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

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.

Zoom Integration

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! 

Opencast Studio

Web-based Self-recording Studio

Opencast Chapter Editor

Now a new chapter editor allows for manual creation and editing of chapter markers and titles.

Opencast Webinars in Review

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.

Opencast 8.0 Released

With Opencast 8, the community has seen a new major release bringing several improvements to usability and features. For more information, take a look at the release notes.

Opencast 7.5 and 6.7 Released

The maintenance releases Opencast 6.7 and Opencast 7.5 have been released.

November 2019 Update to Opencast Crowdfunding Campaign 2019/2020

Phase one of the crowdfunding campaign has ended with the community identifying its favourite projects.

Opencast crowdfunding campaign 2019/2020

The Opencast board is organising a crowdfunding effort to further develop Opencast.

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 https://goo.gl/forms/JagiOomAwDeFXimu1