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Recording lectures

Logo: Opencast

Opencast (Matterhorn) is a university-wide automated service for recording, editing and publishing lectures. In the lecture halls which have already been equipped, there is an easy and effective way of recording lectures or events, editing the recordings and publishing the content for students in their ILIAS courses. No camera crew, additional computers or microphones are required. Opencast is particularly suitable for non-interactive lectures (instructor-centred rather than discursive). The same technology can also be used for other events such as conferences or lecture series.

According to statistics and research conducted at institutions who have been using this technology for some time, this is seen as added value rather than a replacement for teaching presence.


After you have given your consent and commissioned our services, we will set up the recording date in our system. The recording will start 5 minutes before and last until 10 minutes after the event. The audio and projector signal will be recorded. If a camera is installed in the lecture hall, the lecturer may also be recorded if they give their consent.


The raw material will be edited on our servers. This includes encoding in standard video formats, automatic extraction of slides for slide preview, text extraction and text recognition.


The edited recordings can be published for students to stream via the player in ILIAS. Published content is only available to the students registered for the event or course. Students can preview the slides alongside the video stream, customize the layout and search for keywords in the recording. Content cannot be downloaded. If required, content can be made publicly available or published on the institute's website.

Where is this service available?

As of July 2015, the following lecture halls have recording equipment installed:

Main Building Aula 1, Aula2, HSII


Lecture Hall Building: A1, A2, B, C

The lecture halls H4 (Main Building of the Faculty of Human Sciences) and H80 (Arts and Humanities Building) are planned for winter semester 15/16.

If you would like to arrange a recording in another lecture hall or you need more information, please contact us via the contact form for recording lectures.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact the RRZK-Helpdesk