Lecture Capture workshops at the Media & Learning Conference

Stuart Phillipson, the Media Technologies Coordinator, Manchester University- UK will be delivering a seminar on Opencast Matterhorn: Finding workable open source solutions at the REC:all pre conference event for the Media & Learning Conference in Brussels (14th-16th Nov 2012).

I met Stuart at the Opencast Matterhorn Un-Conference at Oxford University Computer Services (OUCS) in Jan 2012, where he made a brilliant presentation on statistics on students who had access to lecture capture recordings at Manchester Uni. He is adopting Opencast Matterhorn on a wide scale at Manchester Uni. I couldn’t make this conference but you can view his presentation here from the http://www.rec-all.info/  site where they post many events and webinars. REC:all are affiliated to ViTAL (Video in Teaching and Learning SIG).

Lecture Capture using Galicaster + Opencast Matterhorn at LCF

So here is the user interface (UI) of the Galicaster workstation. Its very simple and easy to use. These are brave steps for LCF towards finding an automated solution for recording lectures. My colleagues Kirk Rutter, Phil Petrides and Deesh Sivanandan were invaluable again. The true test is the next 3 days for the DEL conference: http://myblog.arts.ac.uk/del2012/ where we will use this system to record the keynote lectures, then the recordings will be uploaded to this blog in the near future, its not fully automated just yet !


Using Opencast Matterhorn for streaming live lectures

Just a few days ago at LCF we had a huge breakthrough….using a capture device we managed to stream content live from a lecture theatre. The capture device is not designed for live streaming, and so is not a real replacement for a streaming server, but should we want to record an imbedded presentation with video and audio, then this can be considered a massive breakthrough.

It was one of those fantastic days where you know you are making a big leap forward; we tested equipment already existing in a classroom to do a live stream, by adding a small box: an epiphan matterhorn capture device (http://www.epiphan.com/products/other-applications/matterhorn/). The price of these has recently shot up from being £680, to now £ 2,285! Luckily we brought 2 of these before the price hike in order to proceed with our pilot of the open source lecture capture software Opencast Matterhorn.


Using the skills of Kirk Rutter to operate and configure the epiphan device & use generally use Opencast Matterhorn properly, Phil Petrides to adapt the IP PTZ camera and the existing Extron control system (clever lectern control system), and get audio & video into the epiphan capture device, and finally with Prakadessh Sivanandan (from central IT / networks – this guy is amazing & we are very lucky to have him), we successfully tested a live stream of a lecture which imbeds the audio and video with the screen shot of the lectern computer. This stream has been tested and viewed from inside the UAL and outside the UAL. I’m overjoyed at finding a solution that has really been an extensive research and collaboration with many other universities and bodies that help make use of open source software like Opencast Matterhorn.

This will be fully tested next week 25th- 29th June for an RNUAL event in the ground floor lecture theatre G05 at High Holborn (http://www.arts.ac.uk/research/researchenvironment/researchnetworkualrnual/). This will be a test of how the stream copes, and hopefully it will assist us in recording a series of lectures, which would otherwise have to be edited with PowerPoint slides  later