Kaltura: Share or distribute your video with others

Overview

Kaltura is Oregon State University's video platform. By default, videos uploaded to Kaltura are private and inaccessible to anyone but the original uploader or content "owner". Kaltura empowers users to control how their videos are published and shared. Refer to instructions on how change ownership of your media or share permissions if you would like to allow colleagues to manage the content.

Environment

  • Oregon State
    • MediaSpace

Issue/Question

  • How do I make my video viewable to anyone?
  • How do I make my video only viewable to me?
  • Others get an "Access Denied" error when trying to view my content.

Resolution

Publish in Canvas

By publishing your video in a Canvas course, you restrict access for that video to only students enrolled in the class, which allows you to meet certain privacy and copyright obligations. To publish a video in Canvas, refer to the article on sharing Kaltura media in Canvas.

Publish in MediaSpace

Videos in MediaSpace can carry one of three different permissions:

  • Private: Only the owner of the content (you) can view
  • Unlisted: Only people with the link to your content can view
    • Content will not be found by browsing or searching in MediaSpace. However, the link that allows users to view the video can be shared by others and may become public. This solution is for publishing discreet, but not sensitive, material.
  • Published: Your content will be visible to anyone within the categories that you choose
    • Here you'll find two further options:
      • Categories are public and choosing one or more categories for your video means your video will be easily "discoverable" by anyone searching for it on MediaSpace.
      • Channels in MediaSpace allow a user to restrict a video to a group of select views. For more information on creating a channel and publishing your video to a channel, refer to the article on Kaltura Channels.
    • To help viewers find your content, it is important to make it as "discoverable" as possible. A proper title, description, and metatags with keywords about the topic and presenter will help in search results for external search engines as well as internal searches through MediaSpace. Content that has been captioned will also have its transcription text searched when using the MediaSpace search.

Note: If your video is not published using one of the methods listed above, distributing a link to that video will result in an "Access Denied" error for anyone who follows the link.

To modify the permissions of your video in MediaSpace:

  1. Visit My Media in MediaSpace
  2. Click on the media you'd like to make public
  3. Select Publish from the Actions menu underneath the media
  4. Choose Private, Unlisted, or Published
    • For Published, select one or more categories into which to sort your media; you must choose at least one category in order for your video to be Published

Embed Your Video

By embedding your video on an external webpage, you cede control of that's video's access to the webpage where it appears. That webpage may be restricted or fully accessible on the Internet. To learn how to embed your video on a webpage, refer to the article on embedding Kaltura media in a web page.

For assistance, contact the IS Service Desk.

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