Personal Capture (PCAP) is a stand-alone application designed to be used by Instructors on their personal computers to generate captures outside of the classroom environment.
The PCAP for Windows program is closely aligned with the Classroom Capture program. This means that Academic Staff who use the Classroom Capture interface on the classroom PC will have a very similar experience using PCAP for Windows.
Technical Details: Since Classroom Capture (CCAP) and PCAP for Windows are so similar, PCAP can also be installed via command line if you prefer to do that over using the UI installer. Refer to the Command Line Installation of Classroom Capture topic for procedures, using the PCAP settings identified in that topic.
Note also that because they are effectively the same program, 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.
The topics in this section of the Online Help provide installation and user instructions for Personal Capture for Windows and include:
- Install Personal Capture for Windows
- Configure Defaults in Personal Capture for Windows
- Configure Input and Output for Personal Capture for Windows
- Recording Captures with Personal Capture for Windows
- Review and Edit Recordings in Personal Capture for Windows
- Publish Recordings with Personal Capture for Windows
Refer also to:
- Personal Capture Specifications - for minimum Windows system requirements
- Supported Devices for CCAP and PCAP Windows for a list of supported microphones and cameras.
See the Personal Capture for Mac guide for instructions for Mac OS users.
If Your Capture Is Blank
PCAP for Windows uses the Windows Media Foundation (WMF) for video capturing. Specifically, the cameras should be YUY2 or RGB24 compliant (the camera packaging should indicate this) and supported on a Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10. If your capture is blank, first check to make sure the camera is attached (if external) and then try an Audio/Video capture. Refer to Test Protocol for Web Cameras for basic instructions. You may also try lowering the output quality of the capture if you selected High Quality/Large Files. This setting requires significant system resources to process.