Universal Capture: Classroom 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 Web UI or in the Cloud to set up ad hoc captures for impromptu lectures, or control scheduled recordings if they need to.
- Review the Universal Capture Features.
- Review the Universal Capture Specifications.
- Download and Install Universal Capture software.
- Assign the device to a room.
- 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.
As an Administrator, there are multiple ways to monitor recordings to ensure that captures are occurring, the proper inputs are being captured, audio levels are correct (visual indicator only), etc.
Device Web UI
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.
The legacy device Web UI with all of the Admin tools you are used to is still accessible by default from the ROOMS tab using the 'Log in to Device' button for any Room with the Universal Capture Desktop Application installed. In order to access the Universal Capture device web UI, 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.
In the Cloud
Administrators can log into Universal Capture in the Cloud via the ROOMS tab using the Universal Capture View Room button for any Room with the Universal Capture Desktop Application installed. This will launch the Universal Capture Cloud UI 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 or Extend a recording.
Universal Capture: Personal is a stand-alone version of the Universal Capture desktop application. Personal mode is not accessible through the Cloud and will therefore never allow for remote control or monitoring of the application. This mode does not allow for a Room assignment and is therefore not accessible through the device Web UI. Recordings are created on an ad hoc basis and can be published to whichever Institution the user is logged into.