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h5. Introduction

The Galicaster Project is an open initiative to provide *flexible, state-of-the-art solutions for recording educational multimedia contents* like lectures and conferences.
The main goal of the Galicaster Project is to develop an open solution to provide *flexible, state-of-the-art solutions for recording educational multimedia contents*, like lectures and conferences. Galicaster project is supported by [TELTEK Video Research|http://www.teltek.es].

Galicaster capture solution is compatible with [OPENCAST|http://www.opencast.org/]. Galicaster-based devices can work as improved Matterhorn capture agents. They can register as a capture agent, thus being able to receive scheduled recordings and ingest the resulting mediapackages automatically.


h5. Main changes on Galicaster 2.1.0

* Optionally set and report "Error" state to Opencast when the audio is below a threshold for longer than a set amount of time. (lowaudio plugn)
* Optionally set and report "Error" state to Opencast when the Galicaster HDD has less available space than a set threshold. (checkspace plugin)
* Send "Offline" status to Opencast before closing Galicaster (for OC > 2.3.0)
* Muxing a pulse audio soruce into a v4l2 video source to the same file. (multistream bin by @ppettit)
* Allow unlocking the Galicaster touchscreen through LDAP credentials. (lockscreen plugin)
* Added configurable tags to the mediapackage tracks through the profile configuration.
* Now in Galicaster a default series field for the mediapackage can be set for manual recordings.
* Bugfixing and code refactoring.

Full list of changes [here|http://wiki.teltek.es/display/Galicaster/Release+Archive]


h5. Main changes on Galicaster 2.0.0

* Full media engine upgrade from GStreamer 0.10 to GStreamer 1.x
* Recorder logic refactoring to improve code mantainability and reusability
* Base S.O. migration from Ubuntu 12.04 to Ubuntu 16.04
* LDAP authentication based login
* Refactored Opencast ingest module and added features like "select the workflow to ingest with"
* New external plugins architecture loading from pip or .dep packages
* New virtual keyboard plugin
* New PTZ VISCA camera control plugin
* Fixed bugs (See all of them in [Github CHANGELOG |https://github.com/teltek/Galicaster/blob/2.0.0/CHANGELOG])


h5. Key Features

* Live visual feedback of what is being recorded, including a vumeter for audio monitoring.
* Live audio and video feedback over a touch interface.
* "Recording" red light sign
* Visual alarm on muted or low level audio.
* No scaler needed for VGA input.
* Advanced media manager, allowing playback, metadata edition and sorting and export operations.
* Opencast Matterhorn compatible, performs schedule and automatic ingestion.
* Basic manual controls of the recording: starting, stopping and pausing.
* Remote monitoring of the recording, via VNC.
* Finished recordings can be browsed, played, deleted or downloaded from Galicaster as a single "zip" file (MH-Media package format)
* Recordings can be ingested directly to an OC-Matterhorn core for publishing.
* Compatible with OC_Matterhorn 1.2 and 1.3
* Recording may be triggered automatically or manually.
* Basic control of the recording in-place (start, pause, stop…)
* It is compatible with Matterhorn scheduling system
* Touchscreen interface.
* HD and SD recording supported from HD-SDI, HDMI, component and composite video sources.
* Support for RTP network cameras and Datapath capture cards.
* VGA and DVI presentation recordng supported.
* Accepts multiple audio sources.
* Opencast-Matterhorn 1.4 compatibility.
* REST interface plugin.

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Galicaster can be used as an automatic in-room recording solution for the classroom, keeping the professor informed and in control, or it can be used as a mobile unit, perfect for recording meetings and conferences.

h5. Main Goals

Our main goal is the creation of *multiple open applications adapted to different scenarios and equipment*. So far, two Galicaster applications have reached a mature state of development: [Galicaster Class|Galicaster Class] and [Galicaster Mobile|Galicaster Mobile].
* [Galicaster Class|Galicaster:Galicaster Class] (GClass) is designed to be in a classroom environment with a basic control set and a tactile interface. It works automatically but some manual actions are available to the lecturers: muting the audio, pausing the recording and manual starting and stopping if desired.
Galicaster can be used as an automatic in-room recording solution for the classroom, keeping the professor informed and in control, or it can be used as a mobile unit, perfect for recording meetings and conferences.

Our main goal is the creation of *an aplication adaptable to different scenarios and equipment*. So far, two Galicaster configurations have reached a mature state of development:Fixed [Galicaster in the Class|Galicaster Class]room and [Galicaster for Mobile|Galicaster Mobile] operation.
* *Galicaster in the Classroom:* The idea is to deploy Galicaster in a classroom environment with a basic set of controls and a tactile interface. It works automatically but some manual actions are available to the lecturers, such as muting the audio or pausing/playing/stopping the recording if desired.
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* [Galicaster Mobile|Galicaster Mobile] (GMobile) is a complete portable recording station, providing full control on the recorded media. Operators can get real-time feedback from cameras and microphones - so that they can react immediately against any unexpected situation, manage a repository with all the recording media, delete many recordings in a single operation, send and resend media to distribution channels, label tracks, etc.
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* *Galicaster for Mobile operation:* The idea here is to buid a a complete portable recording station, providing full control on the recorded media. Operators can get real-time feedback from cameras and microphones, so that they can react immediately against any unexpected situation, manage a repository with all the recording media, delete many recordings in a single operation, send and resend media to distribution channels, label tracks, etc.

Another goal pursued by the Galicaster Project is the creation of *end-to-end, complete working solutions for recording educational multimedia contents*, focusing not only on capturing affairs, but also on providing connectivity with the publishing systems and the distribution channels.


h5. Versatility

All branches of Galicaster are *virtually adaptable to any publishing platform* since they keep all the recording metadata and video and audio tracks are recorded separately. Proof of this is the combined [Galicaster and Opencast Matterhorn|Galicaster:Galicaster and Matterhorn, the best match] installation which will soon go into production at the University of Vigo.
Galicaster can be used alone, but it is *virtually adaptable to any publishing platform*, since it keep all the recording metadata and video and audio tracks are recorded separately. Proof of this is the combined [Galicaster and Opencast Matterhorn|Galicaster and Opencast, the best match] installation which is already in production at the University of Vigo.

Galicaster can be seamlessly integrated with a wide variety of environments: low-cost, flexible equipments; best-performance, customized installations; existing campus-wide infrastructures; media distribution platforms, etc.
h5. Technologies

Both applications are *based on Python and GStreamer*, both long term projects supported by large communities, ensuring adaptability to most of the operating systems in the UNIX family. They can also be adapted to multiple kinds of hardware, expanding the recording possibilities to many types of devices such as laptops, HD Webcams, TV Cameras, video players, microphones ...
Both applications are *based on Python and GStreamer*, both long term projects supported by large communities, ensuring their adaptability to most of the operating systems in the UNIX family. They can also be adapted to multiple kinds of hardware, expanding the possibilities to record with many types of devices such as laptops, HD Webcams, TV Cameras, video players, microphones ...
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h5. Download Galicaster v1.0.1
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h5. Galicasters around the World

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h2. Latest News


h5. Galicaster to be presented in TF-Media Porto

*December 22nd 2011*
We are proud to announce the first public release of Galicaster. Key features of this very first version are: Live visual feedback, graphic manager for recordings, basic recording controls, tactile interface and compatibility with Opencast Matterhorn 1.2, allowing schedulling and ingesting.

This and further release will be available on the [Download Section|Download Galicaster].

*October 21st 2011*

Developers Héctor Canto and Rubén Pérez introduced the Terena community to the Galicaster project on the 5th TF-Media Meeting & Workshop, hosted in Porto (Portugal) between 26th and 28th of October. The Galicaster presentation was scheduled for October 27th at 11:30am and provided a good insight of the goals, achievements and future plans for this effort on multimedia educational contents recording.


h5. Galicaster integrated on Access Grid

*September 29th 2011*

Today we are starting to record the _Master course in Nutrition_ in the Access Grid facilities at the University of Vigo's main campus. 8 hours of lectures would be recorded weekly, and by taking advantage of the adaptation between Galicaster and the Access Grid technology, presenter, presentation and audio are simultaneously captured. The media is published using a Matterhorn 1.2 Core and it is only accessible to the students registered on the master course.



h5. *Galicaster Class almost ready*

*{_}September 12th 2011{_}*

After a long hard-working summer we are almost ready to install our first [Galicaster Class (old)|Galicaster Class (old)] prototype.Two classrooms on either facuties of the University of Vigo will host a GClass capture agent connected to an Opencast Matterhorn server.
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As soon as posible some demos would be published for you to have a better idea of what GClass is.



h5. *Currently on development - working on the beta version*

*{_}June 13th 2011{_}*

After the success first trials we are working hard on publishing our first beta version. Currently we are improving our video and audio control and solving some issues with the user interface.

If you want any other information or you are interested on being a beta tester contact us. Keep posted\!



h5. *First trials - alpha version succeeded*

*{_}May 22nd 2011{_}*

Recently we have tested our 0.65 version on a weeklong congress on fisheries and biology. We are more than satisfied with the results, having already a working, almost fully operational version.
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Some raw demos are available on the following links:
[http://opencastdemo.media.uvigo.es/engage/ui/watch.html?id=20d5b35f-0ad7-4515-a8d1-b833f153c69c|http://opencastdemo.media.uvigo.es/engage/ui/watch.html?id=20d5b35f-0ad7-4515-a8d1-b833f153c69c]
[http://opencastdemo.media.uvigo.es/engage/ui/watch.html?id=9f53672e-cccd-4e11-9e42-0b55f522ac9b|http://opencastdemo.media.uvigo.es/engage/ui/watch.html?id=9f53672e-cccd-4e11-9e42-0b55f522ac9b]
[http://opencastdemo.media.uvigo.es/engage/ui/watch.html?id=1a96b054-6d05-46de-8066-6072e6cae5cb|http://opencastdemo.uvigo.es/engage/ui/watch.html?id=1a96b054-6d05-46de-8066-6072e6cae5cb]\\


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