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Universal Capture for Instructors
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2019 12:51PM EST

This article applies to:  Echo360 Admins

NOTE: Universal Capture for Windows is now available for institutions that have opted in for Universal Capture selected beta testing. If you are interested in more information regarding beta testing contact your Echo360 representative or send a message to

Universal Capture is a cross-platform application that can be installed on a classroom computer in Classroom mode or on a personal computer in Personal mode and is used as a capture device for recording lectures and other classroom activities. Because it has an easy to use interface, instructors can easily launch the interface and use it to perform ad hoc captures, or control scheduled captures as needed.

Classroom mode of Universal Capture allows for remote monitoring of the computer as well as remote control of recordings.

Launching Universal Capture

Universal Capture can be accessed in multiple ways:

  1. Through the Desktop Application
    • Via the Applications menu on a Mac, as shown in the below figure.
      Universal Capture desktop application shown in Applications directory
    • Via the Start menu on a Windows PC, as shown in the below figure.
      Windows Start menu with UC
  2. Through the device Web UI by navigating to the IP address or domain name for the device in your web browser. (Classroom mode only)

    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.

  3. Through the Universal Capture button via the Instructor Dashboard, as shown in the below figure. (Classroom mode only)
    UC button as described

Using Universal Capture

Universal Capture Quick Start Guide

Universal Capture has been designed with an easy-to-use interface, allowing you to create an ad hoc recording or impromptu lecture after logging in. When using Classroom mode, you can also control a scheduled lecture being recorded.

For detailed information on how to create and control these types of recordings, see:

NOTE: In Classroom mode, 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.

Banner displayed in UI to show upcoming scheduled capture

NOTE: If the Universal Capture UI is left open, after 20 minutes with no user interaction the previewing windows will time out.

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