First things first


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 (

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: 360 videos

The Leiden University Kaltura video player now supports 360 videos!

How do I use this new feature?

Just upload your video the way you usually do. When the system asks you to fill in your metadata don’t forget to tag your entry with the tag ‘360’. You can, of course, add more tags. As long as the ‘360’ tag is in there.

Tagging the video this way let’s the system know it needs to use the special 360 video plugin to play your video.

Kaltura metadata entry screen

Now, when you play your video, you’ll see some minor changes to your usual video player. Notice the special ‘360 video’ watermark in the right bottom corner. This mark let’s you know you can use the special 360 enabled features!

The ‘360 video’ watermark lets you know your video is 360 enabled.

You can either use your mouse to drag the video in different directions or you can use the WASD keys on your keyboard.

Have fun!



  • Supported Devices
    • Chrome, Safari, Edge, IE11 on Windows 8 and up
    • Firefox on Windows 8.1 and up
    • Chrome on Android 4.3 and up
    • Chrome on iOS 9 and up
    • Chrome on Mac 10.11
  • Due to a limitation by Apple, the plugin is currently disabled for Safari on MAC and Chrome/Safari on mobile iOS Devices. On those browsers, the video will be shown as a regular video.