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Universal Capture for Admins
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2019 03:05PM EDT

This article applies to:  Echo360 Admins

Monitor Recordings

As an Administrator, there are multiple ways to monitor recordings happening on managed devices (Universal Capture: Classroom, or a Pro/Pod with the Universal Capture beta enabled) to ensure that captures are occurring, the proper inputs are being captured, audio levels are correct (visual indicator only), etc.

Universal Capture: Device

NOTE that the Universal Capture: Device interface 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.

The legacy device Web UI with all of the Admin tools you are used to is still accessible by default from the ROOMS tab by clicking Log in to Device on any UC-capable device (Universal Capture: Classroom, or a Pro/Pod with the Universal Capture beta enabled).
In order to access UC: Device, simply access the legacy device Web UI and remove the "/advanced" portion of the URL. Alternatively, navigate to the IP address or domain name for the device in your web browser.

Room Card showing 'Log in to Device' button

Universal Capture: Online

Administrators can log into UC: Online via the ROOMS tab by clicking View Room for any UC-capable device (Universal Capture: Classroom, or a Pro/Pod with the Universal Capture beta enabled). This will launch the Online interface for real-time monitoring of the application. When Idle, Admins can preview different inputs for monitoring or configuration purposes. During a recording, Admins will see the VU meter as well as images for the active inputs (1 thumbnail per second). Remote control of the application is also possible, including the ability to Start, Pause, Finish (Stop) or Extend a recording.

Room card with 'View Room' button

Universal Capture on Appliances

Early access to Universal Capture (UC: Device and UC: Online) on Appliances is now available. See Universal Capture on the Pro and Pod for more details.

Workflow

  1. Review the Universal Capture Features.
  2. Review the Universal Capture Specifications.
  3. Enable access to the Universal Capture beta for Appliances in the desired Room.

Universal Capture: Classroom

Universal Capture: Classroom (Classroom mode) is a cross-platform application that allows you to use the Mac or Windows PC located in a classroom as a managed capture device.

In addition to the capture application installed on the classroom computer, Academic Staff can easily access Universal Capture via the Device or Online interfaces to set up ad hoc captures for impromptu lectures, or control scheduled recordings if they need to.

Workflow

  1. Review the Universal Capture Features.
  2. Review the Universal Capture Specifications.
  3. Download and Install Universal Capture software.
  4. Assign the device to a room.
  5. Configure device defaults (input sources and generic device logins).

Once setup is finished and the Universal Capture device is assigned to a room, you can schedule VOD or Live captures for the room.

What MAC address is used for Room assignment?
Universal Capture attempts to find the WiFi MAC address as the first choice since nearly all (if not all) supported computers have a built-in WiFi adapter, but many do not have a built-in Ethernet adapter. The MAC address that Universal Capture uses to report to the server for Room assignment is used only to identify the computer. It doesn’t matter which adapter is actually used for network access at any given time. This means that if your computer is on an ethernet connection when initially setting up Universal Capture, it will still attempt to use the MAC address assigned to the WiFi adapter.

**Universal Capture Device Must Be On**
In order for Universal Capture to record a scheduled lecture:
 -- The podium computer with Universal Capture installed must be on. --
This allows scheduled captures to begin at the predetermined time. On the Mac, a user must be logged in to be able to capture video and audio sources.

Universal Capture: Personal

Universal Capture: Personal (Personal mode) is a stand-alone version of the Universal Capture desktop application and cannot be assigned to a Room. Personal mode is not accessible through the Online or Device interfaces and will therefore never allow for remote control or monitoring of the application. Recordings are created on an ad hoc basis and can be published to whichever Institution the user is logged into.

Workflow

  1. Review the Universal Capture Features.
  2. Review the Universal Capture Specifications.
  3. Download and Install Universal Capture software.
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