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Personal Capture for Windows
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2019 10:06AM 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.

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:

Refer also to:

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.
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