I ran into 2 new awesome open source tools within 15 minutes. I leave you to imagine the smile that was on my face and the number of open tabs in my firefox (:
I was looking for a nice way to manage massive video content for a personal project or more like a personal idea. So all the nice and expensive “services” i could use were out of scope. I don’t want to upload to youtube and share the links (that’s a long story that has to do with copyright) and I want something more interesting than just a video player or at least a video player that can work on the lebanese connection and can handle good buffering of large files.
One link led to another and i found Kaltura projects
ONE OF their projects is Kaltura Community Edition (CE) – Self Hosted Online Video Platform - this platform enables video management, publishing, syndication and monetization, as well as providing a robust framework for managing rich-media applications, and developing a variety of online workflows for video. The latest version of the Community Edition also includes enterprise level administration and monitoring tools.
Kaltura Community Edition is ideal for:
- Publishers that want to host the video platform and content at their own datacenter or on the cloud
- Service providers or web-developers that want to provide video management and delivery solutions to the web sites that they build or provide services for
- ISV and Platform developers that want to integrate video into their platform, adding video management and delivery to the platform offering
- CDNs, ISPs and hosting providers that want to add video management and delivery services to their offering
- Enterprises that want to manage video and rich media content behind the firewall
- Universities that want to manage video in conjunction with their LMS, or a campus wide video portal
- Any site – combined with Kaltura’s extensions for leading CMS and LMS platforms (including Drupal, Joomla, Moodle, Sakai, Blackboard and WordPress)
I went to download page and put the file in queu – I had to go through the reality check that I am in lebanon and I have to wait for ages for any download to finish.
In the meantime – I kept browsing and found that if you are not a tech head, they also offer a free account on http://corp.kaltura.com/ with up to 10GB storage and access to a very good and pro dashboard for video managment. That should do for any blogger or at least it is fair. If you want more than 10GB – they have permium plans.
I will leave you to check out Kaltura – I will probably get back to it with a detailed review. If you found it cool and used it, it will be nice if you also get back to me with your progress about it.
Now time to share the second awesome tool I found thanks to @alaa ( again ! ) – The story is bit complicated and includes a 1 hour line of thought while stuck bus in lebanon traffic. So I am giving you the twitter version :
That’s when @alaa came to the rescue
” Freedom Fone is an information and communication tool, which marries the mobile phone with Interactive Voice Response (IVR), for citizen benefit. It provides information activists, service organisations and NGO’s with widely usable telephony applications, to deliver vital information to communities who need it most.”
Freedom Fone is built combining the power of several open source projects that include: FreeSWITCH, Spidermonkey, PHP5, Cake PHP and JQuery. Freedom Fone uses Cepstral, a text-to-speech voice engine to synthesize voice messages.
So I added another file to that download list and I am still waiting.
I wanna give Freedom Fone a good try in some real case scenario – There is only one problem – getting hold of the hardware – I am not sure if it is banned in Lebanon as VOIP or not (another reality check on how ugly things are ) . Even if it is banned – I am working with some people who operate legal voip stuff and I can just add this to the purchased items list – but I am not sure if we will need a license to operate it .
So if you are an NGO or someone interested in this idea more – let us collaborate ( i have to finish paid work and the Kaltura project first, but doesn’t mean we can’t get started :P )
So those were my 2 new open source tools – hope you enjoy them.Read More