Captioning Kaltura Recordings Automatically

Please note:
Kaltura will no longer be a supported technology at UWE from the start of the academic year 20/21. Currently, the plan is to keep the Kaltura player available for any existing recordings, but it will no longer be possible to record new content.

With the changes in accessibility legislation, all pre-prepared recordings which you wish to use in your teaching from September 2020, will need to be captioned. Luckily, there is a really quick way to do this automatically in Kaltura, even if you have a large number of recordings.

To access your recordings, go to your Blackboard modules page and click on ‘My Media’ on the left.

Screenshot of My Media in the Tools menu

This will bring up a list of your Kaltura recordings. It is possible to automatically caption either a single or multiple recordings simultaneously.

Firstly, change to ‘Table View’ by clicking on the icon (1). This helps you get a better overview of your recordings. Select the recordings you would like to caption by ticking the boxes next to the title (2). If you would like to select all the recordings, tick the box above the list to select all.

Click on the little arrow next to the ‘Actions’ button (3) and select ‘Caption & Enrich’ (4).

Screenshot of My Media options

This will open a new window where the options for machine captions in English are already selected, so you only need to click on the ‘Submit’ button.

Screenshot of captioning options

A message will pop up to confirm that your request has been received, and that your recordings will automatically be updated with captions.

If you would like to know which recordings have captions – or which ones still need captions – go back to ‘Table View’ (step 1 above), click on the ‘Filters’ button (item 5 below) and select which option you would like to see in the Captions section (item 6 below).

Screenshot of filters

You may also notice that the ‘Updated at’ date changes once the captions have been processed (you may have to click on ‘More filters’ to see this).

Editing or exporting the captions

Should you need to edit or access the captions file, this is possible by going to the video in question, open the ‘Actions’ menu as above, and select ‘Edit’.

Screenshot of Action menu

Firstly, select the ‘Captions’ tab (7).  In the ‘Actions’ column (8) you can edit, delete, download and disable the captions in the video, should you wish to do so.

Thank you to Basil Norbury for sharing his workflow for this blogpost.


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