Kaltura Search Module - Administrator's Guide

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About the KMS/KAF Search Module

Developed specifically for video and to address video’s unique findability challenges, the Kaltura Media Search searches through all regular, custom and temporal metadata, adheres to content entitlements, and allows for ad-hoc queries using the eSearch API.

The Kaltura Media Search utilizes the Elastic Search engine to support data discovery in Kaltura MediaSpace (KMS) and Kaltura Applications Framework (KAF) applications. 

The search results are unified, meaning that by searching for a keyword, the results from all metadata fields are returned in one symmetry search through all data.

Search results are rendered visually with the search string highlighted for each entry. The search is used for multiple use cases: "classical" full text search, analytics, auto completer, spell checker, alerting engine, and as a general-purpose document store.

In this article you will find best practices in approaching the setup of the Search module.

For detailed information on each Search module field see the Global Modules article.

For user information on the search in KMS and KAF applications see the Kaltura Search Module User Guide article.

July 2nd Release Notes

All KMS instances that have the v2UI Module enabled automatically have the new eSearch feature included. Enable the v2UI module on your KMS/KAF instances to take advantage of the robust search features Kaltura is offering. For more information visit the v2UI FAQ page.

Kaltura Media Search – Administrator's Module

The Search page for KMS and KAF is managed by KMS and KAF system administrators in the Admin area accessed from https://{your_KMS_URL}/admin/config/tab/search. 

Setting the Searchable Items

Start with choosing searchable data on your site by using the eSearch options. You can choose from the following items: Tags, Owner, Reference ID, Webcast items, Captions Collaborators. The Kaltura Media Search always searches on the Title and subject of media.

Some of the fields are not accessible from the Search module and require the admin to navigate to the relevant module to set the field’s searchability. These fields are clearly marked with the gray block (e.g. kwebcast).

Other Kaltura Media Search Settings

The following are a few things to consider when setting up the search module:

  1. Instant Search – Decide if you want the results to populate your display automatically. As you enter characters, results are displayed. If you select yes, we recommend lowering the page size (Use the field under the eSearch configurations), to allow faster results population.
  2. Global Search – The Global Search is relevant to KMS only. This feature is available from the top right KMS header menu. To reach the Global Search, users can click the magnifying glass, and the search bar will open.
    As an admin you can choose to keep the search bar open to all users. Keep in mind, that the header menu items will be covered permanently, so plan accordingly.

    Set Global Search Bar Closed:
    header closed
    In this image you can see the ‘All Channels’ and ‘Go-To’ links are displayed in the header menu.  When opening the search bar, they are hidden.

    Keep Global Search Bar Open:

    header open

  3. Custom Metadata- A new set of filters other than the basic filters can be set and presented when using custom metadata in KMS or KAF. See the list of Search Filters in the Search For table for a list of the basic filters. Use the “Customdata” module to enable and set new fields.

    After setting the Customdata module, users will be able to filter data according to custom metadata of type Text, List, and Date. Selecting Yes allows the administrator to keep the header menu search bar open at all times.custom filters
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