Opencast 13 release branch cut

Hi everyone, the Opencast release branch (r/13.x) has been cut. Please check if pull requests point to the correct branch.

For a guide on what you can still add to release branches, please refer to the acceptance criteria for patches in different versions.

Remember the release schedule for this release:

  • Cutting the release branch: November 16, 2022
  • Translation Week: November 21, 2022
  • Public QA phase: November 28, 2022
  • Release date: December 14, 2022

As always, we hope to have a lot of people testing this version, especially during the public QA phase. Please report any bugs or issues you encounter.

For testing, you may use stable.opencast.org if you do not want to set up a test server yourself. The server is reset on a daily basis and will follow the new release branch with its next rebuild.

Additionally, look out for announcements regarding container and package builds for testing on list if you want to run your own system but do not want to build Opencast from source.

Opencast 11.12

Finally, but not last, here it is the newest release for Opencast 11. On this release includes a patch for CVE-2022-42889, also, bug fixes to live publication and encode WoH handling. It is recommended to update to this version.

Release Notes:

The release can be found here:

RPM and Debian packages as well as container images will be available soon. Watch for announcements on the user’s list.

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

Opencast 11 Release Managers
Max and Jonathan

Opencast 11.11

Opencast 11.11 has been released,

The release notes can be found in the Opencast documentation at:

RPM and Debian packages as well as container images will be available soon. Watch for announcements on the user’s list.

On this release, we have a couple of bug fixes regarding AWS S3 storage, workflows, ingest and search service and other minor fixes. Also, there are some improvements regarding allowing upload of multiple assets with the same flavor, make configurable the option of deletion of live publication in case of errors and the size for term aggregation to return more than 10 terms.

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

Opencast 11 Release Managers
Max and Jonathan

Opencast 11.10

Opencast 11.10 has been released,

The release notes can be found in the Opencast documentation at:

RPM and Debian packages as well as container images will be available soon. Watch for announcements on the user’s list.

On this release, we have a bug fix on the `api/series` REST endpoint, where the creation date filter was not working and now the engage player can handle tracks with multiple videos.

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

Opencast 11 Release Managers
Max and Jonathan

Tobira v1.0 released, the new Opencast Video Portal

We are very happy to finally announce the first release of Tobira, the Opencast video portal!

Tobira aims to be a pleasant interface through which users interact with your Opencast content. It lets you present videos and series in a customizable, hierarchical page structure, but also makes it easy for users to search through all media. Additionally, it offers tools to upload, manage videos, and more.

Start page of Tobira showing a header (logo, search bar, login button), a side navigation and a main area. The main content area shows two series with a few videos each, some of which are live.
Start page of Tobira

It’s possible to connect Tobira to virtually any authentication system and integrate it into your university’s/organization’s infrastructure. The logo and the colors are also customizable (to some degree) so that you can get close to your organization’s CI/CD.

It runs as its own web application and is designed to still function when Opencast is unreachable (as long as the static files, e.g. videos, are still being delivered). It constantly synchronizes data with Opencast. In order to do that, Opencast must have the Tobira module loaded. Currently, that module is still developed in its own fork of Opencast, but we hope to bring it into the community version soon.

While there is still a long way to go to fully meet our ambitions and goals regarding Tobira, we now think that it is already useful. Starting with v1.0, we provide an easy upgrade path from one version to the next. In particular, we promise not to break your database, which we think you will appreciate! For more information on all this, please read our versioning policy documentation.

  • The Tobira video uploader, prompting the user to select a video file to upload
  • The Tobira video uploader, currently uploading a video and showing two fields to insert metadata (title and description)

To find out more, please checkout the README file and the docs/ folder. That documentation should contain all information you need to setup your own Tobira.

Tobira is developed by ELAN e.V., with the majority of the funding provided by the ETH Zürich, and additional funding coming from Bern University.