How do I edit my UICast presentation?

You can edit either a captured lecture (sometimes referred to as Echos) or additional materials (external media). For both types of files you can:

  • Remove segments from the middle.
  • Remove either the beginning or end sections ("trimming top 'n tail"). You may want to do this with an captured lecture to remove unnecessary material.

If the capture contains:

  • Both audio-video and VGA (computer screen recording), you can edit either or both
  • Only audio-video, you can edit the video only

To edit a file, do the following:

  1. Open the file to be edited.
  2. Select the content to be edited. You do this only for files that contain both VGA and video.
  3. Specify the edits to be made.
  4. Commit the edits, if applicable.
  5. After editing the file, save the file one of the following ways, although note that when you save a copy of a file in the Editor, the new file created has the edits you have applied. When you copy a file in the ESS, the new file created is a duplicate of the original file, even if you have applied edits to it:
    • Save the File. This command commits your edits but does not publish the file to students.
    • Save and process the file. This command commits your edits and makes the file available to students.
    • Save a copy of the file to a different course or section.

Open the File

  1. Log in to the EchoSystem using your NetID and ACCC common password at http://echo360.uic.edu.
  2. Navigate to Echoes > Echoes.
  3. Click the relevant tab. Clicking the All tab ensures that your file appears in the list.
  4. In the file list, hover your mouse over the relevant file until the buttons appear.
  5. Select edit.
    UICast edit open file
  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Edit Media.
    UICast Edit Media
  7. Wait while the Echo360 Presentation Editor loads.
    UICast Editor Loading
  8. Notice that the Editor is open in a new active window, but the Edit Echo page is still open in another window.
    UICast Editor Tab

Select the Content to be Edited

In the Content Pane, click one of the thumbnails in the lower right corner to display either video or VGA.
UICast Editor Video

Specify Edits

Specify a Segment to Remove

You can use either the playhead and buttons or the left and right markers to mark the beginning and end points of the segment to be cut.

To use the playhead and buttons:

  1. Position the playhead at the start of the cut.
  2. Click the Start Cut button (left triangle). This marks the start cut point.
    Position playhead and Start Cut
  3. Position the playhead at the end of the cut.
  4. Click the End Cut button (right triangle). This marks the end cut point.
  5. Click the scissors (Cut) button.

To use the markers:

  1. Drag the left marker in to the start of the cut.
  2. Drag the right marker in to the end of the segment.
  3. Click the scissors (Cut) button.
    UICast Editor Scissors
  4. Notice that the cut areas appear gray on the timeline. Notice that the edits are shown in the Cuts Pane.
    UICast edit cut gray
  5. Commit the edits.

Specify that the Beginning or End of the File be Removed

  1. Drag the left slider in to remove the beginning of the file.
  2. Drag the right slider in to remove the end of the file.
  3. Notice that the edits are shown in the Cuts Pane.
    UICast edit cuts pane
  4. At this point, you can either preview the edited file or save it.

Edit Cuts Using the Cuts Pane

  1. Select the relevant row in the Cuts Pane.
  2. Click edit.
  3. Change the values for Start Cut or End Cut.
    UICast editor cuts pane editing
  4. At this point, you have specified edits, but they will not be made until you commit them in the Cuts Pane.

Commit Edits

  1. In the Cuts Pane, click edit for each of the edits you want to commit.
    Edit and Publish
  2. Click on the check mark to commit the edit.
    Commit edit
  3. Do this for each of the cuts you want to commit.
  4. If you decide you do not want to make the edit, click restore.

Preview the Edited File

  1. Click the Preview tab.
  2. Click the Play button.

Save and Process the Edited File

  1. Click the Save tab. The Edit Overview provides a summary of the edits and the new duration.
  2. In the Version Description field, enter a title that describes the edits you made.
  3. Click either Save Edits or Process Edits.
    • Save Edits commits your edits but does not publish the file to students.
    • Process Edits commits your edits and makes the file available to students.
      Save or Process Edits
  4. Look for a confirmation message saying that the edited media file has been submitted.
  5. If you see an error message, take a screen shot of it and forward it to your System Administrator.
  6. Expect an email advising you that the file is ready for viewing.
  7. To close the Editor, close the tab. The Edit Echo window (which has the details on the Echo you just edited) is now the active window.
  8. After the edited file has been processed, notice that:
    • The title you entered in the Version Description field (which described the edits you made) is listed in the Presentation Media Edits section.
    • Two new buttons (Reprocess Media and Restore Unedited Media) have appeared at the bottom of the Edit Echo window.
      UIcast Edit Media Changed
  9. Click Restore Unedited Media to delete all of the edits made in every editing session. This restores the file to its original state.

Save a Copy to a Different Course or Section

After you have edited an Echo, you can save a copy (or "save new") to a different course or section.

Follow these steps.

  1. In the Editor, make all of the edits you want.
  2. Save the file, using either the Save Edits or Process Edits options.
  3. Click the Save New tab.
  4. Populate the fields.

    Field

    Comment 

    Title

    Title for the capture. You may want to use the same title as you did for the edited capture. This capture is an exact copy of it. 

    Description

    You may want to describe why you are exporting this capture to a different section. 

    Version Description

    Describe the edits made to the capture. You may want to use the same description as you did for the edited capture. This capture is an exact copy of it. 

    Term

    The term ("Winter", "Spring") that you are associating the capture with. This can be the same as the edited capture. 

    Course

    The course that you are associating the capture with. This can be the same as the edited capture.

    Section

    The section that you are associating the capture with. This can be the same as the edited capture.

  5. Click Save. A dialog box advising success appears.
    Save Location
  6. To verify that the capture was exported successfully:
    1. Navigate to Echoes > Echoes.
    2. Find the new capture in the list.
      Echo Export

Troubleshooting

On rare occasions, you receive an error message when you attempt to save an edited capture. This may be caused by a full .tmp directory. Your system administrator can correct this by changing the temporary storage location. Please email uicast@uic.edu if you encounter this error.

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Last updated: 

September 21, 2016

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