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.

The university uses Kaltura to manage video in Blackboard. As students, you can upload video anywhere you have access to the content editor (eg blogs, disucssions, journals, etc), so we’ll use that to upload your video.

Before you begin

  • 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.


Launch the Kaltura mash-up

  1. Example kaltura assignment linkIn 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.

Allow Flash

If you see a screen without anywhere to upload your video, your browser has blocked Flash. If you can see the uploader, you can move onto the next step.

If you’re using Google Chrome, you can fix this by..

  1. Click Secure in your address bar
  2. Next to where it says Flash, click the option and change it to Always allow on this site.

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 media and then Upload Media or Record from Webcam
  2. Click Browse to select the file to upload – no bigger than 1.8GB
  3. You’ll see the list of files that will be uploaded. If you’ve made a mistake and don’t want to upload one, click the bin icon.
  4. To upload the files, click Upload!
  5. Once your files have uploaded, click Next
  6. Enter the title of the video, and a description if required. Click Next
  7. You can confirm that you’ve uploaded the correct video by clicking Preview, although beware it may not have processed yet.
  8. Click Submit.

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

  1. In the top right, click Add Media and then Upload media or record from webcam.
  2. Kaltura WebcamClick Webcam
  3. If you have more than one camera, select it from the list.
  4. Flash webcam warningAdobe Flash will ask for your permission to access your webcam, click Allow.
  5. Screenshot_120213_012956_PMWhen you’re happy with the position of your camera, click Record to start recording. When you’re done, click Stop
  6. Play back what you’ve recorded by clicking on Play. If you’re not happy with what you recorded,  click Record to make a new one.
  7. When you’re happy with the video you’ve recorded, click Next
  8. Kaltura Webcam Title Tags DescriptionGive the video a title, fill out the tags and description if required, and click Next.
  9. Your video will process, and you will be taken to the Create mashup item page. You can choose to toggle information that will be displayed next to the video (duration, tags, etc) by changing the Mashup Options in section 2
  10. Click Submit

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.

    1. If you want to view the video to confirm it is the one you wish to submit, click Preview
    2. When you have located the video you want to submit, click Select
    3. Screenshot_112814_024432_PMOn the Create Mashup Item screen, you can leave the default and click Submit

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

Now that you’ve uploaded or recorded the into Kaltura, you need to make the submission to Blackboard.

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.

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