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Learning Technology Team

NILE & Other Technology Guides

Information for Students


Kaltura provide a range of video tools and services for students studying with the University of Northampton.

In these Getting Started guides we provide an overview of all the various Kaltura services. The Kaltura Capture desktop recorder which enables you to record your screen, webcam or microphone. The MediaSpace video platform where you can upload, edit and share video and audio content recorded using Kaltura Capture or your mobile device. The Blackboard Mashup which enables students to submit video for assessment and the Kaltura mobile app, known as KMS Go, which lets you upload video on the go and download content to view offline.

These guides will help you to get started with Kaltura but remember to seek guidance from your module tutor if you are recording video for assessment. If you would prefer to watch or listen to video tutorials on the Kaltura video services then go to the MediaSpace platform and select the Video Tutorials tab.

Getting started with Kaltura Capture


An image of the Kaltura Capture recorder


The design of the Capture recorder makes it easy to create videos from your desktop. The recorder has been built from scratch and lays the groundwork for some powerful capture features coming in the future.

Kaltura Capture offers you the ability to easily capture both screen and camera. It also now includes a new automatic slide detection feature which means if you have a PowerPoint presentation in presenter mode when recording your screen, Kaltura Capture automatically detects and captures it, making your video much more searchable.

Kaltura Capture uploads new videos into your My Media folder and makes them available on MediaSpace as well as our Blackboard VLE for teaching and for assessment. It enables academic staff, students, faculty, and other users to create a professional video with multiple feeds, including slides. It can be used for video assignments, assessments, feedback, demonstrations, course content creation, blog posts, administration communications, alumni outreach, and sharing information between institutions.


Updated guidance in light of COVID-19.

Kaltura Capture is a screen and webcam recorder available for Windows and Apple laptop and desktop devices but it is not available for ChromeBooks. Normally, we would advise students with a ChromeBook to loan a laptop from the University to use Kaltura Capture. For the time being, you can either use a free Chrome browser extension like Screencast-o-matic to record your screen or for longer recordings you might want to look at Screencastify which offers a paid account.

Getting started with MediaSpace

A screenshot of the MediaSpace landing page.

MediaSpace is your own personal video storage and streaming service. Upload your video or audio content to your My Media library and then edit it, share it in NILE or submit it for assessment. Your content is private, secure and available to you as a student or a member of staff for the University of Northampton.

Submitting video for assessment using the Blackboard Mashup tool

A screenshot of the Blackboard Mashup panel.

The Blackboard Mashup tool enables students to submit video or audio recordings into NILE for assessment.

Should you require urgent assistance with NILE, please contact the LearnTech Support Helpdesk via the online contact form