Kaltura Interactive Video Paths User Guide

This guide is intended for users that are creating Kaltura Interactive Video Paths using Kaltura MediaSpace.

Getting Started with Kaltura Interactive Video Paths

Overview

Kaltura Interactive Video Paths enable you to add choice-based learning paths to your videos, inviting your audience to engage and participate. With Interactive Paths, you can customize your content to create a more personalized, "choose your own adventure" experience for each of your users. You can create, share and embed video paths in your website, LMS, or MediaSpace Video Portal to increase engagement, enhance learning, and boost conversion.



Kaltura Interactive Videos Paths Create/Show Media


This section describes how to create a Kaltura Interactive Video Path and pre-select the media you want to use for the Interactive Video.

To create an Interactive Video Path

  1. Login to your KMS/KAF instance.
  2. Select Interactive Video from the Add New menu.

The Create Interactive Video window is displayed and includes two sections:

  • Set Details
  • Add Media 

To create the Interactive Video

  1. In the Set Details section enter a Name (required) and a Description (Optional).
  2. Click on the Add Media arrow to open the My Media section.
    My Media displays the media available to select to use for the Interactive Video.  Click Add to videos to the Interactive Video.
  3. Click Create
    The Kaltura Interactive Video Composer is opened. See Using the Kaltura Interactive Video Composer.
  4. Click Show Media.
    The media library that contains only the videos that you selected is displayed. 
     

You can create Interactive Videos using only the chosen videos in the library. You can view the media in list or tabular format. 

You can also sort the media by: 

  • Newest 
  • Oldest 
  • Alphabetical 
  • This project 

Click Hide Media to Hide Media in the Composer. 

To Edit the Interactive Video Playlist 

  1. Click Add/Remove from Library to return to the playlist User Interface
    The Edit Interactive Video window is displayed. 
  2. Click on the x to remove media. 
  3. When you are certain about the media in your playlist, click Save to return to the Interactive Video Composer with a refreshed list.

There is no need to turn entries into unlisted” status in KMS/KAF to be used in Interactive Videos. 

Kaltura Interactive Video Paths - Using the Node Map

Node Map

The node map is the main area of the Kaltura Interactive Videos editor. This is where you build out the structure of your interactive project. All projects begin with an empty start node that is ready to accept media.

As your project expands, the node map can be positioned to show different parts of the branching structure. You can zoom in and out using the slider in the upper left, and you can move to different areas of the project by clicking and dragging the node map itself.

Empty Node Tool

Empty nodes can be dragged onto the node map and act as placeholders as you build out your project structure.

Selection Tools

Similar to video editing software, the node map has both pointer and marquee tools.

  • Pointer: Use this to select single nodes or branches on the node map.
  • Marquee: Click and drag over an area on the node map to select multiple nodes and branches.

Node Tools

  • Edit: Select a node and choose “Edit” to bring up the node editor. Nodes can only be edited one at a time. Double-clicking on a node will provide the same functionality.
  • Delete: Select a node and choose “Delete” to remove the node and any associated media from the node map. You can also select the node and press the delete key to achieve the same result.

Node Labels

Toggles the names above the nodes on the node map.

Show Paths

Toggles the display of paths between nodes on the node map.

Creating Your Project Structure

  • Begin building out your project layout by clicking and dragging empty nodes onto the node map.

Pro Tip: It is helpful to name the nodes with intuitive names as you place them on the node map. You can edit the node name by clicking on it. This will save you time as you get deeper into the project build.

To create the paths of your video

  1. Hover over the right-hand side of each node and drag the arrow to the node or nodes it should connect to.
    You can connect the node to any other node on the node map, even itself! You can also create multiple connections from one node. Every path you create will automatically add a hotspot to the origin node that can be easily styled and positioned within the node editor.
  • Open the media library and drag your media onto the desired nodes.
  • Double-click on a node to begin editing your hotspots (see Hotspot Editing).

If you already have your media, you can skip step one and drag the clips from the media library directly onto the node map. From there you can change the node names, and create the paths between the nodes.

Returning to the Composer

If you have exited the Composer/node map, there are two ways to return and continue to edit your interactive video.

  1. Click on the User menu and select “My Media. Select the Edit icon next to the Interactive Media project entry.
  2. From the Media Entry page, click on the Actions menu and select “Edit Interactive Video.”


 

Using the Kaltura Interactive Video Composer

The Kaltura Interactive Video Composer

Kaltura Interactive Videos are composed of nodes. Each node acts as a container for a video. The Composer is also referred to as the node map. The Kaltura Interactive Video Composer is made up of the editing canvas and toolbar to help build out your project efficiently.
The composer is where you build out the structure of your interactive project. All projects begin with an empty start node that is ready to accept media.

As your project grows, the node map can be positioned to show different parts of the branching structure. You can zoom in and out using the slider in the upper left, and you can move to different areas of the project by clicking and dragging the node map itself.

Empty Node Tool

Empty nodes can be dragged onto the node map and act as placeholders as you build out your project structure.

Selection Tools

Similar to video editing software, the node map has both pointer and marquee tools.

  • Pointer: Use this to select single nodes or branches on the node map.
  • Marquee: Click and drag over an area on the node map to select multiple nodes and branches.

Node Tools

  • Edit: Select a node and choose “edit” to bring up the node editor. Nodes can only be edited one at a time. Double-clicking on a node will provide the same functionality.
  • Delete: Select a node and choose “delete” to remove the node and any associated media from the node map. You can also select the node and press the delete key to achieve the same result.

Node Labels

Toggles the display of the names above the nodes on the node map.

Show Paths

Toggles the display of paths between nodes on the node map.


Creating Your Project Structure

This article describes how to build your Interactive Video Path structure.

To build your Interactive Video project structure
  1. In the Composer, click and drag empty nodes onto the node map.

It is helpful to name the nodes something meaningful as you place them on the node map. You can edit the node name by clicking on it. This will save you time as you get deeper into the project build.

  1. To create the paths of your video, hover over the right-hand side of each node and drag the arrow to the node or nodes it should connect to.
    You can connect the node to any other node on the node map, even itself! You can also create multiple connections from one node. Every path you create will automatically add a hotspot to the origin node that can be easily styled and positioned within the node editor.

  2. Show the Media library and drag media items onto the desired nodes.
  3. Double-click on a node to begin editing your hotspots. See Editing Hotspots.


Creating and Editing Hotspots for Kaltura Interactive Videos

Creating hotspots on your video is the primary way to add interactivity to your project. Hotspots are contained in the interactive layer of the Kaltura player and are primarily used to trigger new videos and URL link-outs.

Creating Hotspots

There are two ways to create hotspots in the Kaltura Interactive Video Composer.

  1. You can link the video to other nodes on the node map. This dynamically generates hotspots for each connected node. See Creating Your Kaltura Interactive Video Project Structure.  These hotspots will be stacked in the upper left-hand corner when you double-click into the node editor. You can edit and delete these app-generated hotspots.
  2. You can manually add hotspots to your video. Double click on a node on the node map or use the hotspot tools to draw or duplicate hotspots.
    To draw, click the "Draw Hotspot" icon and click and drag the hotspot onto the video.

Copying Hotspots

Copying/pasting hotspots is simple. Select the hotspot you want to copy, and then either click the Duplicate icon in the toolbar or use the familiar controls CTRL + C on PC and Command + C on Mac to copy, and CTRL + V on PC or Command + V on Mac to paste.

You can also use the keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste hotspots across nodes.

Changing the Hotspot Appearance

Adding or Changing Text

Double-click within the hotspot to add or edit text.

Size and Positioning

You can control the position of the hotspot by clicking and dragging to the location where you want it to appear. To resize, select the hotspot and choose any of the eight handles to click and drag. For added precision, both of these attributes can be controlled at the pixel level in the properties pane on the right-hand side of the screen.

You can add guides within the node editor to help maintain the same hotspot positioning across your experience. Click the ruler to add guides to your nodes, and click on the “x” to remove. These guides persist across nodes until you close them out, refresh your browser, or begin a new user session by logging out and back into your account.

Appearance

There are several options in the Properties pane that help you create awesome-looking hotspots. Color pickers are available for the text and hotspot backgrounds, enabling you to select any color or add color through Hex and RGBA. To make your hotspots transparent and create clickable overlays, you can enter “0” in the A field or move the opacity slider over to the left.

Other options available to style your hotspots are: text pixel size, text style, background roundness, and hover state toggle.

Hotspot Skins

Hotspot styles can be saved as custom skins and then used to change and update other hotspots quickly. 

To customize a hotspot skin

  1. Click on a hotspot and click on the Styles section.
  2. Click the dropdown next to Skin and select Create new skin.
  3.  Enter a Name for the new skin.
  4. Modify the skin style ( select the attributes for the custom skin) and click Save.

After you save, you can add tthe customized skin to any hotspot in your project with which you want to share a style. If you need to update a style on a skin, you can make the adjustment and the update will apply to all hotspots in the project sharing that skin.

Changing the Hotspot Behavior

Options under the Behavior section of the properties pane answer the question “What happens when the hotspot is clicked?”

Changing the Actions

There are three options in the “Action” drop-down menu:

  1. Instant Jump: Instantly jumps to the node listed in the destination field.
  2. Pause Video: Pauses the video when the hotspot is clicked. This is useful when using a  Custom URL Linkout. 
  3. No action: This is useful for adding text to your video.

Custom URL Linkouts

Custom URL link-outs may be used to open a new tab and load a specific web page.

To open a web page from the hotspot

  • Enter a URL in the URL field.
    The video will pause. The viewer can explore related information without missing any video content. Please follow this format: http://www.example.com

Timing

You can set your hotspots to show at the beginning of the video,  all across the video or just at the end. You can control when the hotspots appear and disappear during video playback. Each hotspot has a corresponding timeline below the video. The anchors on the left and right of these timelines are draggable. 

To set a hotspot to appear at a specific point in the video

  1. Press the Play button and pause it where the hotspot should appear. 
  2. Click on the hotspot. It turns green. 
  3. Drag the handlebars/anchors of the start or end points with your mouse to set the range of the hotspot display. Drag the left anchor to the red line that descends from the playhead.  Drag the right anchor to the appropriate time in the video for when you want the hotspot to visually disappear.

You can use the Timeline Snapping feature to line up your anchors across hotspots.
 

With the Timeline Snapping toggle on, dragging a timeline anchor anywhere close to another timeline anchor causes it to snap to the exact location. This is useful if you want hotspots to appear at the exact same time.






Previewing and Interactive Video Project Iteration

When creating or editing a Kaltura Interactive Video project you may want to view the current status of your project structure and see how you set up your media for your viewers. Click-through mode, allows you to easily preview and iterate your project from within the node editor rather than having to build and exit the project to view it in its current state.

The Click Through Mode toggle is located in the upper right of the node editor. When set to on, you can watch the project in its current state from the current node. All editing options will be unavailable while in Click-Through mode. You can turn Click-Through Mode off at any time, at which point the editing options will become available on the current node.

Saving and Viewing Your Kaltura Interactive Video Project

Saving Your Project

After you complete building your project within the Composer, click “Save Project” in the lower left corner of the screen to save your project in Kaltura MediaSpace™.

Viewing Your Project

To view the project you built as an interactive experience

  1. Navigate from the Kaltura Interactive Video Map/Composer to the User menu.
  2. Select My Media and filter the media to display Itenractive Videos. The list of the interactive videos in your Kaltura account is displayed.
  3. Click on the thumbnail image or the name of the interactive project. The Media Entry page is displayed. The experience will automatically begin to playback.



 




























Publishing Kaltura Interactive Videos

Permissions for Publishing

Viewers must have permission to see the Kaltura Interactive Video projects as well as permission to see the media included in the interactive video.

For information about setting permissions, please contact your MediaSpace administrator or your Kaltura representative.

Filtering Media

  1. Select My Media from the User menu.
  2. Click Filters.
  3. Check Interactive videos to display all you interactive video projects.

To publish and set the status for your project

  1. Navigate to My Media and click on the media to open the Media Entry page.
  2. Select Publish from the Actions menu.
  3. Set the status for your project as “Private,” “Unlisted,” or “Published.”The published state of the interactive video project does not affect the state of the media in it. You must also provide permissions to view the specific media in the project.
  4. Click Save.
    A message is displayed that your interactive video project was saves successfully.

Channels & Categories

To add an interactive video to a channel

  1. Navigate to My Channels from the User Menu.
  2. Click on a channel.
  3. Click Add to Channel.
  4. Check the Interactive Video Project(s) to add to the channel.
  5. Click Publish.


To view the interactive video project in Channels or Categories

  1. After you add the interactive video project to a channel or category, navigate to the My Channels page.
  2. Click on the Channel and then click on the Media tab.
  3. Navigate to the media with the  “Interactive Videos” indicator that appears above the thumbnail of the video content.






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