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Classroom Capture Specifications
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2018 11:44AM EST

This article applies to:  Echo360 Admins

Classroom Capture (CCAP) is a Windows-only software program that can be downloaded and installed on the PC resident in a classroom. It effectively turns the computer into a capture device, where the installed CCAP software and the attached cameras and microphones are used to capture classroom lectures.

See Supported Devices for CCAP and PCAP Windows for information on supported capture input devices.

See Classroom Capture for Administrators or Classroom Capture for Instructors as appropriate, for information on installation, configuration, and use of CCAP.

If you are planning to use a CCAP Installation for Live streamed classes, please refer to Using CCAP for Live Streaming first.

Note that you CANNOT install both CCAP and PCAP on the same PC; the installer will fail if it finds an instance of the other already installed.

Finally, understand that while they may meet or exceed the below-listed system requirements, CCAP is not supported for use on netbooks or on "hybrid" laptop (laptop/tablet) computers. CCAP is also not supported for use on Virtual Machines or when using Boot Camp on a Mac.

System requirements for Classroom Capture

The following are the minimum specifications for a Classroom Capture PC.

Operating System

  • Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 operating system
    NOTE: Live streaming only works with CCAP on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
    In addition, Windows 10 is strongly recommended due to improvements and optimizations in core media libraries.
  • Windows .NET 4.6.1 (required - you will be prompted to install it if not present)

Basic Requirements

  • 4+ GB RAM
  • 100 megabit network interface required for capture upload and live captures
    A more robust network connection is recommended whenever possible
  • 20 GB free hard drive space for installation
  • Additional 50 GB free hard drive space for content storage
    A minimum of 100 GB free hard drive space recommended for local content storage
  • Internal audio device or USB port for audio capture

Processor Requirements

  • At least 2 physical cores (or at least 4 virtual cores)
    In general, the more cores a processor has, the more things it can do at once. This helps improve performance across everything you do and allows multiple programs to run at the same time, ensuring your computer stays responsive. For example, a quad-core processor would perform better (utilize fewer CPU resources) during a Live Capture at High Quality than a dual-core processor would.
  • Intel i5 (3rd generation) or equivalent for:
    • Single channel captures (A, A/D or A/V captures, see Capture Options below)
    • Standard quality captures
  • Intel i7 (3rd generation) or equivalent for:
    • Dual channel captures (A/V/V or A/D/V captures, see Capture Options below)
    • High or Highest quality captures

What is an "equivalent" processor?
An equivalent processor may be either an AMD (or alternative brand) processor or a newer generation Intel processor with similar processing capabilities.  For example, a 5th or 6th generation Intel i3 processor may have the same (or better) processing capabilities as the 3rd generation Intel i5.

NOTE: Capturing CPU or memory-intensive applications such as CAD or 3D modeling software may require a more capable computer.

Capture Input

Audio CCAP must always be configured to capture audio. If there is no audio device installed on the PC, you cannot select CCAP for scheduled captures. You can use the built-in soundcard input, or 1/8" line-in/mic-in connection, or USB-based audio or capture device (including a microphone on an attached video camera, if there is one). Audio levels should be configured on the input to be as high as possible without reaching maximum levels during peaks, which can cause audible distortion during recording.

Display is captured from the local VGA screen buffer and requires no external connection or configuration. We currently support capturing resolutions up to 1080p (1920x1080).

Video can be captured using the built-in camera on the classroom PC or via a USB-attached video camera.

See Supported Devices for CCAP and PCAP Windows for lists of supported and tested devices.

Capture options

Classroom Capture supports the following input combinations:

  • Audio (A)
  • Audio/Video (A/V)
  • Audio/Display (A/D)
  • Audio/Display/Video (A/D/V)
  • Audio/Video/Video (A/V/V)

Capture products

Classroom Capture can generate the following output:

  • Classroom Player presentation, including audio, display, and/or video
  • Downloadable mp3 audio-only file
  • Downloadable SD mp4 file, including audio, display, and/or video
  • Downloadable HD mp4 file, including audio, display, and/or video
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