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Hi! My name is Mads and I am the functional manager for Leiden University’s Kaltura and weblectures systems. I currently work for the Leiden University Libraries which was put in charge of maintaining the Kaltura and weblecture systems back in 2015.

Navigating the University video systems can sometimes be a bit confusing. With this blog I hope to make a number of things a little less confusing. Please come back frequently to read up on new system functionality, procedures and other updates.

I’ll end this first post with a big tip:

When in doubt, contact the IT servicedesk! They will register your call and make sure your request or question reaches the correct person. You can get in contact with them by phone (071 527 8888) or by email (helpdesk@issc.leidenuniv.nl).

If the IT servicedesk cannot help you straight away they will forward you request to a faculty video coordinator. This person is in charge of handling all the Kaltura and weblecture related requests for their faculty.

Please refer to this list to see who your faculty’s video coordinator is.

New Feature: Interactive Video

We have been releasing a lot of new features on our portal but this one takes the cake!

We are proud to have released the Interactive Video option.

Interactive Video allows you to create videos through which you can link several videos together in order to create a more seamless experience for learning, marketing and other goals.

It also allows you to link to content outside of the video through the use of hotspots.

By creatively using this tool you can create an interactive video that would guide a person through several videos whilst also asking questions in the video where the user can answer by pressing on hotspots. Is the hotspot incorrectly chosen you can guide him or her to additional explanations on the subject or towards the start of the topic.

The biggest advantage is that it keeps users on their toes, they cannot simply sit back and enjoy the ride, they have to engage the content which has been proven to improve susceptibility to said content.

We wish you happy editing!

For information on how to use the tool:

NL:

6. Interactieve Video’s

ENG:

6. Interactive Videos

New Feature: Hotspots!

Dear all,

Just before we all head home for the weekend we have added a new feature to the videoportal.

This new feature is the ‘Hotspot’.

Hotspots allow the owner of a video to add additional information (with or without a link), a link to third party sources, a purchase link or other information to an already existing video. This could possibly increase engagement with the video, your product and/or help your viewers understand what you are trying to convey.

As per usual we added guides on how to use the new option in Dutch and English:

Dutch:

5. Hotspots toevoegen

English:

5. Adding Hotspots

Replacement Feature: Captions with ‘Reach’

Today we have released another replacement feature. This time it concerns the creation and editing process for captions.

The new system in place is called ‘Reach’ and is a lot easier to use and much more accurate in creating captions.

Another advantage of this system is that it makes the searchability for your videos higher. Which means that you possibly could get more views.

We have written a new guide on how to use the system, you can find it here in both English as Dutch:

7. Creating captions (Reach)

7. Captions maken (Reach)

Replacement Feature: Webcam Recording

Dear users,

We are happy to announce that today we have implemented the new version of the webcam recordings module.

The new version is fully HTML5 based and is much easier in use than before and provides the options to save the recording on your computer or to your ‘My Media’ folder on the videoportal.

You can find the manuals for the new version here (English and Dutch):

3. Webcam Recording

3. Webcam opname

Aside from this change we are working on releasing several exciting new features, do make sure to check in the coming weeks as we will have a lot to share with you!

Happy recording!

New Feature: Time scheduling your video

Sometimes certain (video) content should only be available for a limited period of time, to facilitate this one of the features of the Kaltura video system is the option to publish your video for a limited time (by default your video is published perpetually).

To make use of this option you can either set this option during creation or afterwards by navigating to the video you wish to publish for a limited time and editing its settings.

For new video’s the option is available in the ‘Details’ page which will open after you upload a new video or create a new recording, the option to set the scheduling is found at the bottom of the page:

Or when you need to edit an already existing video, follow the following steps:

  • Navigate to the video.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the video.
  • Press the ‘actions’ menu to the right of the screen and choose ‘edit’.

  • In the ‘Details’ tab, scroll to the bottom of the page and select ‘Specific Time Frame’ and enter your schedule.
  • Press save when ready!

New Feature: Captioning

We have added a new tool to the videoportal for captioning your video.

Captioning is useful in various ways by making your video accessible for the hearing impaired as well as making your video more searchable as captions are also indexed by web-crawlers which ‘crawl’ the internet on behalf of search-engines to find as much information on a URL available as possible.

The tool automatically creates captions based on the audio and allows you to edit the captions and their timing afterwards which is a required step as mistakes can and will occur in the automatic process due to sound effects, music, mispronunciation, accents and through other means (the system however is very good).

And to have a extensive draft to work from and only having to correct any mistakes and timing issues is a lot less work than you would have if you had to create everything from scratch. That said we are very happy to introduce this new system!

For more information on this new tool we have written a guide (available in English as well as Dutch).

Guides

 

New Feature: CaptureSpace

Capture space adds the option to create various forms of recordings previously unavailable to you.

Now you can record solely your voice, make a webcam recording, a screen recording (with or without your webcam) as well as record your presentations (PowerPoint for instance) and lectures with multiple camera angles and a microphone input.

Aside from offering these very powerful options for recording, the software also immediately allows you to edit your recording prior to uploading the video (or saving it locally).

For more information on this new tool we have written a guide (available in English as well as Dutch).

Guides

 

Introducing Stefan de Jong

Hello!

My name is Stefan¬†and I am a new addition to the digital services group specifically hired as functional manager for Leiden University’s Kaltura and web-lectures systems working with Mads.

For now I will have to be inducted by Mads before I can pick up issues fully on my own but I am confident this will happen fairly quickly and my work this first week has included writing a new version of the Kaltura manual here on this website as well as translating that to English which has given me a good understanding of how this platform works.

My background related to this job is that I have worked as a systems and software support specialist (specializing in Apple products) for various companies also providing support for audio/video services and as a web-developer.

In my spare time I am an avid musician mostly playing classical piano music by Liszt, Chopin, Schubert and Beethoven but also creating my own dance music. I also like to play games both on (mostly RPG’s and strategy) and off the computer (snooker, pool, darts).

Of course I hope you won’t need my services much (because a stable system is a good system) but if you do I am happy to help!