Avoiding the Biggest Mistakes in Lecture Capture

Kaltura Guest
Updated October 12 2017
how to avoid the biggest mistakes in lecture capture
Kaltura Guest
Updated October 12 2017

by Wes Haverlah

Your campus needs a lecture capture system. Maybe you’re just starting out; maybe you’re trying to make the jump from recording one or two of the biggest lecture halls to more comprehensive coverage. Either way, you can’t afford too many mistakes. Want to know how to avoid some of the big potential traps? We’ve broken it down for you.

1. My Lecture Capture System is Too Hands-On.

Large-scale lecture capture involves a lot of moving parts. Scheduling, recording, encoding, meta-tagging, publishing, and streaming… The list just keeps going. How can you reduce the building pressure of these tasks?




Powerful end-to-end lecture capture solutions automate the entire experience with a series of smart tools and services that coordinates templates, schedulers, room control integrations, and much more. Robust automation will drastically reduce the need for micro-management and will allow your teachers to spend less time struggling with the tech.

2. No One Can Find the Recordings They Want.

Videos don’t help much if people can’t find them. If you fail to design your lecture capture strategy with user experience in mind, adding user-friendly features down the road is as useless as slapping makeup on a pig.


Ease of navigation and content searchability rely on sound structural and organizational practices. These habits are difficult to apply after your system is implemented.


Make sure you start off with a robust meta-tag strategy. Meta-tags ensure a smooth user experience by efficiently organizing content and making it accessible via intuitive search terms.

3. I Keep Losing Recordings and Experiencing Drops in Quality.

Poor audio and video quality and frequently missed captures are unnecessary in your lecture capture environment.
The key is to choose a solution that will support high quality recording (1080p) while pulling footage from 2, or even 4, sources. High-fidelity capture systems are designed to preserve video quality, support demanding recording schedules, and reliably deliver the desired content.


Top-tier solutions are designed to deliver uninterrupted, high frame rate video content in a seamless learning experience. In mission-critical classrooms, this level of reliability is non-negotiable.

4. I Regret Limiting Which Classrooms I Can Record.

To preserve budget and data storage, it’s easy make sacrifices that undermine the effectiveness of your lecture capture.
While you can reduce the number of lectures you record and only set up capture in a few key classrooms, this will diminish the value of the system for both faculty and students.


With a robust lecture capture platform, it’s easy to record every classroom session and simply delete unwanted recordings to save storage space on your server. Simpler solutions can also integrate with your main system to allow you to record in less critical classrooms without going over budget.

5. A Lack of AV Design and Planning is Disrupting My Recordings.

Lecture capture systems interact with classroom architecture, cameras, publishers, networks, and so much more. Ensuring that your solution aligns properly with other tech and environmental factors is absolutely essential.


As a nexus of recording, streaming, and publishing, lecture capture providers have a keen understanding of the different elements that contribute to the delivery of high quality video content and how to mesh them effectively.


Take advantage of support personnel’s expertise in solving problems like networking issues and power inconsistency to keep your lecture capture up and running.


Creating a robust, sustainable lecture capture strategy demands high-fidelity hardware and flexible, open software. That’s why Cattura Video and Kaltura have partnered together to offer an end-to-end, fully automated solution. They jointly offer reliable video capture hardware, AV expertise and management, and centralized media management. With it, schools can scale up their lecture capture fast—and record every kind of class on campus.

Join us for a webinar highlighting advanced integrations between Cattura Video and Kaltura!

Wes Haverlah is a digital strategist at Cattura Video(link to https://catturavideo.com), a rapidly growing education technology firm based in San Antonio, Texas. We offer a range of lecture capture solutions for use in academic and enterprise environments. Our advanced hardware and software systems are designed to handle critical, multi-source capture and streaming needs. For more information, please contact Wes at wes@catturavideo.com.