[teknoids] Anyone following the Opencast/Matterhorn project?

Chapman, Ben ben.chapman at emory.edu
Tue Jul 13 13:40:11 EDT 2010


There has a been a lot of recent discussion about lecture capture in classrooms, and many of us have either created/modified open source software or purchased commercial systems to help record lectures. I was wondering if anyone has been following the opencast/matterhorn project? It looks really interesting. They are closing in on a 1.0 release. The web-page is over here: http://www.opencastproject.org . It is a very ambitious project that aims to put together a complete end-to-end lecture capture system. It's written in java and a lot of attention has gone into the details: uploading pre-recorded video as well as recording on the fly; supporting VGA frame grabbers in addition to video capture; allowing student annotation of videos; provision for DC metadata; close captioning, workflow (including approval) etc. A lot of big name schools are attached to the project and it looks like it has some grant funding as well.

Many thanks,


Benjamin J. Chapman, J.D.
Assistant Dean for Information Technology
Emory University School of Law
ben.chapman at emory.edu - gtalk,skype: benjamin.chapman

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