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Configure Personal Capture for Windows Defaults
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.

In general, Personal Capture will self-configure on installation. It defines the local storage locations for your recordings during installation and identifies the Echo360 location for uploading and publishing recordings. You can also configure the login to use for publishing recordings, so you don't have to re-enter it every time.

Configure these items for Personal Capture the first time, and as long as the information doesn't change, the settings are used every time for publishing captures.

Configure login

Click the Login link at the top of the Personal Capture window, shown in the below figure. The login credentials you enter are used to identify your content library as well as the sections to which you are associated.

PCAP login is now processed and maintained by your default browser, rather than in the application itself. This supports institutions that use single sign-on (SSO) authentication and allows those users to log in using their institutional credentials, instead of having to establish a separate Echo360 login.

Your login will persist as long as the browser retains it. This means you may have to log in again periodically, particularly after clearing your browser cache or after the cached credentials expire.

Preview window with login button

Your default browser opens and asks for your email address.

Browser window requesting email address

Click Submit.

If you belong to multiple institutions, you are asked to select which one you want to log into.

Select Institution for login as described

If your institution uses SSO, you will receive a university login screen similar to the one you typically use to log into the university portal or other access point.

Active directory login page used as example for SSO login as described

If your institution does not use SSO, you will receive the standard Echo360 Login page, with your email address populated.

NOTE: After logging in, you may receive a "redirecting" page while your login is processed. This page may persist even after authorization is complete. You can close or minimize the browser and return to PCAP.

Once you are logged in, the "Login" label at the top of the window changes to show your username. You must be logged in to publish your PCAP recordings to Echo360.

Configure or view settings

Click the Settings button at the top of the Personal Capture window, identified in the below figure (it looks like a gear).

Preview window with Settings button

The Settings page, shown below, contains the following information:

  • Server URL: Identifies the Echo360 server and location for uploading content from this installation of PCAP.
  • Port: If your system administrator asks that you specify a particular port for PCAP communication, enter that number into the Port text box. By default, PCAP uses port 443 for capture uploads.
    If you are having problems with publishing or make changes in this tab, click Test Connection.
    After a few moments, you should see a message in the tab indicating the settings are correct. If you receive a different message, contact your system administrator.
  • Server Proxy: The communication proxy for PCAP is automatically configured. Edit this section only if your system administrator provides you with specific direction for configuring Manual proxy or to turn HTTP proxy off.
  • Storage Location: Identifies the local directory where recordings are saved. Click Browse to change this location if necessary.

Use Local Directory for Capture Storage Location
The Personal Capture storage location must be on the local drive; it cannot be located on a network, remote (mapped), or USB thumb drive.

PCAP for windows Settings page as described
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