Kaltura Self-Serve Webcasting

Prerequisite Reading

Kaltura Webcasting

The Kaltura Webcasting Self-serve feature simplifies the work required to setup a Kaltura Webcasting event. Kaltura Self-serve Webcasting removes the needs for expensive equipment (cameras, encoders, switchers, etc) and production teams, making Webcasting available and simple for every employee.

Kaltura Self-serve Webcasting Capabilities

  • Allows broadcasting video directly from the Kaltura Webcasting application, using integrated/USB PC/Mac webcams/cameras and microphones (without the need to use an external HW/SW encoder).
  • Allows broadcasting audio-only directly from the Kaltura Webcasting application, using integrated/USB PC/Mac microphones (without the need to use an external HW/SW encoder).
  • Allows screencasting (instead of webcam), allowing sharing of desktop/application screen to support more use-cases and create even more engaging live experiences.
  • Provides the ability for the producer/presenter that is not broadcasting to have a real time preview of the event that is currently broadcasting. For more information, see the article Presenter Real Time Preview.

Kaltura Self-Serve Webcasting Hardware Requirements

AudioMust have at least 1 audio-input device (i.e. Microphone)

Upload speed of 200Kbps
For screen share 400Kbps.

(Mobile 3G hotspot is usually enough)
Hard DriveAt least 1GB free
Memory2GB Ram
OSWin 7 or higher, Mac OSx
ProcessorMinimum 2 Cores with 1.6Ghz (32 or 64 bit)
Video CameraMust have some camera (can use built in camera)

Kaltura Self-serve Webcasting Global Settings

Kaltura Self-serve Webcasting must be enabled by your administrator. See the Kaltura Webcasting Administrator's Guide for configuration information.

The following capabilities are available:

  • Configuration tab -a user may select the video source (list of local webcams and screens) and audio source (with Volume Unit meter indication).

    Screen Selection

    Camera Selection

    Audio Selection (microphone)
  • Real-time preview of the video/audio - Kaltura Self-serve Webcasting typically uses a webcam, with a display of what is being broadcasted, The preview window may be minimized and expanded using the Self-Serve icon.

    There are two types of previews:

    • Local Preview – allows you to see the output from the camera locally on your computer
    • Kaltura Broadcasting Preview – shows you the preview after it’s been tunneled through the Kaltura platform giving you the real out put.
  • Allows screencast (sharing your screen) - when enabling this option, a user may choose what they want to share - you can share your entire desktop or a specific application (e.g. browser/powerpoint/etc)
  • When the screencast is on, the webcam is automatically off (both cannot be streamed simultaneously) and the layout is automatically changed to focus on the screen only.








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