Use Zoom or Kaltura Capture to record and share instructional content videos with students.

This page accompanies the following video: Capturing Instructional Content with Video (22 min, with chapters)

Content on this page includes details and step-by-step instructions for the following components:



What Does “Capturing Instructional Content” Mean?

The phrase “capturing instructional content” refers to recording and sharing a wide range of activities designed to support student learning. 


Compare Recording Options for Capturing Instructional Content

  1. Record and share an entire class meeting or just a short demonstration, such as an assignment walk-through, or a lab activity.  
  2. Record in a face-to-face classroom or from the comfort of your home or office. 
  3. Record synchronously while you are meeting live with students, or record content asynchronously and share with your students to view when they choose.   

The method you choose will depend on your content, instructional goals, and preferences. 


Set Up Your Recording Space

Penn State Media Commons’ One-Button Studio on Campus or at Home offers a simplified recording setup that allows you to create high-quality video projects without video experience.

One Button Studio at Home

Review guides for utilizing One-Button-Studio concepts with Zoom from anywhere you would like to record. 

One Button Studio on Campus

Review information about physical studio options and talk to a consultant when you are ready to use.


Choose Your Tool

Penn State offers two options for recording instructional material: Zoom and Kaltura Capture.



  • Use Zoom if you are recording if you are recording a live class with students, either in a face-to-face classroom or somewhere else.
  • Examples of instructional content include a live lecture, demonstration, question and answer session, or group work. 


Kaltura Capture

  • Use Kaltura Capture if you are creating a recording ahead of time and are not meeting with students live.
  • Examples of instructional content include a walkthrough of an assignment, recording a demonstration, or recording your lecture ahead of time. 


Record, Prepare, and Share Your Content

Choose between Zoom and Kaltura Capture for recording content, add closed-captions, and share via link or Canvas. If you are using Zoom or Kaltura Capture in Canvas to record, you must enable the Learning Tool Integrations in your course.

NOTE: Captions and/or transcripts for all videos must be added in accordance with Penn State Caption Guidelines and Policy.


Using Zoom

  1. Download the Zoom Client for Meetings from 
  2. Create a meeting  in Zoom
    NOTE: More information about hosting a meeting or webinar is in the  Zoom Host Quick Start Guide
  3. Invite students or guest speakers  (if applicable) to your Zoom meeting
  4. Share the  Zoom Participant Quick Start Guide  with students so they are able to join and participate in a Zoom meeting
  5. Host the Zoom meeting  with students
  6. Share your screen and use annotation tools to highlight content.
  7. Use  questioning  strategies  to increase engagement during Zoom meetings
  8. Locate Zoom cloud recordings
  9. Embed your video in Canvas  for student viewing


Using Kaltura Capture

  1. Use Kaltura Capture  to record a video   
  2. Locate recording in Kaltura My Media
  3. Automatically add chapters and slides  to videos created with Kaltura Capture
  4. Edit slides  in Kaltura My Media, if necessary
  5. Order and edit machine captions for your video or:
    1. upload your own  captions
    2. add a transcript
  6. Embed your video in Canvas  for student viewing


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