The Opencast community is a collaboration of individuals, higher education institutions and organizations working together to explore, develop, define and document best practices and technologies for management of audiovisual content in academia.
Opencast is an open source lecture capture and video management system which allows institutions to capture, process, manage and distribute video assets on a large scale. It plays with relevant academic systems and services and provides flexibility to meet the diversity of video management requirements we see today.
Schedule events to automatically record based on a pre-defined timetable or syllabus and capture multiple sources (video, presentation etc.).
Bulk edit and trim video recordings. The editor provides graphical visualization of elements such as audio can significantly reduce editing time.
A scalable infrastructure to encode video, generate metadata and preview images, create captioning and bulk edit to support video processing at scale.
Publish recordings for download or on-demand viewing via YouTube, RSS, Atom-feeds or with OAI-PMH.
The media player is a standalone application or embedded on blogs, wikis or a content management system.
A robust dashboard to manage, configure and track the status and performance of video content and distribution channels.
Visit the Opencast project homepage for news and additional information about joining the project.
The Opencast community has formed a number of architecture working groups to look at the current technology stack and check if any problems can be identified with the current usage or with the compatibility of upcoming technologies (e.g. cloud readiness, storage, data model, etc.). All community members interested in this are invited to participate and join the call in our BigBlueButton. Please watch the list for announcements of a particular sub-group meeting.
Opencast 6.3, released on March 5, is the latest maintenance release in the 6.x series of stable releases. It contains bugfixes and a few major performance improvements over previous versions.
More than 70 people joined the party for the 10th anniversary of the Opencast project.
As per the Opencast governance (https://opencast.org/governance), the summit coincided with the two-yearly board election. There were no volunteers to join the board unfortunately, but all current board members were willing to continue their duties and confirmed with overwhelming majorities.
The lottery ends on January 17th, 2019.
The annual fundraiser organized by the Opencast board has successfully collected the funds necessary to jointly finance activities, infrastructure, or services relevant to Opencast.
For everybody who is interested in contributing to Opencast, or adopting it to the local needs ELAN e.V. is offering a developer workshop. Admission is free!
November 13-15, 2018, Osnabrück, Germany
Tell us your thoughts!
Opencast recently released maintenance versions 4.1 and 3.5 which resolve a number of issues in their respective branches. Feature development is occurring in the 5.x branch, scheduled for feature freeze on April 3rd 2018, and release in early June.
75 members of the Opencast community convened at the University of Vienna to join the 2018 Opencast summit. Recordings of the talks are now available.
Released on December 8, 2017.
Released on Monday, December 4, 2017