Opencast Video Solution

The free and open source solution for automated video capture and distribution at scale.

Opencast is a flexible and customizable video capture and distribution system for modern institutions. Opencast is built by a growing community of developers in collaboration with leading universities and organizations worldwide.

Opencast 2.2 has been released

June, 15th 2016

This lastest Opencast release had a focus quality and reliability. The crowd-funded Quality Booster project allowed to fix many bugs from critical ones up to several minor, but annoying ones. In general more than 200 issues have been fixed or added new features to this release.

The main new features for this release are:

  • Support for Job Weights – A major shortcoming of the job processing machinery of Opencast was that all jobs were treated equally by the job dispatcher. That made it hard to impossible to configure Opencast in a way to take full advantage of available processing resources. By the introduction of job weights, the job dispatcher can now more effectively dispatch jobs taking into account the load they will cause (job weight) so that a lot of light-weighted jobs may be dispatched without overloading your servers with heavy-weighted jobs.
  • Stream Security – So far, the distribution artefacts themselves (“files on your servers”) were not protected. Malicious users could compile and publish lists of URLs that would allow anybody to directly download the distribution artefacts from your servers. Stream Security now provides additional security by protecting the actual distribution artefacts themselves using URL signing. This ensures that knowing the URLs of distribution artefacts won’t be not enough to download them from your servers. Besides, Opencast being capable of creating and verifying signed URLs, stream security plugins for both Apache and Wowza are available.
  • Zoom for Video Player – The player now supports zooming. This feature is particularly useful when having high resolution videos of blackboard presentations as students may now choose the regions of interest to them and focus on them.

A full list of changes can be found in the official release notes.

Visit the download section for more information on how to get Opencast 2.2.


Schedule events to automatically record based on a pre-defined timetable and, capture both video of the presenter and the PC screen.


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.

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