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Supported Devices for Universal Capture
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2018 11:05AM EDT

This article applies to:  Echo360 Instructors

Universal Capture is supported on Mac (10.12+) and Windows (10+).

For best results, the cameras should be YUY2, RGB24, and M-JPEG compliant (the camera packaging should indicate this).

The input devices listed on this page have been qualified for use with Universal Capture by Echo360.

On this page you will find the following sections:

Universal Capture automatically detects attached USB devices. If the camera has a built-in microphone, you can use the same device to capture both audio and video.

Best practices for web cameras

The following are best practices for using webcams to capture media:

  • Current drivers: Use the most current drivers for your web camera. You can find these drivers on the website of your PC or laptop manufacturer. You can also have the operating system of your computer search for current drivers.
  • Check the camera's documentation: The camera probably has settings that will help you get the most of your recordings. Refer to the documentation to find the configuration that works best for your setup.
  • OS Updates: Please have the most current updates applied to your operating system.
  • Driver-only installation: If possible, use the "driver-only" installation of the camera software. Most web camera vendors allow for this. In some cases, the software included with the web camera can interfere with the Universal Capture software, and the "driver-only" method is the supported method.
  • Test a capture: Perform and review a test capture before using the camera routinely.
  • Work with a trusted vendor: Echo360 recommends selecting a camera vendor that provides, support, upgrades, and a product path for the long term.

Test protocol for web cameras

To ensure successful recording, we encourage you to follow the below test protocol the first time you use any web camera, especially if you are using a camera not specifically listed as a supported device. In many cases, an unsupported web camera will work.

Testing web cameras

  1. Ensure there are no other software applications accessing the web camera while Universal Capture is running.
  2. Do a 15 minute A/V recording with the camera.
  3. Publish the capture and wait for processing.
  4. Evaluate the processed capture. Does the output meet your standards?

Video devices (webcams)

Manufacturer Model Features/Description Use Cases
Logitech C920
photo of Logitech C920 camera
Tripod-mountable 1080p/30fps camera with autofocus
H.264 video compression
Carl Zeiss® lens with 20-step autofocus
Built-in dual stereo mics with automatic noise reduction
Automatic low-light correction
Best for capturing presenter as he/she moves around the room
Ideal for high-quality audio recording in noisy conditions
Ideal for rooms with poor lighting conditions
High capturing resolution ensures best video quality
Versatile mounting system provides additional placement options
Microsoft Lifecam Cinema
photo of Microsoft Lifecam cinema camera
Multi-mount 720p/30fps camera with autofocus
TrueColor Technology with face tracking
Wide angle lens
360-degree rotation
Wideband microphone
Best for capturing presenter as he/she moves around the room
Versatile mounting system provides additional placement options
Ideal for picking up audio during recording in large room

Document cameras

Manufacturer Model Features/Description Use Cases
Samsung SDP-760
photo of Samsung SDP760 document camera
Compact 1080p/30fps document camera
3 Megapixel CMOS sensor
Digital 16x zoom & Digital Image Rotation
User scalable display outputs from XGA to 1080p
Best for scenarios that require easy transport and storage
High capturing resolution ensures best video quality

Audio devices (external USB microphones)

Manufacturer Model Features/Description Use Cases
Jabra Jabra Speak 410
photo of jabra speak 410 microphone
Omni-directional / Noise filter microphone
Standard (E-STD) microphone sensitivity
Mute function
Suitable for capturing the presenter's audio as he/she moves remains near the podium, or for meetings and conferences
Best for use in medium-sized rooms
Yeti Yeti Pro USB & XLR Microphone
photo of Blue Yeti XLR microphone
Multipattern condenser USB microphone
Three custom condenser capsules and four different polar pattern settings: Cardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional and Omnidirectional
A/D converter chip and separate analog circuit path for use with professional studio mixers and preamps
Built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and direct controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, mute, and microphone gain
15 Hz-22 kHz frequency response and 92 kHz/24 bit Sample/Word
Suitable for capturing the presenter's audio as he/she moves remains at the podium
Best for use when presenter stays in a static location
Ideal situations where high audio sampling rate is required
Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone
photo of Blue snowball USB microphone
Dual capsule design incorporates omnidirectional and cardioid elements to give you a choice
-10dB pad switch eliminates noise and distortion when capturing signals at extreme volume levels
18 Hz-40 Hz frequency response and 44.1 kHz/16 bit Sample/Word
Suitable for capturing the presenter's audio as he/she moves remains near the podium
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