Unlock the potential of your media library with Kaltura
January 28, 2019

Unlock the potential of your media library with Kaltura

Mark Nowowiejski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Kaltura

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.
  • 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 is a much cheaper option (based on a pay per view model) but the user experience is not nearly as good. The video portal UI is difficult to navigate and the recording feature requires downloading separate desktop software that differs greatly from PC to MAC. Inline quizzing features are far behind Kaltura. It does have stronger analytics tools but they are the type that are better exported to .csv and processed by an advanced Excel user.

Vimeo Pro is a very cheap and solid option for a small program or business that is just starting out, but it isn't highly searchable, it doesn't support a large body of users and does not offer any type of online features. It isn't really much more than a repository but it is a bit nicer than using freeware such as YouTube.
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.

Kaltura Feature Ratings

Lead generation
Not Rated
Video personalization
7
eCommerce
Not Rated
Support for advertisements
Not Rated
Video SEO
Not Rated
Integration to Marketing Automation
Not Rated
Integration to Salesforce.com
Not Rated
Integration to Marketo
Not Rated
Integration to HubSpot
Not Rated
Integration to Eloqua
Not Rated
Integration to LMS
10
Video access controls
9
User management
8
Video link sharing
8
Internal video
8
External video
8
Player customization
9
Embedded videos
9
Video quality / Bandwidth controls
9
Mobile compatibility
9
A/B testing
9
Streaming quality reports
Not Rated
Per viewer tracking
9
Per video tracking
9
Video analytics dashboard
9
On-Demand video
9
Live streaming
Not Rated
Impact of streaming on network
Not Rated
Video upload & format support
9
Video library / File management
9
Video portal
9
Video comments
6