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Kaltura was developed in the fall of 2006 by a team based in Israel. The team consisted of Ron Yekutiel (CEO/Founder), Dr. Shay David, Dr. Michael Tsur, and Eran Etam. At the time of development they had 20 employees. (5)
They launched the company at the tech crunch 40 event on September 18, 2007 in San Fransisco. (6)
On December 21, 2007 they won the people’s choice award in the video sharing category at the mashable open web awards. (4)
In 2008 they were selected as one of the 10 most exciting Israel business startups, as well as one of the “Global 250 winners.” (7)
In January 2008 they announced they were collaborating with Wikipedia and other wiki websites to bring up videos in rich media. (8)
Also in 2008 they sponsored a Wikimedia event announcing their support for Michael Dale (an open source video developer) and to support the development of 100% open source video editing source. (8)
Kaltura works in a three step process that starts with collecting / creating, publishing, and managing the content that you created. Outlined below is a more in depth explanation of this process:
Collecting / Creating Content
· Allows the user to important content, or upload original video content.
· Upload multiple files at once
· Have access to the Kaltura Network of content
· Convert media into different resolutions, including High Definition (HD)
· Record directly from a webcam
· Upload directly from digital cameras
· Create unique players that display your content.
· Create custom playlists
· Distribute content via the web
· Annotations & subtitles
· Manage, administer and analyze all content on site
· Get statistics and analytics of video
By first creating / importing various content through Kaltura, users will then be able to edit the content, and integrate it with other content (if they choose to), or just use their own original content. Once the user is satisfied with the quality of their content, they will be able to create a media player that will display the content. Kaltura works with any code, and on any website, and because of this the content and media player that the user creates can be hosted anywhere on the web. When publishing content Kaltura allows the user to add annotations or subtitles to the video, and create playlists if they have several videos that are related. Kaltura also allows the user to manage all of their creations, gives statistics on the videos, and allows the user to go back and edit previous works. (9)
To begin using Kaltura, the only open sourse online video platform, you must first sign up. You must provide a running website name with complete url available and a brief description of your site, along with other information about yourself and how you will be using Kaltura.
After signing up, you will be directed to the Kaltura Management Console(KMC). You will be emailed a password that you will use to enter this site. This password can be changed if you like. According to the Kaltura website, after entering KMC, you can then use the Absolute Beginners page to (3):
Kaltura with AthletixNation
Kaltura is partnered with AthletixNation. With this partnership they try to deliver first rate Division I college video highlights. They integrated Kaltura’s video capabilities and AthletixNation’s online syndicator to serve content to AthletixNation’s publishers. The application is used to allow different publishers to display and manage their video’s by using their own personal ideas. (1)
Kaltura and Facebook
Kaltura developed the Friend’s Video Card application for Facebook. This application allows you to start a group video card, invite friends to add photos, sounds, videos and more and then lets you mix together the results. You can then send it to your friends to see what you made. (2)
Elementary setting: The use of Kaltura in an Elementary setting can primarily be beneficial when presenting PowerPoint instructional activities for students to take a hands-on approach to learning about a particular project.
Teachers can present videos to their students in order to present a lesson plan in the classroom while a student is at a computer. The benefit of this is so that each student can be at their own computer and will have a variety of lesson plans to choose from so that various students can be learning multiple different lessons at one time.
If a student is sick, the use a Kaltura video can be implemented on an internet source in or for a student to access a lesson plan or simply receive information from that day.
Secondary setting: Teachers can provide online assignments for students to access at home and receive the same sort of teacher
High School setting:
•Upload rich media: Videos, Photos, audio files, PowerPoint Presentations and Animations
•Import from other websites
•Record from a Webcam for video comments and responses
•Browse previously added media
*Beneficial for teachers to present lectures from the video/PowerPoint standpoint
In college campus’s Kaltura is efficient for implementing virtual tours around college’s to aid in a prospective student’s decision making.
Efficient for posting courses and school work on the internet. Also a great resoruoce for online classes and other distance education situations.
For a social environment Kaltura is great for posting club
Community tools allow for a more student-centered environment. Interaction can occur with “rich-media upload, recording and importing video, commenting and review and collaboration with others in creating, remixing and annotating.”