NOTE: This feature is only available for institutions where the Universal Capture feature has been enabled and is currently in selected beta testing. If you are interested in more information or adding this feature to your institution, contact your Echo360 representative or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Universal Capture is a cross-platform application that can be installed on a classroom computer in Shared mode and used as a capture device for recording lectures and other classroom activities. Because it has an easy to use interface that is accessible from the installed application itself, the Device Web UI or the Universal Capture button, instructors can easily launch the interface and use it to perform ad hoc captures, or control scheduled captures as needed. This Shared mode of Universal Capture allows for remote monitoring of the computer as well as remote control of recordings. A Personal mode is coming soon!
Launching Universal Capture
Universal Capture can be accessed multiple ways:
- Through the Desktop Application via Applications menu, as shown in the below figure.
- Through the device Web UI by navigating to the IP address or domain name for the device in your web browser.
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.
- Through the Universal Capture button via the Instructor Dashboard, as shown in the below figure.
Using Universal Capture
Universal Capture has been designed with an easy-to-use interface, allowing you to create an ad hoc recording or impromptu lecture (instructions below), or to control a scheduled lecture being recorded.
For detailed information on how to create and control these types of recordings, see:
- Creating ad hoc captures with Universal Capture
- Controlling scheduled captures with Universal Capture
NOTE: You cannot start an ad hoc capture within five minutes of the next scheduled capture. The scheduled capture requires a "preroll" period before it can begin, and clicking Record will start the upcoming scheduled capture early.
NOTE: If the Universal Capture UI is left open, after 20 minutes with no user interaction the previewing windows will time out.
Logging into Universal Capture
Universal Capture will prompt you to log in if not previously authenticated. If your institution uses Single Sign-On to authorize you (meaning you log into a university portal or other access point, and not directly into Echo360), you will see an institution login page, similar to the one you typically log into. Otherwise, you will see the Echo360 login page. Here are some authentication workflows you should be aware of:
- When using the Echo360 login page, logging into/out of the main Echo360 web application also logs you into/out of the desktop application. However, if you belong to multiple institutions it only logs you in for the institution you selected during login.
- The “Alternate login” link on the Echo360 login page does not log you to the desktop application, it only logs you into the main Echo360 web application.
- Logging into/out of the desktop application does not log you into/out of the main Echo360 web application.
- When logging into the desktop app with the Echo360 login page, you do not have to separately enter your email address, but the initial focus is on the password field instead of the email address field.