• MediaSpace - Video Editor & Other Features

 

A Media Item can be edited within MediaSpace to change its IN and OUT points (setting ranges) as well as TRIMMING (creating a segment) and CLIPPING (saving a copy of a trimmed file). Typically, editing a media item takes place within your MY MEDIA collection either by invoking an edit function or by using an ACTIONS menu.  But you will also notice that these same options variously appear in Playlists and Channel media listings. We will focus on launching the VIDEO EDITOR functions from your MY MEDIA collection.

 

OPEN YOUR "MY MEDIA" COLLECTION

  • From your account menu in MediaSpace, select the MY MEDIA option.

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  • After a few seconds a list of video files in your MY MEDIA collection displays.

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  • Locate a media item from the list.
  • Click the EDIT button on the right of a video entry as indicated by the little grey "pencil" icon. 
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  • NOTE: Do not simply click on the media item's image to open it in a window.  Doing so does not activate the tabs that allow you to manipulate "Other Video Options." Be sure to click the "pencil" icon to the right of a media item's image.

 

A window opens previewing your video. There are three sections of this window we will highlight:

  1. LAUNCH EDITOR button
  2. DETAILS tab
  3. OTHER VIDEO OPTIONS

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 LAUNCH EDITOR BUTTON

Just to the right of the video preview of the file you selected is the button labeled LAUNCH EDITOR.

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When clicked, a window opens up displaying the editing functions available to you.

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Along the left hand side is an icon that represents the video editing function.

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VIDEO EDITOR: the icon shaped like a pair of scissors indicates you are ready to edit your video file. This should be the only icon you see in MediaSpace other than a HELP icon (question mark in a circle).

 

 

• ABOUT THE VIDEO EDITOR...

With the VIDEO EDITOR, you can TRIM or CLIP your video file removing opening and closing shots to make a shorter video or extracting shorter segments from the full-length video file. (NOTE: you cannot create a video segment shorter than 2 seconds.)

1. TRIM / SAVE: WHAT IS IT?

  • To TRIM a video is to remove the beginning shots and the ending shots of an entire video file, thus creating a shorter duration file.
  • The TRIM function is associated with the SAVE button presented above and to the right of the video preview portion of the window.
  • To SAVE a video is to replace your source file with the new, trimmed and shortened video. A warning message appears to let you know the source file will be forever changed when you use the SAVE button.
  • If, instead, you want to save a segment of your source video file as a copy (leaving the source video file intact) you must use the button SAVE A COPY.

 

2. CLIP / SAVE A COPY: WHAT IS IT?

  • To CLIP a video is to select a portion of a source video file.
  • The CLIP function is associated with the SAVE A COPY button presented above and to the right of the video preview portion of the window.
  • To SAVE A COPY of a video leaves the original source video file intact, and instead saves the clip you've specified as a different file.
  • SAVE A COPY is the function you would use to break up a longer video file into multiple shorter clips, each saved separately and named something unique.

 

3. SETTING A RANGE / IN & OUT POINTS 

There are four ways you can set the IN & OUT POINTS for a video. This is called SETTING A RANGE.

  1. Drag the handlebars of the start or end points with your mouse to set the range. The handlebars are the vertical grey bars that are originally located at the very beginning and the very end of your video's timeline representation. 
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  2. Enter a start time or end time in the Real-Time Input field, and press Enter. The Real-Time marker will position itself on the timeline at the manually set time. You can then drag either handlebar on the Timeline edge to snap it to the real time marker.

  3. Click anywhere on the Timeline, the real time marker will position itself there. Drag either Timeline edge to snap it to the real time marker.

  4. Play the media, and pause on desired time. the Real-Time marker will position itself at that time. Drag either Timeline handlebar to snap it to the real time marker.

After SETTING A RANGE, you can either SAVE (trim) or SAVE A COPY (clip) your shortened video

For more detailed instructions about the VIDEO EDITOR, refer to the last portion of Kaltura's online user guide...

Kaltura's Guide for Editing Media Using the Video Editor

 

 

 

 


 DETAILS TAB

From your account menu, go to MY MEDIA.  A listing of media files appears.

  • Locate a media item from the list.
  • Click the EDIT button on the right of a video entry as indicated by the little grey "pencil" icon. 
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  • NOTE: Do not simply click on the media item's image to open it in a window.  Doing so does not activate the tabs that allow you to manipulate "Other Video Options." Be sure to click the "pencil" icon to the right of a media item's image.

 A window opens previewing your video.  In addition to the button LAUNCH EDITOR discussed above, you'll notice a selection of tabs just beneath the video player. For now we will focus on the default tab, DETAILS.

 

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In the text boxes, you enter descriptions/metadata about your video file...

  • NAME (required)
    The name is most often pre-filled for you based on the video's actual file name. Feel free to change the name to something meaningful.
  • DESCRIPTION (optional)
    You can enter a description for your video file, using the rich text editing tools. A description is optional, but can often be used to provide the "context" in which a video is being used.
  • TAGS (optional)
    Tags are keywords or phrases that can be used in search and filtering functions.  You may wish to enter as a tag the class in Canvas in which the video is being used!

Once you have entered your details, click the SAVE button.

 

 


 OTHER VIDEO OPTIONS

To the right of the DETAILS TAB, other tabs are displayed.  These tab options offer special features for customizing your video. The actual tabs you see may vary, depending on the functions the University of Utah has decided to include in MediaSpace. The order in which the tabs appear may vary. 

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   COLLABORATION

By selecting the COLLABORATION tab, you have the option to add a collaborator with the rights to be a co-editor for videos or a co-publisher.  Once you add a collaborator, the screen updates to show a list of your collaborators and their roles.

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   OPTIONS

By selecting the OPTIONS tab, you can choose to disable comments made about a video file, or close the discussion completely so that no new comments can be added.  The default configuration allows comments to be made.  NOTE: these comments are part of the Kaltura tool sets and do not show up in Canvas Discussions or Assignments.

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   CAPTIONS

By selecting the CAPTIONS tab, you are given the option to upload a pre-formatted caption file with text and time markers.  Only two caption file formats are supported: SRT and DFXP.

The CAPTIONS feature must first be enabled by system administrators in order for this function to be available.

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   THUMBNAILS

When videos are listed or displayed, they use a single frame from the video in a page before you click to play the file.  The default is the first frame of the actual video.  In many cases, this first frame is not the ideal to represent your video file. With the THUMBNAILS option, you can upload or create a customized thumbnail.

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   DOWNLOADS

 By selecting the DOWNLOADS option, you allow other users to download a file.  But first you must determine how large these downloadable files should be: SOURCE FILELOW | MEDIUM | HIGH.

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   TIMELINE

By selecting the TIMELINE option, you can create chapters for a video and even upload slide images to play alongside your video.

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SELECT A CHAPTER START TIME

  • In the playback interface of the previewed video, click the PLAY button to start the video. Then click PAUSE at the point where a chapter marker should begin.

 

NAME & DESCRIBE THE CHAPTER

  • Click on the CHAPTER ICON to the left of the timeline bar.

  • Additional features appear below the timeline.
  • In the dialog box under Chapter Information, enter a chapter TITLE.
  • Then enter a chapter description (optional).
  • You may also wish to enter tags that can be used to aid in searching for chapters in the video.

 

 SAVE CHAPTER

  • Click on the Save button to register your chapter marker.
  • When creating the next chapter, you may need to use the cursor to move the video forward or backward, and then click play.  Otherwise, the red vertical time line, as shown above, might not move forward.

 

PLAY A CHAPTER | VIEW IN PLAYER

After entering one or more Chapter Markers and using the SAVE function, you see the button labeled VIEW IN PLAYER. The preview player now is ready to show your chapters.

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In the video window, click on the horizontal lines in the upper left corner of the video image.

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A visual list of your chapters appears that you can scroll through and choose from.

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If you attached tags to each chapter you created, you can use the SEARCH feature to locate a specific chapter to view. 

The video file to which you have added chapters should now display the three horizontal lines across the entire MediaSpace interface in its video player so you can select and view the chapters.

 

 

ADDITIONAL ARTICLES & TUTORIALS FOR MEDIASPACE

MediaSpace | Standalone Video Repository (outside of Canvas)

MediaSpace | Video | Collections and Groups of Media Items

MediaSpace | Video | Recording Tools