Let’s Use Universal Capture

Filed in Miscellaneous by on September 4, 2019 0 Comments

Greetings, Lecture Capturing Faculty and Staff!

With the sunsetting of Echo360’s Personal Capture (it will no longer be supported as of December 31, 2019), it’s time to start getting to know its replacement: Universal Capture.

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


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 installed, you can open the program. It will ask you to login – a process which takes you through the Echo360 login portal to the WPI authentication system. Once logged in, you’ll be advised that your browser is about to switch applications. Click Yes.

Now, you’ll be taken to your Echo360 Universal Capture instance. Why do I say instance? There are two big differences between PCAP and Universal Capture. The first is that Universal Capture is deployed from the internet. Echo360 is working on an offline capture mode. But until they get there, you’ll need an internet connection to use Universal Capture.

So before you start recording, you’ll fill in some capture details. Here, on the top left of the interface, you’ll see a place to add a name to your capture. It will say, “Untitled”. Click in this area. This is where you add “Capture Details”.

In this form you can decide where you want your video to go once you’re done recording it. The second big difference between Universal Capture and Personal Capture is that videos are uploaded upon completion of the recording. They 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 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.

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, while 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


About the Author ()

Sophie Jagannathan is the Educational Media Coordinator at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *