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.

Important information 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 or Mozilla Firefox.

You must upload on a laptop/desktop computer. You cannot upload using a mobile phone/tablet.

If using a laptop, make sure you’ve got it plugged in and are running on mains power.

Check your broadband speed

To give you an idea of how long your upload will take, you can use fast.com to test your upload speed.

When you first visit the site, it will show your download speed. Click on More Info to see your upload speed.

As a guide, at a top upload speed of 1.5 Mbps a 30-minute 1080p video could take three hours to upload.

Tips to improve your upload speeds

  • You may find upload speeds are faster in the evening when broadband is being used less elsewhere.
  • If you can, use a wired network connection.
  • If you are using Wi-Fi, being in the same room as your router will ensure you’re getting the fastest speeds between your computer and the router.

Reduce your file size

If you think your video is too big to upload on the connection you are using, you can reduce the size.

  • If you used an application to create the video, follow the steps in the app to reduce the quality.
  • If you didn’t use an app (eg recorded from a camera) or the app you are using doesn’t let you change the output quality, you can use a third party tool such as Handbrake to reduce the file size.

Open the Kaltura mashup tool

  1. In your Blackboard course, locate the link to submit the assignment and click it
  2. Do not upload your video via the attach file option

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

    Click Write Submisssion – do not click Browse my Computer.

  3. This will reveal the content editor, below. If the toolbar consists of one row of icons, as below, click the Show More icon.Content editor
  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. Chose 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,
        or
      • Click Choose a file to upload to select the file to upload.

    If you are uploading a large file, this may take some time. Be patient and wait for the screen below.

  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

If you are uploading a large file you may see one of these pictures pictures

Be patient and allow time for Kaltura to process your video.


If you have been instructed to, add other assignment files to your submission

E.g., 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 by clicking Browse My Computer and selecting your file.


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 may say that no files have been submitted

This is expected behaviour as the video files are not saved into Blackboard. They are uploaded into Kaltura, a separate system, and then linked to your submission in a similar way to how a website might embed a Youtube video.

If you need assistance in uploading your video contact the TEL team.