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Kaltura: Video Tips

Video Recording and Uploading Tips

  • Prepare a script of what you will say. This may come in handy if you need to provide a transcript of your video.
  • If your camera records in HD (high-definition), be sure to turn this off if possible).
  • Eliminate as much background noise as possible.
  • When recording a video with your webcam, try to make eye contact with the camera instead of yourself on the screen.
  • Make sure that you have sufficient background lighting. Alternately, if you are recording near a window, it may be best to close blind/curtains to avoid too much light.
  • Always watch and listen to your video prior to uploading it for all to see.
  • To upload a video from a mobile device you will first need to move the file to a computer and then upload it to Blackboard.
  • The following file formats are accepted by the Kaltura Media uploader - flv, asf, qt, mov, mpg, avi, wmv, mp4, 3gp, f4v, m4v.
  • If your file size is larger than 500MB (smaller if you are on a weak internet connection), you must attempt to decrease the size of the file. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the “Reducing the Size of a Video File” document that you have been provided.
  • If your video is sideways, it is recommended that you rotate it prior to uploading it to Blackboard.