Opencast Workshop: Migrating from v 1.6 to v 2.3

On February 8-9 there will be an Opencast workshop in Cologne, Germany, with the focus on users who are planning to migrate from Opencast 1.6 to Opencast 2.3. Part one highlights what has changed in the administration of the system: what has been improved and what has been changed. The second part tries to show solutions for the migration of the videos to the recent version. People interested in the workshop can register until the end of January for the workshop, by writing to rrolf[at][dot] The participation is free, but seats are limited.

The timing of this workshop was mainly influenced by institutions planning to migrate over the summer of 2017. For others and for those of you who cannot make it to Cologne: we will offer a condensed version of this workshop at the Valencia Opencast Summit, March 1-3rd, 2017 ( ). If you have specific additional issues you would like to see covered, please contact us as soon as possible.
We hope that this workshop will not distract you from coming to the Valencia conference. If you can only make it to one of the events, the official summit would be our recommendation, as you will get a much broader overview of what is going on in the Opencast community.

Workshop Program:

Day 1 - Administration - Start 10:00am

  • "Guided Tour" through the Opencast Admin UI
  • Basics: Events, Series, Themes, Comments, Dashboard, Search    Box, Filters, etc.
  • Video editing
  • Differences to Opencast 1.x
  • Substitution of the Opencast 1.x Hold State.
  • Typical installation problems (i.e. ActiveMQ)
  • Configuration 
  • Improve the video encoding settings
  • Create your own workflows
  • External API: new ways to connect your LMS Opencast Player and alternatives

Day 2 - Migration - End 2:00 pm

  • Archiving and backup of recordings
  • Migration strategies 
  • Parallel Installation
  • “Full”-migration with database upgrade
  • Migration script
  • Typical problems encountered in the migration 
  • Q&A on migration

We intend to have each day separated on one of the subjects, but as Day 1 has a very full agenda, we might need to shift some topics to Day 2.