Echo360 ALP Supported Capture Devices List

Echo360 ALP Supported Capture Devices List
Supported Capture Devices
Video and Audio
Active Learning Platform
July 2015
Table of Contents
Supported Capture Input Devices ............................................................................................. 1
Best practices for web cameras ............................................................................................. 1
Recommended Input Devices for SafeCapture HD (SCHD).................................................. 3
Supported input formats .......................................................................................................... 3
Supported video devices ........................................................................................................ 4
Supported audio devices ........................................................................................................ 6
Recommended Devices for Classroom Capture and Personal Capture Windows ........... 8
Best practices for web cameras ............................................................................................. 8
Test Protocol for Web Cameras .............................................................................................. 8
Supported video devices (webcams) ................................................................................... 9
Supported video devices - other.......................................................................................... 16
Supported audio devices (external USB microphones) .................................................... 17
Supported document cameras............................................................................................ 22
Recommended Devices for Personal Capture Mac ............................................................ 24
Best practices for web cameras ........................................................................................... 24
Test Protocol for Web Cameras ............................................................................................ 24
Supported Video Devices ..................................................................................................... 25
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Supported Capture Input 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:


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:


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.
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Supported Capture Input Devices


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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Supported Capture Input Devices
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.
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Supported video devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
IS-LT-03 (HD)
Not Qualified by
Echo360;
iSmart
Customers have
reported success
Features/Description
Use Cases
Stand or ceiling mount
1080p/30fps HD PTZ
camera
Automatic presenter
tracking eliminates
need for manual
camera operation
20x optical/12x digital
zoom lens
Lock tracking technology
auto-tracks lecturer up to
15 meters while ignoring
other moving objects
Adjustable tracking area
and tracking parameters
78 degree viewing angle
Desktop or ceiling mount
1080p/60fps HD PTZ
camera
SRG-300H
30x optical/12x digital
zoom lens
Sony
Qualified by Echo360
View-DR processing to
master poor lighting
conditions
Supports industryrecognized VISCA
protocol and built-in IP
control
Suitable for all
classroom, distance
learning and video
conferencing
applications
Best for use in a large
classrooms or lecture
halls
Suitable for all
classroom, distance
learning and video
conferencing
applications
Best for use in a large
classrooms or lecture
halls
Ideal for classrooms
with poor lighting
conditions
65 degree viewing angle
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
Features/Description
Use Cases
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 built-in IP
control
Suitable for most
classroom, distance
learning and video
conferencing
applications
Best for use in a
medium-sized
classrooms
Ideal for classrooms
with poor lighting
conditions
71 degree viewing angle
NOTE: Requires additional
HDMI splitter
(Recommended HDMI
Splitter)
AW-HE2
Panasonic
Qualified by Echo360
Desktop or ceiling mount
1080p/60fps HD
Electronic PTZ camera
Suitable for most
classroom and distance
learning applications
Best for use in a smaller
classrooms
Compact, Full-HD MOS
camera
96 degree viewing angle
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
Desktop or ceiling mount
1080i/60fps HD PTZ
camera
AW-HE50S
Not Qualified by
Echo360
Panasonic
Features/Description
Customers have
reported success
18x optical/10x digital
zoom lens
1/3" Full HD MOS
Integrated PanTilt/Camera with HD/SDSDI
DSP produces realistic
video in varied lighting
conditions down to 3 lux
Use Cases
Suitable for most
classroom, distance
learning and video
conferencing
applications
Best for use in a
medium-sized
classrooms
Ideal for classrooms
with poor lighting
conditions
Supported audio devices
Manufacturer
Model
HD Single/Dual Channel
Wireless Microphone
System
RevoLabs
Qualification Status
Features/Description
Supports both single
and dual channel
microphones
Not Qualified by
Echo360;
Customers have
reported success
For use with multiple
RevoLabs wireless
microphone types
128-bit encryption with
DFS20 proprietary audio
processing algorithms
50 Hz-14 KHz frequency
range
Use Cases
Suitable for use
when existing
RevoLabs
microphones are in
use
Ideal for high-def,
accurate
reproduction of
presenter's speech
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
ULX-D Digital Wireless
System
Shure
Not Qualified by
Echo360;
Customers have
reported success
Features/Description
Use Cases
For use with a wide
variety of Shure
microphones
Suitable for use
when existing Shure
microphones are in
use
AES 256-bit encryption
24-bit/48 kHz digital
audio
20 Hz-20 kHz frequency
range with flat response
Ideal for situations
where high level of
encryption for
wireless transmission
is required
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Supported Capture Input Devices
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:




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.
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Supported Capture Input Devices
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?
Supported video devices (webcams)
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
Features/Description
Suitable for use with
Personal Capture on
presenter's computer
Live! Cam Socialize
VF0640
Creative
Use Cases
Qualified by
Echo360
Monitor mount
800x600/30fps camera
(non-HD)
Noise canceling
microphone
Best for use when presenter
stays in a static location
Ideal as an inexpensive
solution where video quality
is not important
Low capturing resolution
ensure better compatibility
with under-powered
systems.
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
Features/Description
Monitor mount
720p/30fps camera with
5x digital zoom
HD-3110
Pan and tilt functionality
Qualified by
Echo360
HP
Directional microphone
Best for capturing presenter
as he/she moves around
the room
Adaptive lighting and
white balance
adjustments
Ideal for rooms with poor
lighting conditions
Pan and tilt functionality
HP
Qualified by
Echo360
Suitable for both Classroom
Capture and Personal
Capture recording
applications
Face tracking and autofocus
Monitor mount
1080p/30fps camera
with 5x digital zoom
HD-4110
Use Cases
Directional microphone
Suitable for both Classroom
Capture and Personal
Capture recording
applications
Face tracking and autofocus
Best for capturing presenter
as he/she moves around
the room
Adaptive lighting and
white balance
adjustments
Ideal for rooms with poor
lighting conditions
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
C270
Qualified by
Echo360
Logitech
Use Cases
Monitor mount, fixed
focus 720p/30fps
camera
Suitable for use with
Personal Capture on
presenter's computer
Noise reducing
microphone
Best for use when presenter
stays in a static location
Automatic light
correction
Ideal for rooms with poor
lighting conditions
Monitor mount, fixed
focus 720p/30fps
camera
C310
Logitech
Features/Description
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 background
noise
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
C525
Qualified by
Echo360
Logitech
C615
Logitech
Features/Description
Use Cases
Monitor mount
720p/30fps camera with
autofocus
Suitable for both Classroom
Capture and Personal
Capture recording
applications
Pan, tilt, and zoom
controls
Motion detection
Best for capturing presenter
as he/she moves around
the room
Built-in mic with Logitech
RightSound™
technology
Ideal for locations with
increased background
noise
Monitor mount
1080p/30fps camera
with autofocus
Suitable for both Classroom
Capture and Personal
Capture recording
applications
Face tracking
Pan, tilt, and zoom
controls
Qualified by
Echo360
Face tracking
Motion detection
Noise reducing
microphone
Automatic low-light
correction
Best for capturing presenter
as he/she moves around
the room
Ideal for locations with
increased background
noise
Ideal for rooms with poor
lighting conditions
High capturing resolution
ensures best video quality
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
C905
Portable/notebook
720p/30fps camera with
autofocus
Qualified by
Echo360
Logitech
Features/Description
Built-in mic with Logitech
RightSound™
technology
Can be mounted via
desktop stand
Automatic low-light
correction
Monitor mount
1080p/30fps camera
with autofocus
C910
Logitech
Qualified by
Echo360
Built-in stereo mics with
Logitech RightSound™
technology
Automatic low-light
correction
Logitech RightLight 2
technology
Use Cases
Suitable for use with
Personal Capture on
presenter's computer
Best for capturing presenter
as he/she moves around
the room
Ideal for rooms with poor
lighting conditions
Ideal for locations with
increased background
noise
Versatile mounting system
provides additional
placement options
Suitable for both Classroom
and Personal Capture
recording applications
Best for capturing presenter
as he/she moves around
the room
Ideal for high-quality audio
recording
Ideal for rooms with poor
lighting conditions
High capturing resolution
ensures best video quality
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
Tripod-mountable
1080p/30fps camera
with autofocus
C920
Qualified by
Echo360
Logitech
Features/Description
H.264 video compression
Carl Zeiss® lens with 20step autofocus
Ideal for high-quality audio
recording in noisy conditions
Built-in dual stereo mics
with automatic noise
reduction
Ideal for rooms with poor
lighting conditions
Microsoft
Multi-mount 720p/30fps
camera with autofocus
Qualified by
Echo360
Suitable for both Classroom
Capture and Personal
Capture recording
applications
Best for capturing presenter
as he/she moves around
the room
Automatic low-light
correction
Lifecam Cinema
Use Cases
TrueColor Technology
with face tracking
Wide angle lens
360-degree rotation
Wideband microphone
High capturing resolution
ensures best video quality
Versatile mounting system
provides additional
placement options
Suitable for both Classroom
and Personal Capture
recording applications
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
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
Features/Description
Use Cases
Lifecam HD-3000
Qualified by
Echo360
Microsoft
HP
HP Integrated
Cameras
Qualified by
Echo360
Multi-mount, fixed focus
720p/30fps camera
TrueColor Technology
Noise reducing
microphone
Specifications and
features vary
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 background
noise
Leveraging built-in
functionality of existing
hardware
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Supported video devices - other
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
1080p/60fps high
performance video
frame grabber
DVI2USB 3.0
Epiphan
Features/Description
Not Qualified by
Echo360;
Customers have
reported success
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 color
Provides consistent frame
rate performance
regardless of content
Use Cases
NOTE: You must use the
v3.30.1.0004 64-bit driver to
ensure proper functionality;
available from Epiphan.
Suitable for both Classroom
and Personal Capture
(Windows only) recording
applications
Provides flexibility to record
any VGA, HDMI, or DVI
source
High capturing resolution
ensures best video quality
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Supported audio devices (external USB microphones)
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
Features/Description
Picks up ranges at up
to 30 feet
Automatic and
electronic scanning
“listening beam” with a
field of view of 360°
Voice Tracker (USB Array
Microphone)
Not Qualified by
Echo360;
Acoustic
Magic
Customers have
reported success
*Sample Recording with
Echo360
Spatial filtering for
noise reduction
Constructive addition
of multiple microphone
elements for longrange
Rapidly converging
AEC algorithm (Voice
Tracker II only)
Embedded algorithms
for ease of use
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-to-large
sized classrooms
Ideal for
locations with
increased
background
noise
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
Features/Description
UB1
Not Qualified by
Echo360;
Samson
Customers have
reported success
16-Bit, 44.1- 48kHz
sample rates
Miniature, low-profile
design
Omni-directional
pickup pattern
Jabra Speak 410
Omni-directional /
Noise filter microphone
Jabra
Qualified by Echo360
Standard (E-STD)
microphone sensitivity
Mute function
Use Cases
Suitable for
capturing the
presenter's audio
as he/she moves
remains near the
podium, or for
meetings and
conferences
Best for use in a
medium-sized
rooms
Suitable for
capturing the
presenter's audio
as he/she moves
remains near the
podium, or for
meetings and
conferences
Best for use in a
medium-sized
rooms
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
Features/Description
Use Cases
Multipattern
condenser USB
microphone
Three custom
condenser capsules
and four different polar
pattern settings:
Cardioid, Stereo,
Bidirectional and
Omnidirectional
Yeti Pro USB & XLR Microphone
Blue
Qualified by Echo360
A/D converter chip
and separate analog
circuit path for use with
professional studio
mixers and preamps
Built-in headphone
amplifier for zerolatency 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
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
Dual capsule design
incorporates
omnidirectional and
cardioid elements to
give you a choice
Snowball USB Condenser
Microphone
Blue
Features/Description
Qualified by Echo360
-10dB pad switch
eliminates noise and
distortion when
capturing signals at
extreme volume levels
Use Cases
Suitable for
capturing 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
Can be configured for
use with lapel mic
Not Qualified by
Echo360;
Plug-and-play USB
operation
Customers have
reported success
65 foot range for
microphone
Bi-directional audio
8 hours of battery life
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 microphone
Best for use in
large classrooms
or auditoriums
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
Features/Description
Use Cases
Noise-canceling
microphone
Ideal for
capturing
presenter's audio
in a small
desktop
environment
using Personal
Capture
USB Desktop Microphone
Not Qualified by
Echo360;
Logitech
Customers have
reported success
Power switch
16 Hz-100 Hz frequency
response
Not
recommended
for classroom use
U7 USB Boundary Condenser
Microphone
Frequency response
tailored for speech
CAD
Not Qualified by
Echo360;
Customers have
reported success
Omnidirectional pickup pattern for 360
degree coverage
Condenser
microphone element
for high sensitivity
Ideal for
meetings or
conferences in
small-to-medium
sized rooms
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Supported document cameras
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
SDP-760
Compact 1080p/30fps
document camera
Qualified by
Echo360
Samsung
Features/Description
3 Megapixel CMOS sensor
Digital 16x zoom & Digital
Image Rotation
User scalable display outputs
from XGA to 1080p
Use Cases
Best for scenarios that
require easy transport
and storage
High capturing
resolution ensures best
video quality
SDP-860
SXGA (1280x1024)/30fps
document camera
Samsung
Qualified by
Echo360
2D/3D Noise Reduction
Technology
48X Combined Zoom (6X
Optical + 8X Digital)
Best for capturing
greater detail when
pages are magnified
Ideal for classrooms
with poor lighting
conditions
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
Features/Description
SXGA (1280x1024)/30fps
document camera
SDP-960
48X Combined Zoom (6X
Optical + 8X Digital)
Qualified by
Echo360
Samsung
Use Cases
Built-in reference monitor
Proprietary Chipset with
Noise Reduction
Accepts SD Cards and USB
Thumb drives for
image/video storage
Best for capturing
greater detail when
pages are magnified
Ideal for classrooms
with poor lighting
conditions
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
Best for capturing high
motion activities such
as writing
Ideal for use with
transparencies
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Supported Capture Input Devices
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:




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.
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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
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
Features/Description
Use Cases
iSight Camera
(Macbooks and iMacs)
Specifications and
features vary
Apple
Qualified by
Echo360
Either external or builtin solution
Requires no additional
drivers
Leveraging built-in
functionality of existing
hardware
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
Monitor mount
1080p/30fps camera
with autofocus
C910
Logitech
Features/Description
Qualified by
Echo360
Built-in stereo mics with
Logitech RightSound™
technology
Automatic low-light
correction
Logitech RightLight 2
technology
Use Cases
Suitable for both
Classroom and Personal
Capture recording
applications
Best for capturing
presenter as he/she
moves around the room
Ideal for high-quality
audio recording
Ideal for rooms with poor
lighting conditions
High capturing resolution
ensures best video quality
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Supported Capture Input Devices
Manufacturer
Model
Qualification Status
Features/Description
Tripod-mountable
1080p/30fps camera
with autofocus
C920
H.264 video
compression
Logitech
Qualified by
Echo360
Use Cases
Suitable for both
Classroom Capture and
Personal Capture
recording applications
Best for capturing
presenter as he/she
moves around the room
Carl Zeiss® lens with 20step autofocus
Ideal for high-quality
audio recording in noisy
conditions
Built-in dual stereo mics
with automatic noise
reduction
Ideal for rooms with poor
lighting conditions
Automatic low-light
correction
High capturing resolution
ensures best video quality
Versatile mounting system
provides additional
placement options
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