Echo360 Personal Capture Instructions

 

Requesting an Echo360 setup:

  1. To request a new ID (to allow you to log in and publish recordings) in echo360, contact janet.hill@tufts.edu.
  2. To request a course setup (to allow you to attach your recordings to a course), contact janet.hill@tufts.edu.

 

Installing the software:

  1. The Echo360 software needs to be installed on the laptop prior to the presentation.  Presentation files (such as PowerPoint) need to also be present on this laptop.
  2. The installation software is available for download on Tusk.  Navigate to TUSK Ed/Guides for Course Faculty, Authors and Managers/Echo360 Lecture Capture.
    1. windows: http://tusk.tufts.edu/view/content/H1185C/471802/1377304/1724206
    2. mac:  http://tusk.tufts.edu/view/content/H1185C/471802/1377304/1724207
  3. There is a version of the installer for Windows and one for Mac.  Click the appropriate installer link and download the .exe file.
  4. Find the .exe file (most likely in your downloads folder) and double click to install.  The system will check that you are installing the correct version for your operating system and will not allow you to install the wrong one.
  5. The wizard will walk you through the installation process.  Accept the terms and conditions and click Next to move through the install.
  6. Tic the boxes for creating a shortcut and launch, and then click Finish to complete the install.
  7. You may occasionally be prompted to upgrade and install a newer version of the software.

 

Preparing to Record:

1.  Click on the Echo360 capture icon on the desktop (once the program has been installed).

2.  Click the Start Capture button to prepare to start a new capture.

3.  The next screen will show you the camera and microphone that have been detected on the machine.  Tick the Enabled box(es) for the devices you are going to use for your recording.  An audio device will always be selected by default.

4.  Important: Click on the Configure button to configure the camera and microphone you want to use. When you click the Configure button a new window will appear.  If you do not configure the options properly, the program may use the default/built-in microphone and camera on the computer, which may not work with the Echo system.

 

Configuration:

Configure audio device

1.  Select the desired Audio Device from the list (either the built in microphone or your own attached).

Configure video (left) device

1.  Select the desired Video Device from the list (either the built in camera or your own attached).

2.  Select Video Quality from the list

  • Actual Size: optimized setting to suit on-screen presentations and web browsing;
  • Quarter Size: optimized setting to suit webcam and video recording)

Configure video (right) device

1.  This can be left as the default of None.

Click Save when finished and the configuration window will close by itself.

 

Starting the Recording:

  1. Click the Start Capture button to begin the recording.  Once you being capturing, the application will minimize and will count down 5 seconds before it starts recording the screen/presentation. The presenter can then open their PowerPoint and start their presentation.
  1. If desired, you can click Pause Capture to stop for a bit and then click Resume Capture to continue.
  2. Once finished with the recording, click the icon in the system tray and choose the Stop Capture option.
  1. Once stopped, the user is presented with the presentation editor where you can choose to editto make simple cuts/edits to the presentation.

 

Editing the Recording:

  1. From the list of ‘My Recordings’, highlight the desired recording and click View/Edit to make simple cuts/edits to the presentation.
  2. The editing interface will open in a new browser window.  Preview the presentation by dragging the RED triangle above the timeline and clicking the play button.  The slides and audio are visible in the editing interface (but not the video).
  3. To cut out portions of the recording, drag the ORANGE triangles below the timeline to the beginning and end of the section you want to cut.  When the ORANGE triangles have been set correctly, click the Scissors button to cut out that chunk of the recording.
  4. When finished with the cuts/edits, click ‘Apply Edits’.  This will finalize the edits and return you to the main page.  The recording will be in ‘Recorded’ status.

 

Publishing the Recording:

  1. From the list of ‘My Recordings’, highlight the desired recording and click ‘Publish Recording’ to publish to the EchoSystemServer.  This process will require that you log into TUSK and then select your Echo360 course.  Click Next to continue.
  2. Leave the default product group set.  Leave the default radio button of ‘Create new Echo’ selected.  Confirm date/time and title and click ‘Publish’.
  3. Note that the transcoding and publishing process takes time.   The  length of the recording as well as the other traffic in the queue will determine how long it takes for the process to complete.  Once finished, the recording will move to ‘Published’ status.

 

Accessing the Recording:

  1. Log in to the EchoSystem Server (ESS) at the following location:
  2. https://ess.tusk.tufts.edu:8443/ess/app
  3. Click on the Echoes tab to review the list of available lectures.
  4. Once the your recording’s processing status is “Available”, the capture is ready to be posted to Trunk.
  1. By hovering over the available lectures, you will see links for:
    • View
    • Play MP3
    • Play M4V
  1. Click on each and then copy the links for each of the 3 options above to later upload into Trunk.  Either keep the screen open or paste the links into another screen.

 

Sharing the Recording:

  1. Log in to Trunk and navigate to the appropriate course.
  2. Decide on where to place the recordings:
    1. Resources – Under the Resources link, create a new course folder (such as Lecture Recordings – mm/dd/yyyy).
    2. Lessons Builder – Using the Lessons Builder tool, add a new page (such as Lecture Recordings).  On this page, add a new subpage (such as Lecture Recordings – mm/dd/yyyy).
  3. In the new lecture folder (or on the new lecture subpage), add a URL link for each of the three versions of the capture.
  • View
  • Play MP3
  • Play M4V
  1. Enter in the lecture title and paste the link for the Full version of the capture.  Repeat the steps above to create links for the MP3 and M4V versions of the captures.  When finished, you should have a new folder (or subpage) created for each lecture, and within should be 3 links to the 3 versions of the lecture (full version, mp3, and m4v).

 

Helpful links:

Approved echo360 devices

http://confluence.echo360.com/display/51/Supported+Web+Cameras

Log into Echo server:

https://ess.tusk.tufts.edu:8443/ess

Instructors – Manage Echos:

http://confluence.echo360.com/display/52/Manage+Echoes+for+Academic+Staff

Instructors – Edit Echos:

http://confluence.echo360.com/display/52/Edit+Echoes+for+Academic+Staff

Instructors: Live Webcasting:

http://confluence.echo360.com/display/52/Live+Webcasting+for+Academic+Staff

Instructors: Import Other Media:

http://confluence.echo360.com/display/52/Import+Other+Media+for+Academic+Staff

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