BoilerCast Lecture Capture

Powered by Kaltura Classroom, the BoilerCast lecture capture service can be used to record classes which students can then watch any time they need to review your lecture. BoilerCast lecture capture is available in all centrally scheduled classrooms, and can be set to record your classes automatically on request, allowing you to focus on instruction. BoilerCast recordings are available in Kaltura on average within two times the length of the class after its conclusion.

Learn more about BoilerCast

BoilerCast Request Form

How to request and use BoilerCast

Description

Powered by Kaltura Classroom, the BoilerCast lecture capture service can be used to record classes which students can then watch any time they need to review your lecture. BoilerCast lecture capture is available in all centrally scheduled classrooms and can be set to record your classes automatically on request, allowing you to focus on instruction. Recordings can also be automatically published to course sites in Brightspace, and starting in the Fall 2020 semester, recordings can also be live streamed so remote students can watch as the class is actually occurring.

What Gets Recorded?

All locations are capable of recording the PC’s desktop as well as the document camera, although if live streaming is selected, only the primary source will be seen by students watching in real-time. The document camera or webcam feed will display though in the processed recording after the fact. A short video on switching sources between the document camera and webcam or changing the primary source can be found here: http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/r7eta

Some locations are equipped with additional hardware that allows any source (such as a laptop) that is being sent to the projector to be recorded. These locations also have the ability to live stream. A breakdown of what is available in the various classrooms can be found at the following site: https://www.itap.purdue.edu/facilities/tic/locations/index.html

Requesting BoilerCast

Instructors wanting to use BoilerCast need to fill out a request form which is located by clicking here.  

If classes are to be live streamed, indicate that in the field for additional instructions. The recordings will
occur automatically in the classroom based on the times that were specified on the form.

Using BoilerCast

1. Go to the classroom during the scheduled time.
2. Unless you are in one of the rooms with the additional hardware, log in to the PC at the front of
the room.
3. Check the configuration of the sources if necessary. 
4. The recording will start automatically at the scheduled time and end automatically at the
scheduled end time. 
5. After processing is complete, the recording will automatically publish to Brightspace if that was
selected on the request form.
Who Can Use BoilerCast?

Faculty and staff can use BoilerCast to create recordings of their lectures or other activities.  Students may view the BoilerCast recordings in the Kaltura Media Gallery of their enrolled courses. This service is available in all centrally scheduled classrooms and in some departmental classrooms.

What does the instructor have to do in the classroom?

If you have requested scheduled captures, you don’t have to do anything in the classroom except log into the desktop computer if you are using Classroom Capture. You may want to check the configuration for Kaltura Classroom before the capture starts. If the room has a wired or wireless microphone, use it to get a good audio level for the capture.

How can my captures be published?

BoilerCast captures are published to MediaSpace in Kaltura, the campus video platform. Classes are also normally published to the course media gallery (Course Tools -> Kaltura Media Gallery) for students to view, but they can also be published to a Kaltura channel for anyone to view. You can also generate a “public link” from any capture and publish to your own location. Captures requested by the instructor for an accommodation are published to a channel in Kaltura that is only available to the students who need access.

BoilerCast Capture Types
  • Classroom Capture:  The instructor audio and the display of the ITaP computer can be captured in any classroom with the Kaltura Classroom application.  Docucams and webcams connected to the ITaP computer can also be captured. Captures can be scheduled in advance or started ad hoc by the presenter. Scheduled classroom captures can be automatically processed and made available to students without any intervention from the instructor. In addition to lectures, you can record help sessions, seminars, student presentations, or any other classroom event.  Kaltura Classroom User Guide

  • Appliance Capture: Some classrooms have a capture appliance installed. Scheduled capture is available for any device displayed on the projectors, including document cameras or laptops. Audio from the room microphone is fed directly to the capture appliance.

  • Kaltura Capture: You may download and install this application on your own Windows or Macintosh computer. This capture includes audio plus the desktop, and video from a camera in the computer or connected by USB. This is similar to Classroom Capture, but instructors have the ability to create and edit custom instructional content from any location. Kaltura Capture Tutorial Video
Live Streaming

You can capture and stream your lecture at the same time using BoilerCast. In the Classroom Capture rooms the primary capture source is streamed, and in the Appliance Capture rooms the "confidence encoder" is streamed.  There is a 30 second delay. You may request live streaming when you submit a BoilerCast request.

Student Accommodations
If you are receiving academic adjustments and/or auxiliary services from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and need help accessing a BoilerCast lecture, please contact your Accommodations Specialist in the DRC or the ITaP Assistive Technology Center.
Analytics

Instructors can view analytics in MediaSpace that show how students are viewing their captures.

  1. Open the media gallery in Blackboard by clicking the BoilerCast link in the course menu.
  2. Select Analytics from the Channel Actions menu in the upper right hand of the page.
Editing

Instructors can make simple edits of captures using a tool in Kaltura.

  1. Open the Edit mode for a video listed in MediaSapce by clicking the pencil icon to the right of it.
  2. Click the Launch Editor button.
Downloads

Students cannot download the videos, but instructors can download their own content. 

  1. Click the My Media link on your My Blackboard page.
  2. Open the Edit mode for a video listed by clicking the pencil icon to the right of it.
  3. Choose the Downloads tab.

 

Training and Support

To learn more about BoilerCast or how to access lecture capture content, request a consultation by emailing tlt@purdue.edu

If you experience technical issues with using BoilerCast, please call (765) 494-4000 (44000 on campus) or email itap@purdue.edu.