Posts tagged ‘Guides’

December 8th, 2011

Higher Education Video Boston User Group Meeting #2

by Zohar Babin

The second Boston Higher Ed Video User Group Meet Up took place at MIT just 2 days ago. With more than twice the number of participants from last meeting representing as many as 10 different states and 3 countries (!) – the group is growing in a very encouraging pace, an indicator to the great level of excitement around video in education.

Many thanks to our friends at MIT TechTV for hosting yet another great meetup.

The meetup opened with an introductions “round-table” of all people attending on site and online, followed by a short presentation about where we see Video in Education today, where it might go in the near future and how we should challenge today’s technology, methodologies and usage to be more social, more engaging and reach better personal and global results, leaving the majority of the meeting to an insightful open discussion.

Few meeting highlights -

  • What the future holds? How can we challenge the ways we use video today and what can be done better? (see the presentation below)
  • Mike Williams from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, shared their use of Google+ hangouts along with Docs for realtime collaboration. (Google+ hangouts integration seemed to be a hot topic!)
  • Various video editing tools, their pro’s and con’s and integration to management platform for more streamlined publishing. Tools that were mentioned: QuickTime XSnapZScreenflow, Camtasia Studio and Camtasia Relay (integrated with Kaltura).
  • Video creation methodologies; What is the best length of a video to keep the audience engaged? Will adding interactive layers (chapters, annotations, temporal comments) contribute to the overall viewing experience, or will it divert attention? – Read best practices creating media from: Stanford and MIT.
  • Front end video applications, “Custom YouTube”, such as Kaltura’s MediaSpace and MIT’s TechTV.
  • FERPA (Use of Student Information) tips and practices.

The presentation is available here -

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June 6th, 2011

New Kaltura Guides Published

by Zohar Babin

Yisrael Woolf, our Technical Writer, has been hard at work!

If you’ve recently paid a visit to the Kaltura CE main documentation page, you must have noticed a new section titled “Additional Guides for operating and using Kaltura.”

Thanks to Yisrael’s hard work, with the latest release of Kaltura CE 4.0, we’ve also released these four new manuals:

  • KMC Dragonfly – Quick Start Guide – Ever wondered what all those tabs in KMC are used for? If content is your main concern, this guide is for you! The Kaltura Management Console is your view for Media Asset Management. This guide will take you through uploading content, publishing to your site, creating live broadcasts, managing metadata and categories, creating users and various roles, creating players, distributing content, and syndicating video feeds. This guide has all you need to know about keeping your content under control!
  • Publisher Guide – Users Roles and Permissions – Managing administrative users in Kaltura is very robust and granular. There are various roles and permissions out of the box, and you can even create your own roles. While KMC simplifies the management, this guide will take you through the underlying  infrastructure of Kaltura’s roles and permissions mechanism. You’ll learn about the KS (Kaltura Session) and authentication process, and how to use Kaltura APIs for managing users and roles.
  • Kaltura Dragonfly – Admin Console Guide – This is the guide for the IT person who will manage and maintain the Kaltura Server(s). This guide will teach you everything about the Kaltura Admin Console, from managing publishers and users to distribution destinations, batch processes monitoring, and remote storage. A must read for your IT team responsible for keeping Kaltura up and running.
  • Creating a Custom Distribution Destination – Developer Guide to Creating Distribution Destination Plugin – With version 4.0, Kaltura introduced new content distribution functionality that’s built into the core of the server. Content distribution simplifies content sharing across different providers. Using content distribution, publishers can manage the source content in Kaltura, and define custom packages of video flavours, thumbnails, and metadata that you automatically share with sites like Drop Folders, YouTube, MSN, and Vimeo.  This guide takes developers through the process of extending this Kaltura Server mechanism to write content distribution destination plugins.
We  hope you’ll find these guides useful and helpful. Let us know in the comments!