OVP Kaltura releases version 3.0 of its open-source video platform

Online video platform Kaltura has rolled out a new iteration of it open-source Kaltura Video Platform Community Edition. The new version of the free, community-supported video platform, version 3.0 for those of you keeping track, includes the full feature set of the company's Commercial Editions, as well as a new cloud-based deployment option, which allows publishers to initiate an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance of Kaltura's rich-media content management platform in less than 15 minutes.

The new version also allows any ad network compatible with the industry standard VAST specification for video ad placements to integrate into the Kaltura video player using a simple graphical interface, and gives publishers the ability to enhance their video metadata with customized fields.

With mobile so hot at the moment, Kaltura included H.264 and 3GP video transcoding flavors optimized for mobile devices, so that uploaded videos can be viewed on nearly any mobile handset, including Nokia, iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.

"We are thrilled to freely share with the world exciting new features that we have developed, and are even more so proud of the unprecedented pace of innovation coming from our 6,000-strong global developer community," said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura chairman and CEO. "The additional open-source benefits of flexibility, extendibility, control, and affordability have resulted in Kaltura being deployed by more than 100,000 publishers, an order of magnitude more than all other proprietary systems combined."

Kaltura CE 3.0 is available for free download here.

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