How To: Caption Kaltura Videos

Captioning My Media Files.

Videos uploaded to Canvas through "My Media" are automatically captioned with Kaltura, but they are not as accurate (about 70%) as human transcription. Kaltura allows easy editing of captions within Canvas. Read the Kaltura Captioning Support Article for additional information or follow the steps below.

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Enabling "My Media" in a Canvas Course

To activate your "My Media" personal repository within Canvas to upload video and audio files for automatic captioning, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to Canvas
  2. Select a course you are teaching
  3. Select the "Settings" option from the course's navigation
    Canvas course navigation.
  4. Select the "Navigation" tab
    Canvas navigation settings.
  5. Within the bottom set of selections locate "My Media" (near the bottom of the page)
  6. Select the three stacked dots icon and then select "Enable" (you may also drag it to the top set of options
    Enable My Media in Canvas course navigation.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the "Save" button.

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Uploading video or audio files into "My Media"

Video files recorded with Zoom and other screen capture programs such as Loom, Screencastify, Kaltura Capture, and others can be uploaded into your "My Media" personal repository. Even audio files can be uploaded. Any file uploaded into "My Media" will be automatically captioned by Kaltura. Follow the steps below to upload a media file into "My Media":

  1. Within a Canvas course with "My Media" enabled, select "My Media" from the course's navigation
    Canvas course navigation.
  2. You may need to authorize Kaltura access if it is your first time
    1. Authorize access
  3. Select the "Add New" drop-down button
    Canvas My Media add new media button
  4. Select the "Upload Media" option
    My Media add new options, select media upload
  5. Drag and drop a file into the area or select the "Choose a file to upload" button
  6. Locate your media file to upload
  7. While the file is uploading add a descriptive title and select "Save"

The newly uploaded video will take some time to "process" after it is uploaded. After the video finishes "processing" captions will automatically be "ordered."

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Correcting the Automatic Captions

The automatic captioning process takes about 30 minutes, depending on the length of the video the automatic caption creation time may be shorter. Once the automatic captions are available the "CC" icon will be available within the video player. Follow the steps below to manually correct captions:

  1. Within a Canvas course with "My Media" enabled, select "My Media" from the course's navigation
  2. Select the pencil icon for the media file
    Media entry in My Media.
  3. Select the "Actions" option for the media file
  4. Then select "Caption & Enrich"
    My media file actions.
  5. Under the "Existing Requests" area select the pencil icon next to the completed caption request
    My Media existing requests for captions.
  6. Within the "Closed Caption Editor" screen start playing the video and select the caption line that needs to be edited
    My Media Closed Captions Editor.
  7. Edit the text of the caption and then continue playing the video editing the text throughout
    Text within a caption title.
  8. Select the "Save" button often while editing captions.

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