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 (PCAP) recording is the process of both uploading the recording to the server and publishing it to a class for students to view. Once published, PCAP recordings are available immediately for students. You can change the availability of the recording through the class list page if necessary.
You must be logged into PCAP in order to publish a recording. You can click the Login link at the top of the recordings list, or you will be prompted to log in when you select to publish.
PCAP opens your default browser to lead you through the login process. These steps are provided in detail in the procedure below.
Transcoding and Publishing May Take Some Time
Publishing time depends on the edits you made, the size of the recording, and network conditions. Once you click Publish, the process of transcoding and publishing the media happens in the background, though you will see a progress bar in the My Recordings page. Background publishing means that as long as the computer is running (not in "sleep" mode) and there is an active internet connection, these tasks will continue to run until they are complete, even if you close the application. In the event your internet connection is interrupted during the publishing process, the publishing task will start again when the connection is restored.
To publish a PCAP recording
- Navigate to the My Recordings list.
Depending on your preferences settings, My Recordings may appear when you launch PCAP or you may need to click Go to My Recordings from the Welcome screen.
- Select the recording you want to publish.
- Click Publish Recording.
PCAP requires you to log in to publish a recording, so you are sent through the login process. If you are already logged in, skip to Step 7 below.
- The default browser launches, requesting your email address.
- Enter your institution email address and click SUBMIT.
If your institution uses Single Sign On to authorize you (meaning you log into a university portal or other access point, and not directly into Echo360), you will see an institution login page, similar to the one you typically log into.
Otherwise you will see the Echo360 login page.
- Enter the requested username/email and password if requested, and click SUBMIT.
A Select Course dialog box appears.
- Select the location you want to publish the recording to, then click Next.
- Select whether you are creating a new published echo for the system or if you are replacing a previously published PCAP recording. The latter option is provided in the event you make additional edits to a recording and want to replace the old one with a new one.
- Set the date and time for the published recording. This identifies the class that gets created to hold the capture.
- Click Next.
The Edit Echo Details page appears.
- If necessary, enter or edit the title of the recording. Be sure it is descriptive enough to easily identify in your library, and so that students can both find it and understand its purpose or content.
- When finished, click Publish.
The My Recordings list appears, first showing the status of Transcoding, with a progress bar, then Publishing with a progress bar. When publishing is complete, the recording is listed as Published. If published to a course, the capture is available to students immediately. You may need to change the availability of the capture on the Class list page. If published to your LIBRARY page, you can review the capture prior to publishing to one or more courses.