Kaltura (www.kaltura.com), developer of the first open source online video platform, has recently been chosen by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to power video for its MIT TechTV site, the university’s video-sharing site for the MIT community.
“MIT TechTV started out as a small project that grew at a tremendous pace. When they realized they needed a reliable and feature-rich video platform to provide administrators with an easy way to manage and publish videos, and viewers with an engaging, interactive viewing experience they came to Kaltura,” said Leah Belsky, Managing Director, Education at Kaltura. “Kaltura provides a flexible solution, with great technology, and products dedicated to the education vertical.”
Kaltura’s open source video platform is already in use by hundreds of educational institutions around the world, including 9 of the top 15 schools in America. The platform is integrated with every leading learning management system in the market.
Kaltura’s Cross Campus Media Suite includes a core platform and a suite of applications and services that are tailored specifically for the challenges and use cases that universities and colleges face today, including using video for teaching and learning, providing distance education, powering libraries, facilitating research, supporting recruitment, improving communications, and more.
Key Components of the Kaltura Cross Campus Media Suite:
- Media Management Console – A stand alone video management system that powers live and on demand videos for libraries, distance education, communications and marketing. Enables full management, publishing and syndication of media to various campus websites, learning environments, or iTunesU.
- Learning Management Systems Extensions – Kaltura integrates into all leading Learning Management Systems (LMSs), with pre-integrated extensions for BlackBoard, Moodle, Sakai, Desire2Learn, and SharePoint. Teachers and students can use their existing LMSs to easily upload videos or audio files, record from a webcam, integrate lecture capture files, submit video assignments, and create personal media collections – all within an easy-to-use, intuitive interface, and within the secure authorization and single-sign-on framework of any LMS.
- Kaltura MediaSpace™ (a YouTube® for your campus) – A fully customizable media destination site just for an institution’s campus or community. It allows faculty and students to upload and share media in a secure and private environment.
- Content Management & Lecture Capture Systems Extensions – Kaltura includes out-of-the-box extensions for leading CMS platforms, including WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, BuddyPress, ELGG and more. In addition, Kaltura can be integrated into lecture capture systems to add a content management layer that allows for easy embedding or ingestion of media from the lecture capture environment to the LMS, MediaSpace, or other applications.
In addition to the core products, Kaltura has a robust library of advanced features and applications that can be added to the platform directly from the Kaltura Exchange. Advanced education applications include:
- Mobile Streaming tools, including iPhone, iPad and Android capabilities
- Section 508 Compliant Accessible Players
- Video assignment tools
- Video-PowerPoint™ synchronization players
- In-browser Online Video Editors
- Transcription and Subtitling Tools
- Live Streaming
- Video Commenting and Annotations
- Conference-in-a-Box interfaces for rapid event coverage
“We are very proud to enable online video for MIT, one of the world’s finest academic institutions,” said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Chairman & CEO. “As the pioneers of open-source video we are firmly committed to proliferating knowledge and fostering education by way of rich media, across campuses and beyond. We are thrilled to see the tremendous uptake by faculties and students which suggests that soon every educational institution would augment its texts with clips, adding a whole new dimension for education.”
Kaltura provides the world’s first Open Source Online Video Platform. Over 75,000 web publishers, service providers, developers, and educational institutions use Kaltura’s flexible platform to enhance their websites, web-services, and web-platforms with advanced customized video, photo and audio functionalities, including publishing, management, syndication, monetization and analysis, as well as content uploading and remixing. The free community-supported self/cloud-hosted software and source-code is available for download at www.kaltura.org. A commercial On-Prem version of the software can be obtained at www.kaltura.com along with Kaltura services such as streaming, hosting, transcoding, analytics, ad serving, support and maintenance packages, and professional development. Founded in 2006, New York-based Kaltura is also a founding member of the ‘Open Video Alliance’ (www.openvideoalliance.org), a coalition of organizations dedicated to fostering open standards for online video. For more information: www.kaltura.com and www.kaltura.org.