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https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/37/BF/B0RMEJDQ94C1.pngUnlock the potential of your media library with KalturaKaltura solves multiple problems for our organization but our main demand has been sharing professionally produced video content created across all users in a seamless and easily searchable way. Our school has thousands of videos produced for our online graduate program but there was no easy way to share them in our LMS for other end users. Additionally, Kaltura has made it very easy for instructors and students to produce their own ad-hoc videos 'on the fly' from within our LMS (Blackboard).,The Kapture Space tool has helped instructors create a desktop recording and supplemental lectures such as voice over PPTs with minimal software knowledge. The in-line quizzing features have made for a more interactive user experience. Students have become far more likely to watch a video all the way through and the tool integrates smoothly with the LMS grade book. Accessibility is always a primary concern. Kaltura integrates well with other third-party providers such as 3 Play Media or DotSub to create captioning and interactive transcripts.,The quizzing feature is pretty good but it could use some more options. An in-line polling feature vs a straight quizzing feature would be helpful.,9,It's not a cheap tool but it has helped us better integrate our online course media into the face-to-face classroom setting. It has been a key piece of software for exploring the 'flipped classroom' model. Giving faculty the ability to easily create their own course media has freed up precious time slots in our recording studio(s) as well as freed up the support staff to work on other projects. The in-line quizzing feature has positively impacted student's knowledge retention and their grades have, on average, been better in courses that leverage this feature in Kaltura. The individual level analytics help us better identify students who may be struggling or have become disengaged with the course content.,Panopto and Vimeo Pro,Adobe Illustrator CC, Vimeo Pro, Google DriveLove Kaltura for online coursesKaltura is used as our main video capture program for our University. We are able to provide online classes and lectures to our students because of this product. It provides an easy platform for this use.,Ease of use. Screen captures well. Video with screen capture works well.,Better clarity of videos, especially when selecting only an area of the screen for recording. Need quicker upload. Editing could be simplified.,9,We are able to have more online availability for our students. We can provide classes even during weather issues. Mostly used for online courses.Kaltura - One stop solution for all things video.Kaltura is used to deploy all our rich media assets to our multiple websites within our company.,We use Kaltura's ability to trans code video asset into multiple file types to make the videos easily accessible on multiple platforms. Kaltura's accessibility with the use of close captions and great 508 compliant video players. The ability to customize any player to fit our styles and different audience types with our websites.,The only feature I believe Kaltura needs is a better way to deliver Audio Descriptive content more easily.,10,The ability to have such a robust solution for rich media content far outweighs the cost of service. We have new projects which will push the limits and abilities of Kaltura in the future.,,Adobe Photoshop, MS SharePoint, Adobe FlashKaltura ReviewIt's being used as a video repository and eventual warehouse for legacy video formats in order to transiiton from analog to digital. It also integrates into Canvas so that students can add their own video assets to assignments.,Very robust SAAS platform. Lots of options for customization. Relatively stable and reliable. We did have one recent outage at a critical time. They continue to build on their feature list. A new video quiz feature was recently added.,As it relates to the LMS integration, we would like to see improved workflow. But that may be just as much a Canvas issue as a Kaltura issue. I would like to see the ability to add inline, anchored comments to the video timeline. We are seeing issues with compatibility with certain browsers - especially Chrome. The faster Kaltura can move away from Flash the better. The capture appliance (CaptureSpace Lite) needs to be reconsidered. It's not intutive enough.,8,Save tremendous money in converting learning spaces to digital. Created a culture of on-demand video which improves the overall attraction and retention of students. Supports our academic efforts and allows IT to maintain some control over video assets.,,CanvasKaltura for Moodle 2.x - OK, but could be betterKaltura is used mainly for enhancing online courses, though it is also used in a small percentage for institutional communication. Kaltura is used to address a need for a turnkey streaming media system that can be used within the learning management system by users with low skills/experience.,Kaltura is reliable, though its core functionalities are a commodity,,Since Kaltura's core function is a commodity, its value is in the added benefits on easy integration, usability, and features that enhance the learning experience of college students taking online courses. In these areas, however, Kaltura's plugin does meet expectations It is evidently clear to me in my dealings with Kaltura that their development priorities are allocated elsewhere than where we feel we need better service. Kaltura's response will always be "we are an opensource platform" which implies that if you want anything done, you have to have it done yourself. Given the huge amount of money USNH pays for a cross-institutional account, I don't perceive them as an opensource provider, and their development attention is quite lacking. I sense that Kaltura never does user testing with their products. Their interface design is clumsy, and often it appears they go about 85% of the way to completing their application development, but never quite finish it. There are a number of illogical omissions in their product capabilities, and methods for configuration that extremely difficult to customize. For example, while Kaltura can stream audio as well as video, no provision is made for creating a customized audio player or audio playlist. Making modifications to the Moodle plugin is extremely difficult, and the only way to generate the code for preferences is through a barebones, clunky online form that generates code based on inputs. While the customer service is responsive and timely, the answers to my questions are often unknown or cannot be addressed. I don't feel as though they are working in my best interests.,7,Kaltura has been positive in the sense that we can do some very basic video publishing in our online courses. However, we are very limited in our ability to go further than what we might have been able to do if we had simply recommended to faculty to use YouTube instead. If GSC had the opportunity to make an autonomous decision about which streaming media system to use in Moodle, we would look elsewhere.,,2First 4 years with Kaltura at a major university.The university was struggling with video content in the current LMS and began a search for a better alternative. At the time Kaltura was the only system of the ones that were available that supported HTML5 and that was the original reason for choosing Kaltura over the other systems. We currently use a full on-prem install of the Falcon KMC and the most recent Blackboard building block. Our LMS is also fully on-prem. We have also created a Drupal site where one of the colleges can create proffesional developement content and make it available for purchase using Kaltura to ingest and stream the video content. We use virtual servers for all of the applications except for transcoding, we use a physical box for transcoding. We have found that transcoding on a physical machine is much more efficient that virtually. The use of Kaltura as our main video ingestion, transcoding and streaming system in our LMS has been very successful. Our player is branded and different groups have other needs, like making content downloadable or captioning, that Kaltura easily makes available to adjust in the KMC. We do not have the ability to screen record yet and only recently been able to take advantage of recording directly to a webcam by all users including students. This has been extremely effectively used in discussion boards and with distance learning courses.,Webcam recording directly into a discussion board or as an assignment is a great way to increase student engagement. There are other systems that do this now but we use Kaltura and it works great. The KMC is very user friendly and makes it very simple to manage the content and system settings. The "Studio" tab enables admins to customize the player with a long list of features. We have branded our player, changed colors, added different buttons. The Kaltura metrics is fantastic. Seeing user engagement of specific users or videos is a huge plus. Instructors can even see metrics from their Blackboard course about the students in that course.,It would be nice to be able to adjust the player features for specific courses in an LMS. I would like to see a dynamic player in Blackboard. I would like for instructors to be able to add .srt files to their content so they may caption the video themselves in the LMS.,7,Managing video content with the KMC has greatly reduced the amount of hours previously needed to manage. User issues ie: uploading video, viewing video has been greatly reduced. Increased user engagement with using video in LMS courses. We currently have 6,929 videos on our system. Last month , 2/1/14, 17,623 videos were viewed at least 75% of the way through.,,7Kaltura, an efficient way to improve your company's multimedia presenceWe use Kaltura, and more specifically MediaSpace, across our entire campus. It fills a need for us to have easily accessible video for a range of devices in and out of the classroom, while avoiding ads from alternative free services. We can also curate our content and provide a safe place for our faculty, staff, and students to hold their videos. Kaltura also gives us control over content distribution (especially copyrighted material) by only allowing videos to be played for a certain period of time or to a certain group of people. The Moodle assignment plugin extends our LMS' capability by allowing students to complete assignments that require them to record video.,Very easy to use interface for uploading videos or capturing a screen recording. There are very few clicks required to get the media up and running. The video conversion process that happens on the back-end is fast and provides videos in device agnostic formats. Integrates well with other systems, such as our Moodle LMS. This extends the capabilities of the LMS and also allows us to keep video/multimedia content organized in a central location (the KMC). Kaltura can be connected to various processes within your organization. For example, we have a system in place that allows a video lecture in a classroom to be uploaded to Kaltura in a very easy manner. User/role management is very important as some people on campus have more privileges to publish content than do others. We have Kaltura connected to our Single Sign-On solution for authentication and we can assign roles to specific people within the Kaltura software.,When we first began using Kaltura, there was a lack of certain features that were very important to us. One such example was the ability to make a video private but be able to share it with a secret URL. We tried and tried to get support on this issue, but Kaltura were slow to respond and make this (very important) feature part of the software. The software is getting better at a fairly good pace, however. Another problem we had with Kaltura was getting our Single Sign-on Authentication system set up properly. We went back and forth for months with their service department, many of whom are located in Israel which makes coordination tough, without any progress. It took us wayyy too long to get our SSO working properly and the assistance we received from Kaltura was always unhelpful. I do think they have improved their customer support over the past year, though. The administration interface could be improved to make managing users and videos an easier endeavour. The current interface is confusing for new and even intermediate users to track down videos uploaded by certain users. Once you find videos, the video management tool is kind of clunky as well. The MediaSpace interface's video management tool is also kind of confusing as there are two places where you edit video properties, and each place has different settings for the video. I think the MediaSpace video management could also stand to be improved.,8,We have drastically increased our efficiency in the multimedia realm. We used to manually convert videos into their proper formats, then put the video on an HTTP server for consumption. This required a lot of time and resources. Now, we just upload the video to Kaltura and it converts to any format you want and streams perfectly. Because of my first point, our customer service has also become much better since we can turn around raw video -> published video in a very short amount of time. Using Kaltura, we have also greatly improved our accessibility standards across campus. We can now use closed captioning software to create captions for all of the videos that are uploaded. Before, this was not a feasible option.,10
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Kaltura solves multiple problems for our organization but our main demand has been sharing professionally produced video content created across all users in a seamless and easily searchable way. Our school has thousands of videos produced for our online graduate program but there was no easy way to share them in our LMS for other end users. Additionally, Kaltura has made it very easy for instructors and students to produce their own ad-hoc videos 'on the fly' from within our LMS (Blackboard).
  • The Kapture Space tool has helped instructors create a desktop recording and supplemental lectures such as voice over PPTs with minimal software knowledge.
  • The in-line quizzing features have made for a more interactive user experience. Students have become far more likely to watch a video all the way through and the tool integrates smoothly with the LMS grade book.
  • Accessibility is always a primary concern. Kaltura integrates well with other third-party providers such as 3 Play Media or DotSub to create captioning and interactive transcripts.
  • The quizzing feature is pretty good but it could use some more options.
  • An in-line polling feature vs a straight quizzing feature would be helpful.
Kaltura is an excellent tool IF you have a large library of content. It can be pretty pricey so if you are early in launching an online program you may be better off waiting a few years until you've amassed a large enough catalog to warrant the investment in such a tool.

The tool is best purchased by a University or company-wide vs having a single department try to find the budget for it. The unlimited plan pays for itself in most cases if you go this route. Secondly, you must be willing to invest time and resources into on-going training for your faculty and staff, especially for those who wish to create their own media and use the quizzing features.
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Kaltura is used as our main video capture program for our University. We are able to provide online classes and lectures to our students because of this product. It provides an easy platform for this use.
  • Ease of use.
  • Screen captures well.
  • Video with screen capture works well.
  • Better clarity of videos, especially when selecting only an area of the screen for recording.
  • Need quicker upload.
  • Editing could be simplified.
Kaltura is perfect for creating online course materials. It's easy to use and user friendly. Kaltura is not great if you need high quality video.
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Kaltura is used to deploy all our rich media assets to our multiple websites within our company.
  • We use Kaltura's ability to trans code video asset into multiple file types to make the videos easily accessible on multiple platforms.
  • Kaltura's accessibility with the use of close captions and great 508 compliant video players.
  • The ability to customize any player to fit our styles and different audience types with our websites.
  • The only feature I believe Kaltura needs is a better way to deliver Audio Descriptive content more easily.
Kaltura is a great source for companies that use lots of video content to delver to their audiences. The have versatile players that are easy to customize to fit your company's needs and provide excellent accessibility to its users.
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September 19, 2016

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Score 8 out of 10
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It's being used as a video repository and eventual warehouse for legacy video formats in order to transiiton from analog to digital. It also integrates into Canvas so that students can add their own video assets to assignments.
  • Very robust SAAS platform. Lots of options for customization.
  • Relatively stable and reliable. We did have one recent outage at a critical time.
  • They continue to build on their feature list. A new video quiz feature was recently added.
  • As it relates to the LMS integration, we would like to see improved workflow. But that may be just as much a Canvas issue as a Kaltura issue.
  • I would like to see the ability to add inline, anchored comments to the video timeline.
  • We are seeing issues with compatibility with certain browsers - especially Chrome. The faster Kaltura can move away from Flash the better.
  • The capture appliance (CaptureSpace Lite) needs to be reconsidered. It's not intutive enough.
It's a good data warehouse and repository. It has decent integration with the LMS. It can also be used for digital signage and lecture capture. (Although we would not consider it for lecture capture. Not well developed. There are much better products in that space.)
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Score 7 out of 10
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Kaltura is used mainly for enhancing online courses, though it is also used in a small percentage for institutional communication. Kaltura is used to address a need for a turnkey streaming media system that can be used within the learning management system by users with low skills/experience.
  • Kaltura is reliable, though its core functionalities are a commodity,
  • Since Kaltura's core function is a commodity, its value is in the added benefits on easy integration, usability, and features that enhance the learning experience of college students taking online courses. In these areas, however, Kaltura's plugin does meet expectations
  • It is evidently clear to me in my dealings with Kaltura that their development priorities are allocated elsewhere than where we feel we need better service. Kaltura's response will always be "we are an opensource platform" which implies that if you want anything done, you have to have it done yourself. Given the huge amount of money USNH pays for a cross-institutional account, I don't perceive them as an opensource provider, and their development attention is quite lacking.
  • I sense that Kaltura never does user testing with their products. Their interface design is clumsy, and often it appears they go about 85% of the way to completing their application development, but never quite finish it. There are a number of illogical omissions in their product capabilities, and methods for configuration that extremely difficult to customize. For example, while Kaltura can stream audio as well as video, no provision is made for creating a customized audio player or audio playlist.
  • Making modifications to the Moodle plugin is extremely difficult, and the only way to generate the code for preferences is through a barebones, clunky online form that generates code based on inputs.
  • While the customer service is responsive and timely, the answers to my questions are often unknown or cannot be addressed. I don't feel as though they are working in my best interests.
Kaltura may be better suited for an organization that uses Blackboard rather than Moodle. There are features in the Bb version that are not in the Moodle version. Further, the baseline costs are very high for initial entry. There are other systems that do similar things that are worth looking into: Ensemble Video, MediaSite, Panoptico.

UPDATE 12-2014: Nothing has changed. There is a new version of the Kaltura plugin for Moodle that we will be testing in early 2015. There are a number of promising new features. However, it requires signing a work order (at no charge) to setup a Kaltura Administration console internally within Kaltura customer support, and it has been weeks since they have received the agreement (which states they have 90 days to do it). Getting Kaltura to do anything with expedience is often wishful thinking.
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Score 7 out of 10
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The university was struggling with video content in the current LMS and began a search for a better alternative. At the time Kaltura was the only system of the ones that were available that supported HTML5 and that was the original reason for choosing Kaltura over the other systems. We currently use a full on-prem install of the Falcon KMC and the most recent Blackboard building block. Our LMS is also fully on-prem. We have also created a Drupal site where one of the colleges can create proffesional developement content and make it available for purchase using Kaltura to ingest and stream the video content. We use virtual servers for all of the applications except for transcoding, we use a physical box for transcoding. We have found that transcoding on a physical machine is much more efficient that virtually. The use of Kaltura as our main video ingestion, transcoding and streaming system in our LMS has been very successful. Our player is branded and different groups have other needs, like making content downloadable or captioning, that Kaltura easily makes available to adjust in the KMC. We do not have the ability to screen record yet and only recently been able to take advantage of recording directly to a webcam by all users including students. This has been extremely effectively used in discussion boards and with distance learning courses.
  • Webcam recording directly into a discussion board or as an assignment is a great way to increase student engagement. There are other systems that do this now but we use Kaltura and it works great.
  • The KMC is very user friendly and makes it very simple to manage the content and system settings.
  • The "Studio" tab enables admins to customize the player with a long list of features. We have branded our player, changed colors, added different buttons.
  • The Kaltura metrics is fantastic. Seeing user engagement of specific users or videos is a huge plus. Instructors can even see metrics from their Blackboard course about the students in that course.
  • It would be nice to be able to adjust the player features for specific courses in an LMS.
  • I would like to see a dynamic player in Blackboard.
  • I would like for instructors to be able to add .srt files to their content so they may caption the video themselves in the LMS.
We have our KMC and content fully on-prem. I would not recommend this for all institutions. This makes it difficult for Kaltura support to discover and fix issues, it also leaves our system a bit behind on new features in upgrades. I would like to see a SAAS option where we could house the content on our servers. Since we installed Kaltura in 2011 several other companies have emerged and the competition has become more equal.
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We use Kaltura, and more specifically MediaSpace, across our entire campus. It fills a need for us to have easily accessible video for a range of devices in and out of the classroom, while avoiding ads from alternative free services. We can also curate our content and provide a safe place for our faculty, staff, and students to hold their videos. Kaltura also gives us control over content distribution (especially copyrighted material) by only allowing videos to be played for a certain period of time or to a certain group of people. The Moodle assignment plugin extends our LMS' capability by allowing students to complete assignments that require them to record video.
  • Very easy to use interface for uploading videos or capturing a screen recording. There are very few clicks required to get the media up and running. The video conversion process that happens on the back-end is fast and provides videos in device agnostic formats.
  • Integrates well with other systems, such as our Moodle LMS. This extends the capabilities of the LMS and also allows us to keep video/multimedia content organized in a central location (the KMC).
  • Kaltura can be connected to various processes within your organization. For example, we have a system in place that allows a video lecture in a classroom to be uploaded to Kaltura in a very easy manner.
  • User/role management is very important as some people on campus have more privileges to publish content than do others. We have Kaltura connected to our Single Sign-On solution for authentication and we can assign roles to specific people within the Kaltura software.
  • When we first began using Kaltura, there was a lack of certain features that were very important to us. One such example was the ability to make a video private but be able to share it with a secret URL. We tried and tried to get support on this issue, but Kaltura were slow to respond and make this (very important) feature part of the software. The software is getting better at a fairly good pace, however.
  • Another problem we had with Kaltura was getting our Single Sign-on Authentication system set up properly. We went back and forth for months with their service department, many of whom are located in Israel which makes coordination tough, without any progress. It took us wayyy too long to get our SSO working properly and the assistance we received from Kaltura was always unhelpful. I do think they have improved their customer support over the past year, though.
  • The administration interface could be improved to make managing users and videos an easier endeavour. The current interface is confusing for new and even intermediate users to track down videos uploaded by certain users. Once you find videos, the video management tool is kind of clunky as well. The MediaSpace interface's video management tool is also kind of confusing as there are two places where you edit video properties, and each place has different settings for the video. I think the MediaSpace video management could also stand to be improved.
Kaltura and Mediaspace are well suited for any business that has a need for an easy to use video conversion software. We use the SaaS solution, but Kaltura is also open-sourced which means if you have the server resources available, you could get Kaltura up-and-running for a minimal cost or customize it to your hearts content. We have gone with the SaaS solution to minimize the amount of administration required as well as give us the benefit of getting the most-up-to-date version of the software. There are ways to monetize videos by adding ads and other things, but unfortunately I don't have much experience with these since we are a University. Kaltura is excellent from our University's perspective because it gives our campus a way to share their videos in a very easy to use package that basically "just works."

If you're a small company or institution that doesn't need a lot of control over the back-end of a video solution, then there may be other, better alternatives that are free such as YouTube.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Video personalization (3)
7.0
Support for advertisements (1)
10
Video SEO (1)
10
Integration to LMS (1)
10
Video access controls (3)
8.9
User management (3)
8.0
Video link sharing (3)
8.0
Internal video (3)
8.0
External video (3)
8.0
Player customization (2)
9.0
Embedded videos (3)
9.0
Video quality / Bandwidth controls (3)
8.7
Mobile compatibility (3)
8.9
A/B testing (1)
9
Streaming quality reports (1)
10
Per viewer tracking (2)
9.0
Per video tracking (2)
9.0
Video analytics dashboard (2)
9.0
On-Demand video (1)
9
Video upload & format support (3)
8.8
Video library / File management (3)
8.9
Video portal (2)
9.0
Video comments (1)
6

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