EchoSystem 5.3 Documentation Emory Personal Capture Guide

EchoSystem 5.3 Documentation Emory Personal Capture Guide
EchoSystem 5.3 Documentation Emory
Personal Capture Guide
November, 2013
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EchoSystem 5.3 Documentation
Personal Capture Guide
In this section:
Overview
Get Started with Personal Capture
Maintenance
Overview
Echo360 Personal Capture is a stand-alone application that runs on Windows and Mac laptops and desktop
computers. With Echo360 Personal Capture, you can record your voice (audio), your local computer screen
(a PowerPoint presentation or other material) and/or a webcam video. Our primary goal is to support you, the
Academic Staff user, in creating learning moments that students can review both before and after class.
To create recordings, you select the inputs and record. The recordings can then be edited before publishing to the
EchoSystem Server (ESS). Only recordings you select will be uploaded. You may record several times to achieve
your desired results.
Once published, the recording will be made available to students in all the formats ("products") you select.
Get Started with Personal Capture
To use personal capture you must have an account in the Echo360 system.
If you are an Academic Staff user, work with your Local Support person to install, register, and enable Personal
Capture. The process is something like the phases listed below. When these phases are complete, you are ready to
capture, edit, and post your learning moments.
Phase
Who can perform
Verify that the target computer supports Personal
Capture. See Recommended Hardware and Software.
User and/or Local Support person
Verify that the web camera on the target computer is
supported.
User and/or Local Support person
Install Personal Capture on the target computer (laptop,
tablet or desktop).
User and/or Local Support person
Configure Personal Capture.
User and/or Local Support person
Establish a user account for the Academic Staff user.
Local Support person
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Assign the Academic Staff user to sections.
Local Support person
License the Academic Staff user for Personal Capture.
Local Support person
Learn how to create and review or edit recordings.
Academic Staff user AND Local Support
Maintenance
Keeping Personal Capture easy to use is one of our primary goals. To do so, we sometimes provide updates. If an
update is available, Personal Capture prompts you to update the software.
Software updates are managed through capture.service.emory.edu and are also necessary after ESS updates.
The automatic update process requires a network connection. If one is available, Personal Capture checks for
updates every time it is opened. If a newer version is found, you will be prompted to update Personal Capture. The
dialog box differs, depending on your operating system.
Windows: Click Yes to download and install the update. Click No to update later, as shown in the following e
xample figure.
MacOS Click Install to download and install the update. Click Not right now to update later, as shown in the
following example figure.
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Administer Personal Capture
In this section
Recommended Hardware and Software
Error Logs
Maintenance
Capture Options
Deployment Considerations
Recommended Hardware and Software
The following table provides recommendations for using EchoSystem Personal Capture. These configurations have
been tested and verified in house. While we make every attempt to support a wide variety of hardware and
devices, we cannot test all devices. Other devices besides the ones listed will work, but we cannot guarantee them.
Intel Atom-based netbook computers are not currently powerful enough for Windows Media encoding. Personal
Capture for Windows is not supported on netbook computers.
OS
Windows Vista 32/64-bit
Windows 7 32/64-bit
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Minimum Hardware
for audio and display
capture
Minimum Hardware for
audio, display and/or
video capture
Necessary Software
Single Core 2.0 GHz
processor; 2 GB RAM; 10/
100 network interface;
minimum 20 GB free hard
disk space
Dual Core 1.8 GHz
processor; 2 GB RAM; 10/
100 network interface;
minimum 20 GB free hard
disk space
.NET and Windows Media
Encoder are installed by
the Personal Capture
installer.
Internal audio device or
USB port for audio
capture
Internal audio device or
USB port for audio
capture; USB video
device
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Macintosh OS X, 10.6
and above
Intel Single Core 1.8 GHz
processor; 2 GB RAM; 10/
100 network interface;
minimum 20 GB free hard
disk space
For capturing: Internal
audio device or USB port
for audio capture
Intel Dual Core 1.8 GHz
processor; 2 GB RAM; 10/
100 network interface; 20
GB free hard disk space
QuickTime 7.5.5 or later
(installed with OS X)
Internal audio device or
USB port for audio
capture; USB video
device
Personal Capture has been tested on the web cameras listed in Supported Web Cameras. Echo360 recommends
standardizing on these web cameras as much as possible.
Error Logs
If you encounter problems using Personal Capture, you (or your System Administrator) may find it useful to inspect
the error logs. The error logs are also helpful when debugging malfunctions or when working directly with Echo360
Technical Support. The logs can be found in the following default locations:
Windows: C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Echo360\Personal Capture\logs
MacOS: /System/Users/{user}/Documents/Echo360/Personal Capture/logs
The logs are kept separate from the actual recording media. If you require direct access to the recording media,
they can be found at:
Windows: C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Echo360\Personal Capture\recordings
MacOS:
Recordings: /System/Users/{user}/Documents/Echo360/Personal Capture/recordings
Backgrounder binaries and input/output folders: /System/Users/Shared/echo360
Maintenance
See Maintenance for details.
Capture Options
Personal Capture can capture one audio and up to two video input channels at one time. This leads to the following
combinations:
Combination
Example Scenarios
A: Audio Only
The Instructor records voice only. This is useful for
recordings that do not require any display or video
recording and if storage space is a concern. This
scenario creates an mp3.
A/V: Audio and Video (USB Camera)
The Instructor records voice and a video input. The
most common scenario is the "talking head" – the
Instructor is recording himself speaking.
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A/D: Audio and Display (PC screen)
This is probably the most common Personal Capture
scenario. The Instructor records voice and the PC
display. Consider the common example of an Instructor
walking though a set of slides.
A/D/V: Audio and Display and Video
This scenario creates a full-rich media playback that
includes the audio, the PC screen/display, and input
from a USB capture device (webcam). A common use
is the Instructor recording voice, a slide presentation,
and a webcam headshot (the "talking head" as in the
A/V combination).
A/V/V: Audio and Video and Video
This scenario captures audio with two USB video
inputs. One common case is to have two "talking
heads" being recorded, as in an interview with two
individuals. Another example is audio plus two different
views (or angles) of a performance and/or scientific
experiment.
A/D/V and A/V/V recordings can be processor and storage intensive, depending on the settings chosen. Do test
captures to assure the level of capture quality necessary.
Deployment Considerations
Networking
Network connectivity is not necessary for Personal Capture to capture and edit content. However, Personal Capture
does need connectivity to upload the media to your EchoSystem Server (ESS).
Each version of Personal Capture will automatically (when downloaded and installed from an ESS) be configured to
connect to the appropriate ESS. If the address of the ESS changes, then each fielded copy of Personal Capture
must also be changed to reflect the new address.
Automated Installation and Imaging
Personal Capture for Installer Windows is only provided as an .exe. It can be run in a "silent" mode which supports
various automated deployments. When creating deployable software images that include Personal Capture, also
please include Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 and Windows Media Encoder 9 Series.
Personal Capture for MacOS X is only provided as a .dmg. The application can be bundled as a .pkg for automated
installations.
Supported Web Cameras
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In this section:
Overview
Best Practices for Web Cameras
Test Protocol for Web Cameras
Supported Web Cameras
Overview
Internal and external USB web camera manufacturers change models very frequently. This makes qualification
a challenge to software providers like Echo360. Manufacturers that adhere to industry-standard software
frameworks, interfaces, and APIs are more apt to have cameras that are compatible with EchoSystem Personal
Capture (formerly called EchoCapture Personal or PCAP). While we work with and attempt to support a wide
variety of cameras, we strongly recommend you to use one of the tested web cameras listed below. These cameras
have been tested in house and are guaranteed to work with Personal Capture.
The Windows version of Personal Capture uses Windows Media Encoder (WME) to recognize web cameras on PCs
and laptops. IF WME cannot recognize your web cameras, then Personal Capture will not function.
Echo360 continues to add support for additional web cameras.
Best Practices for Web Cameras
Follow these best practices:
Current drivers. Use the most current drivers for your web camera. You can find these drivers on the the
website of your PC or laptop manufacturer. You can also have the operating system of your computer search
for current drivers. Current drivers ensure interoperability with WME.
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. Sometimes, the software included with the web camera can interfere with the
Personal Capture connection to the web camera. In some cases, the "driver-only" method is the only
supported method.
Test a capture. Perform and review a test capture before using the camera routinely. See Test Protocol for
Web Cameras.
Test Protocol for Web Cameras
Follow this test protocol the first time you use any web camera, even if it has already been tested by Echo360.
It is even more important to do this if you are using an unsupported web camera. In many cases an unsupported we
b camera will work. If the web camera fails, please enter a support request.
Follow these steps.
1. Ensure that there are no other software applications accessing the web camera while Personal Capture is
running.
2. Do a 15 minute A/V capture/recording with the unsupported camera.
3. Examine the media using the Personal Capture software editor.
4. Publish the capture to the EchoSystem Server (ESS) and wait for processing.
5. Evaluate the processed results (the "output products") from the ESS.
6. Do the output products meet your standards?
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Supported Web Cameras
In the most recent web camera certification at Echo360, we focused on new consumer level high-end USB cameras
from Microsoft, Logitech, and HP. These cameras provide both 720p and 1080p captures. However, they also
require much more computing power and storage space. Processing on the back end, where ESS creates the
output for students to view, is also increased due to the size and complexity of the captures. Consider these issues
when you select the resolutions to capture.
Best Practice: Always Test Your Cameras!
Video and display captures take a great deal of system resources. Follow the Test Protocol for
Web Cameras the first time you use any web camera.
Windows (Vista/7)
The following cameras have been tested for A/D/V and A/V/V recordings on Windows 7.
Logitech C910, C920
Microsoft LifeCam Cinema, Microsoft LifeCam Studio
The following cameras have been tested for A/V recordings on Windows XP/Vista/7 drivers:
Logitech Quickcam Orbit AF, Quickcam Pro 9000, Quickcam Pro for Notebooks, Quickcam Pro
3000/4000/5000
Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000 (driver-only installation only)
Winbook WB-6120 Webcam
HP integrated cameras
If Your Capture is Blank
Echo360 Windows Personal Capture uses the Windows Media Encoder (WME) technology suite.
If your capture is blank, first check to make sure the camera is attached (if external) and then try
an Audio/Video capture with Windows Media Encoder. (After Personal Capture is installed,
Windows Media Encoder can be found on your start menu under "Windows Media.")
If you cannot capture with WME, your camera does not support WME. You will not be able to use
Echo360 Personal Capture.
Macintosh
The following cameras have been tested for A/D/V and A/V/V recordings on MacOS:
Apple iSight Camera (MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air built in)
Logitech C910, C920
Microsoft LifeCam Cinema, Microsoft LifeCam Studio
The following cameras have been tested for A/V recordings on MacOS:
Logitech Quickcam Orbit AF, Quickcam Pro 9000, Quickcam Pro for Notebooks, Quickcam Pro
3000/4000/5000
Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000 (driver-only installation only)
Winbook WB-6120 Webcam
HP integrated cameras
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Install Personal Capture
In this section:
Overview
Download the Installer
Windows
Macintosh
Overview
Installing EchoSystem Personal Capture for your Windows or Mac computer is an easy process. You will need:
1. An account and publish location on the Echo system. Contact your local support person for access.
2. Permission to install software on your laptop or PC.
To install Personal Capture, follow these phases:
1. Download the correct installer for your operating system
2. Launch the installer. See the instructions for your operating system.
Do I Need to Remove Personal Capture If It's Already Installed?
You can install a new version of Personal Capture "over" an existing version. You do not need to
remove the existing application.
Download the Installer
Download the Personal Capture installer from the ESS web interface. If you have questions about accessing the
ESS, see your ESS System Administrator.
Follow these steps:
1. Log in to capture.service.emory.edu
2. Navigate to the Downloads tab. The Software Installer Downloads page appears as shown in the figure
below.
3. Download the installer by selecting and clicking the appropriate link for your Operating System.
The Windows link is for both Windows Vista and Windows 7.
The installer must be run locally, so save the file on your computer. If you are using a Macintosh, we
recommend saving the file to your desktop.
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Windows
Install on Windows
Now that you have the installer downloaded, follow these steps.
1. Locate the installer executable and Double-click it. (Note: The installation file name is
EchoSystemPersonalCaptureForWindows32_<version number>.exe.) This starts the installation process.
2. During installation, the installer detects if Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 and Windows Media
Encoder 9 Series are installed on the machine. These applications are required for Personal Capture to
function. If they are detected, you will continue with Personal Capture installation. Click Next to continue.
3. Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 (plus related components) and Windows Media Encoder 9
Series are downloaded from the Microsoft website and installed.
4. At this point the program information appears. Read through and click Next to continue.
5. You are asked to confirm where setup should install files for the application. This is set to C:\Program
Files\EchoCapture Personal by default, but can be changed to another hard drive and/or directory if required.
Click Next.
6. Select the location where you would like to create a new program shortcut. This is added to the Program
Folder as EchoCapture Personal by default. Desktop and Quick Launch Toolbar shortcuts are also installed
at this time. Click Next.
7. The application is installed. Once complete, click Finish to run the application.
Restart the Computer
If you installed the .NET Framework or the Media Encoder software, please restart your
computer. Personal Capture may fail if you do not restart.
Uninstall from Windows
Uninstalling Personal Capture is easy; however, please make sure that all your important content
(captures/recording) has been uploaded to the ESS before uninstalling. Follow these steps.
1. Go to Start > Programs > All Programs > EchoCapture Personal.
2. Click the Uninstall EchoCapture Personal icon.
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You can always reinstall Personal Capture.
Macintosh
Install on MacOS X
1. During the download, you will be prompted to save the installer file. We recommend saving the file on your
desktop.
2. Do one of the following:
In most cases, the installer file downloads without a problem. Follow these steps:
a. Find the file on your desktop. Notice that it is a compressed zip file.
b. Open the .zip file using Archive Utility or another tool.
c. Find the installer icon. If the zip file is on your desktop, the installer icon will be on your desktop
too.
d. Double-click to launch the installer. Then follow the installer prompts.
In some cases, security preferences prevent the installer from opening. You see this pop-up box.
Follow these steps:
a. Locate and open the .zip file. If you saved it to your desktop when you downloaded it, you will
find it there.
b. Press control-click to launch the installer. Then follow the installer prompts.
3. Best practice: After Personal Capture is installed, launch it. Ensure it works as expected.
4. Optional: Delete the zip file and installer icon from your desktop.
Uninstall from MacOS X
Uninstalling Personal Capture is easy; however, please make sure that all your important content
(captures/recording) has been uploaded to the ESS before uninstalling.
To remove Personal Capture, delete it from the Applications folder.
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Configure Personal Capture
In this section:
Overview
Open Personal Capture
Set General Configuration
Overview
In general, Personal Capture will self-configure on installation. It will define the locations for storing recordings and
the EchoSystem Server (ESS) for posting information. However, there are occasions where you may wish to
change the configuration.
Configuring Personal Capture settings involves these phases:
1. Open Personal Capture
2. Enter general configuration information
3. Enter server configuration information
You should need to enter this information just once, the first time you run the application.
Open Personal Capture
1. Open Personal Capture.
2. Navigate to the appropriate menu:
Windows: Tools > Options...
MacOS: Echo360 Personal Capture > Preferences...
Set General Configuration
The configuration settings are contained within two areas: General options or Preferences, and Server options or
Preferences. There are only a few items:
The Presenter name
The location for saving recordings
Whether to show the Welcome screen at startup
The MacOS version differs from Windows in that it supports background transcoding and uploading. This option
allows you to shut down Personal Capture and do other work while the media files are processed and uploaded to
the ESS. We recommend that you enable this option. It is described in more detail below.
To change any of the General options or preferences, follow these steps.
1. Select General.
Windows:
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MacOS:
2. Enter the default presenter name (usually your name). When students see this recording listed in the
EchoCenter, the name specified here will be associated with it. You can customize the name later.
3. Enter the storage location (the recordings folder name). Recordings will be stored in this folder on your
computer's hard disk. The default locations are:
Windows: C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Echo360\Personal Capture\recordings
MacOS: /System/Users/{user}/Documents/Echo360/Personal Capture/recordings
2. To change the storage location, follow these steps.
a. Click the button next to the field.
Windows: Browse...
MacOS: Change...
b. Navigate to the desired directory.
3. Check or clear the Show welcome screen at startup box.
If you check the box, you see the Welcome Screen at startup:
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If you clear the box, you see the My Recordings screen at startup:
4. For MacOS only: 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 recording or edit recordings while a completed recording 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.
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Configure Recording Devices
In this section:
What Does It Mean to "Configure Devices"?
How Do I Know What Devices to Configure?
Configure the Recording Devices
If You Are Using Two Cameras
If You Are Recording Audio on a Macintosh
What Does It Mean to "Configure Devices"?
Before you start a capture, you need to select which devices you will record. By "configure devices" we mean that
process of selecting the devices to record. You could set this up once and use just those devices forever. But you
can also use different devices and different configurations for different captures. You can capture:
Audio only (A)
Audio and screen display (A/D)
Audio and video (A/V)
Audio and screen display and video (A/D/V)
Audio and video and video (A/V/V)
You use the Audio/Video Devices dialog box to select the devices. The devices you select will be available for you to
enable or disable when you begin recording. Say, for example, that you configured the Built-in microphone, Screen
1, and the Built-in iSight web camera. When you are about to begin a recording, each of these devices would be
shown at the bottom of the precapture page.
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You can enable or disable them from the recording screen. (The Built-in iSight camera is disabled in the screen
shown.) However, if you do not configure the devices in this procedure, you will not see them listed on the recording
screen. You cannot enable or disable them at all.
How Do I Know What Devices to Configure?
In many cases the devices you select will be fairly simple. Consider these questions when choosing the devices to
configure. You can always toggle these on or off before the capture begins if your preferences change.
What data do I want in the recording? Probably the most common configuration is A/V/D: the recording contains a
udio (your voice), video (your image), and display (a PowerPoint presentation or other screen display). This
configuration gives you the ability to have a "talking head" with a slide presentation. It will be displayed within the
EchoPlayer as a dual channel capture.
However, you might just want a simplified A/D capture with only audio and display. This way, if you are camera
shy, you can walk through your slide presentation and discuss it, but your image is not recorded.
If you are more adventuresome, you could record a full A/V/V capture that contains audio and two video channels.
You might use this if you are conducting an interview with another person: one camera is focused on your face, the
other on your interviewee. The recording shows both of you. You might also want to use one camera on your face
and another camera on an object that you discuss. For example, if you are teaching a physiology course, you might
point this second camera at your hands while you disassemble a model of a human organ.
What devices will I use? The easiest method is to select and use the system display, the built-in microphone and
the built-in video camera (which are very common on laptop computers). You can also connect other microphones
and/or cameras, so long as they are compatible with EchoSystem Personal Capture (formerly called EchoCapture
Personal or PCAP). See Supported Web Cameras.
Configure the Recording Devices
Follow these steps.
1. From the Welcome Screen or My Recordings screen, click Start Recording. This takes you to the
precapture page.
2. In the bottom panel, click Configure.
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3. The Audio/Video Devices page displays.
Review the selections within the dialog box and correct any field as necessary.
The Device drop-down lists show the devices that are plugged in and registered with the operating
system.
If your device is not listed, close Personal Capture, plug in your device and restart Personal
Capture. Devices not detected by the operating system are not usable by Personal Capture.
The dialog box differs, depending on your operating system.
Windows
MacOS
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4. Select the audio device you will use.
a. Under Audio, click the drop-down list for the device type.
b. Select the recording device.
c. In Windows, if different types of input are available from the selected audio device, select it from the A
udio Input drop-down list. In most cases, however, you can leave the setting at Default.
5. Select the Video (Left) device you will use. You can choose either a capture of the computer screen display,
or video input. If you use two visual inputs (either display and video or two video inputs), the data captured
with the Video (Left) device appears on the left side of the finished recording. That is, it will be to the left of
the data captured by the Video (Right) device.
In Windows OS, select the following:
a. To capture your screen display, select Screen Capture from the Video Device drop-down list.
b. To capture video, select the attached camera from the Video Device drop-down list.
c. Choose the Selected Screen from which you want to capture. In most cases, you can leave
this setting at the default of Screen 1 for screen display capturing, or Default for video
capturing. If you have multiple monitors configured for the computer, you will want to be sure to
select the proper screen for the screen display input.
In Mac OS, select the following:
a.
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a. To capture your screen display (a PowerPoint presentation or other screen display) select Scre
en 1 from the Device drop-down list.
b. To capture video, select the video input device from the Device drop-down list.
6. Select the Video Quality for the Video (Left) input. This option differs, depending on your operating system.
Windows: If you selected Screen Capture for the Video (Left) input, select Actual Size from the Video
Quality drop-down list, as shown in the figure below.
a. This generates a recording that shows the desktop display at the same size and quality as it
appears on your screen while you record.
b. If you selected a camera for the Video (Left) input, see the Video Quality instructions in the step
below.
MacOS: When selecting the size for a Display input, remember that Actual Size (Lower Framerate)
will create the best capture, but requires a large amount of storage and processing time. It also
produces large playback files that are slow to load and challenge students' patience. Choose Smaller
Size unless you have a strong need for the higher resolution.
7. Select the Video (Right) device you will use. The data captured will appear on the right side of the recording.
That is, it will be to the right the data captured by the Video (Left) device.
This device must capture video, using either the built-in camera or another camera you attach. To
capture onscreen display items, use the Video (Left) selections noted above.
The Video Quality drop-down list, shown in the Windows dialog box below, allows you to select Low,
Standard or High resolution for the video capture. The higher the resolution, the larger the resulting
file will be, and the more time it will take to upload to the server. Selecting Low or Standard resolution
is sufficient in most cases. Select High resolution if there are details shown in the video capture that
require the highest possible resolution.
Windows: If different types of input are available from the selected device, select it from the Video
Input drop-down list. In most cases, however, you can leave the setting at Default.
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MacOS dialog box:
8. Click Save.
Now you have configured Personal Capture. You can always go back and re-select devices if you change inputs.
These inputs appear on your precapture page. You can always toggle them on and off from the precapture page,
changing the inputs for a particular capture.
If You Are Using Two Cameras
Capturing video with USB cameras has opened the door to many advancements in educational technology.
Echo360 gives you the capability to use one or two ("dual") USB cameras in each capture. This opens up even more
opportunity. However, USB cameras introduce computational and storage loads on personal computers and
laptops. Even with the increased power of newer hardware, dual USB camera captures can strain the machines.
When you use two video cameras, please consider these issues:
Insufficient processing power. The sheer amount of data captured by two cameras, especially if the
cameras are capturing at high definition, can strain the processing power and internal bandwidth (data
transfer) of your computer.
Mis-sychronization. Differences in camera quality, initialization/start-up time, and configuration can cause
the two videos to be slightly mis-sychronized.
Follow the tips to minimize these issues.
Best Practice: Do Some Test Captures
Do some test captures first. This is a good idea for any model camera but especially important
with newer, high definition cameras, which can strain the processing power of your computer.
Make sure the capture proceeds well and the output is what you expect.
Windows
On Windows 7 machines, follow these tips to minimize synchronization issues.
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Use two identical cameras. That is, use two cameras that are the same make and model.
Record at the medium or lower setting.
Use the most powerful personal computer or laptop you can. More powerful machines tolerate the
high-definition captures better.
If you still have synchronization issues, try switching the devices in the Configuration dialog box. Say, for example,
that the camera called Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 is the Video (Left) camera and Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 is
the Video (Right) camera, as shown below.
You would switch them. The Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 becomes the Video (Right) camera and the Microsoft
LifeCam HD-3000 becomes the Video (Left) camera, as shown below.
Macintosh
On Macintosh systems, we have found that adjusting the Video Quality settings to a Smaller Size for both channels
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(as shown below) alleviates synchronization issues in an A/V/V capture. On the Macintosh, the Smaller Size resoluti
on is equivalent to TV/VCR quality and requires less processing power from your computer.
When recording A/D/V captures, mix Actual Size and Smaller Size. Choose the Actual Size (Lower Framerate) Vi
deo Quality for the camera capturing the display, and choose Smaller Size (Higher Framerate) for the camera
capturing the video. This mixed configuration provides high-quality display while optimizing the size of the video
capture.
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If You Are Recording Audio on a Macintosh
In certain circumstances, audio recorded on a Macintosh sounds unusually loud when the recording is played back
within Personal Capture but is too low when students play the Echo.
This occurs because playback within Personal Capture artificially raises the audio volume. When you, the Instructor,
hear this loud volume during playback, you may attempt to compensate by adjusting the Macintosh system
preferences. The sequence of events is as follows.
1. You, the Instructor, lower the input volume setting on the Macintosh (System Preferences > Hardware > So
und). In the screenshot below, the Instructor has lowered input volume to 25 percent.
2. You create the recording and play it back in Personal Capture. The audio volume is satisfactory.
3. You publish the recording.
4. Your students play the recording outside of Personal Capture and the volume is too low. Your students
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cannot hear what you are saying.
Best Practice: Keep Input Volume at 50 Percent or Higher
Resist the impulse to lower the input volume setting. Keep it at 50 percent or higher. In the
screenshot below, input volume is 75 percent.
Your voice may sound very loud when you play the recording in Personal Capture, but the
volume will be normal when students play the Echo. This practice applies regardless of the input
device (internal microphone or line in).
Create a Recording
In this section:
Overview
Best Practice - Use the Keyboard Shortcuts
Prepare to Record
Start the Recording
Pause and Resume a Recording
Stop Recording
Overview
Before creating a recording, make sure you have installed EchoSystem Personal Capture (formerly called
EchoCapture Personal or PCAP) and configured the recording devices. See Get Started with Personal Capture for
an overview of the entire process.
If you have already installed and configured Personal Capture and the recording devices, you can prepare and
distribute a Personal Capture recording in three to six phases. The first four are these:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Prepare to record
Start a recording
Optional: Pause and resume a recording
Stop a recording
At this point, you have captured a learning moment, but you may want to review and edit the capture. You will
certainly want to publish a recording to the EchoSystem Server (ESS). Once it is published, the media will be
processed and prepared for student viewing.
Best Practice - Use the Keyboard Shortcuts
During the capture, we recommend that you use the keyboard shortcuts for pause, resume, and stop. Using
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shortcuts to pause/resume the capture allows you to hide your on-screen actions (that you will, most likely, want to
cut out in the editor). The shortcuts are provided below.
Action
Windows Shortcuts
MacOS Shortcuts
Pause the recording
Alt + F3
Command + 6
Resume the recording
Alt + F3
Command + 6
Stop the recording
Alt + F2
Command + 8
Prepare to Record
Best Practice: Clean Up Your Desktop
Before beginning a recording, we recommend that you close (or at least minimize) all
applications and windows except for Personal Capture and any applications you will use during
the recording. The recording will be less cluttered and more professional looking.
1. Attach all the devices (microphones and cameras) you are planning to use now, before starting Personal
Capture.
2. Start Personal Capture by selecting the name from the Start Menu or clicking on the application icon.
3. You may be prompted with an update for Personal Capture. We recommend applying updates. See Maintena
nce.
4. The next page will be either the Welcome Screen or My Recordings page. This depends on your settings.
See Set General Configuration.
5. Open the application (such as a PowerPoint presentation) that you want captured.
6. Click Start Capture.
7. Enter a title for the recording.
Best Practice: Enter a Title
We recommend entering a descriptive title that will help you remember the content when
you see it in the My Recordings list. You can change the title when you publish the
recording.
8. On the precapture page:
a. Verify that all of the attached devices (microphones, cameras) appear
b.
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b. Select the devices you will use
Audio is Selected by Default
Although the audio device check box is grayed, it is selected by default. Your voice
will be recorded.
Start the Recording
With everything set, we'll now start capturing your learning moment.
1. Click Start Capture to begin the actual capture of the selected devices.
2. The Recording screen minimizes and a countdown timer appears.
If You Are Using High Definition Cameras
If you are using two high definition cameras, the recording may abort at this point. This
means that your computer may not have enough power to process the flood of data from
both cameras. You have these alternatives:
Reduce the resolution on one or both cameras and restart your capture
Use just one high definition camera, not two, and restart your capture
3. When the countdown timer completes and disappears, a Personal Capture icon appears. Clicking on this icon
gives you access to the stop recording and pause/resume commands.
Windows: The Personal Capture icon is in the system tray.
MacOS: The Personal Capture icon (and a timer) appears in the menu bar.
4. Begin the presentation.
5. During the recording you can pause and resume the capture, using the keyboard shortcuts or the commands
accessed from the Personal Capture icon.
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Pause and Resume a Recording
The Pause Capture and Resume Capture buttons allow you to stop a capture at any time, turn your attention
elsewhere, and then resume the capture. You might use these buttons when any of the following situations occurs:
A colleague or student comes into your office
You need to look up some information
Your recording environment becomes noisy or distracting
You can pause a capture for up to 15 minutes. After that, you are prompted to either continue or stop the capture.
Best Practice: Use the Keyboard Shortcuts
We strongly recommend that you use the keyboard shortcuts for pause, resume, and stop. If you
do not use the shortcuts, your capture will include screen actions that you will have to cut out in
the editor. Memorize the keyboard shortcuts.
Stop Recording
Certain actions will terminate your recording. These include shutting your laptop, logging out of your computer, and
changing USB devices. If any of these events occur, your capture will be saved but not published.
When you are finished with your recording use the keyboard shortcuts (recommended) or the Personal Capture user
interface to stop the capture.
To use the user interface commands:
Windows: Click on the Echo360 icon in the System tray and select Stop Capture, as shown in the figure
below.
MacOS: Click on the Echo360 icon and select Stop Recording, as shown in the figure below.
Review and Edit a Recording
In this section:
Overview
Review a Recording
Edit a Recording
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Overview
After you complete a recording, you will want to review it.
You may also want to edit it. When the recording is ready, you will want to publish the recording so it can be viewed
by students.
If your institution has integrated Lecture Tools with EchoSystem, you can also add Lecture Tools materials to a
published Personal Capture recording, to provide students with pre-class exercises, such as polls or quizzes.
Student responses can then be discussed in class.
Review a Recording
1. Use either method to select a recording to edit:
In the My Recordings screen, select the recording and click View/Edit. The Edit Recording screen
appears.
Immediately after stopping a recording, the Edit Recording screen appears.
2. In the Edit Recording screen, press the Play button.
3. Review the recording.
Check that the video quality is satisfactory, especially if you used high definition cameras.
Decide if there are any portions you want to remove in the editor. If you paused and resumed a
recording but did not use the keyboard shortcuts, you will have on-screen actions that you may want to
remove.
Edit a Recording
You can:
Trim the beginning and end of a recording ("top 'n tail")
Cut a segment from the middle of a recording
Trim ("Top 'n Tail")
You may want to trim off the beginning and end of a presentation, leaving only the substantive portion.
1. Select the recording to be edited.
2. Click View/Edit. The Edit Recording screen appears.
3. Drag the left slider in to trim the beginning of the recording.
4. Drag the right slider in to trim the end of the recording.
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4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Make sure the playhead is at the beginning of the timeline.
Play the recording with the cuts in place.
Either clear the cuts (with the Clear Cuts button) or save your changes (with the Apply Edits button).
If you save changes, the edits are applied and the My Recordings page displays.
Notice that your recording is shown as Edited.
Cut a Segment
If you paused and resumed a recording, you may want to cut out the middle portion of the recording that shows you
clicking the pause and resume buttons.
1. Select the recording to be edited.
2. Click View/Edit. The Edit Recording screen appears.
3. Mark the segment you want cut, using either the playhead and marker buttons or the sliders.
a. To use the playhead and marker buttons:
i. Position the playhead on the section where you want the cut to start. In this example, the cut
begins at 00:00:15 seconds.
ii. Click the mark-in button. This places the mark-in point at the current playhead position.
iii. Position the playhead on the section where you want the cut to end.
iv. Click the mark-out button. This places the mark-out point at the current playhead position.
b. To use the sliders:
i. Find the sliders to the left of the timeline.
ii. Drag the left slider in to the start of the segment.
iii. Drag the right slider in to the end of the segment.
iv.
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iv. Verify that the sliders are in the correct positions.
4. Click Cut.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Notice that the cut area appears gray on the timeline.
Play the recording with the cuts in place.
Either clear the cuts or save your changes.
If you save changes, the edits are applied and the My Recordings page displays.
Notice that your recording is shown as Edited.
Clear Cuts
You can use these methods if you are cutting a middle segment. You cannot use this methods when trimming the
beginning or end of a recording.
To clear the last cut made, double-click the gray cut area.
To clear all cuts made to the timeline, click the Clear Cuts button at the bottom of the application window. A
pop up dialog box asks for confirmation to clear all cuts from the recording. Click Clear all cuts.
Review Changes
Use the playback control buttons to view and/or listen to the edited recording.
Save Changes
1.
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1. Click Apply Edits.
Changes Are Permanent
Changes cannot be undone after the edits are applied.
2. Confirm or cancel changes.
Publish a Recording
In this section:
Overview
Publish a Finished Recording
Overview
Publishing is the final phase when using EchoSystem Personal Capture. "Publishing" means that you upload the
recording to the EchoSystem Server (ESS) so it can be viewed by students.
Publish a Finished Recording
Publishing a recording consists of these phases:
1. Select the recording to be published
2. Review and edit the recording's metadata
(the title, date, and time)
3. Publish the recording
Select the Recording
Select the recording to be published:
In the My Recordings page, select the recording in the list and click Publish Recording.
From the Edit Recordings page, click Publish Recording.
Log in iwith your Emory NETID and password. If you are not able to log in,
contact your Local Support person.
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3. Review the list of sections displayed. You will see only sections that you are associated with.
4. Select the section.
5. Click Next.
6. Select the product group.
The product group determines which output products will be supported and what aspects of your
recording will be optimized.
When your System Administrator or Scheduler set up recording for your section, s/he specified a
default product group.
The default product group is, in most cases, the best choice, but you may want to select a different
product group. For example, the default product group may be one that allows only audio and display
products. But you have used a web camera to capture video for your recording (this is one of the
benefits of Personal Capture). If you used the default product group, you would lose the video. You
select a product group that includes audio, video and display products so that you do not lose the
video capture.
Best practice: Choose the default product group then review the Echo. If the display or video seem
blurry, or if the audio is unclear, discuss this with your System Administrator. You may want to
reprocess the recording with a different product group.
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7. Click Next.
Review and Edit the Metadata
1. Click the appropriate radio button.
Create new Echo
Replace existing Echo
2. If necessary, change the Echo date and time.
3. Click Next.
4. If necessary, edit the title.
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Publish the Recording
1. Click Publish.
2. Notice that the recording appears in the My Recordings page with a status of Transcode Pending, and then
Publishing.
Publishing Time Varies
Publishing time depends on the edits you made, the size of the recording, and network
conditions.
3. When the upload is complete, the status changes to Published.
4. You can see the published recording in both the ESS and on the EchoCenter page for the section.
capture.service.emory.edu:
EchoCenter page:
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