Creating an Ad-Hoc Capture with Universal Capture

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Recently, Echo360 changed it’s capturing software to a cross-platform solution that is the same across classrooms and personal computers. Now the software on your laptop for recording looks the same as the one in your classroom. Hence the new name: “Universal Capture”.
Echo360 Universal Capture looks like the below. This post describes how to use it in a classroom at WPI.
Note: In order for the recording to capture, you must turn on the AV system in the room and select a source to send to the projector screen in the classroom. If you are in a dual classroom, please make sure to source to the RIGHT projector. 
Before you get to the interface however, you have to find the Class Capture icon on the desktop.
Once you click on it, you’ll be prompted to login over the internet. You’ll be routed through to the WPI authentication system and then you will access the user interface. It looks different than what you might be used to for the class capture interface, but the functionality is the same.
Basically, once you login the first thing you do it edit the details of the capture.
This brings up a form. It allows you to name the capture and also designate where the capture should be stored. I chose my personal library, but if you choose your course it will automatically populate into your Canvas site, in the Echo360 section. Notice, however, there’s no place to let it know how long you want the capture to be. That’s because you have only 1 choice – 60 minutes. All captures default to a 60 minute length and can be stopped before that.
You save the information in the capture details form and then when you’re ready, hit the big red button. That starts the recording process. In the picture below, there’s nothing on the left side because the projector screen isn’t down. You can see, though, the 3 below the audio meter. It gives you a five second countdown before it starts recording.
Once it’s recording, you’ll see the timeline at the bottom, and you have the ability to add time on the right if you need to. The longest you can make it is 90 minutes.
Below the timeline you’ll see the player controls. The box means stop. The x means delete. So unless you want to say goodbye to the lecture you just recorded, don’t press X.
When it is done it automatically uploads to the Echo360 cloud, and is stored in the folder you designated when you filled out the capture details page.
Here is a video, with no audio, that walks you through the process. At 35 seconds in, you will see the countdown timer begin counting down. At 47 seconds in, you will see crude cell phone video that gives a visual cue on how to make sure that the recording appliance is capturing and that your microphone is working properly. Note the green level bars bouncing up and down. (Reminder: this short video has no audio — it is just to serve as a visual.)
If you have any questions about creating an ad-hoc capture in a WPI classroom, 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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