Due to the Corona (CoViD-19) crisis the Centre For Innovation has made a great effort to provide teachers with a clear, consistent and consolidated guide to correctly leveraging the growing amount of digital teaching tools we have at Leiden University. Please follow the link to learn more about Teaching Support and the different digital teaching tools at Leiden University:
CaptureSpace support has officially ended and will no longer publish to our server!
We released Kaltura Capture last month as its replacement and urge everyone to switch over to this application.
We do however found that one thing works significantly different from CaptureSpace and want to address this here until this behaviour is changed.
This concerns full screen recording!
Whilst making a full screen recording in CaptureSpace the application hid itself in your taskbar, Kaltura Capture does not and is recorded along with everything else you see on your screen. There are several ways to deal with this which we will explain below.
First off we need to ask you if you truly need to create a full screen recording. Most of the time a selection of the screen is all one needs and Kaltura Capture is able to create selections of the screen as shown below (press on the arrow sign next to the screen icon to expand the options and select ‘Select Area’.
Of course there are situations where you have to record the full screen (for instance with Powerpoint Presentations).
In such cases there are several options.
The first option being that if you have two screens available you place the Kaltura Capture tool on the screen that is not to be recorded. This option is also best when you need to use the annotation tools and the only version in which the tool is currently not being recorded.
If you don’t have several screens available to you the following options are left:
- Minimalize the tool manually by pressing on the – icon in the far right corner of the tool as soon as you have hit the record button. This option is only valid when you plan on not using the annotation tool.
- When you are done recording you have to maximize the tool again by double clicking on the tool in the taskbar.
- After you are done recording and have uploaded the video to our videoportal you can remove the first and last few seconds of the video to ensure you do not have the tool being minimized or maximized on screen. Of course if this is what you plan to do, also plan for a few extra seconds of silence in the intro and outro of the video
We have asked Kaltura to look into hiding the tool automatically again or for the tool not to be recorded whilst recording but this is something they will have to find a solution for and will therefor take a while. We are sorry for any inconvenience!
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.
We added a logo to the videoportal to make it more recognizable. We hope you like it!
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 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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
You can either use your mouse to drag the video in different directions or you can use the WASD keys on your keyboard.