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You can now teach with confidence knowing that your classroom has an Echo360 recorder!

Echo360 uses a device called the Echo360 SafeCapture HD to record audio, video and the presentation source in the classroom. The advantages of recording the lecture in your class are: 1) giving the student the ability to listen to the lecture instead of being a 'stenographer', 2) having all of your information saved digitally, 3) having the content available for other courses and distance learning.

With the SafeCapture HD device, you do not have to worry about setting anything up or pressing any buttons.

For more information on Echo360 resources, please visit the Echo 360 Resource Center.

Echo 360 Capable Rooms
Anderson Chapel
Brandel Library Studio
Caroline Hall B-2

Sohlberg Hall 002

Nyvall 1
Isaacson Chapel
Athletic Training Center
titleHow Can I Create an Ad Hoc Capture During Class?

Creating an Ad Hoc Capture

Ad hoc captures are impromptu recordings, generated by telling the capture appliance to begin recording immediately, to capture the teaching opportunity.

Echo360 now also provides a Start Capture button for instructors, allowing them to initiate an ad hoc capture via the Echo360 UI.

start capture button located in the main menu bar

As with any appliance-generated capture, there are certain limitations and configuration options you should be aware of. These are listed in the Additional things to know section below.

To generate an ad hoc capture:

  1. Log into Echo360 as an instructor, and click START CAPTURE from the main menu bar.
  2. In the  Start a new capture dialog box, select the room and the duration for the capture.
    Start a new capture dialog box with options as described
  3. The room selection may pre-populate the Inputs and Quality fields. Change these if appropriate or select them if they are not set for you based on the room.
  4. If appropriate, select a Section for this capture. If a section is selected, the ad hoc capture will appear in your library and be automatically published to the section.
  5. If you do not select a section, you will need to manually publish the capture from your library to the section(s) whose students you want to view the capture. Alternately you may be able to post a public link to the capture for students to view.
  6. When finished, click Start. Recording should begin within a few minutes. The capture appliance should indicate when recording has begun.

The capture will continue for the duration you set, OR until the next scheduled capture for that room/device is set to begin. If you attempt to set the duration of your ad hoc capture beyond the start time of the next scheduled capture, you will receive a warning notifying you of the conflict. You are given the option of generating the ad hoc capture for the truncated duration instead, or cancelling and selecting a different room.

Additional things to know about ad hoc captures

Generating an ad hoc capture through the UI is quite easy, but there are additional options and tricks you should know, to take full advantage of the functionality.

Ad hoc captures can be streamed Live

While you can live stream your ad hoc capture, keep in mind that Live streamed captures are designed for students not currently present in the room. You will need to somehow notify remote students that there is an ad hoc live stream to watch. For this reason, we expect instructors to more typically generate non-live ad hoc captures.

In addition, (and somewhat logically) students in the classroom where you are running the capture should not try to connect to the Live stream, as network and bandwidth limitations may interfere with viewing performance. They can, however, open the classroom without showing the live stream, to participate in Q&A discussions or to take notes.

Otherwise, the same limitations apply to instructor-generated live captures as they do to admin-generated live captures. Those are:

Ad hoc captures appear in your library

Regardless of whether you select a section to publish the capture to or not, the capture, once completed, will appear in your library. From there you can publish the capture to one or more sections, or if enabled for your institution, generate a public link to post for viewing.

Because you generated the capture, you are the owner of the capture and can control it as you can any other kind of library content. The only limitation may be that you cannot delete the capture if your system administrator has restricted the ability for instructors to delete appliance generated captures.

Selecting a section will auto-publish the capture to the section

If you select a section for your ad hoc capture, a class is automatically created to hold the capture and will contain the capture for student viewing once completed. You can set the availability for the capture if you need to limit when it can be viewed, but the class is automatically created in the section and the capture is auto-published there when complete.

Note that if your institution provides closed captions for captures, AND captures are not made available until they have captions applied, your ad hoc capture will not be available to students until closed captioning is complete.

Ad hoc captures cannot interfere with scheduled captures

As stated in the procedure above, the ad hoc capture cannot interfere with a scheduled capture currently slated for the same room/device. If you attempt to run an ad hoc capture whose duration will conflict with a scheduled capture, you will receive a warning message. You will be given the opportunity to run the ad hoc capture for the available time, however, if this meets your needs. Otherwise you will need to run the ad hoc capture in a different room or using a different capture appliance.

Ad hoc captures cannot have a duration beyond four hours

All captures, scheduled or ad hoc, are limited to a maximum duration of four hours.