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.


Opencast crowdfunding campaign 2019/2020

The Opencast board is organising a crowdfunding effort to further develop Opencast. More than 20 proposals from the community were discussed publicly and both the community and funding institutions identified their favourites. Currently, discussions are ongoing about shared favourites…stay tuned for more information.

Opencast 8 Feature Freeze

The release branch for Opencast 8 has been cut on Oct 1, 2019.

Opencast 7.4 Released

If you are running Opencast 7 in production please upgrade.


Opencast 7.2 and 6.5 released

Opencast has released updates for both Opencast 6 and 7.

Opencast 7.1 Released

Opencast 7.1 has been released.

Opencast 8 release managers

Dolan and Rolf elected to be release managers for Opencast 8!

Save the date: Meeting of the German-speaking community

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 Release

Opencast 7.0 is scheduled for release on June 13th, 2019.

Opencast Summit 2020: Save the date

The next international Opencast summit will be on Feb 5-7, 2020 at Ghent University, Belgium.

Opencast 6.4 and 5.5 Released

Opencast 6.4 and 5.5 are part of Opencast’s ongoing maintenance schedule.  These releases also resolve some security issues for their respective branches.

Opencast 7 Feature Freeze

Opencast 7 contains a number of new features.  The major changes are an overhaul of the permissions management system, updated ElasticSearch compatibility, and significant storage and performance improvements.

Reminder: 2019 North-American Opencast workshop

First responses make it likely for the workshop to happen in Boston in the fall of 2019. If that suits you, please indicate your interest in participating by filling out the form at

Opencast Adoption Map

While it’s hard to tell with OSS, we took a stab at identifying Opencast adopters ( to go with the map of registers users to our repo at .

Opencast Architecture Working Group

Please watch the list for announcements of a particular sub-group meeting.

Opencast 6.3 Release

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.

2019 Opencast Summit in Review

More than 70 people joined the party for the 10th anniversary of the Opencast project.

2019 Opencast Board Elections

As per the Opencast 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.

Lottery for Opencast Starter Sets

The lottery ends on January 17th, 2019.

2019 Opencast Fundraising

The annual fundraiser organized by the Opencast board has successfully collected the funds necessary to jointly finance activities, infrastructure, or services relevant to Opencast.

Opencast Developer Workshop

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

Opencast 5.0 has been released

Opencast Release News 4.1 and 3.5

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.

Recap 2018 Opencast Summit, Vienna

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.

Opencast 4.0 Release

Released on December 8, 2017.