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Captures and the legacy device Web UI
Last Updated: Jul 29, 2019 04:04PM EDT

This article applies to:  Echo360 Admins

This topic deals with using the legacy device Web UI to create and control captures. This includes controlling scheduled Live captures by stopping, pausing, or extending the Live capture. The legacy device Web UI is available for any managed capture device. See Ad Hoc Captures for additional ad hoc capture information.

The legacy device Web UI can be used to:

Log in to the legacy device Web UI

Any type of capture that is being performed by a managed capture device can be controlled through the legacy device Web UI. You must log in to the device through the device IP address to access the web interface controls.

You may be presented with security warnings when accessing the device. You can ignore these warnings.

If you are an instructor and do not know the IP address of the device, contact your system administrator.

To log in to the device web interface

  1. To access the device directly, you have the following options:
    • If you are an Admin:
      • Select ROOMS from the main menu, find the room with the device and click the Log in icon (located in the bottom left corner of the Room block).
      • Alternately, you can enter the IP address/advanced into the browser's URL field.
    • If you are an Instructor, enter the IP address of the device into your browser's URL address field. This may be noted somewhere or bookmarked on the computer in the classroom.
  2. Log in to the device as follows:
    • If you are an Admin, use the generic admin or instructor login configured for the device.
    • If you are an Instructor, use your Active Learning Platform login, or the generic instructor login for the device.

When the device interface appears, the first tab shown is the Captures tab, used to start an ad hoc capture or control a currently active capture.

Creating an ad hoc capture

Ad hoc captures are generated in a classroom but outside of the normal class schedule. Ad hoc captures can be associated with a particular section when they are initiated, or published to a section later through the Echo360 interface.

For Your Information: The room info for a capture device is located in the upper-right corner of the screen. If it applies, information for Next Scheduled Capture is provided in the center of the screen. Ad hoc captures cannot be configured to overlap the next scheduled capture start time.

To start a new ad hoc capture

  1. Log in to the legacy device Web UI (see above instructions).
  2. On the Captures tab of the device interface, select Ad Hoc Capture.
  3. The tab changes to contain fields to complete relating to the capture:
    • Title this capture - Enter a title related to the subject or purpose of the capture.
    • How many minutes is the capture? - Enter how long you want the capture to be. You can extend or stop the capture at any time.
    • What do you want to capture? - Use the list to select the input items and quality (which also determines file size) you want to use for this capture.
    • Select an upload location- If you used a specific instructor login, you are able to select the section to which this capture should be associated or select Personal library.
  4. When the fields are complete and you are ready to begin capturing, click Start Ad Hoc Capture.

NOTE: The maximum duration of any scheduled capture is enforced by the system and is dependent on the device type being used. The limit for SCHDs is 4 hours, all other capture appliances have a limit of 8 hours. For details and limitations, see Working with Capture Appliances.

After selecting to start the capture, there is a three-second countdown before the capture begins. At this point, you may want to click the Monitor tab to view the inputs and monitor the capture.

device web interface with capture tab showing and ad hoc information fields as described

Controlling an active capture

If you log into a device that is currently engaged in an active capture, or where a scheduled capture is due to start in the next few minutes, the Capture tab shows a set of control buttons for the capture.

The buttons shown depend on the current status of the capture. The options may include:

  • If there is a capture currently occurring, you can Stop, Pause, or Extend the capture.
    If the capture is currently paused, there is a Resume button available.
  • If a scheduled capture is slated to start, you can select to Start Capture Early.
  • If a scheduled capture has moved into the "Waiting" state (the 5-minute window before the capture is scheduled to start), you can select to Cancel the capture.

To extend an active capture

  1. Use the IP address of the device to access and log in to the device web interface (see above instructions).
  2. On the Captures tab, select Extend Capture.
  3. Enter the number of minutes to extend the recording time (default = 10 minutes). The system will NOT allow you to extend a capture beyond the start time of the next scheduled capture.
  4. Click OK.

To stop an active capture

  1. Use the IP address of the device to access and log in to the device web interface (see above instructions).
  2. On the Captures tab, select Stop Capture.
  3. Click OK to confirm.

NOTE: Captures are automatically finalized and uploaded to Echo360 upon completion, either because the configured end time occurred, or you selected to manually stop the capture. To temporarily suspend the capture, use Pause Capture instead.

To pause an active capture

  1. Use the IP address of the device to access and log in to the device web interface (see above instructions).
  2. Select Pause Capture. The Pause Capture label changes to Resume Capture.

Monitoring captures

Monitoring is a great tool for troubleshooting. You can monitor the video and display inputs as part of configuration testing and to verify the signal during capture.

To monitor an active capture

  1. Use the IP address of the device to access and log in to the device web interface (see above instructions).
  2. Select the Monitor tab.
  3. Select Start Monitoring to initiate a 15-minute monitoring session.
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