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Publish Recordings with Personal Capture for Windows
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2019 10:02AM EDT

This article applies to:  Echo360 Instructors

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.

Publishing a Personal Capture recording uploads the file to Echo360 for processing. Once processed, the recording is posted in the Class list for the section you identify or to your Echo360 Content library. If you select to make the capture available on publish, students can view it as soon as processing and publishing are complete.

There are two publishing modes for Personal Capture:

Notes about publishing

You should also understand the following about the publishing process as a whole, which applies to both Auto and Manual publishing:

  • While the actual file upload process happens in the background, you MUST wait until the "Finalization" and "Prepare to Publish" processes have finished, BEFORE closing the application. These statuses are noted on the screen and you will receive a notice if you attempt to close the application before they are complete.
    • The Prepare to Publish process should take less than a minute.
    • The Finalization process may take several seconds, or several minutes, depending on the length of the recording. Plan to allot for this time for longer recordings.
  • The Publishing process occurs in the background but does require an active network connection. If this process is interrupted (network outage, turning off the computer or putting it to sleep), publishing will resume once the connection is re-established.

Once the recording is uploaded, it must be processed before it is published to the section. This may take from several minutes to several hours, depending on the current load of the Echo360 server. Wait an appropriate period of time, then check your Library page or the Class List page for the section to find the newly published capture.

Auto-Publish a Recording

The Preview Window of Personal Capture provides an Auto-publish option, shown in the below figure.

Auto-publish allows you to complete the recording, after which the capture is immediately uploaded and published to the section you selected before the recording began.

Auto Publish setting

If you plan to use Auto-publish, keep in mind:

  • You cannot review or edit the recording before it is auto-published to the selected course section.
  • The recording is still saved locally, so you can edit the capture and re-publish it later, replacing the original capture, if appropriate.

To auto-publish a recording:

  1. Before you record, check the Auto-publish checkbox, shown in the figure above.
  2. Click Record.
  3. If you are not logged in, you will be sent through the Login process.
  4. In the publishing information dialog box, enter or edit the Title of the capture.
  5. Select an Upload To location for the capture from the drop-down list. Your options include one of your courses or your Echo360 Library page.
    Note that all recordings you publish to a course automatically appear in your Library.
    Publishing information dialog box with title and selected course as described
  6. When finished, click Record.
  7. When you are finished recording, click Stop. The recording is immediately uploaded to the server, processed, then placed in your Library or published immediately to the selected course.

Manually Publishing a Recording

If the Auto-publish checkbox is NOT checked, you will need to manually publish your captures to your courses. You can also manually published edited versions of your captures to replace those that may have been auto-published originally.

To manually publish a recording

  1. Hover the mouse over the recording you want to publish and click the Publish icon, as shown in the below figure.
    Publish recording
  2. If you are not logged in, you will be sent through the Login process
  3. Once logged in, the Recordings list changes to display the Publishing Details fields shown in the below figure.
    manual publishing showing expanded fields for capture as described
  4. Enter or edit the capture Title.
  5. Select the Upload To location to publish the recording to. You can select one of your courses or your Echo360 Library page.
    Note that all recordings you publish to a course also appear in your Library page.
  6. When finished, click Upload. You will see a status bar, indicating the status of the file upload.
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