Add Chapters to Kaltura Media


Chapters allow viewers to jump to different parts of a video based on descriptors that you provide. While not as pedagogically effective as breaking up long videos into shorter videos, chapters can highlight the organizational structure of your material and allow students to more easily find information. 

Any Kaltura user can add chapters to their media (instructors, students, staff, etc.), and chapters can be added in either Canvas or MediaSpace.  

Critical Concepts


What's a Chapter?

A chapter is a time-coded marker you can add to a video's timeline that allows users to jump easily to sections of interest.

Here are the basics about Kaltura chapters:

Check out this MediaSpace overview video that uses chapters if you want to see what chapters look like. In this example I didn't create any thumbnails manually, so the chapter's title and description go on top of the thumbnail automatically grabbed at the timecode of the chapter mark. You can see how if you wanted to add a lengthier description it might be difficult to read it on top of a thumbnail with text on it as well. 

Things to Keep in Mind

Tips for Creating Effective Chapter Markers

Steps to Take

Chapters can be added in Canvas or MediaSpace. Follow steps 1 and 2 based on where you intend to add chapters.

In CanvasIn MediaSpace
  1. Log into Canvas.
    1. Go to
    2. Enter your active directory credentials.
  2. Within Canvas, click My Media in the left navigation.
  1. Log into MediaSpace.
    1. Go to
    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 to which you want to add chapters and click the pencil icon in its row.
  2. Click on the Timeline tab below the video preview.
  3. Use either the scrubber within the media player or click within the timeline at the bottom of the page to find the location within the video where you'd like to add a chapter marker. (You may want to play the video and pause it to find the right spot.)
  4. Click the bookmark icon on the left side of the timeline. (If you hover your mouse over it a small dialogue box will appear displaying the text "Create a new Chapter.")

A screenshot of the "timeline" tab.

  1. Fill in the fields that populate below the timeline.

A screenshot of the "chapter thumbnail" section.The Chapter Thumbnail section allows you to select or upload an image of what you'd like to appear behind the title and description of the chapter. 

A screenshot of the "time and tags" section.The Time and Tags section allows you to fine-tune the timecode of a chapter marker and add keywords that facilitate searches through the chapters. 

A screenshot of the "chapter information" section.The Chapter Information block allows you to add a title and description for the chapter marker.

  1. Use the bookmark icon to add additional chapters as desired.
  2. When you're done entering your chapter settings, click Save in the block in the lower right corner of the page.
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