Echo360 ALP System Requirements and Device Recommendations

Echo360 ALP System Requirements and Device Recommendations
System Requirements
and Device Recommendations
Active Learning Platform
August 2015
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System Requirements and Recommendations ........................................................................ 1
Recommended Browsers ............................................................................................................ 2
Supported Browsers for LIVE streaming .................................................................................. 2
Device Communication in an Active Learning Platform Environment................................. 3
External Device Communication and Firewall Port Requirements .................................... 3
Internal Network Device Communication Ports and Methods .......................................... 4
Classroom Capture Specifications............................................................................................. 5
System requirements for Classroom Capture ....................................................................... 5
Capture input ............................................................................................................................ 5
Capture options ........................................................................................................................ 6
Capture products ..................................................................................................................... 6
Personal Capture Specifications ................................................................................................ 7
System requirements for Personal Capture for Windows .................................................... 7
System requirements for Personal Capture for Mac ............................................................ 7
Capture inputs........................................................................................................................... 8
Capture options ........................................................................................................................ 8
Capture products ..................................................................................................................... 9
Supported Capture Devices ....................................................................................................... 1
Supported Capture Input Devices ............................................................................................. 1
Best practices for web cameras ............................................................................................. 1
Recommended Input Devices for SafeCapture HD (SCHD).................................................. 2
Supported input formats .......................................................................................................... 2
Supported video devices ........................................................................................................ 2
Supported audio devices ........................................................................................................ 4
Recommended Devices for Classroom Capture and Personal Capture Windows ........... 6
Best practices for web cameras ............................................................................................. 6
Test Protocol for Web Cameras .............................................................................................. 6
Supported video devices (webcams) ................................................................................... 7
Supported video devices - other.......................................................................................... 14
Supported audio devices (external USB microphones) .................................................... 15
Supported document cameras............................................................................................ 19
Recommended Devices for Personal Capture Mac ............................................................ 21
Best practices for web cameras ........................................................................................... 21
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Test Protocol for Web Cameras ............................................................................................ 21
Supported Video Devices ..................................................................................................... 22
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System Requirements and Recommendations
The topics in this section provide information regarding the system and browser
requirements for using various components of the Active Learning Platform. In addition,
this section of the online help provide information regarding recommended capture
input devices, such as cameras and microphones.
Topics in this section include:
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Recommended Browsers
Device Communication in ALP Environment
Classroom Capture Specifications
Personal Capture Specifications - for both Windows and Mac
Supported Input Devices - provides lists of recommended cameras and
microphones
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Recommended Browsers
The Active Learning Platform is a web-based application, and as such does not have
specific OS requirements.
It does however, have certain browser requirements. While we can't necessarily test
every version of every browser out there, we do test the more recent and most popular
browsers/versions.
Tested Browsers
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Google Chrome - most recent version
Firefox - most recent version
Safari 6+
Internet Explorer 9 and higher.
Supported Browsers for LIVE streaming
Live streams are tested on and supported for viewing on all of the above-listed
browsers.
HOWEVER, Live streaming requires the use of the Adobe Flash player, so be sure your
installed version of Flash is the most recent. (Adobe probably let you know if it needs to
be updated...they're good like that.)
Echo360 does support the use of iOS browsers for viewing Live streams. How? iOS uses
HLS instead of Flash for live streaming (which is good, because iOS doesn't support
Flash). HLS stands for HTTP live streaming protocol, in case you were interested.
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Device Communication in an Active Learning
Platform Environment
The information on this page addresses the communication methods used by Echo360
capture devices. These devices need to communicate externally with the Active
Learning Platform as well as internally to other servers via the local area network (LAN).
NOTE: The information on this page applies to all capture devices (exceptions noted):
-- First generation Capture Appliance
-- SafeCapture HD (SCHD)
-- Classroom Capture (DHCP and NTP do not apply; handled by computer OS)
-- Personal Capture (DHCP and NTP do not apply; handled by computer OS)
External Device Communication and Firewall Port Requirements
Capture devices require only two external communication ports; one to the Active
Learning Platform server, and one to the default network time server.
If you use an internal time server, the external NTP server connection is not needed.
Port Description
Default
Port
Port
Direction
Protocol
443
outbound
TCP
123
outbound
UDP
4915265535
outbound
UDP
HTTPS (Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol)
Outbound required to Active Learning
Platform server
NTP (Network Time Protocol) to *.pool.ntp.org
(default ALP time server)
(If you use an internal time server, this does
not apply.)
RTP (Real-time Transport Protocol) to Active
Learning Streaming Servers
(Applies only to LIVE streaming; see Port
Configuration for LIVE Streaming for details.)
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Internal Network Device Communication Ports and Methods
Device communications through the internal network or LAN are defined in the below
table.
Default
Port
Port
Direction
Protocol
(Appliance may be set to static addressing later
but requires DHCP initially.)
67, 68
both
UDP
DNS (Domain Name Service)
53
outbound
UDP
443
inbound
TCP
80
inbound
TCP
80
inbound
TCP
123
outbound
UDP
Port Description
DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol)
HTTPS (Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol)
(Optional, for device web interface access,
including ad-hoc capture UI)
HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)
(Optional, for device web interface access,
including ad-hoc capture UI)
RTMP (Real-time Messaging Protocol) to users
(For LIVE streaming to users)
Internal NTP Time Server (if used)
(If you use the default Echo NTP server, see table
in section above.)
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Classroom Capture Specifications
Classroom Capture (CCAP) is a Windows-only software program that can be
downloaded and installed on the PC resident in a classroom. It effectively turns the
computer into a capture device, where the installed CCAP software and the attached
cameras and microphones are used to capture classroom lectures.
See Recommended Devices for CCAP and PCAP Windows for information on
supported capture input devices.
See Classroom Capture for Administrators or Classroom Capture for Instructors as
appropriate, for information on installation, configuration, and use of CCAP.
System requirements for Classroom Capture
The following are the minimum specifications for a Classroom Capture PC:
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Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system
Windows .NET 3.5 (required - you will be prompted to install it if not present)
Intel i5-2400 Quad Core Processor
2 GB RAM
10/100 network interface
20 GB free hard drive space
Internal audio device or USB port for audio capture
NOTE: Capturing CPU or memory-intensive applications such as CAD or 3D modeling
software may require a more capable computer.
Capture input
Audio MUST be captured. You can use the built-in sound card input, or 1/8" line-in/micin connection, or USB-based audio or capture device (including a microphone on an
attached video camera, if there is one). Audio levels should be configured on the input
to be as high as possible without reaching maximum levels during peaks, which can
cause audible distortion during recording.
Display is captured from the local VGA screen buffer, and requires no external
connection or configuration.
Video can be captured using the built in camera on the classroom PC or via a USBattached video camera.
See Recommended Devices for CCAP and PCAP Windows for lists of supported and
tested devices.
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Capture options
Classroom Capture supports the following input combinations:
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Audio (A)
Audio/Video (A/V)
Audio/Display (A/D)
Audio/Display/Video (A/D/V)
Audio/Video/Video (A/V/V)
Capture products
Classroom Capture can generate the following output:
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Classroom Player presentation, including audio, display, and/or video
Downloadable mp3 audio-only file
Downloadable SD mp4 file, including audio, display, and/or video
Downloadable HD mp4 file, including audio, display, and/or video
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Personal Capture Specifications
Personal Capture (PCAP) is a downloadable, stand-alone application, for either
Windows or Mac, that allows you to create captures using your personal computer,
then publish them to one or more courses.
Please refer to the following topics as appropriate for further information and
instructions:
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Personal Capture for Mac - Installation and user instructions for Mac users
o See Also: Recommended Devices for Personal Capture Mac
Personal Capture for Windows - Installation and user instructions for Windows
users
o See Also: Recommended Devices for CCAP and PCAP Windows
System requirements for Personal Capture for Windows
In addition to the below-listed system requirements, PCAP for Windows also requires
Windows .NET 3.5. If it is not present at installation, you will be prompted to install it.
PCAP for Windows is not supported on netbook computers.
The following are the minimum specifications for a Personal Capture for Windows PC:
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Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system
Windows .NET 3.5 (required - you will be prompted to install it if necessary)
Intel Core i5 Processor for A/V or A/D
Intel i7 recommended for A/D/V or A/V/V
2 GB RAM
10/100 network interface
20 GB free hard drive space
Internal audio device or USB port for audio capture
NOTE: Capturing CPU or memory-intensive applications such as CAD or 3D modeling
software may require a more capable computer.
System requirements for Personal Capture for Mac
Personal Capture for Mac is supported on the Mac OS X 10.7 and above. However, if
you are planning to upgrade your Mac OS, refer to the below note before doing so.
The following are the minimum specifications for a Personal Capture for Mac device:
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Mac OS X 10.8 or 10.9
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QuickTime 7.5.5 or later (installed with OS X, but you may need to update to the
latest version)
Intel Single Core1.8 GHz processor (or equivalent) for A/V or A/D
Intel Dual Core1.8 GHz processor (or equivalent) for A/D/V or A/V/V
2 GB RAM
10/100 network interface
20 GB free hard drive space
Internal audio device or USB port for audio capture (audio is required)
NOTE about Upgrading Mac OS: Personal Capture for Mac is supported on Mac OS X
10.9 and 10.10, however upgrading the Mac OS may cause corruption in an existing
PCAP installation. Captures will work fine but publishing the capture will get stuck in the
"Transcode Pending" state. If possible, upgrade the OS before installing PCAP Mac. If
that is not possible and you encounter this problem, save any un-published captures,
then uninstall and reinstall Personal Capture.
Capture inputs
Audio MUST be captured. You can use the built-in sound card input, a 1/8" line-in/mic-in
connection, or a USB-attached audio device (including a microphone on an attached
video camera, if there is one). Audio levels should be configured on the input to be as
high as possible without reaching maximum levels during peaks, which can cause
audible distortion during recording.
Display is captured from the local VGA screen buffer, and requires no external
connection or configuration.
Video can be captured using the built in web-camera on the computer, or via one or
more USB-attached video cameras.
NOTE: If possible, for externally-attached devices, install only the necessary drivers for
the device. Do not install the accompanying application software, as these programs
can sometimes interfere with PCAP.
Capture options
Personal Capture supports the following input combinations:
Audio (A)
 Audio/Video (A/V)
 Audio/Display (A/D)
 Audio/Display/Video (A/D/V)
 Audio/Video/Video (A/V/V)
BEST PRACTICE: A/D/V and A/V/V recordings can be processor-intensive. Do test
captures to be sure your computer and input devices can capture the quality
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necessary. You may also want to review the published captures from the Classroom
side, to be sure the output quality also meets your standards.
Capture products
Classroom Capture can generate the following output:
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Classroom Player presentation, including audio, display, and/or video
Downloadable mp3 audio-only file
Downloadable SD mp4 file, including audio, display, and/or video
Downloadable HD mp4 file, including audio, display, and/or video
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Supported Capture Devices
Supported Capture Input Devices
We test several cameras and input devices that are most common among our
customers, however we cannot test every device on the market.
The devices listed in these topics are recommended for use with our products, and fall
into one of the following two Qualification Status categories:
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The camera or input device has been tested and is officially qualified to work
with Echo360 Capture products.
The camera or input device has NOT been officially qualified by Echo360,
however many Echo360 customers have reported consistent success with this
device. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee full compatibility of these devices
but we have listed them for informational purposes.
Also keep in mind that the best device for the job depends on the method you are
using to capture (i.e., SCHD or Classroom Capture) and what you are capturing (i.e., a
class in a small meeting room or a lecture in a large auditorium).
See the following topics for capture input device recommendations:
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Recommended Devices for SCHD
Recommended Devices for Classroom Capture and Personal Capture Windows
Recommended Devices for Personal Capture Mac
Best practices for web cameras
The following are best practices for using webcams to capture media:
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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.
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 Personal Capture or
Classroom 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.
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Recommended Input Devices for SafeCapture HD
(SCHD)
The SafeCapture HD (SCHD) is a dedicated capture appliance and was designed to
be used for Ad-hoc or Scheduled recordings in large venues with complex Audio/Video
setups. The SCHD can capture full-motion output from any VGA, DVI or HDMI-enabled
device, including document cameras, electronic whiteboards and computers (PC and
Mac). Input resolutions from 640x480 to 1920x1200 are supported.
Supported input formats
The SCHD supports Digital or Analog input via a DVI-I connector, passively adaptable to
VGA or HDMI input. Digital (HDMI) or Analog (Composite) video input NTSC and PAL are
also supported.
Audio can be captured either via Professional line-level audio input with bare wire
termination for direct wiring of stereo balanced (non-powered) or unbalanced audio;
or via Consumer line-level input with Stereo RCA connector.
Audio is captured in AAC, sampled at 22.05kHz or 44.1kHz, encoded at bitrates from
32kbps to 128kbps CBR.
Supported video devices
Manufactur
er
Model
Qualificatio
n Status
Stand or ceiling
mount
1080p/30fps HD
PTZ camera
IS-LT-03 (HD)
iSmart
Features/Descripti
on
Not
Qualified
by
Echo360;
Customers
have
reported
success
20x optical/12x
digital zoom lens
Lock tracking
technology autotracks lecturer up
to 15 meters while
ignoring other
moving objects
Adjustable
tracking area and
tracking
parameters
78 degree viewing
Use Cases
Automatic
presenter
tracking
eliminates
need for
manual
camera
operation
Suitable for
all
classroom,
distance
learning
and video
conferencin
g
applications
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angle
Desktop or ceiling
mount
1080p/60fps HD
PTZ camera
SRG-300H
30x optical/12x
digital zoom lens
Qualified
by Echo360
Sony
View-DR
processing to
master poor
lighting conditions
Supports industryrecognized VISCA
protocol and builtin IP control
65 degree viewing
angle
Desktop mount
1080p/60fps HD
PTZ camera
12x optical/12x
digital zoom lens
SRG-120DH
Sony
Qualified
by Echo360
1/2.8-type Exmor
CMOS sensor with
the latest imaging
technology and
field-proven
operability
Includes View-DR
processing to
master poor
lighting conditions
Supports industryrecognized VISCA
protocol and builtin IP control
Best for use
in a large
classrooms
or lecture
halls
Suitable for
all
classroom,
distance
learning
and video
conferencin
g
applications
Best for use
in a large
classrooms
or lecture
halls
Ideal for
classrooms
with poor
lighting
conditions
Suitable for
most
classroom,
distance
learning
and video
conferencin
g
applications
Best for use
in a
mediumsized
classrooms
Ideal for
classrooms
with poor
lighting
conditions
71 degree viewing
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angle
NOTE: Requires
additional HDMI
splitter
(Recommended
HDMI Splitter)
AW-HE2
Qualified
by Echo360
Panasonic
Desktop or ceiling
mount
1080p/60fps HD
Electronic PTZ
camera
Compact, Full-HD
MOS camera
Suitable for
most
classroom
and
distance
learning
applications
Best for use
in a smaller
classrooms
96 degree viewing
angle
Desktop or ceiling
mount 1080i/60fps
HD PTZ camera
AW-HE50S
Not
Qualified
by Echo360
Panasonic
Customers
have
reported
success
18x optical/10x
digital zoom lens
1/3" Full HD MOS
Integrated PanTilt/Camera with
HD/SD-SDI
DSP produces
realistic video in
varied lighting
conditions down
to 3 lux
Suitable for
most
classroom,
distance
learning
and video
conferencin
g
applications
Best for use
in a
mediumsized
classrooms
Ideal for
classrooms
with poor
lighting
conditions
Supported audio devices
Manufactu
rer
Model
Qualificati
on Status
Features/Descrip
tion
Use Cases
RevoLabs
HD Single/Dual Channel
Not
Supports both
Suitable
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Wireless Microphone
System
Qualified
by
Echo360;
single and dual
channel
microphones
Customers
have
reported
success
For use with
multiple
RevoLabs
wireless
microphone
types
128-bit
encryption with
DFS20
proprietary
audio processing
algorithms
for use
when
existing
RevoLabs
microphon
es are in
use
Ideal for
high-def,
accurate
reproducti
on of
presenter's
speech
50 Hz-14 KHz
frequency range
ULX-D Digital Wireless
System
Shure
Not
Qualified
by
Echo360;
Customers
have
reported
success
For use with a
wide variety of
Shure
microphones
AES 256-bit
encryption
24-bit/48 kHz
digital audio
20 Hz-20 kHz
frequency range
with flat response
Suitable
for use
when
existing
Shure
microphon
es are in
use
Ideal for
situations
where
high level
of
encryption
for wireless
transmissio
n is
required
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Recommended Devices for Classroom Capture and
Personal Capture Windows
Both Classroom Capture and Personal Capture for Windows use Windows Media
Foundation (WMF) for capturing media. It is supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Windows Media Foundation is the latest toolkit from Microsoft and provides a solid
foundation for supporting the latest input devices.
For best results, the cameras should be YUY2, RGB24 and M-JPEG compliant (the
camera packaging should indicate this).
Personal Capture and Classroom Capture automatically detect 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:
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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.
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 Personal Capture or
Classroom 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.
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 recommended 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 Personal Capture is running.
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2. Do a 15 minute A/V recording with the camera.
3. Examine the media using the Personal Capture software editor.
4. Publish the capture and wait for processing.
5. Evaluate the processed capture. Does the output meet your standards?
Supported video devices (webcams)
Manufactur
er
Model
Qualificatio
n Status
Features/Descripti
on
Use Cases
Suitable for
use with
Personal
Capture on
presenter's
computer
Best for use
when
presenter
stays in a
static
location
Live! Cam Socialize
VF0640
Qualified
by Echo360
Creative
Monitor mount
800x600/30fps
camera (non-HD)
Noise canceling
microphone
Ideal as an
inexpensive
solution
where
video
quality is
not
important
Low
capturing
resolution
ensure
better
compatibilit
y with
underpowered
systems.
HP
HD-3110
Qualified
by Echo360
Monitor mount
720p/30fps
camera with 5x
Suitable for
both
Classroom
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digital zoom
Pan and tilt
functionality
Directional
microphone
Face tracking and
auto-focus
Adaptive lighting
and white
balance
adjustments
Capture
and
Personal
Capture
recording
application
s
Best for
capturing
presenter
as he/she
moves
around the
room
Ideal for
rooms with
poor
lighting
conditions
Monitor mount
1080p/30fps
camera with 5x
digital zoom
HD-4110
Pan and tilt
functionality
Qualified
by Echo360
HP
Directional
microphone
Face tracking and
auto-focus
Adaptive lighting
and white
balance
adjustments
Logitech
C270
Qualified
by Echo360
Monitor mount,
fixed focus
720p/30fps
Suitable for
both
Classroom
Capture
and
Personal
Capture
recording
application
s
Best for
capturing
presenter
as he/she
moves
around the
room
Ideal for
rooms with
poor
lighting
conditions
Suitable for
use with
Personal
Capture on
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camera
Noise reducing
microphone
Automatic light
correction
presenter's
computer
Best for use
when
presenter
stays in a
static
location
Ideal for
rooms with
poor
lighting
conditions
Monitor mount,
fixed focus
720p/30fps
camera
C310
Qualified
by Echo360
Logitech
Pan, tilt, and zoom
controls
Face tracking
Motion detection
Built-in mic with
Logitech
RightSound™
technology
Monitor mount
720p/30fps
camera with
autofocus
C525
Logitech
Qualified
by Echo360
Pan, tilt, and zoom
controls
Face tracking
Motion detection
Built-in mic with
Logitech
RightSound™
technology
Suitable for
use with
Personal
Capture on
presenter's
computer
Best for use
when
presenter
stays in a
static
location
Ideal for
locations
with
increased
backgroun
d noise
Suitable for
both
Classroom
Capture
and
Personal
Capture
recording
application
s
Best for
capturing
presenter
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as he/she
moves
around the
room
Ideal for
locations
with
increased
backgroun
d noise
Suitable for
both
Classroom
Capture
and
Personal
Capture
recording
application
s
Monitor mount
1080p/30fps
camera with
autofocus
C615
Logitech
Qualified
by Echo360
Pan, tilt, and zoom
controls
Face tracking
Motion detection
Noise reducing
microphone
Automatic lowlight correction
Best for
capturing
presenter
as he/she
moves
around the
room
Ideal for
locations
with
increased
backgroun
d noise
Ideal for
rooms with
poor
lighting
conditions
High
capturing
resolution
ensures
best video
quality
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Suitable for
use with
Personal
Capture on
presenter's
computer
Portable/noteboo
k 720p/30fps
camera with
autofocus
C905
Qualified
by Echo360
Logitech
Built-in mic with
Logitech
RightSound™
technology
Can be mounted
via desktop stand
Automatic lowlight correction
Best for
capturing
presenter
as he/she
moves
around the
room
Ideal for
rooms with
poor
lighting
conditions
Ideal for
locations
with
increased
backgroun
d noise
Versatile
mounting
system
provides
additional
placement
options
Monitor mount
1080p/30fps
camera with
autofocus
C910
Logitech
Qualified
by Echo360
Built-in stereo mics
with Logitech
RightSound™
technology
Automatic lowlight correction
Logitech RightLight
2 technology
Suitable for
both
Classroom
and
Personal
Capture
recording
application
s
Best for
capturing
presenter
as he/she
moves
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around the
room
Ideal for
high-quality
audio
recording
Ideal for
rooms with
poor
lighting
conditions
High
capturing
resolution
ensures
best video
quality
Tripod-mountable
1080p/30fps
camera with
autofocus
C920
Logitech
H.264 video
compression
Qualified
by Echo360
Carl Zeiss® lens
with 20-step
autofocus
Built-in dual stereo
mics with
automatic noise
reduction
Automatic lowlight correction
Suitable for
both
Classroom
Capture
and
Personal
Capture
recording
application
s
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
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conditions
High
capturing
resolution
ensures
best video
quality
Versatile
mounting
system
provides
additional
placement
options
Multi-mount
720p/30fps
camera with
autofocus
Lifecam Cinema
Qualified
by Echo360
Microsoft
TrueColor
Technology with
face tracking
Wide angle lens
360-degree
rotation
Wideband
microphone
Suitable for
both
Classroom
and
Personal
Capture
recording
application
s
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
Microsoft
Lifecam HD-3000
Qualified
Multi-mount, fixed
Suitable for
13
System Requirements
by Echo360
focus 720p/30fps
camera
TrueColor
Technology
Noise reducing
microphone
use with
Personal
Capture on
presenter's
computer
Best for use
when
presenter
stays in a
static
location
Ideal for
locations
with
increased
backgroun
d noise
HP
HP Integrated
Cameras
Qualified
by Echo360
Specifications and
features vary
Leveraging
built-in
functionalit
y of existing
hardware
Features/Descripti
on
Use Cases
Supported video devices - other
Manufactur
er
Model
Qualificatio
n Status
DVI2USB 3.0
Epiphan
Not
Qualified
by
Echo360;
Customers
have
reported
success
1080p/60fps high
performance
video frame
grabber
Captures DVI/VGA
and HDMI video
display or camera
sources
Captures video
and audio from
HDMI sources
Supports USB 3.0 or
USB 2.0 data uplink
Supports true 24-bit
NOTE: You
must use
the
v3.30.1.000
4 64-bit
driver to
ensure
proper
functionalit
y; available
from
Epiphan.
Suitable for
both
Classroom
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System Requirements
color
Provides consistent
frame rate
performance
regardless of
content
and
Personal
Capture
(Windows
only)
recording
application
s
Provides
flexibility to
record any
VGA, HDMI,
or DVI
source
High
capturing
resolution
ensures
best video
quality
Supported audio devices (external USB microphones)
Manufact
urer
Model
Qualificat
ion Status
Features/Descri
ption
Picks up ranges
at up to 30 feet
Voice Tracker (USB Array
Microphone)
Acoustic
Magic
*Sample Recording with
Echo360
Not
Qualified
by
Echo360;
Customer
s have
reported
success
Automatic and
electronic
scanning
“listening
beam” with a
field of view of
360°
Spatial filtering
for noise
reduction
Constructive
addition of
multiple
microphone
elements for
Use Cases
Suitable for
capturing
the
presenter's
audio as
he/she
moves
around the
room, as
well as
picking up
questions
from the
class
Best for use
in a
medium-tolarge sized
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System Requirements
long-range
classrooms
Rapidly
converging
AEC algorithm
(Voice Tracker II
only)
Ideal for
locations
with
increased
backgroun
d noise
Embedded
algorithms for
ease of use
UB1
Not
Qualified
by
Echo360;
Samson
Customer
s have
reported
success
16-Bit, 44.148kHz sample
rates
Miniature, lowprofile design
Omnidirectional
pickup pattern
Suitable for
capturing
the
presenter's
audio as
he/she
moves
remains
near the
podium, or
for
meetings
and
conference
s
Best for use
in a
mediumsized rooms
Jabra Speak 410
Jabra
Qualified
by
Echo360
Omnidirectional /
Noise filter
microphone
Standard (ESTD)
microphone
sensitivity
Mute function
Suitable for
capturing
the
presenter's
audio as
he/she
moves
remains
near the
podium, or
for
meetings
and
conference
s
Best for use
in a
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System Requirements
mediumsized rooms
Multipattern
condenser USB
microphone
Three custom
condenser
capsules and
four different
polar pattern
settings:
Cardioid,
Stereo,
Bidirectional
and
Omnidirectiona
l
Yeti Pro USB & XLR
Microphone
Qualified
by
Echo360
Blue
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
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
15 Hz-22 kHz
frequency
response and
92 kHz/24 bit
Sample/Word
Blue
Snowball USB Condenser
Qualified
by
Dual capsule
design
Suitable for
capturing
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System Requirements
Microphone
Echo360
incorporates
omnidirectional
and cardioid
elements to
give you a
choice
-10dB pad
switch
eliminates noise
and distortion
when capturing
signals at
extreme
volume levels
the
presenter's
audio as
he/she
moves
remains
near the
podium
18 Hz-40 Hz
frequency
response and
44.1 kHz/16 bit
Sample/Word
xTag Wireless Microphone
RevoLabs
Not
Qualified
by
Echo360;
Customer
s have
reported
success
Can be
configured for
use with lapel
mic
Plug-and-play
USB operation
65 foot range
for microphone
Bi-directional
audio
8 hours of
battery life
Logitech
USB Desktop Microphone
Not
Qualified
by
Echo360;
Noisecanceling
microphone
Suitable for
capturing
the
presenter's
audio as
he/she
moves
around the
room, as
well as
picking up
questions
from the
class using
the
microphon
e
Best for use
in large
classrooms
or
auditoriums
Ideal for
capturing
presenter's
audio in a
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System Requirements
Customer
s have
reported
success
Power switch
16 Hz-100 Hz
frequency
response
small
desktop
environme
nt using
Personal
Capture
Not
recommen
ded for
classroom
use
U7 USB Boundary
Condenser Microphone
Not
Qualified
by
Echo360;
CAD
Customer
s have
reported
success
Frequency
response
tailored for
speech
Omnidirectiona
l pick-up
pattern for 360
degree
coverage
Condenser
microphone
element for
high sensitivity
Ideal for
meetings or
conference
s in smallto-medium
sized rooms
Supported document cameras
Manufactur
er
Model
Qualificatio
n Status
SDP-760
Samsung
Qualified
by Echo360
Features/Descripti
on
Compact
1080p/30fps
document
camera
3 Megapixel
CMOS sensor
Digital 16x zoom &
Digital Image
Rotation
Use Cases
Best for
scenarios
that require
easy
transport and
storage
High
capturing
resolution
ensures best
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System Requirements
SDP-860
Qualified
by Echo360
Samsung
User scalable
display outputs
from XGA to 1080p
video quality
SXGA
(1280x1024)/30fps
document
camera
Best for
capturing
greater
detail when
pages are
magnified
2D/3D Noise
Reduction
Technology
48X Combined
Zoom (6X Optical
+ 8X Digital)
SXGA
(1280x1024)/30fps
document
camera
SDP-960
48X Combined
Zoom (6X Optical
+ 8X Digital)
Qualified
by Echo360
Samsung
Built-in reference
monitor
Proprietary
Chipset with Noise
Reduction
Accepts SD Cards
and USB Thumb
drives for
image/video
storage
VZ-3
Wolfvizion
Not
Qualified
by
Echo360;
Customers
have
reported
success
1280x960
(4:3)/30fps
document
camera
12x Optical Zoom
+ 2x Digital Zoom
High-speed
autofocus with
manual focus
Ideal for
classrooms
with poor
lighting
conditions
Best for
capturing
greater
detail when
pages are
magnified
Ideal for
classrooms
with poor
lighting
conditions
Best for
capturing
high motion
activities
such as
writing
Ideal for use
with
transparenci
es
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System Requirements
Recommended Devices for Personal Capture Mac
Personal Capture for Mac uses QT Kit for capturing media. It is supported on OS X 10.8
and above. Personal Capture for Mac automatically detects attached USB devices. If
the camera has a built-in microphone, you can use one camera for both audio and
video capture.
Best practices for web cameras
The following are best practices for using webcams to capture media:
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
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.
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 Personal Capture or
Classroom 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.
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 recommended 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 Personal Capture is running.
2. Do a 15 minute A/V recording with the camera.
3. Examine the media using the Personal Capture software editor.
4. Publish the capture and wait for processing.
5. Evaluate the processed capture. Does the output meet your standards?
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System Requirements
Supported Video Devices
Manufactur
er
Model
Qualificatio
n Status
iSight Camera
(Macbooks and
iMacs)
Specifications and
features vary
Qualified
by Echo360
Apple
Features/Descripti
on
Either external or
built-in solution
Requires no
additional drivers
Monitor mount
1080p/30fps
camera with
autofocus
C910
Logitech
Qualified
by Echo360
Built-in stereo mics
with Logitech
RightSound™
technology
Automatic lowlight correction
Logitech
RightLight 2
technology
Use Cases
Leveraging
built-in
functionalit
y of
existing
hardware
Suitable for
both
Classroom
and
Personal
Capture
recording
applicatio
ns
Best for
capturing
presenter
as he/she
moves
around the
room
Ideal for
highquality
audio
recording
Ideal for
rooms with
poor
lighting
conditions
High
capturing
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System Requirements
resolution
ensures
best video
quality
Suitable for
both
Classroom
Capture
and
Personal
Capture
recording
applicatio
ns
Tripod-mountable
1080p/30fps
camera with
autofocus
C920
Logitech
H.264 video
compression
Qualified
by Echo360
Carl Zeiss® lens
with 20-step
autofocus
Built-in dual stereo
mics with
automatic noise
reduction
Automatic lowlight correction
Best for
capturing
presenter
as he/she
moves
around the
room
Ideal for
highquality
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
23
System Requirements
options
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