Kaltura, Recording Using CaptureSpace

Recording a Video with Kaltura CaptureSpace, screen recording

Kaltura CaptureSpace


The Kaltura CaptureSpace  Desktop Recorder enables easy capture in class, at home or on-the-go with automated publishing and interactive viewing within the LMS and Kaltura's MediaSpace video portal. Kaltura CaptureSpace is a recording application that allows users to capture content directly from your Windows or Mac computer.  It's perfect for instructors who want to record and post a quick micro-lecture (for more information see Kaltura, Record a Quick Video with CaptureSpace ) or for students to record and turn in a video assignment (see Illinois Compass 2g, Student turning in a video file for an assignment ).

The client application allows for multiple simultaneous input sources including microphone audio, video (from a webcam or similar camera) and the user’s computer screen. The full version of Kaltura CaptureSpace also contains special features for including multiple video sources and PowerPoint presentations. The CaptureSpace application replaced the Java based screen recorder (retired June 13, 2016).


How do I access the software? 

The CaptureSpace software is available via Kaltura connections in MediaSpace, Compass 2g, and Learn@Illinois. 

1. Log in to one of these applications. 
- Within Compass2g or Lear@Illinois you will need to go to a Kaltura mashup or add Kaltura media.
- In MediaSpace you simply log in
2. Select Add New....and select CaptureSpace

Choose CaptureSpace from the Add New menu

3. You will then be taken to a page to select, download and install the recorder. Select "Download..." for the appropriate operating system. Sorry, Linux flavors not supported. Even if you have the software installed, you may see this page each time you select CaptureSpace. Kaltura is working to adjust this behavior. 

Using CaptureSpace

A microphone, internal or external, is necessary to capture audio using CaptureSpace. The system audio is not recorded unless it is captured as output coming from a speaker. A webcam, internal or external, is used as a source for the video.

Some Possible uses of CaptureSpace include...
  • Faculty and Teaching Assistants: 
    • Micro lectures
    • Communication with students on something you observe online, calling their attention to it for an online or in-person discussion
    • Office hours and demonstrations of software tools (e.g. Showing students how to use ArcGIS, MatLab, etc)
  • Students:
    • Submitting assignments to faculty in new ways
    • Recording a computer based concept you don't understand and then asking the instructor or TA to observe and comment
    • Documenting a bug or error you see to Technical support staff on campus
  • IT pros, EdTech, and other support staff: 
    • Recording a screen to include in documentation or a KB/answers article or to demonstrate how to use an application (e.g. How to use Compass 2g; Using Banner; Documenting a process, etc)
    • Reporting and recording bugs and behaviors observed

Before you start capturing please consider the following: 
  • The CaptureSpace client software must be downloaded and installed before a user can capture a recording.
  • The CaptureSpace tool is NOT available within a media gallery in Compass or Learn@Illinois or within a Mediaspace channel  (when selecting Add New). However, it is available in the mashup/in-context tools in Compass 2g.
  • There is a 90 minute limit to any captured video.
  • Be sure to check your settings once you have launched the client software – the video from the webcam should appear and audio level meter depicting that the microphone selected is receiving audio. 
CSL settings window
  • Be sure that the video window from your webcam is within the limits set (boundary) for the captured area – if it outside this area the video camera will not be included in the recording. If the screen capture is set to the entire desktop displayed then this is not an issue. 
  • Once a recording has begun the control dashboard will minimize. In order to pause/stop the capture you need to click the client running on the taskbar in order bring up the controls for access.
  • User have the option to pull up drawing tools in the recording, details are below. Please experiment with these tools to determine if they will be useful to you. 
  • After hitting DONE, you have the option to trim the video. Once the video has been saved, you can keep it locally or upload it to Kaltura. Note that the filename of a video capture cannot be renamed once it has been uploaded to the Kaltura server. After upload changes need to be made within Kaltura applications.
    • Users have asked why they may want to retain a local copy. Use cases include situations where you might want to edit the recording in a video editor such as iMovie later.

Alt-D    launches drawing tool control for annotation during a screen record

Alt-P    pauses recording and launches recording controls during a recording

We highly recommend you record at least one test video after checking all settings. 

Steps to Record a Video Using CaptureSpace

1.     Launch the Kaltura CaptureSpace Desktop Recorder software on the computer you will use to make the capture. This can be done using your browser pointed to (Kaltura Media Space or Kaltura tools in Compass/Learn@Illinois) > Add New > CaptureSpace (must be logged into the website) or by simply double-clicking your Kaltura CaptureSpace icon on your desktop.

2. The Kaltura CaptureSpace Desktop Recorder application will launch and show the five recording options. (Have you checked your settings and created a test recording?)

Record options of CaptureSpace
Four modes--Voice, Webcam, Screen, and Screen and Webcam--are self-explanatory.  Presentation and Lectures mode offers features for advanced users: multiple cameras and incorporation of PowerPoint slides .   This mode will turn slides into static images (motion, animations, etc, will not show in the video), but the text on slides will be searchable.  Screen and Webcam captures motion in slides, but the slides are not searchable.  (For more information see Kaltura, Include PowerPoint Slides in a video .)

3. Click on one of the four options. If ‘screen’ or ‘screen and webcam’ are selected you will be required to determine the screen area you wish to record – choose full screen or partial. Partial requires an additional setting using your mouse to determine the area to capture. 

4. The recording will begin after a 5 second countdown as shown in the countdown window.

5. When you are finished recording, click the Kaltura CaptureSpace tile in your taskbar to bring up the menu, then click Done. The recording will stop. Alternately, you may use key command Alt-p to pause the recording which will also launch the recording controls where you can also hit done to stop the recording.
recording controls stop and pause

6. A new screen will appear. You can play back and edit your video using the timeline at the top of the page and the Trim and Clip buttons on the left.

7. When you are finished with any editing, click the Done button at the bottom of the screen. 

8. A new details window will appear. Adjust the name, description, and tags for the video as desired. You now have three choices at the bottom: Upload – the video will now upload to the Kaltura system, Preview – returns you back to step 6 above for previewing and editing, or Save – which saves your video locally without uploading to Media Space. (Once you have uploaded the video, you cannot edit or rename it within the CaptureSpace application on your computer. Further edits would need to happen within Kaltura.) Users of Compass 2g and Learn@Illinois will see this message. 
Success screen

9. Once the video is uploaded or saved locally, click the Close button to return to the CaptureSpace home screen. At this point, you can record another video, view the contents of your video library or close the application.

10.   Once the media has uploaded, you will need to go to the application of your choice/need and publish it. 

Alt-D    launches drawing tool control for annotation during a screen record

Alt-P   pauses recording and launches recording controls during a recording

Using the screen Drawing tools

CaptureSpace has built in drawing tools to allow you to "call out" or highlight specific areas while doing a screen recording. 

Select Alt-D to pull up the screen tools

CSL Drawing Tools

Keywords:kaltura capturespace, csl, recording, capture space, screen recording   Doc ID:63002
Owner:Andrew W.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2016-04-27 11:30 CDTUpdated:2017-10-30 13:35 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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