Universal Capture is a cross-platform capture application that allows you to create captures from either your personal computer (when using the desktop application), the Web UI or the Universal Capture button from your Instructor dashboard (if enabled), then publish them to one or more courses.
Please refer to the following topics as appropriate for further information and instructions:
- Universal Capture Overview
- Enable or Disable Universal Capture Features
- Universal Capture for Admins
- Universal Capture for Instructors
- Installing the Universal Capture Desktop Application
- Configure Universal Capture Input Devices
- Supported Devices for Universal Capture
- Controlling Scheduled Captures with Universal Capture
- Creating Ad Hoc Captures with Universal Capture
- Allowing Access to Inputs in macOS 10.14 (Mojave)
NOTE that the Universal Capture device Web UI is only accessible if single sign-on (SSO) for devices has been enabled for your Institution and is configured on the device. Contact Echo360 support for more information on Device SSO.
System requirements for Desktop Application
The following are the minimum specifications for a Universal Capture device:
- 10/100 network interface
- 20 GB free hard drive space for installation
- Additional 50 GB free hard drive space for content storage recommended
- An internal audio device or USB port for audio capture (audio is required to be configured)
- Windows 10 (64-bit) or higher
Universal Capture is only supported for use with the 64-bit version of Windows 10. If you attempt to install Universal Capture on a 32-bit system, you will encounter the following error
- macOS 10.12 (Sierra) or higher
Universal Capture is not supported for use on Virtual Machines or when using Boot Camp on a Mac.
Universal Capture is supported on the latest versions of the following browsers:
- Internet Explorer
NOTE that with the release of macOS 10.14 (Mojave), you will be prompted to allow access to Audio and Video inputs. See Allowing access to inputs in macOs 10.14 (Mojave) for further details.
Audio MUST be configured. You can use the built-in soundcard input, a 1/8" line-in/mic-in connection, or a USB-attached audio device (including a microphone on an attached video camera if there is one). Audio levels should be configured on the input to be as high as possible without reaching maximum levels during peaks, which can cause audible distortion during recording.
Display is captured from the local VGA screen buffer and requires no external connection or configuration.
Video can be captured using the built-in web-camera on the computer, or via one or more USB-attached video cameras.
NOTE: If possible, for externally-attached devices, install only the necessary drivers for the device. Do not install the accompanying application software, as these programs can sometimes interfere with Universal Capture.
Universal Capture supports the following input combinations:
- Audio (A)
- Audio/Video (A/V)
- Audio/Display (A/D)
- Audio/Display/Video (A/D/V)
- Audio/Video/Video (A/V/V)
- Audio/Display/Display (A/D/D)
BEST PRACTICE: A/D/V, A/V/V, and A/D/D recordings can be processor-intensive. Do test captures to be sure your computer and input devices output a quality that meets your standards.
Universal Capture can generate the following output:
- Classroom Player presentation, including audio and up to two visual inputs (any combination of display/video)
- Downloadable mp3 audio-only file
- Downloadable SD mp4 file, including audio, display, and/or video
- Downloadable HD mp4 file, including audio, display, and/or video