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 capture solution is compatible with Opencast-Matterhorn. 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.
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 multiple open applications adapted to different scenarios and equipment. So far, two Galicaster applications have reached a mature state of development: Galicaster Class and Galicaster Mobile.
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 matters, but also on providing connectivity with the publishing systems and the distribution channels.
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] 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.
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 ...
March 15th 2012
Following the release of Opencast Matterhorn 1.3.0, an update of Galicaster 1.0 has been released including modifications to make it compatible with both 1.2 and 1.3 Matterhorn.
March 10th 2012
To ease the communication between developers and users of Galicaster, a mailing list has been made available. For all those interested on knowing more about Galicaster please visit the Community area or suscribe directly.
February 5th 2012
Those attending the Opencast Matterhorn 2012 Unconference in Oxford (UK) could hear about Galicaster in a short talk and a workshop, where Galicaster's main developer Héctor Canto showed the internals of Galicaster, attendants could try various devices, plug their own laptops and record and playback a few minutes of recordings.
In addition, part of the event was recorded with a Galicater Mobile unit and can be watched in the Opencast Site.
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 scheduling and ingesting.
This and further releases will be available on the Download Section.
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.
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.
September 12th 2011
After a long hard-working summer we are almost ready to install our first 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.
As soon as posible some demos would be published for you to have a better idea of what GClass is.
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!
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.