Let’s Use Universal Capture

Filed in Miscellaneous by on September 4, 2019

Greetings, WPI faculty and students!

In this post, we’ll go over how to download Universal Capture and use it to record.

To download Universal Capture, visit the Echo360 section of your Canvas site.

Click the gear wheel on the top right. A drop down menu is released.



You’ll see the downloads option from the drop down menu. Select it. Now you can download the installer for Universal Capture for the platform of your choice.



Once you’ve installed the program, open it. It will ask you to login – a process which takes you through the Echo360 login page to the WPI authentication system.


After logging in through WPI’s system, you might be advised that your browser is about to switch applications. Allow this.

Now, when you click on Echo360 Universal Capture, you’ll see your name on the top right.


Before you start recording, you’ll need to fill in some capture details. On the top left of the interface, you’ll see Edit capture details.



In Capture Details, you’ll name your video. You’ll also decide where you want your video to go once you’re done recording it.



With Universal Capture, recordings are not stored on your hard drive. So in the “Publish To” field, you can select to publish it directly to your course site or to your personal library. If you choose to publish to your library, see this link for info on how to connect the file from your library to your course site. Otherwise, the recording will be available in the Echo360 tab of your Canvas site.

Now that you’ve set up the meta-data and the upload location of your file, it’s time to start recording. The recording interface looks like the below.



You’ll need a microphone connected into your system. The display windows show whatever computer monitors or webcams are detected by the software.

Many people choose to record both a camera video of themselves, especially for introduction videos, and their screen. Some choose to record just the computer screen while they narrate/annotate. There are lots of creative options for you!

If you have any questions about Universal Capture, please email atc-ttl@wpi.edu


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Sophie Jagannathan is an Instructional Technology Specialist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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