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
Schedule events to automatically record based on a pre-defined timetable or syllabus and capture multiple sources (video, presentation etc.).

Edit
Bulk edit and trim video recordings. The editor provides graphical visualization of elements such as audio can significantly reduce editing time.

Process
A scalable infrastructure to encode video, generate metadata and preview images, create captioning and bulk edit to support video processing at scale.

Distribute
Publish recordings for download or on-demand viewing via YouTube, RSS, Atom-feeds or with OAI-PMH.

Playback
The media player is a standalone application or embedded on blogs, wikis or a content management system.

Manage
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.

News

Save the Date: Meeting of the German-speaking Opencast Community

We are happy to announce that this year’s meeting of the German-speaking Opencast community, or Opencast DACH for short, will be happening as an in-person event. The meeting will happen on July 11-13, 2022 and will be hosted by Osnabrück University and ELAN e.V. in Osnabrück, Germany.

Opencast 12 Release Schedule

We are happy to announce the dates of the milestones for the next Opencast release:

  • Cutting the release branch: May 18, 2022
  • Translation Week: May 23, 2022
  • Public QA phase: May 30, 2022
  • Release date:  June 15, 2022

Looking forward to a successful release!

Opencast 11.6

It is my pleasure to announce that Opencast 11.6 has been released.

Opencast 10.12

Opencast 10.12 has been released. The release notes can be found in the administration guide documentation. This is a maintenance release re-upgrading Paella player, and updating Studio and the Editor to their latest versions.

Opencast 11.5

It is my pleasure to announce that Opencast 11.5 has been released.

Opencast 10.11

Opencast 10.10 has been released. The release notes can be found in the administration guide documentation. This is a maintenance release addressing slow HLS video loading, and updated documentation.

New Editor now part of Opencast

Opencast started including a new stand-alone video editor meant for inclusion via learning management systems, portals and other integrations.

While we started its development as a project separate from Opencast to kick-start development and get it off the ground quickly, we feel like it’s now mature enough to bring it in again and put it under the umbrella of the Opencast organization.

Opencast 10.10

Opencast 10.10 has been released. This is a maintenance release containing important bug fixes, and is a drop-in upgrade to Opencast 10.x.

Call for Proposals: Opencast Summit 2022

The Opencast Summit is dedicated to the use and management of educational videos with Opencast. While the focus of the event will be on Opencast, the community seeks participation from related domains and projects.

We are therefore inviting educational designers, service providers and others working with video in academic settings to share expertise and experience across the field and explore opportunities to collaborate in related projects.

Save the Date: Opencast Summit 2022

The Opencast Summit 2022 will take place from March 8-10, 2022. Due to the current situation, the Summit will take place online. The event will be hosted by Osnabrück University.

Opencast 11.3

January 19, 2022.

Recordings of the 2021 Meeting of the German-speaking Community

2021 Meeting of the German-speaking community met Sept. 27-29.

Opencast 10.4 released

Announced October 19, 2021

2021 Opencast Summit Online at TU Graz

Review of the 2021 Opencast summit which was held using BigBlueButton integrated with Opencast.

Opencast.org gets redesign

New system, new design, happy editors: https://opencast.org/

2021 Opencast Board Elections

Opencast elects three new board members.

Conclusion of the 2019/2020 Crowdfunding Campaign

Collective funding will provide Opencast with a stand-alone video editor early in 2021.

 

Opencast 9 Release on December 15

Opencast 9 is planned for release on December 15.  It brings a number of new features and stability improvements. 

Opencast 8.9 and 7.9 Released

Opencast 8.9 and 7.9 were both released recently.  These point releases contained a small number of bug fixes, as well as important security fixes.  If you are running these versions, please upgrade ASAP!

 

Opencast 8.7 Released

This latest maintenance release includes 11 patches. The most important ones are regarding the scheduler and multi-tenant setups. 

Opencast 9 Feature Freeze

Originally planned to be released on June 15th, Opencast 9 was unfortunately delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meeting of the German-speaking Community

Instead of gathering in lovely Innsbruck, Austria, the German-speaking community used BigBlueButton to hold their annual meeting this year.

Tobira: A Video Portal for Higher Education Institutions

Development on Tobia, a new video portal for Opencast, has begun.

BigBlueButton Integration

The ELAN e.V. has developed an integration between both tools, allowing recorded BigBlueButton events to be processed in Opencast.