.edu with your username and passphrase.
  2. In the upper right side of the Kaltura site, click on + Add New, and in the menu that appears, click Personal Capture.
  3. In the page that loads, underneath the text “Using Kaltura Capture for the first time?”, click the appropriate download link for your operating system to download the Kaltura Capture installer.
  4. Once the download is complete, run the Kaltura Capture installer.

Once the program is installed, you’ll be able to use Kaltura Capture.

Recording video with Kaltura Personal Capture

Using Kaltura Personal Capture is easy – you can start a recording right from the Kaltura site. During a recording, you can use annotation tools to mark up your screen and call attention to parts of your screen. Once you’re finished recording, it will automatically upload to Kaltura.

Starting a recording

The following steps will walk you through starting a recording in Personal Capture.

  1. To start Personal Capture, if you’ve just installed Kaltura Personal Capture, refresh the Kaltura Personal Capture browser window. Otherwise, in the upper right corner of the Kaltura site, click + Add New, then click Personal Capture.
  2. A message will appear, asking if you want to open Kaltura Capture. Click the Open Kaltura Capture button to continue. 

Kaltura Capture will load, and the interface is relatively straightforward, as shown in the following screenshot:

Screenshot of the Kaltura Capture interface, displaying options for recording your screen, camera, and audio. A preview of the user's screen is displayed underneath the Screen option.

In Kaltura Personal Capture, you have the option to record your screen, camera, and microphone.

  1. To choose the screen you want to record, if necessary, in the Kaltura Capture app, click Screen, then use the dropdown menu underneath the video preview to choose the screen you want to record.
  2. To choose a specific webcam to record from, if necessary, click Camera, then use the dropdown menu underneath the video preview to choose the desired webcam.
  3. To choose a specific microphone for recording audio, if necessary, click Audio, then use the dropdown menu that appears to choose the appropriate microphone.
  4. To disable screen, camera, or microphone recording, click on the icon for the source you want to disable. The icon will change, indicating the source is disabled, as seen in the following image where the camera has been disabled:
    Screenshot of a section of the Kaltura Capture interface. The camera option is grayed out, demonstrating how the interface will look if a recording source is disabled.
  5. To start recording, in the left side of the Kaltura Capture interface, click Start Recording

Recording tools

When recording, Kaltura Capture will show a set of controls for stopping, pausing, or canceling your recording, as well as for opening the annotation tools:

Diagram of the Kaltura Capture tools shown while recording. Stop Recording is on the far left of the toolbar, with Pause Recording and Cancel Recording to the right. On the far right of the toolbar is the mute/unmute option and the annotation tools.

The annotation tools allow you to mark up your video as you’re recording. You have the option to draw on the screen, add text and shapes, as well as clear all annotations. The following screenshot shows the annotation tools:

Screenshot of the annotation tools available in Kaltura Capture.

Stopping a recording

  1. To stop recording, in the Kaltura Capture toolbar, click Stop Recording
  2. In the pop-up that appears, click Yes, Stop it to finish recording.

Kaltura Capture will then open a window displaying a thumbnail of your video, as shown in the following screenshot:

The Kaltura Capture window shown after completing a recording. The window contains a preview of the recorded video, and has fields where the user can enter the video's title, description, and tags.

From here, you can give the recording a title and description, and assign tags.  You can also preview the completed recording. When you’re ready to upload your video, at the bottom of the Kaltura Capture window, click Save & Upload. Kaltura Capture will upload the video to your Kaltura account.

Publishing a video recorded in Kaltura Capture

An important thing to note about Kaltura Capture is that when a video is uploaded, the video's visibility level is set to Private by default, to give you the opportunity to make edits if need be before publishing the completed video. The following steps will walk you through publishing a video.

  1. Log in to Kaltura, if necessary.
  2. To view your recording, in the upper right corner of the Kaltura window, click your name, then click My Media.
  3. To open the recording, in the list of media that appears, click on the name of the video you just uploaded.
  4. To publish the video, on the video's page, scroll down until you see the Actions menu. Click on Actions, then in the drop-down menu that appears, click Publish.
  5. To choose the access level for your video, click the radio button for the level of access you want.
    1. Private means the video is only accessible to you.
    2. Unlisted means that only people with the link to the video can access it.
    3. Public means that the video is publicly available in Kaltura and will show up in search results.
  6. To save the changes you made, click Save.