Tools for Opencast
The Opencast community offers several tools, mostly open source, that work together with Opencast to increase the functionality. These tools can improve the capture, offer a export or integration into other systems, can give you a choice of different players and much more.
LectureSight is a free and open-source tracking tool that allows to steer a pan-tilt camera based on data gathered by a separate webcam. The aim of this project is to offer a more vivid video of the lecture and show more details of what is going on in the classroom. This will enable an automated recording of a lecture that uses the blackboard, i.e.
Galicaster, from Teltek, is currently the most popular capture software that works together with Opencast. Additional to recording devices with the Galicaster software that can be purchased from Teltek, this software under a non-commercial open-source licence that allows universities to use the software for free on their computers.
PyCA is a free and open-source capture software. Initially this tool was written to record videos with a Raspberry Pi and ingest it to Opencast. As PyCa is currently a very simple recording tool, and so it has been picked up as a base for several other recording tools.
The Matterhorn Remote Inbox is a free and open-source tool that was designed to improve the workflow of ingesting content from a desktop PC into Opencast. The user creates a directory structure on a local PC and MHRI watches these directories. Series from Opencast can be assigned to top directories, the name of a subdirectory will be the title of an episode if no further episode information will be provided.
TheRec is a free and open-source recording software for Windows 7+. Currently TheRec does not offer all features that a regular capture agent provides, as it does not support scheduling and uploading from Opencast. For an automated upload it relies on MHRI. Unlike other recording tools TheRec is easy to install and to configure. It supports a wide variety of capture cards that are compatible with Microsoft DirectShow. The number of simultanous streams that can be recorded is only limited by the speed of the computer.
The Galicaster Dashboard is designed to monitor Capture Agents, especially Galicaster Capture Agents. The Tool gives you an overview of your recording devices, with their current status and a preview of the signals that the agent is currently recording.
The Paella Player is a free and open-source alternative player for Opencast. It is an alternative to the player included within Opencast and offers an appealing design and some unique features like virtual trimming. It is using HTML5 video with a fallback to Flash. The Paella Player can also be embedded into edX.
Annotating Academic Video Tool
Annotating Academic Video is a free and open-source annotation tool. The aim of this software is provide teacher and learners with an easy to use tool to annotate videos.
Opencast Stream Security Plugins
Opencast supports URL signing to provide additional protection of resources against unauthorised access. While the Opencast core provides both facilities to sign URLs and verify signed URLs, additional efforts are required in setups that take advantage of dedicated download and/or streaming servers. Such dedicated distribution servers need to be capable to at least verify signed URLs to offer the same level of protection for distribution artefacts they are providing access to.
Currently, there are two Opencast Stream Security plugins available: