Opencast 11.7

Hi everyone,
it is my pleasure to announce that Opencast 11.7 has been released

https://github.com/opencast/opencast/releases

This version come with various bug fixes and improvements, some of them are,

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes the issue that users can pass URLs from other tenants to the ingest service, which will check only against the other organization but not against the one currently active. This allows users to easily ingest media from other tenants.
  • Fix missing tags when encoding multiple qualities with the encode WOH
  • Fix metadata not being shown in editor.

Enhancements:

  • Now it is possible to edit Metadata within the editor
  • Make creation of default external API group configurable
  • Check if user can be loaded before starting a workflow

The documentation and full changelog for this release can be found at:

https://docs.opencast.org/r/11.x/admin/

RPM and Debian packages as well as Docker 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 we are glad we were able to work together and get this release out.

Max and Jonathan.

Opencast 12 release branch cut

Hi everyone, the Opencast 12 release branch (r/12.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: May 18, 2022
  • Translation Week: May 23, 2022
  • Public QA phase: May 30, 2022
  • Release date:  June 15, 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 11.6

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

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.