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Configure Input and Output for Personal Capture for Windows
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2019 10:06AM EDT

This article applies to:  Echo360 Admins

End of Support for Personal Capture
August 30th, 2019: The download links for PCAP will be removed from the platform. This is also the end of support date for these applications in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). While the applications will likely continue to work for the rest of the year, there will be no support available. Clients in the EMEA region should plan a full transition to Universal Capture before this time. Clients in other regions can continue to use existing PCAP installations but will no longer have the ability to download it.
January 15th, 2020: This date marks both the end of life and the end of support for these applications globally. As of this date, PCAP will cease to work with the Echo360 platform due to enhancements in the capture pipeline that will only work with Universal Capture. It is of utmost importance that all Echo360 clients complete their transition to Universal Capture by this time.

Personal Capture allows you to select the inputs you want to capture for each recording and the output quality for the capture. The below figure identifies the locations of the drop-down lists for selecting recording inputs and capture quality output.

PCAP preview window with input and output selections marked as described

The input and output selections you make are retained, even after you close the program. This means you can configure these settings once and use the same ones each time you create a recording, without the need to re-select them.

Select inputs for recording

Personal Capture allows you to record up to three inputs, as follows: 

  • Audio only - capturing only audio input. This will generate an MP3 file for students to listen to.
  • Audio and Video (A/V) - capturing sound and video input from the built-in or USB-connected video camera.
  • Audio and Display (A/D) - capturing sound and whatever is shown on the computer screen.
  • Audio, Display, and Video (A/D/V) - capturing sound, the display on the computer screen, and video input.
  • Audio and Dual Video (A/V/V) - capturing sound and the input from two different video sources.

Use the three drop-down lists on the left side of the preview screen, identified in the above picture, to select the inputs you want to use. Choose None Selected if applicable to that input.

Note the following about Audio input:

  • You cannot choose None Selected for audio input; you MUST have at least one audio input configured.
  • You can use the internal microphone, an externally-attached microphone, or a microphone on an externally-attached camera if there is one.

After you select the appropriate inputs, check the preview of those inputs shown on the screen. Each input is identified in the following figure and described below.

PCAP Preview window with input preview panes marked as described

  • Microphone Input is level shown in the light-bar above the preview panes. If you do NOT see this bar changing as sounds are made, check your microphone connection and functionality. If the sound bar on the screen is not registering sounds, your capture may not have audio.
  • Display or Second Video Input is shown in the left panel of the preview panes. Capturing Primary Display captures whatever appears on the computer screen (or selected display device). If you are using two video inputs, this will show whatever the selected camera is currently aimed to view.
  • Primary Video Input is shown in the right panel of the preview panes. If you are not capturing video, this option will show None Selected, and the right preview pane will be blank.

Select output quality for capture

The output selection drop-down list is located on the right side of the preview screen above the Primary Video preview pane. It is circled in the figure at the top of this page. This selection allows you to determine the resolution of the video and display output of the capture, which in turn determines the size of the capture files.

The selections available are as follows:

  • Good Quality/Smaller Files - This creates a capture with low-resolution video and display. The lower resolution keeps the final file size to a minimum. This is a good choice if file storage size is a concern, or if you or your students have bandwidth issues that may cause larger file uploads or capture playback to fail.
  • Better Quality/Medium Files - This is the default setting. It generates a capture with medium resolution video and display. This setting creates medium sized files for the recording. This setting is the default and is probably sufficient for most recording needs.
  • Best Quality/Larger Files - This setting creates high-definition resolution for video and display. Consequently, this setting also creates very large files for these captures. Use this setting if you have visual details in the display or video of the capture that requires students to see the recording in very high resolution. Otherwise, this setting should be used sparingly, due to the time required to upload and process the completed capture. In addition, this setting uses significant computer resources; if your computer cannot process a high quality capture properly, your capture may be blank. If you DO need to use the High Quality setting, run a test capture first, to be sure it will work.
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