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.
University of Graz, TU Wien, Ghent University, and The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have completed the 2019/2020 crowdfunding campaign.
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 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!
This latest maintenance release includes 11 patches. The most important ones are regarding the scheduler and multi-tenant setups.
Originally planned to be released on June 15th, Opencast 9 was unfortunately delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead of gathering in lovely Innsbruck, Austria, the German-speaking community used BigBlueButton to hold their annual meeting this year.
Development on Tobia, a new video portal for Opencast, has begun.
The ELAN e.V. has developed an integration between both tools, allowing recorded BigBlueButton events to be processed in Opencast.
ETH Zürich has funded development of a Zoom integration for Opencast. This will enable automated, and manual ingestion of Zoom cloud recordings into Opencast. This will be publicly released likely by the end of October. Watch the Opencast Users list for more details!
Web-based Self-recording Studio
Now a new chapter editor allows for manual creation and editing of chapter markers and titles.
The community organized and hosted a number of technical webinars for both entry level and advanced technical people, with a wide range of topics (Opencast Studio, GPU encoding, LDAP etc.) covered.
December 2019 update.
The maintenance releases Opencast 6.7 and Opencast 7.5 have been released.
Phase one of the crowdfunding campaign has ended with the community identifying its favourite projects.
The Opencast board is organising a crowdfunding effort to further develop Opencast.
The release branch for Opencast 8 has been cut on Oct 1, 2019.
If you are running Opencast 7 in production please upgrade.
Opencast has released updates for both Opencast 6 and 7.
Opencast 7.1 has been released.
Dolan and Rolf elected to be release managers for Opencast 8!
This year’s meeting is being hosted by the Münster University , Germany. It takes place on September 12 and 13, 2019 and is free to attend.
Opencast 7.0 is scheduled for release on June 13th, 2019.
The next international Opencast summit will be on Feb 5-7, 2020 at Ghent University, Belgium.