How do I configure Echo360 Personal Capture Software to work at UIC?

Configure Personal Capture the first time you run the application. Please note that Captures are sometimes referred to as Echos or Recordings in the software interface.

Quick links for Mac OS X and Windows:

Mac OS X Windows 7

 

Configure Echo360 Personal Capture Software for Mac OSX

Set General Configuration

  1. Navigate to Echo360 Personal Capture > Preferences...
  2. Select General.
  3. Enter the Default presenter name. This name will be attached to captures by default, but you can customize the name later.
    General Configuration screen
  4. Enter the Recordings folder. Captures will be stored in this folder. The default location is:
    • Mac:/System/Users/{user}/Documents/Echo360/Personal Capture/recordings
    • To change the storage location, click Browse... (or Change...) and navigate to the desired directory.

Check or clear the Show welcome screen at startup box.

  • If you check the box, you see the Welcome Screen at startup:
    Welcome screen
  • If you clear the box, you see the My Recordings screen at startup:
    My Recordings screen

4. Check or uncheck the Transcode and upload in the background check box.

  • We recommend that you leave this preference checked (this is the default).
  • When checked, you can create a new capture or edit captures while a completed capture is being prepared and uploaded for distribution.
  • This setting also allows you to use Personal Capture to capture a lecture you give in the classroom. You might want to do this when the usual capture methods set up by a System Administrator are not available.

 

Set Server Configuration

  1. Click Server.
  2. Enter the Hostname / IP Address of the EchoSystem Server (ESS): uic-cc-ess1.ad.uic.edu
  3. Select the connection protocol (HTTPS).
  4. Click Test connection. If you do not see The server settings are correct, contact uicast@uic.edu.
  5. Click OK.
    Server Configuration screen

 

Select the Recording Devices

  1. Navigate to either the Welcome Screen or the My Recordings screen.
  2. Click Start Recording.
  3. Check the Enabled box for the devices you want to use. Although the audio device check box is grayed, it is selected by default. Your voice will be recorded.
    Devices you can select section of Start Recording screen

 

Configure the Recording Devices

A recording device may be grayed out (indicating that it is not available) or you may want to change the capture source.
Devices that are not available are grayed out

Follow these steps.

  1. Click Configure.
  2. You should see a list of devices that are plugged in and activated, such as a microphone, webcam, or secondary monitor.
    List of active devices
  3. Configure the audio, screen, and video devices as desired.
  4. When selecting video quality:
    • Select Actual Size (Lower Framerate) to optimize for on-screen (PowerPoint) presentations and web browsing
    • Select Smaller Size (Higher Framerate) to optimize for webcam and video recording.
  5. Click Save.

 

 

Configure Echo360 Personal Capture Software for Windows

Log in to the software

Click the Login link at the top of the Software Capture window, shown in the below figure. The credentials you enter are used to:

  • Identify the sections to which you are associated. This allows you to select the section to which a capture should be published.
  • Determine whether you are licensed for Software Capture. Any user can create a capture, but only licensed users can publish captures to the ESS.

 

Set Server Configuration

Click the Settings button at the top of the Software Capture window, identified in the below figure (it looks like a gear).

Use the dialog box, shown below, to enter the following information:

  • ESS URL: The Hostname and Port number of the ESS to which you will publish captures. If this field reads a dummy address (https://None:None/ess), you will need to manually enter the information.
    • Server URL: https://uic-cc-ess1.ad.uic.edu
    • Port: 8443
    • Click Test Connection to be sure the information you enter is accurate.
    • Contact your System Administrator if you need assistance.
  • Storage Location: Identifies the location on the local machine where capture files are stored. Click Browse to change this at any time.

 

Select Input for recording.

Personal Software Capture allows you to select the inputs you want to record for each capture, and the output quality for the capture. The below figure identifies the locations of the drop-down lists for selecting capture inputs and capture quality output.

 

Software Capture allows you to record up to three inputs, as follows: 

  • Audio only - capturing only audio input. This will generate an MP3 file for students to listen to.
  • Audio and Video (A/V) - capturing sound and video input from the built in or USB-connected video camera.
  • Audio and Display (A/D) - capturing sound and whatever is shown on the computer screen.
  • Audio, Display, and Video (A/D/V) - capturing sound, the display on the computer screen, and video input.
  • Audio and Dual Video (A/V/V) - capturing sound and the input from two different video sources.

Use the three drop-down lists, identified in the above picture on the left side of the screen, to select the inputs you want to use. Choose None Selected if applicable to that input.

Note the following about Audio input:

  • You cannot choose None Selected for audio input; audio is always captured.
  • You can use the internal microphone, an externally-attached microphone, or a microphone on an externally-attached camera if there is one.
  • You MUST have at least one audio input. Software capture will not allow you to record without audio.

After you select the appropriate inputs, check the preview of those inputs shown on the screen. Each are identified in the following figure and described below the figure.

  • Microphone Input is shown in the light-bar above the preview panes. If you do NOT see this bar changing as sounds are made, check your microphone connection and functionality. If the sound bar on the screen is not registering sounds, your capture may not have audio.
     
  • Display or Second Video Input is shown in the left panel of the preview panes. Capturing Primary Display, captures whatever appears on the computer screen. If you are using two video inputs, this will show whatever the selected camera is currently aimed to view.
     
  • Primary Video Input is shown in the right panel of the preview panes. If you are not capturing video, this option will show None Selected, and the right preview pane will be blank.

 

Select output quality for capture

The output selection drop-down list is located on the right side of the preview screen above the Primary Video preview pane. It is circled in the figure at the top of this page. This selection allows you to determine the resolution of the video and display output of the capture, which in turn determines the size of the capture files saved to your drive and subsequently uploaded to the ESS and viewed or downloaded by students.

The selections available are as follows:

  • Low Quality/Smaller Files - This creates a capture with low resolution video and display. The lower resolution keeps the final file size to a minimum. This is a good choice if section quota size is a concern, or if you or your students have bandwidth issues that may cause larger file uploads or capture playback to fail.
     
  • Medium Quality/Medium Files - This is the default setting. It generates a capture with medium resolution video and display. This setting creates medium sized files for the recording. This setting is probably sufficient for playback on most devices.
     
  • High Quality/Larger Files - This setting creates high-definition resolution for video and display. Consequently this setting also creates very large files for these captures. Use this setting if you have visual details in the display or video of the capture that requires students to see the recording in very high resolution. Otherwise this setting should be used sparingly, due to the time required to upload and process the completed capture. In addition, this setting uses significant computer resources; if your computer cannot process a high quality capture properly, your capture may be blank. If you DO need to use the High Quality setting, run a test capture first, to be sure it will work.

Note:  The input and output selections you make are retained, even after you close the program. This means you can configure these settings once and use the same ones each time you create a recording, without the need to re-select them.

 

Learn more

Using Echo360: Learn how to capture and edit lectures using Echo360 Personal Capture.

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Last updated: 

June 17, 2015

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