Echo360 Personal Capture

Need to record content outside a lecture theatre? Echo360 Personal Capture lets you record content anywhere, any time, using a personal computer. Students can stream or download your recordings at their convenience using the LMS.

Access to Echo360 Personal Capture software

This software is available for University of Melbourne staff only. To access the download, please log in to the Lecture Capture system to find the latest version of the software.

Access Lecture Capture

To install the latest version of Echo360 Personal Capture:

  1. Go to the Settings cog in the top right corner of the Lecture Capture interface and select 'Downloads'
  2. Click on 'Windows Download' or 'Mac Download' under the 'Personal Capture' heading
  3. Run the installation file once downloaded. As part of installation this will uninstall any previous versions of Personal Capture from your computer.
  4. Select 'Login' and enter your University credentials

Staff with an 'instructor' role in a subject will be able to publish recordings directly to that subject from within the Personal Capture application.

Further information

Personal Capture application guides are available from Echo360:

Using Personal Capture to create screen capture videos

Echo360 Personal Capture can be used to record and edit content from your computer, and publish the captured content online.

A common way to create online video presentations for the LMS is to capture the computer screen while recording the audio and video of the presenter via a webcam. Echo360 Personal Capture is the University of Melbourne’s recommended screen capture software. The software allows capture recording to be published to the Echo360 Lecture Capture server, providing streaming server access to recordings. These links to screen capture videos can then be made available to students via the LMS.

Benefits of screen capture videos

  • Provide flexibility to students in regards to accessing learning and attendance requirements
  • Students are able to pause and review recordings as many times as they wish, suiting different learning preferences and language competencies
  • Catering to different learning styles
  • Provide video content or instructions to students to review prior to face-to-face sessions, allowing for more interactive and collaborative tutorial or lecture time
  • Can easily be reused for future delivery of subjects
  • Provide a rich visual media to explain concepts to students.

Uses of screen capture videos

  • Short messages to personalise your LMS e.g. welcome to the subject
  • Create pre-course videos of required background subject content
  • Explanations of LMS content or other software or websites
  • Replacement of presentations or lectures as mini video lectures
  • Recording of a visiting lecturer or industry experts at a time preferable to the visitor or for future students
  • To create presentations to support understanding of the learning material
  • To clarify concepts that often cause confusion in an engaging way
  • Response to a debate or reflection from a lecture or discussion board posts
  • Explanation of requirements for the assessment
  • A weekly summary of the course or requirements for the coming week.

Best practice when creating screen capture videos

There are different steps for creating a screen capture video. Below are some hints and consideration at each of the steps in creating a screen capture video.

Things to think about for screen capture video

  • When watching videos students prefer chunked content in short: 5 -10 minute segments. They are unlikely to watch a 10 minute capture. If a concept takes longer to explain, find natural breaks to create multiple videos. Students will continue to watch the following captures if they are interested.
  • Motivate the audience and explain what they will get out of watching the video
  • Story telling is an important part of a capture – tell stories with a beginning, middle and end, explain the ‘why’ as well as the ‘what’, providing real examples
  • Captures are a one-way media. Consider adding questions or prompting reflections within your capture. This gives the appearance of dialogue, make the capture more personal and may promote deeper level thinking.

Create and design your capture presentation using PowerPoint or Keynote

  • Set the aspect ratio to 16:9 in Page Set up in PowerPoint or via the Inspector in Keynote
  • Slides need to be clear with high quality images and limited amounts of words. Complicated busy slides overwhelm the audience
  • Make content look visually interesting
  • Use colour, not just black and white
  • For readability ensure a minimum font size 24pt
  • When using screen capture only (i.e. not using a webcam) including a photo of yourself in the presentation to aid to student connection
  • Keep the look, the banner, and fonts consistent
  • Consider designing your own graphics to avoid copyright issues.

Copyright considerations

  • If you are using material that you did not create yourself in your capture, check whether it can be recorded – for example, commercially purchased music and commercially purchased film content cannot be recorded on a capture. If you need help, contact the Copyright Office.
  • Review the Copyright Office's information on Copyright & Teaching, in particular using Copyright Material in lectures.
  • For capture recordings that contain copyright material and are uploaded to the LMS, the same regulations apply to that copyright material that would apply if you were to upload that material directly into the LMS.
  • Always cite your sources.
  • Put Copyright citations at the end of your presentation or below images.
  • Be aware if a capture is to be made publicly available Copyright requirements are more stringent and you should contact the Copyright Office for advice.

Before recording

  • Write a script for your capture or rehearse what you are going to say. Rehearsal will improve your performance; you will come across as more relaxed and be able to focus on audience engagement. It will also shorten the editing process.
  • If using a webcam, think about what you wearing. A bold single colour looks better in camera. Avoid patterns and white and rattling jewellery.
  • If using a webcam, think about the background behind your screen, is it distracting or does it portray the impression you want to your audience?
  • If using a webcam with two speakers, make sure both are in camera
  • Close down any software programs on the computer you are not using in the capture
  • Magnify the computer screen where you can – webpages and Excel in particular
  • Know the short-cut commands or where the pause and stop keys are for easy access during the capture recording
  • Good audio is crucial to engagement. Run a short test recording to ensure the microphone captures audio correctly before starting your actual recording.

During recording

  • The camera is your connection to your audience – good camera interaction is important. Think about connecting and engaging with your audience through body language and expression
  • If using a webcam, make sure you maintain eye contact with the camera keeping your head still. It is distracting if your eyes are roaming
  • Show enthusiasm for your subject through facial expressions, voice and hand gestures to display personality, curiosity and interest
  • Speak clearly, at a moderate speed
  • If using a webcam, get close enough to the camera so that your audience can read your body language but do not fill the screen
  • Think about explanations that have resonated with your students in the past, use clear explanations, preferably with visuals to support. Waffling will disengage your audience
  • You can use annotation on your screen or within the presentation software to add to your explanation and the visual engagement
  • When explaining websites or software move your mouse slowly and allow time to show hover hints
  • If you muddle your words, start the sentence again. You can edit the mistake out later.
  • If using a script consider how you are going to read the script and maintain eye contact with the camera
  • If recording two people talking, the presenters can move between looking at each other and the camera

Editing

  • Depending on the amount of editing needed in the capture, you will allow some time for the editing and upload process. Editing can take 5-10 minutes for every one minute of the original capture.
  • You do not be a perfectionist, if the capture shows passion and provides a clear explanation, students will understand the odd word stumble.
  • If you are not confident with the editing process, review help guides and videos available before saving changes to the raw capture
  • Play back the entire recording before publishing or exporting
  • Ask another person to review the final capture before making it available to students

Lecture Capture is a learning technology service provided by Learning Environments