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Introducing Matterhorn
 

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Presentation delivered by Richard Goodman at 'Open for Education' (www.openforeducation.org) on the 20th May, 2011

Presentation delivered by Richard Goodman at 'Open for Education' (www.openforeducation.org) on the 20th May, 2011

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    Introducing Matterhorn Introducing Matterhorn Presentation Transcript

    • Opencast Matterhorn Open Source Lecture Capture Richard Goodman E-Learning Systems Team Manager Loughborough University
    • Overview
      • Open Source at Loughborough
      • Lecture Capture at Loughborough
      • Opencast
      • Opencast Community
      • Opencast Matterhorn
    • Open Source at Loughborough
      • Long history of Linux use
        • Contributed code to kernel and drivers
      • Web PA Project
        • Open source web-based peer-assessment
      • Kochi – anti-spear-phishing for Exim and other MTAs
    • Open Source at Loughborough
      • Some of the open source systems we rely on…
        • Moodle
        • Exim
        • Apache HTTP
        • FreeRADIUS
        • ISC BIND & DHCP
    • Lecture Capture at Loughborough
      • March 2009 – new Head of History proposes pilot
      • June 2009 – review and selection of system
      • September 2009 – First fixed installation of Echo360
      • September 2009 – First involvement with Matterhorn
    • Lecture Capture at Loughborough
      • January 2010 – additional funding supports expansion
        • 9 fixed installations
        • 5 mobile installations
      • March 2010 – Matterhorn test servers arrive
      • July 2010 – ReVIEW branding
    • Lecture Capture at Loughborough
      • Usage
      • May 2011 - 536 captures (~ 90% lectures)
        • 400+ recorded since 1st September 2010.
      • Encouraging uptake of the system
      • History lecture exceeding 700 views
      • Clear spike in views of captures when students prepare for their exams.
    • Opencast…
      • … is an initiative driven by higher education institutions to empower…
      • … institutions to make informed choices about capture, processing, and distribution infrastructure for audio/video,
      • … staff to teach courses and share knowledge with their students and learners worldwide,
      • … students to access and shape media into a more meaningful tool for learning,
      • … everyone to easily find and engage with educational video, audio, and other rich media...
    • Opencast Community
      • A federation of institutions and people:-
      • attracted to the Opencast idea
      • exchanging ideas, experience, and knowledge
      • committed to building an Open Source solution
    • Opencast Community Organizations
    • Opencast Matterhorn
      • With Matterhorn, an institution can:
      • produce lecture recordings
      • import existing video/audio
      • serve designated distribution channels
      • at no licensing cost (open source)
    • Matterhorn
      • Phase 1
      • Preparations / team building / “Iteration 0” (July 2009)
      • Phase 2
      • Kick Off (July 2009 – Sept 2009); Zurich Meeting
      • Phase 3
      • Matterhorn 0.5 (January 2010)
      • Phase 4
      • Matterhorn 1.0 (July 2010)
    •  
    • The Capture Agent
      • Low cost, low power
      • Supports automated capture
      • Requirements
        • Stable
        • Cheap (£500 - £800)
        • Powerful “enough”
        • 1 VGA + 1 NTSC/PAL + 1 3.5mm audio
    • Hardware Solution
      • Intel P8700 Processor, 4GB DDR2 800 RAM
    • Hardware Solution
      • Casetronic C137 Mini-ITX Case
    • Hardware Solution
      • Epiphan VGA2USB
    • Hardware Solution
      • Video Capture Cards
        • Hauppage PVR350, PVR1600
        • PV-143, PV-149 (BT878 chipset)
    • Codecs & Playback
      • Capture codecs for 1.0
        • H264 in MP4, or MPEG2 in MP2PS
        • AAC, MP3, or MP2 audio
        • Uses the gstreamer framework underneath
        • Bit rate can be cranked up or down depending on hardware
      • Processing
        • H264 encoding, potentially FLV
        • Uses the ffmpeg engine underneath
      • Playback is through a flash streaming server
        • Red5 open source server out of the box
        • Wowza, FMS, etc. should all be options
        • Content is H264 in MP4 container
      • Matterhorn runs in an OSGi environment
        • Components can be deployed in one container, or multiple (distributed containers)
        • Each service maintains Java OSGi, REST and SOAP endpoints (where reasonable)
        • Underlying implementations are done in Java
          • Version 1.5 or 1.6
      Service Oriented Architecture Approach
    • Activities
      • Opencast Community - Resource centre - Mailing list
      • Opencast Matterhorn
      • Steeple & Steeple-BR
        • Workshops & conferences for UK HE community
        • Mailing list, webinars
        • Dissemination of best practices in institutional podcasting
        • Matterhorn UK Base Camp
    • Opportunities to participate - UI testing
    • Opportunities to participate – JIRA (follow project progress / bugs / issues)
    • Other opportunities to participate
      • Subscribe to Opencast/Matterhorn/Steeple mailing list
      • Download and try Matterhorn – or contact a base camp to try it
      • Developers – checkout the codebase from svn repository and have a play
      • Attend a Steeple workshop (July 1 st Oxford University)
      • http://www.steeple.org.uk/wiki/BR/Workshop_July_2011
    • Opportunities to participate – Steeple workshops
    • Steeple links
      • WWW
      • http://steeple.oucs.ox.ac.uk/
      • http://steeple.posterous.com/ (blog)
      • Lists
      • https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/STEEPLE
      • Wiki
      • http://www.steeple.org.uk/
    • Planet Opencast
      • On the web
      • http://www.opencastproject.org/
      • http://opencast.jira.com/wiki/
      • Lists
      • [email_address]
      • [email_address]
      • Communication
      • http://opencast.jira.com/wiki/display/MH/Communication