Getting Started with Lecture Capture
Instructions for getting started with Lecture Capture
Engineering IT supports Echo360 as the lecture capture service for The Grainger College of Engineering. There are currently 24 rooms in Engineering equipped with lecture recording appliances, cameras, and microphones for automated recording. For a list of those rooms, and information about how to reserve the rooms, please visit: Presentation/Lecture Capture
Once you have reserved one of these rooms for your course, please email Engineering IT at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule Echo360 recordings of your lectures. When submitting this recording request, please include the following information:
- Course name and number
- Building name and room number
- Days and times when class is scheduled
- Section name(s) as it appears in the course catalog (this is how we manage student access to the recordings now)
If you are teaching a class that is not scheduled in a room equipped for automated Echo360 recording, Engineering IT offers Echo360's PersonalCapture screen recording software for manually recording your lectures with a webcam and microphone using your desktop computer or laptop (Windows and Mac versions available). For more information, please visit
Download Echo360 Universal Capture here (Windows and Mac).
Universal Capture: Personal is accessible through the installed desktop application using a shortcut or:
- Via the Applications menu on a Mac, as shown in the below figure.
- Via the Start menu on a Windows PC, as shown in the below figure.
Starting a Recording with Universal Capture
To start a capture
- Launch Universal Capture.
- Log in (if not already authenticated).
- Select the inputs you want to capture.
Audio is always required.
You can select to capture display and video, two display inputs, or two video inputs besides the audio. Universal Capture will initially preselect inputs for you based on any available devices and then remember the last inputs chosen.
- Preview the inputs on the screen, to be sure they will record properly.
- Click the pencil icon or title to launch the Capture Details dialog box. Enter a Title, add a Description or Tags and select a Publishing location for the recording if desired. Otherwise, the following default information will be used:
- Title: Untitled
- Description: Blank
- Tags: Blank
- Publish Location: Library
Your Library is the default publishing location when first using Universal Capture, afterwards it will remember the last Publishing location chosen.
- Click Record.
A countdown appears after which the Universal Capture window minimizes and the capture begins.
- When you are done, click Finish.
The recording is completed and finishes uploading to the Echo360 server to complete processing. You will receive an email notification when processing is finished. Universal Capture recordings are available for viewing and editing while processing.
Echo360 content can be integrated with your course's Compass2g LMS (Learning Management System) space. To request a Compass2g space for your course, please visit compassspacerequest.illinois.edu. Once your course's Compass2g space has been created, please email Engineering IT (email@example.com) so we can assist you with integrating your Echo360 recordings into that space.
In addition to Engineering's Echo360 lecture capture service, campus's Technology Services offers Kaltura Mediaspace as an alternative for uploading and publishing existing lecture media recordings. The Mediaspace service also includes CaptureSpace screen recording software for lecture recording. Additional documentation about Mediaspace and the CaptureSpace software can be found here.
For more information about captioning lecture recordings, please visit this page.
Some Helpful Suggestions
- When recording lectures in an Echo360-equipped classroom, it's helpful for the students viewing the recordings if you repeat any questions asked by the in-class students during the lecture.
- Keep your presentation slides concise and uncluttered with minimal text.
- When recording lectures using software (Echo360 PersonalCapture, etc.), better quality microphones will make a noticeable difference in sound quality that your students will appreciate.
If you have any questions about any of these lecture capture-related services, please contact Engineering IT at firstname.lastname@example.org.