Enable Downloads for Published Kaltura Media


By default, if you publish a Kaltura video to either a Media Gallery in Canvas or a channel in MediaSpace, viewers aren't able to download it. You can change that, however, and essentially add a "download" tab below your video. The download tab is visible to users in the following circumstances:

While these instructions will most often apply to instructors, technically any Kaltura user can make their videos downloadable, so these instructions apply to all UCSD community members.

Critical Concepts



The instructions below refer to "flavors." This is the term that Kaltura uses to describe alternate quality versions of a video, in contradistinction to the "source," which is the original file that was uploaded. 

Every video ingested into Kaltura is processed so that lower quality levels are generated. This helps Kaltura provide a better viewing experience for bandwidth-constrained users by presenting them a lower-quality version of the video if poor internet speeds are detected, helping to ensure that they don't continually experience buffering or stuttering.


Things to Keep in Mind

Known Issues

Steps to Take

Watch the video tutorial for how to do this in Canvas, or follow the instructions below. 

Videos can be made available for download in a Canvas Media Gallery or a MediaSpace channel, so follow the first 2 steps based on where you want to perform the action.

In CanvasIn MediaSpace
  1. Log into Canvas.
    1. Go to https://canvas.ucsd.edu
    2. Enter your active directory credentials.
  2. Within Canvas, click My Media in the left navigation.
  1. Log into MediaSpace.
    1. Go to https://mediaspace.ucsd.edu
    2. Click the profile icon at the top right of the page and select Login.
    3. Enter your active directory credentials.
  2. Click the profile icon again and select My Media.
  1. Locate the video that you want students to be able to download, and click the pencil icon on the right side of its row.
  2. Click the Downloads tab beneath the video preview. The information below the tab will repopulate. You should see several options (which Kaltura refers to as "flavors") for downloads that you can enable.
  3. Check all the boxes to enable viewers to choose the quality level they prefer. See the "known issue" above to see why we recommend this, and see the table below for more information about each flavor. (Note that if you only want to select one flavor, then select Source.)
SourceThe highest-quality version that you can download. It's the original file that was uploaded.
Higher qualitySize: 1920 x 1080 ("1080p")
Target bitrate: 6,000 kbps
High qualitySize: 1920 x 1080 ("1080p")
Target bitrate: 4,000 kbps
Medium qualitySize: 1280 x 720 ("720p")
Target bitrate: 2,500 kbps
Low qualitySize: 640 x 360
Target bitrate: 900 kbps
Audio onlySize: N/A (only contains audio)
Target bitrate: 128 kbps
Note that this audio file is in an .mp4 container (with no video). 
  1. Once you've selected all of the quality levels for the video download, be sure to click Save at the bottom of the screen.

Your video is now downloadable when viewed in Canvas Media Galleries and MediaSpace channels.

If you still have questions or need additional assistance, feel free to contact us at kaltura@ucsd.edu.