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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: 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!

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!

 

Notes:

  • 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.