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PyCA – Opencast Capture Agent

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PyCA is a fully functional Opencast capture agent written in Python. It is free software licensed under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License.

The goals of pyCA are to be…

  • flexible for any kind of capture device
  • simplistic in code and functionality
  • nonrestrictive in terms of choosing capture software

PyCA can be run on almost any kind of devices: A regular PC equipped with capture cards, a server to capture network streams, small boards or embedded devices like the Raspberry Pi.

Python Versions

PyCA requires Python ≥ 3.6. Older versions of Python will not work.


For a detailed installation guide, take a look at the PyCA documentation.

Quick Install for Experienced Users

PyCA is configured to use FFmpeg by default. Make sure to have it installed or adjust the configuration to use something else.

git clone
cd pyCA
python3 -m venv venv
. ./venv/bin/activate
pip install -r requirements.txt
npm ci
vim etc/pyca.conf <-- Edit the configuration