Kaltura Multimedia (Video Hosting)

Working with Kaltura in Moodle

At this time Moodle is not designed to host big media files like videos. They bloat course archive files sizes making restores slow and difficult and can force students to download a video and play it on their own computer. By using Kaltura in Moodle students can play and upload videos in their browser without leaving the Moodle course.

Kaltura has no file-size upload limitations and videos uploaded to Kaltura should stay there indefinitely (unlike Zoom Cloud videos).

You can import a video into the Media gallery for repeated use in your Moodle course.

If you would like to have students submit videos to you you can create a Kaltura Media Assignment.

To collect and grade student submitted videos use the Kaltura Multimedia Assignment activity.

If you are bringing a video downloaded from another location (such as Zoom Cloud) or otherwise already have a caption file you can add it to your own video in the Media Gallery.

Otherwise, you can have request we have it captioned within a few business days by using our Closed-Captioning Request form.

There are a number of ways to integrate multimedia into your Moodle course; this article should help you determine which recording tool is best for your needs. This article does NOT include pre-existing academic video resources like those provided by the CCC Library.
Creating or Hosting Videos in Moodle
Tool Name with Article Link Record Audio/Video (Moodle's ATTO text editor) Kaltura (Quick Embed) (Moodle's ATTO text editor) Kaltura (Media Gallery) Zoom Cloud
General Guide Ideal for short (<5min), one-use video or audio responses. Ideal for quickly recording or uploading low-importance or just-in-time videos. Ideal for general use. Ideal for quickly recording temporary videos (such as live course sessions).
Can record from webcam? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
Can record from device screen? No. Yes, recording requires use of Kaltura Capture App for Desktop/Laptop. Yes, recording requires use of Kaltura Capture App for Desktop/Laptop. Yes.
Can upload preexisting media? No. Yes. Yes. No.
Limitations for Media Duration? May not exceed 5 minutes. None. None. None (with Licensed account provided by CCC.)
Tool can be used by Students? Yes, anywhere you find the ATTO text editor. Yes, anywhere you find the ATTO text editor. Yes, everyone has a Media Gallery within Moodle. No, a student can only attend a Zoom meeting if invited or linked.
Media can be captioned? No. Yes, by special captioning request only. Yes, owner can upload your own captions or request captioning. Yes, Cloud Recorded videos are automatically captioned (and can be easily touched up by owner).
Media can be shared outside of Moodle? No. No. Yes, only the owner can generate HTML Embed Code from within the Media Gallery. Yes, no Moodle requirement at all.
Media can be easily Downloaded? No. No, only by special request to online@clackams.edu. Yes, by the video owner only from the Media Gallery from the Actions menu and Downloads tab. Yes, by the video owner only (by default). Download for viewers is an OPTIONAL (see share settings on video management page).
Longevity: How long will the media be available here? At least 1.25 years (in Moodle) after being recorded. (Otherwise part of User Data from Course Recovery). At least 1.25 years after being recorded (stored within Kaltura and as User Data from Course Recovery, difficult to find by request to online@clackams.edu). Long Term (stored within Kaltura, easy to find by request to online@clackams.edu). At least 1.25 years after being recorded (stored within Zoom Cloud). See our Zoom Cloud-Recording Retention Plan
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