Frequently asked questions
This page contains a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Media Hopper Create service
Media Hopper Create Desktop Recorder - Kaltura Capture
If you are uploading a recording over your home broadband, you may experience longer wait times for your uploads to complete. Home internet connections usually have a high download bandwidth but a low upload bandwidth, however there are some things to bear in mind which may help with getting your recordings uploaded:
Preferably use a wired connection and not Wi-Fi
Make sure your laptop is connected to a power source as upload can take a long time
Don’t turn off computer while uploading – keep computer on to allow for background upload
Don’t disconnect computer from internet (Wi-Fi or wired)
Try uploading your presentatiuon when there are less people using the internet, such as in the evening
If you choose to upload multiple recordings at the same time, they will do so in parallel, which means that your upload bandwith will be shared between them. If you are facing low upload speeds it is best to upload one recording at a time.
As a guide, at a top upload speed of 1.5 Mbps a 30-minute 1080p video could take 3 hours to upload.
If your video has been ‘uploading’ for more than 12 hours and is not complete, you should cancel the upload and try again. To cancel an upload, click the ‘x’ icon next to the upload % and the Upload button will appear again. See the advice above on improving upload speeds and click 'Upload'.
You can reduce the quality of future recordings in order to lower their file size. You can do this by clicking 'Manage' on the Kaltura Capture application, clicking on the settings icon (shaped like a cog) on the left hand side, and select 720p or 480p for your desktop and webcam recordings. This will reduce the quality of the recording but will have a big impact on the size of the recorded files. Screen recordings may require higher quality depending on the presentation material, so you should carry out a quick test recording and preview in advance of recording your presentation.
Keep recordings as short as possible, if you have a long lecture, try to split it into two or three parts.
You can use the Kaltura Capture's Manage page to see whether or not your upload has completed, and if it has, a link to your content will be shown. You can follow these steps to check if your content has uploaded:
Open the Kaltura Capture pplication
Click on the 'Manage' option on the tool
Check if your recordings were uploaded. If they were then:
The Upload button will have disappeared, and
Your recording will have a link to the uploaded video.
If the 'Upload' button is available and you want to upload the video, follow the advice in the Q&A above on uploading content, and click on Upload.
If the upload is in progress, keep the application open. The upload process will restart/resume the failed upload.
Media Hopper Create service
All content will have a copyright statement saying who it belongs to, and a usage rights statement that says what you are allowed to do with it, based on the Creative Commons schema. This allows users to assert copyright ownership over a piece of content, but still make it available for colleagues to share and modify.
You can upload subtitles and transcripts for any piece of media in Media Hopper Create - this guide has instructions on how to upload pre-existing subitltes to your media conent, such as those from Microsoft Teams: Using an existing subtitle file with content on Media Hopper Create (PDF)
There is also automated captioning available, which can be requested through the Media Hopper Create interface for any content which you are the owner of, or are listed as a co-editor on. There is more information avaiable here: Requesting subtitles for your content
In May of 2020 we moved to a new subtitles editing interface. To edit subtitles requested before this date, click Actions under the video player and choose Edit from the dropdown menu. Navigate to the Captions tab, and click Edit Captions. All new automated subtitle requests can be edited by clicking Actions under the video player and choosing Caption & Enrich, then Edit next to your subtitle.
There isn't a default policy at present, however there is existing legislation in this space that we are already mindful of (Equality Act 2010 and before it, SENDA). You should consider the audience for your media and be prepared to make reasonable adjustments where required. Remember that if you have created a script for yourself as part of creating a piece of media, you can very quickly reuse this as a transcript.
No - there aren't. You can clip and trim a whole video, but you can't modify just the sound. More information on editing your whole video is avaiable here: Editing media using the online video editing tools (PDF)
Yes. You can add multiple people to be the administrators of a channel, and you can also decide if they can make content immediately available, or whether there should be a moderation step involved. Using moderation might be appropriate for a student showcase, or a student special interest group for example.
You can associate files with a specific piece of media in Media Hopper Create as additional associated resources. You can also leave comments on a video as it plays, and you could include a URL reference could be included. The comment will include a timestamp reference to the point in the video.
Yes, all students will have an account automatically. Students can do much the same things as staff, but will have restrictions on making content visible to the world and need to go through a moderation step. Postgraduate Research students have the same sorts of rights as staff however, reflecting the different nature of their work.
No. Box of Broadcasts is a separate service and no integration is available.
The University has a centrally-supported lecture recording service, called Media Hopper Replay. Further information information is available below.
Analysis is currently underway to see if we can streamline the integration between Media Hopper Replay and Media Hopper Create as a repository for storing content.
It is possible to share a piece of media, or a channel containing many pieces of media publically, with any logged-in user, with named users.
Yes - video quizes are available from the "Add New" option. Further guidance on quizes can be found here: Creating an in-video quiz and viewing the results (PDF)
Media Hopper Create will accept an enormous range of media file types for upload. There are some recommendations to ensure you get the best quality output however - these are available here on the Kaltura website.
Media Hopper Create is hosted by Kaltura Inc. at their data centres in the U.S.A. and our contract with them includes specific and appropriate safe guards, with respect to the Data Protection Act, that do not rely on Safe Harbor. We continue to take advice from the University Records Management office in respect of recent legal changes in this area.
Any content that you have been granted co-editor or co-publisher rights over, is visible from the "My Media" page. You will now see a button called 'Filters', and this can be clicked on to reveal media you can publish and media you can edit. See screenshot below: