Lecture Recording (OpenCast)

Service Category: Teaching & Learning Support

Lecture recording is a system for processing and providing lectures and other events on the premises of Ulm University.

Online form: Request Lecture Recording (Series / Individual)

Opencast is our online video platform, which is also integrated into Moodle. Opencast is the primary way to provide pre-produced videos in Moodle courses.

Opencast Videos Instructions

Opencast Videos FAQ

You can also use Opencast Studio to produce simple screencasts and publish them directly to your Moodle course.

Opencast Studio Instruction Manual

Service description

  • Upload existing or externally produced video material
    • The system allows you to upload video material from various sources. The material can be available in various formats, e.g. MP4, AVI or WMV. The upload takes place via the interface between Opencast and Moodle.
  • Automated processing of recordings
    • The system processes the recordings automatically according to defined workflows. This includes, for example, converting them into the desired format, creating metadata and making them available for access.
  • Provision of the recordings with a web-based video player
    • The recordings are made available via a web-based video player. The player is either publicly accessible worldwide or securely integrated into the Learning Management System (LMS). The URL to the player is made available to the customer.
  • Playback and download of the recordings
    • The recordings can be viewed in the video player. By default, the recording is also made available for download.

User groups

Upload videos:

  • Lecturers
    • Lecturers can upload self-created or externally created video material to the Opencast lecture recording system via the Moodle-Opencast interface. To do this, they need LMS access and the appropriate authorisations.

Playback of recorded lectures:

  • Publicly accessible recordings
    • Publicly accessible recordings can be accessed worldwide from any internet connection and by any internet user. No LMS access is required for this.
  • Recordings protected in the LMS
    • Recordings protected in the LMS can be accessed worldwide from any Internet access point, but only by authorised users. To do this, users require LMS access and the corresponding authorisations.

Service hours

24 x 7 x 365 (commissioning of recordings, use of permanently installed equipment, editing and playback of recordings).

Announced maintenance every Wednesday 7:30 - 8:30 am,
Regular downtime usually < 60 min.

Application conditions

Access to this service is possible for authorised user groups without a separate application.


Charges / Fees

No fees will be charged for the service.

Communication and Information Centre (kiz)

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Monday - Thursday
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Friday 09:00 h - 12:00 h

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