How do I launch and use the Kaltura Video Editing Tools?

Note: You must be the owner or co-editor of the media to use Kaltura Video Editing Tools or have permissions to create clips of media entries.

Supported Media

Kaltura Video Editing Tools offers different features based on the type of media:

Type of MediaEdit/Create QuizClippingTrimming
QuizYesYesYes
AudioYesYesYes
YouTube EntryYesN/AN/A
VODYesYesYes
LiveN/AN/AN/A
ImageN/AN/AN/A

Prerequisites

You must be the owner or co-editor of the media to use Kaltura Video Editing Tools, or have permissions to create clips of media entries.

How to Launch the Kaltura Video Editing Tools

Step 1

Login to Blackboard.

Step 2

Go to My Media.

Step 3

Click on the entry’s Edit icon.

Click Launch Editor.

OR

Click on the video thumbnail and then select Launch Editor from the Actions drop-down menu.

The Kaltura Editor window will now be displayed. The Kaltura Editor contains two navigation tabs:

  • Quiz Tab: Creating and Editing Interactive Video Quizzes
  • Edit Tab: Video Editor

Depending on the type of media you selected, the Kaltura Editor will open the relevant tab.

About the Video Editor

You can use the Kaltura Video Editor to trim or clip a media entry.

The Video Editor has three main areas:

  • Left pane displays your media details. The left pane may be minimized by clicking the open/close left pane button.
  • Right pane consists of:
    - Media Player
    - Real-Time Input
    - Play/Pause/Skip to start/Skip to end Buttons
    - Preview button—marked as the eye icon
    - Reset icon
    - Zoom marker
  • Bottom pane includes the Timeline, which can be zoomed in/out to allow improved granulation of the timeline, and fine-tuning, and give a broader perspective when zoomed out

How to zoom in/out and reset the Timeline

Step 1

Drag the Zoom marker to the level of granularity you want to see.  This naturally will increase the length of the visible Timeline, since more frames will be viewable.

Step 2

Click the Reset Icon to reset the Timeline to its last saved state.

Setting the Range of Your Media Clip

Define the range you want to keep or make a clip from by setting the range by doing one of the following:

Step 1

Drag the handlebars of the start or end points with your mouse to set the range.

Step 2

Enter a start time or end time in the Real-Time Input field, and press Enter. The Real-Time marker will position itself on the timeline at the manually set time. You can then drag either handlebar on the Timeline edge to snap it to the real-time marker.

Step 3

Click anywhere on the Timeline, the real time marker will position itself there. Drag either Timeline edge to snap it to the real time marker.

Step 4

Play the media, and pause on desired time. the Real-Time marker will position itself at that time. Drag either Timeline handlebar to snap it to the real time marker.

Step 5

When arrows are displayed on the Real-Time marker, you can move the Real Time marker on the timeline to a different position, either backwards or forwards.

Note: You cannot trim or clip any segment under 2 seconds.

Trimming a Media Item

Use the trimming tool to trim the start and/or end of your media.

Note: Trimming is only available to entitled users.

WARNING: Trimming media will modify the source media permanently. Create a clip to trim a copy and preserve the original media in Kaltura.

How to Trim Media

Step 1

Set the Range. Use any of the methods listed in Setting a Range.

Step 2

Click Save to create a new media item.

Sample Use Case for Trimming

Step 1

Go to MyMedia and select the video you want to trim or create a clip from.

Step 2

Launch the Kaltura Editor.

Step 3

In this example, the desired start time will be one minute. Drag the handlebar to the 1.00 point on the video. You can also select to input the 1:00 time manually.


The manual input time syncs with Real-Time maker you set.

Step 4

The handlebar should snap to the Real-Time marker. Drag the other end to the time mark 30 seconds less prior to the end and use the manual time input as a guide to the exact time.

You have now the desired segment of the original video.

Step 5—Optional

(Optional) If you want to change the segment of the selected trimmed media to another segment on the timeline, click on the thumbnail that you created and drag it to the desired frame on the timeline.

Handlebars

The trimmed segment that you created for 1 minute is now on a different part of your media.

Trimmed Segment

Step 6

Click Save. The following window is displayed—click Save again.

Step 7

Click Save. A progress bar is displayed.

Step 8

Go to My Media to affirm that the clip has been created in My Media.

My Media

Clipping a Media Item

Only the owner or co-editor of a media entry can create clips from media. For entitlements for clipping, the option Enable others to create clips must be checked in the entry Edit Options tab.

The Real-Time marker is always in sync with Manual Time Input (below the player).
Real-Time Marker

How to Create a Clip

Step 1

Set the Range. Use any of the methods listed in Setting a Range.

Step 2

Click Save a Copy (clip) to create a clip. Saving a copy creates a copy and the original media is unchanged.

Sample Use Case for Making Clips

Step 1

Go to My Media and select the video you want to create a clip from.

Step 2

Launch the Kaltura Editor.

Step 3

In this example, the desired start time for the one-minute clip is at minute 3.00. Enter 0300 in the Time field and press Enter.

The Real-Time maker syncs with the input time you entered.

Step 4

Drag the handlebar to the start of the clip at (the 3.00 minute). The handlebar should snap to the Real Time marker. Drag the other end to the one-minute time mark. You have now created a one-minute clip of the original video.

Step 5—Optional

If you want to change the segment of the one minute clip to another (one minute) segment on the timeline, click on the thumbnail you created and drag it to the desired frame on the Timeline.

Step 6

Click Save a Copy. The following window is displayed:

Step 7

Enter a title and click Create. You can either use the suggestion title (indicating that this video is a clip) or create a new title.

A confirmation box is displayed, and the new media appears in My Media.

Step 8

Go to My Media to affirm that the clip has been created in My Media.

Help Question Icon—Accessibility Shortcuts

Kaltura Video Editing Tools also contains the Help Question icon that opens accessibility shortcuts. These shortcuts are very useful to create clips and trim your videos. Click on the icon to open and close the Help information.

The Kaltura Video Editing Tools' Help contains:

  1. Link to the User Manual
  2. Accessibility shortcuts
  • The shortcuts are adapted to your OS (that is, if you are on a MAC, the MAC shortcuts are displayed. If on Windows, the Windows shortcuts are displayed).
  • The shortcuts are contextual for the tab you are in. If you are working in the Quiz Tab, the relevant shortcuts are displayed. If you are in the Editor Tab, the relevant shortcuts are displayed.

Additional Information

Kaltura offers additional tutorials on the following: