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Start a Recording with Universal Capture
Last Updated: Sep 05, 2019 11:53AM EDT

This article applies to:  Echo360 Admins

Universal Capture has been designed with an easy-to-use interface, allowing you to create an ad hoc recording or impromptu lecture to supplement your in-class materials.

Universal Capture Quick Start Guide

NOTE: In Classroom mode, you cannot start an ad hoc capture within five minutes of the next scheduled recording. The scheduled capture requires a "preroll" period before it can begin, and clicking Record will start the upcoming scheduled recording early.
UC UI with upcoming scheduled capture

Creating an ad hoc recording using Universal Capture

When creating an ad hoc recording with Universal Capture, you can select the section you want to publish to by editing the Capture Details. Universal Capture automatically CREATES a new class in the course/section you select to hold the capture. Meaning you may need to edit the class details after the capture is published. In addition, captures are immediately available to students when published. Universal Capture then remembers the last section selected for publishing when doing multiple ad hoc recordings. If no section is selected, Universal Capture will publish recordings to your Personal Library by default.

If the Universal Capture UI is opened and an ad hoc recording is not started, after 20 minutes of inactivity the input previews will stop and you will need to manually resume previewing. Preview timeout screen

Universal Capture: Classroom

In Classroom mode, the default length of an ad hoc recording is 1 hour. All ad hoc recordings will start with this length and countdown the remaining time. You can, however, extend the recording. The amount of time you can extend by is determined by both upcoming scheduled recordings and the overall capture length (maximum 8-hour capture length).

If there is an interruption in the recording such as a power loss, logging out, restarting the computer, logging in as a different user, etc. Classroom mode will continue to record for the full capture length even if the application has been closed. Universal Capture also handles device interruptions where a device could become unplugged or unavailable and will fall back to a secondary input, if available.

Universal Capture: Personal

In Personal mode, there is no default length for recordings. This means that there is no recording progress bar at the bottom of the UI like there is in Classroom mode. Instead, there is a timer that counts up to display the current recording length. This also means that there are no extension options available. If a recording is not Finished (stopped) and the application is not closed, it will record for the maximum 8-hour capture length.

Universal Capture: Personal will handle device interruptions where a device could become unplugged or unavailable and will fall back to a secondary input, if available. However, if the application is closed, a user logs out, etc., any ongoing recording will be considered completed and upload to Echo360 for processing.

To start a capture

  1. Launch Universal Capture.
  2. Log in (if not already authenticated).
  3. Select the inputs you want to capture.
    Audio is always required.
    You can select to capture display and video, two display inputs, or two video inputs besides the audio. Universal Capture will initially preselect inputs for you based on any available devices and then remember the last inputs chosen.

    Desktop application UI with no selected inputs
  4. Preview the inputs on the screen, to be sure they will record properly.
  5. Click the pencil icon or title to launch the Capture Details dialog box. Enter a Title, add a Description or Tags and select a Publishing location for the recording if desired. Otherwise, the following default information will be used:
    Capture details screen as described
    • Title: Untitled
    • Description: Blank
    • Tags: Blank
    • Publish Location: Library
      Your Library is the default publishing location when first using Universal Capture, afterwards it will remember the last Publishing location chosen.
  6. Click Record.
    A countdown appears after which the Universal Capture window minimizes and the capture begins. See Controlling a Capture for details on additional options during a recording.
  7. When you are done, click Finish.

The recording is completed and finishes uploading to the Echo360 server to complete processing. You will receive an email notification when processing is finished. Universal Capture recordings are available for viewing and editing while processing.

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