Submit a Kaltura Assignment

Video assignments use the normal Blackboard assignment tool, however, don’t upload the video file in the same way as you would a Word Document or PDF.

Before you begin

If you are using the computers at Aston, do not use Internet Explorer or Edge as you will not be able to complete your upload. You will need to follow the steps below using Google Chrome

  • Kaltura will accept most video formats and types (MOV, MP4, WMV etc. There’s a full list on their support site)
  • Your file must be smaller than 1.8GB. If it isn’t, here’s how you can reduce the size.
  • You must upload on a laptop/desktop computer. You cannot upload using a mobile phone/tablet.

  1. In your Blackboard course, locate the link to submit the assignment and click it
  2. Click Write Submisssion – do not click Browse my Computer.

    If you are uploading an existing video file, do not upload it via. the attach file option.

    This will not upload it to Kaltura. You must follow the instructions carefully.

  3. Content editorThis will reveal the content editor, above. If the toolbar consists of one row of icons, as above, click the Show More icon.
  4. Kaltura Media MashupClick Mashups then Kaltura Media
  5. This opens the Kaltura window.

Upload your video

Next, you need to locate your video. This can either be a file on your computer, a video you have previously uploaded into Kaltura, or you can record from your webcam. Click below to see the instructions:

  1. In the top right, click Add New and then Media Upload
  2. Either
    • Drag and drop your file into the upload widget,
    • Click Choose a file to upload to select the file to upload – no bigger than 1.8GB
  3. Fill in the required information in the form (it will take the video name from your filename), then click Save and Embed.

You have not finished the submission process yet!

This completes the upload to Kaltura, but does not submit the assignment to Blackboard.

Read on to see the final steps

Your existing Kaltura videos are listed on this screen. If you need to preview a video, you can click the thumbnail.

  1. Locate the video you want to use, and click Select next to it.
  2. The window will close, and you will be returned back to Blackboard

You have not finished the submission process yet!

This completes the upload to Kaltura, but does not submit the assignment to Blackboard.

Read on to see the final steps

Add any files

Have you been asked to submit other files along with your video?

Eg if the video is of your presentation, your lecturer may have also asked you to attach the presentation PDF/PPT file, or some other supporting files, to your submission.

If so, you can do so in the usual way by clicking Browse My Computer.

Submit your work

Upload Assignment with Kaltura mashup content

To submit your assignment, click the Submit button – find this at the top and bottom of the Upload Assignment page.

Your receipt will say that no files have been submitted

This is expected behaviour as the video files don’t get saved into Blackboard. They are uploaded into Kaltura, a separate system, and are embedded into your submission in a similar way to how a website might embed Vimeo or Youtube videos.