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Save the Date: Meeting of the German-speaking Opencast community

We are happy to announce that this year’s meeting of the German-speaking Opencast community, or Opencast DACH for short, will be happening as an in-person event. The meeting will happen on July 11-13, 2022 and will be hosted by Osnabrück University and ELAN e.V. in Osnabrück, Germany.

The first two days, July 11-12, will be organized as a regular conference, for which we will soon send out a call for participation.

Following the regular conference there will be a hackathon day on July 13 where we will likely cooperate with the German BigBlueButton community, as they are planning a meeting on the two days following our event.

We are really looking forward to seeing lots of you in person again and hope that many of you will attend. Expect more details about the event soon. Stay tuned!

Opencast 11.6

It is my pleasure to announce that Opencast 11.6 has been released:

This new release comes with new fixes and features, the most important are:

BUG FIXES

  • Fixes Vosk module.
  • Stalling boot of services due to workflows definitions failed to load.
  • userdirectory-brightspace module works again with the latest version of Brightspace API.

NEW FEATURES, UPDATES

  • Update editor studio to their latest release.
  • The Google Speech Transcription Service now offers options to enable punctuations for transcription and to choose the transcription model to use.
  • Paella is updated to version 6.5.6, bringing back the fixes that were lost due to the rollback to 6.4.4 from the previous version.
  • Added configuration option to control if events without series are added to an auto generated CA series during ingest.

To look in more detail, the changes we invite you to look the changelog.

RPM and Debian packages as well as Docker images will be available soon. Watch for announcements on the users list.

To all committers and involved contributors, thank you for all your work. This could not have happened without you, and we are glad we were able to work together and get this release out.

Opencast 11 Release Managers

Jonathan and Max

Opencast 11.5

Hi everyone,

It is my pleasure to announce that Opencast 11.5 has been released:

This new release comes with several fixes and new features, the most important are:

Bug Fixes

  • Downgrades Paella from 6.5.5 to 6.4.4 to fix HLS videos not loading on slow connections.
  • Additional fixes concern issues with the admin UI configuration.
  • Exceptions when signing publication URLs.
  • Problems in the Admin UI when creating a series with an empty file.
  • Issues with Safari when using the editor.

New features, updates

  • New password strenght indicator
  • Stand-Alone editor updated to version 2022-03-22
  • New configurations options for ElasticSearch have been added.
  • Traditional chinese translations are back.

To look in more detail, the changes we invite you to look the changelog.

RPM and Debian packages as well as Docker images will be available soon. Watch for announcements on the users list.

To all committers and involved contributors, thank you for all your work. This could not have happened without you, and we are glad we were able to work together and get this release out.

Opencast 11 Release Managers

Jonathan and Max

Opencast Summit 2022: Recordings, Notes, Thank you!

The virtual 2022 Opencast Summit is over. Thank you for all your great presentations and discussions. It has been a great event! We are looking forward to the next one.

Recordings and Notes

The event has been recorded, and we collaborated on taking a lot of notes, questions and answers. Both are available online:

Thanks again to the whole community for helping to make this happen. See you next time.

PyCA 4.5 has been released

PyCA is a fully functional Opencast capture agent written in Python. It is free software licensed under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License.

New Features

  • Ad-hoc Recordings in #378

Fixes

  • Lower required Prometheus client version in #345
  • Missing steps in installation documentation in #346
  • Development command for starting all parts of pyCA in #347
  • Document how to configure a continuous preview in #355
  • Fix Silently Discarding Data in #377
  • Updated FFmpeg download source URL for newer FFmpeg version in #369
  • Ensure Default Reload Interval in #379

Tests

  • Run Bandit Tests in #348
  • User Interface Tests in #354
  • Fix Event Modification Test Data in #380

The release also includes several updated libraries.