Kaltura Capture - Recording your screen or webcam

You can use Kaltura to present rich media content in your courses. Kaltura helps you to create, or host and share videos, images, and audio files. This document describes how to use Kaltura Capture for desktop and webcam recording.

1.  Media Upload or Express Capture

If you wish to create a simple webcam recording or upload already created media, you can go into https://nuigalway.blackboard.com/ and locate My Media and select either:

  • Media Upload - allows you to upload any recording made in another application, or on your phone or by any other means
  • Express Capture - allows you to use your webcam or microphone to record video and audio entries directly from your browser without needing any additional software.

Recordings will necessitate the use of a webcam and microphone.  However, these are now often part of computer hardware or are easily accessible.

2. "Create Recording" with Kaltura Capture

If you haven't already downloaded Kaltura Capture please refer to Kaltura Capture - Installation

With the Kaltura Capture applicaiton you can record and upload your videos which will be posted to My Media. These will be  private and accessible to you only by default. You can then choose to publish them to your chosen Blackboard course, MediaSpace channel or other online destination.

These are some possible uses of this tool: 

  • Screen recording can follow the format of a lecture with a presentation or a demonstration of a practical nature with and audio voiceover.  
  • Screen and webcam recording  is most useful for creating screencasts and lectures for flipped or blended learning.  You can record your screen while a small window featuring yourself on webcam will be visible and audible to students.  This can facilitate a more engaging recording.


  • Keep your recordings reasonably short (5-10 minutes):
    • Shorter recordings reduce the cognitive load on the viewer;
    • Lapses in the viewer's attention become more frequent with longer videos;
    • Updating material is much easier if it is more modular - updating a 5 minute video is a lot easier than a 50 minute video;
    • The editing tools in Kaltura  don't allow fine-grained edits especially on longer videos;
    • Longer  recordings tend to encounter more frequent technical issues. It's less  painful if you do happen to encounter an issue on a 5 minute video to  redo it than if you do on a 50 minute video. Kaltura Capture is also  brand new and in development.
  • If you need to make  longer, more elaborate recordings and do more involved editing we  recommend you consider purchasing a more powerful screen capture tool like Camtasia.
Launching Kaltura Capture from Kaltura Blackboard or MediaSpace step-by-step directions
  1. Launch Chrome or Firefox, go to Blackboard or  MediaSpace , and login.
  2. Look for My Media

Click Add New - >Create Recording

As long as you have previously installed Kaltura Capture (see Kaltura Capture - Installation  if you have not installed it) the browser screen will refresh with a message that says "The Kaltura Capture Desktop Recorder:

Your browser may display a notification asking you if you want to open Kaltura Capture:

Check "Always open these types of links in the associated app" if you  don't want to receive this notification every time you use Kaltura  Capture. Click the Open Kaltura Capture button.

The Kaltura Capture control panel will open:

The Kaltura Capture Recording Tool includes the following:

  • Recording Button – Press to record.
  • Screen Setting
  • Camera Setting
  • Audio Setting
  • Management Settings

That’s it. You can start recording.

  • You will see a 5 second count down and then your recording will start.
  • If you decide to cancel your recording during the 5 second countdown, click Cancel.
  • When the recording begins, the duration of your recording is displayed in the Recording Menu.

Please note that the system requirements for this software: https://knowledge.kaltura.com/kaltura-personal-capture-prerequisites-and-system-requirements

The Recording Menu

The Kaltura Capture recording menu includes:

  • Stop recording button (white square) - Press to stop the recording. You will be prompted with a confirmation box.
    If you choose Yes Stop it, the recording is stopped and the recording details are displayed. The recording tool moves to the new recording state.
    If you choose NO, you are returned to the previous recording state (before clicking on the Stop button). For example, if you paused the recording before clicking STOP, you will be returned to the pause state; if you were recording before clicking STOP, you will return to the recording state.
  • Pause/Resume recording button (red circle) - You can pause or resume your recording at any time.
  • Cancel recording button (grey x)  - discard recording. Press to cancel the recording.You will be prompted with a confirmation box.
  • Elapsed time
  • Annotations- Click on the Pencil icon to open the Annotations options. Use the various tools to annotate. When you are through annotating, click the Pencil icon to return to the cursor mode.
     Annotations are available for Screen recordings only. Annotations are disabled if you are recording from your camera only.
    The annotations include:
 Icon  Action

Pencil Draw

Use to draw freely on your screen.

Change Scale

Change Pencil Color

Return to Cursor


Use to draw an arrow to point out a specific element on your screen.

Change Scale

Change Arrow Color

Return to Cursor

Text  Box

Use to add text anywhere on your screen.

Change size and color.

Text maximum ~ 500 chars) 

Special characters

Add links

Different languages

Copy/paste text

Empty text box

Create multiple text boxes 




Select an area on the screen.


Clear the annotation actions.


Create a clean slate for additional annotations.

Completing Your Recording

When you are finished with your recording, you will click the grey button to stop you will be brought to a window to upload and save:

All the recorded videos are stored locally in your Recordings  directory. Your recording is  automatically uploaded to your Kaltura account (to the user specified in  the User ID field in the Recording Details screen). The upload is  done in the background once you select this option. After you save your recording to it's online location, you can start a new one or log off and the recording will continue to upload.

Video Walkthrough of using Kaltura Personal Capture