As we are busy working on Kaltura’s next release , Falcon (stay tuned!), we’d like to highlight some of the exciting features from our most recent release, Eagle. And why talk when you can demonstrate – below is the first video walkthrough in our series of upcoming video tutorial blog posts that will showcase how to upload media into the Kaltura Management Console, edit it, add advertisement cue-points, and much more (for more details see Eagle release blog post). You can keep reading this post about our robust upload functionality, or simply click the video to see it in action.

 

KMC Upload Tab Tutorial Video

Media Upload 

KMC - New Upload Tab

The new and improved Upload menu, which is accessible from all major screens within the KMC, presents a list of ingestion options and capabilities to choose from.
You can upload media assets from your desktop, record directly from a webcam , upload in bulk and import from the web.

The bottom section of the menu presents options to prepare an entry prior to adding the media itself, which provides you with greater flexibility and multitasking.

 

 

 


Upload from desktop

Instructions:

  1. Select the “upload from desktop” menu option,
  2. Choose the media files from your file system.
  3. Pick the media type. Audio, Video and image type are available. In our case we will select the video option. And Click “upload”

You can now monitor the upload progress in the new “Upload Control” screen.

KMC Upload Control Screen

KMC Upload Control Screen

As soon as the upload process begins, editable entries are created in the Entries Table, where you can perform other tasks, such as edit the metadata for the files currently loading and more. No time wasted waiting for the upload to complete.

Once the files finish loading, the system will start transcoding them according to the pre-selected flavors in the transcoding profile.

Bulk Upload with XML/CSV

With Kaltura’s bulk upload functionality, you can efficiently upload large amounts of media,  and integrate Kaltura with your existing infrastructure.
Kaltura’s bulk upload process allows you to use XML files to describe the list of media assets to be uploaded, along with an advanced array of associated metadata.
CSV files are also supported for bulk upload.

Instructions:

  1. Click the “Submit CSV/XML” menu option.
  2. Select the XML file that contains all the relevant information.
  3. The system will import all media assets listed in the file, along with their associated metadata.

Similar to the “upload from desktop” option, you can follow the progress of your upload through the Upload Control screen by using the toggle button on the bottom left corner of the screen.

 

Hope you enjoyed this first part of our new series where we introduce the most recent KMC enhancements and features.

Try it out for yourself, open a trial account here and follow our blog series for more video tutorials in the weeks to come.

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  2. Thel Rountree

    Roni – Thanks, but I’ve already looked at that explanation and it really doesn’t tell me how to interpret/use the XML file. I don’t understand where I’m supposed to put my data regarding my movie files. There are no defined areas, like cells in the CSV, that I can tell how to enter my data. I’ve never worked with an XML file until this one from Kaltura. How do I know what and where to enter my data? The XSD made no sense to me. Again, I’m not a programer – I’m a content creator.

  3. Thel Rountree

    Thanks Roni – So I’m guessing by your pointing me to the XML solution that there is no way to do it via CSV. I can understand and work with the CSV, but the XML is just gibberish to me. I’m not a programmer and don’t understand the XML or the XSD. Is there any explanation in plain English anywhere I could understand. Thanks.

  4. Roni Cohen

    First of all i would recommend using the Bulk XML and not CSV as the XML is much more extensive and has much more abilities.

    As for your other questions:
    1. read the top part of the CSV for instructions:

    The asterisk symbols that this is CSV v3, where you can define your own custom fields in a line that starts with asterisk.

    There is a list there of mandatory / optional fields.
    setting the userId is not supported through CSV but is supported through XML.

  5. Lou Rinaldi

    The userId field does not appear to work properly when using CSV. After tinkering with the required field names, I managed to get the KMC to process my bulk upload. However, none of the userIds I specified now show up in the KMC as “Creator” of their corresponding media files. Is userId for XML only, or should it work in CSV too?

  6. Lou Rinaldi

    The sample CSV is very confusing. The commented fields don’t always match up with the uncommented ones in the examples at the bottom. For example, is “name” or “title” required? “Media type” or “contentType”? And why does “title” have an asterisk in front of it?

  7. Lou Rinaldi

    Is there a way to specify the “Creator” field in the XML, in order to associate all media being bulk-uploaded with a particular creator (other than oneself)? This would be tremendously helpful, particularly with regard to Kaltura/Sakai integration.

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