Screencasts with Opencast Studio

With Opencast Studio you can make screen recordings including webcam and microphone. You don't need any software other than a browser and your presentation (e.g. PowerPoint or PDF). We recommend Chrome or Firefox as a browser and a good internet connection.

You will find Opencast Studio in ILIAS within the Opencast object. If necessary, please follow the steps for creating an Opencast object.

Preparations and tips

  • Set up your webcam and microphone.
  • Ensure a continuous power supply.
  • Avoid interruptions and sources of interference.
  • Record several short videos rather than one long one.
  • Start your presentation in a window instead of full screen mode. Set up the size of the presentation as you want it to appear in the video.
[Translate to Englisch:] Opencast Studio Button

Click on the 'Opencast Studio' button inside the series.

[Translate to Englisch:] Login Fenster

At the following login use your University account (firstname.surname).

[Translate to Englisch:] Quellenauswahl

Now select the sources that you want to record: The screen, the camera, or both.

[Translate to Englisch:] Fensterauswahl

For a screen recording, select the window with the presentation.

[Translate to Englisch:] Bildeinstellungen

By clicking on the cogwheel icons, you can select the appropriate webcam if several webcams are connected. You can also make settings for the resolution. 'Auto' is usually recommended.

[Translate to Englisch:] Audio-Auswahl

In the next step, decide whether you want to record a microphone signal.

[Translate to Englisch:] Mikrofon-Auswahl

When recording with sound, select the microphone to be used. You can also check whether a signal is recognised when you speak and the level drops.

[Translate to Englisch:] Aufnahme Start

Click on the red recording button to start recording.

[Translate to Englisch:] Aufnahmezeit

The current recording duration is displayed during recording.

[Translate to Englisch:] Trimming

After you have ended the recording by clicking on the stop button, you can trim the recording, i.e. cut the beginning and end. To do this, use the two scissors symbols.

The symbols only become active after you have either pressed the Play button or clicked in the timeline with the mouse.

[Translate to Englisch:] Upload

You can then enter the title and name details and upload the recording for processing in the system.

If you wish, you can also save the uncut raw data individually on your computer.

[Translate to Englisch:] Upload abgeschlossen

After a successful upload, a confirmation is displayed.

Use the browser's back function to return to your ILIAS course.

[Translate to Englisch:] Verarbeitung

While the recording is being processed in the system, the video appears in the series with a corresponding message.

[Translate to Englisch:] Verarbeitung fertig

The video can then be played and, if activated, downloaded.

[Translate to Englisch:] Paella Player

When starting the video, the player allows a flexible arrangement of the image sources if more than one source has been recorded.