Swivl User Guide
Swivl User Guide
The Swivl Solution
Swivl is more than just video capture, it is a 3-part solution.
Swivl Robot
The Swivl Robot works with
any tablet device and follows
the movement of the marker.
The marker has a built in microphone and buttons that
start/stop and pause recording and tracking.
Swivl Capture App
This FREE iOS and Android
app controls the firmware
and settings for the Swivl
Robot. The app allows users to easily record lessons,
student presentations, or
performances. With the
We recommend that you use an iPod heads-up display users can
view presentations, timing
when you check out a Swivl.
or what is being recorded.
Swivl Cloud
Swivl Cloud is FREE and provides unlimited video storage, editing and sharing.
Videos can be automatically uploaded from the Swivl
Capture App to Swivl Cloud.
Swivl Cloud integrates with
any LMS. The commenting
tool allows for reflection and
We recommend that you create your Swivl account BEFORE you videotape yourself. Look for the Swivl
Capture app on the ipod to create your account. Make sure that the last person who used Swivl cloud logged
themselves out of the account so that when you upload your video you are not uploading to someone else's
The Swivl solution has the power to enhance teaching and learning. Some uses include:
• Flipped teaching and leadership: Use Swivl to record mini-lessons, video newsletters, or instructional
videos to share with students, parents, and/or community members.
• Teacher reflection: Capture instruction so that teachers can reflect on and improve their practice.
The commenting functions of Swivl Cloud allow administrators or mentors to share feedback.
• Student created content: Allow students to take ownership of their own learning by having them
record discussions, presentations, oral readings or demonstrations. Then ask students to watch and
reflect on their videos or even “publish” their videos within an eportfolio or blog.
• Observations and evaluation: Use Swivl to capture teacher-led instruction to share with administrators for use in evaluations or the sharing of best practices.
• Substitute teachers and absences: Capture instruction or video messages for substitute teacher
use or to pass along to absent students.
• Station-based learning: Record video instructions or mini-lessons for students to use in small
groups or stations. Allow students to then use Swivl to capture their work within the small groups.
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Swivl Robot
• Base
• Power Adapter
• Marker (located in the back
flap of the base)
• Lanyard
• Shims (3)
• Audio Cable
Marker Lanyard
Audio Cable
Wall Charger
Please make sure that all items are in the bag when you check out your Swivl
Key Features
Back/ Forward/
Power status
Record status
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LED Status Guide
Solid red
Solid red
Solid red
Bluetooth not connected
On, unconnected to Marker
Flashing red
Flashing red
Bluetooth ready to pair
Low battery (both LEDs)
Solid green
Solid green
Bluetooth connected
On, connected to Marker
On, unconnected to
Flashing red
Low battery
Solid green
On, connected to Base
Solid red
We also recommend that you charge the Swivl when you check it out so that it is fully charged before using it in a
classroom. For best results, we also recommend if you can that you charge your Swivl while you are recording.
Plug the charging cable into bottom of the base and place marker in the base dock to charge. You should see an LED light when
plugged in. The battery life of the base and the marker can be checked in the Swivl Capture App Settings. (Mobile device must
be connected to the base via Bluetooth.) When the base is plugged in, the USB port in the back of the base can also be used to
charge your mobile device.
Note that depending on where the base "stopped" the last time it was
used, the charging port may not be directly in the back of the base.
Flashing Green - Base charging
Flashing Red - Marker charging
Solid Green - All charged
Flashing Red and Green - Both marker and base charging
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Getting Started
Step 1: Determine which grip best fits your device.
There are three shims that hold your mobile device. Each shim has a different thickness. Select a shim and test on edge of
mobile device. Fit should be snug with no force. (For devices with large cases, a mount anything kit is available for purchase.)
For iPods, use shim C
Next, push removable grip holder left and lift to remove.
First, determine which shim best fits your device.
Finally, insert shim into grip holder and place in base.
Step 2: Power on the device.
Lift the back flap on the base to remove the marker. Press and hold the power button on base. Then hold the power button on the
marker for 3-4 seconds. Both lights should turn green, meaning paired. If the top light on the marker, and the right light on the base
are both red, you may need to pair your marker with the base.
Please note that sometimes it takes more than one attempt for the
marker to pair with the base.
How to pair a marker:
Step 1: Press and hold both power and sync
button simultaneously until power LED on
base flashes. Then release.
If the marker still will not pair,
make sure it is charged
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Step 2: Press and hold
both power and checkmark button simultaneously until top LED on
marker flashes green.
Then release. Pairing is
Step 3: Connect your device.
Open the Bluetooth menu on your device. Press and hold sync button on the Swivl base until Bluetooth status light flashes. Pair
with Swivl. Green status light means connected. You will be prompted to open the Swivl Capture App. Then, insert your device,
screen forward into the base.
Step 4: Connect audio cable.
The marker contains a microphone, so plug the audio cable into microphone port on the base and into your mobile device to receive wireless
microphone feed.
Step 5: Select room placement.
Place Swivl approximately 6-15 feet from the presenter in the front or
middle of the room. Use the Swivl floor or table stand for the best results.
The heads-up display allows the teacher to view the live recording and
uploaded presentations.
whiteboard or projection screen
Best for capturing
class interactions
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Best for content
capture of whiteboards
and of the instructor
Step 6: Capture video.
The marker needs a clear line of sight to the base, so ensure that you don’t have any objects in front of the marker. When using the
lanyard, slide the marker into the lanyard and securely attach around your neck.
To capture video, ensure that the base and marker are both powered on, the Swivl Capture App is open, and the audio cable has
been connected. Choose ‘Capture’ within the Swivl Capture App, then tap the record button on the marker to begin recording.
A red light will illuminate above the record button on the marker and the app
will begin capturing audio and video. To stop recording, simply tap the record
button on the marker again.
It is recommended that you perform a few recording tests, lasting 30-60
seconds to increase your comfort level and familiarity with the device.
Horizontal motion
Stand back at least 3 feet. Move hand
from one side to another using deliberate motions.
Vertical motion
The advanced settings within the Swivl
Capture App allow you to adjust the
auto-tilt feature.
Before you upload your video to the Swivl cloud, double check that you are logged in with your account.
Step 7: Share video.
Videos stored within the app take up space on your mobile device, therefore it is recommended that you upload your videos to
Swivl Cloud where they can shared via email, URL or embedded. See the following pages to learn more about the Swivl Capture
App and Swivl Cloud.
1. From the Swivl Capture
App, upload your video to
Swivl Cloud.
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2. Login at cloud.swivl.com
to view your videos.
3. Add presentation slides
to your videos and share
with others.
Swivl Capture App
When first opening the Swivl Capture App you will be prompted to
create a Swivl Cloud account. This will allow you to manage all of your
videos on any device with an Internet browser.
Please watch the tutorial when you create your account for
more information on capturing video and using the app
Next, you will see a splash screen with two options:
Capture Video: Capture video only.
Capture Video + Slides: View preloaded slides with your video.
(The slides must be uploaded in Swivl Cloud, and the arrows on the
front of your marker will advance your slides.)
Within the capture screen you will notice a bar with the following icons.
(switch cameras, set countdown
timer, swap picture-in-picture)
Audio level
(This will flash red while recording.)
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Mobile device
By exiting the splash screen, you will notice five options within the left navigation bar. The settings apply to the app and the
control the Swivl Robot when connected via Bluetooth.
(Only available when connected to the Swivl base via
• Automatic tilt: Enable Swivl base to tilt automatically.
• Audio route: Indicates where audio is being captured.
• Base battery health: Indicates battery life remaining
in base unit.
• Marker battery health: Indicates battery life remaining in marker.
• Change Swivl Bluetooth name: The name of the Swivl
base can be changed for easier identification.
• Audio port configuration: Manage which device type
audio is routed to.
• Disable tracking: This setting will manually disable
tracking. The marker can still be used to start/stop
recording and as a microphone, but the base will not
track the marker.
• Checkmark action: The checkmark action by default
is set to slide view. It can also be set to pause tracking
or capture a 360 degree video.
• Video size: Determine the size of video your mobile
device captures. SD is recommended and requires
1.2 MB of space per 1-hour video. HD requires 2.4 MB
of space per 1-hour video. It is important to note that
videos are stored on your mobile device until deleted.
It is recommended that you upload videos to Swivl
Cloud and then delete them from the app to save
Auto upload: By enabling this function, your videos will automatically be uploaded to Swivl Cloud. This is recommended if you
are using a wifi connection.
Lock auto-exposure: Locks exposure level at the beginning of recording for duration of video. It is recommended to disable
this function.
Upload over cellular: Enables upload of videos using cellular data.
Max recording time: Indicates maximum amount of video (in minutes) that can be recorded on your device.
• App version: Indicates which release of Swivl Capture is being used.
• Swivl firmware: Indicates which release of base firmware is being used.
• Marker firmware: Indicates which release of marker firmware is being used.
Note that an Internet connection is needed when capturing the video to the cloud. If you do not have an Internet connection in
your school, you will need to upload the video at a later time.
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It is important to note that videos are stored in the app and consume space on your mobile device until they are deleted. It is
recommended that you upload videos to Swivl Cloud and then delete them from your device when possible. If you are sharing a
device with others, be sure to delete your videos and logout of the app after use.
The library has three tabs at the top:
Slides, Videos, All. It is within these tabs
that you will see your recorded or uploaded content.
To upload videos to Swivl Cloud, click on
the cloud icon.
The ellipsis will open a menu of options
that include:
• Preview: Watch your video
• Save to Photos: Save your video to
the photo collection on your mobile
• Edit Video: Clip the beginning or end
of the video
• Delete
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Swivl Cloud
Login to Cloud.Swivl.com to access your videos. At the top, you will notice three tabs to the left of your name:
• My Feed: Contains videos or presentations shared with you by others
• Library: Your videos and presentations
• Groups: View your created groups or groups that you are a part of. Creating a group is helpful when you plan to share many
videos with the same set of users. It will also allow you to add new users to a group and automatically allow them to see a set of
The Library contains three
additional options:
• Private: Videos you have
not shared
• Shared: Videos you have
• All
While most videos are uploaded from the Swivl App, videos
can be manually uploaded from
other programs.
Slides may also be uploaded
to use during recording. These
slides may include teaching
notes, discussion questions,
or presentation materials.
Connect your ipad to a projector to display the slides during
your presentation. The arrows
on the marker will advance
your slides. (A projection kit is
available for purchase.)
Sharing Projects
Projects can be shared in four different ways:
• Email: Send a link to your project on Swivl Cloud directly via email. Users must have (or create) a Swivl Cloud account to view
the video. This option allows you to see detailed viewing analytics.
• Group: You can share your project with any of your existing groups, or create a new group of Swivl Cloud users.
• Public Link: Video can be viewed without a Swivl Cloud account. This also means that it can be forwarded, re-posted and
watched by anyone.
• Embed: Post your video project into any LMS, website or blog. Embedding options include size, password protection, and
embed access.
Exporting Projects
Video projects can be exported as an .mp4 or .mov file. When projects are exported, viewers lose the benefits of Swivl Cloud.
• Download Video: Save the .mp4 video file on your computer.
• Produce: Prepare your project (slides + video) for export and save it as a new project. There are a variety of options for combining the slides and video into a single file.
• Export to YouTube: Export the video file as a .mov. Only the video file is exported. If you want to export both slides and video,
you should produce the video first.
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Viewing and Editing Projects
When you choose ‘View Project’ you are able to edit, produce, share or export your project.
Videos without slides have the following editing
• Edit Title: Create a unique name and description for your video.
• Trim Video: Trim the beginning or ending
of a video and save as an existing or new
• Delete: Permanently delete the video from
Swivl Cloud.
• Add Slides: Add slides to your video (.jpeg,
.png, .ppt, .pptx, .pdf). When slides are uploaded you are able to set precise time when
you want each slide to be displayed, as well
as replace slides, change position, hide or
When editing slides, you have the ability to change the timing of the slides so that they are aligned to the video content.
The editing functions also include the ability to:
• Upload new slide
• Replace selected slide
• Hide selected slide
• Remove selected slide
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The Benefits of Swivl Cloud
When projects are shared through Swivl Cloud, viewers are able to jump through the video by clicking on the slides. Viewers are
also able to comment on the video.
Because comments are time
stamped with the appropriate
time from the video, users are
able to dialogue and ask questions about the video.
Commenting is great for
teacher reflection, student
discussion and guided learning.
When projects are shared, the owner has the ability to
see viewing analytics including:
• Total visits and views
• Visits per day
• Percentage the video viewed
• Names of viewers and what percentage of the video
was watched (users with a Swivl Cloud account)
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