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Captures, as discussed here, are recordings made by Echo360 recording appliances (such as the Echo360 PRO or POD or the SCHD) or by Classroom Capture, initiated by an Administrator, and set to occur either as scheduled recordings for a section, scheduled recordings of planned speakers, or as one-off recordings of special events.
Captures can be recorded and published for on demand playback (VOD), or streamed live, or both. If you are planning to live stream captures, know that the live stream quality will be the SAME as that selected for the capture output. Also know that PRO and POD devices stream at a lower bitrate than the SCHD, improving the live viewing experience from those devices.
The following table provides a basic guide for selecting capture output quality, particularly as related to the number of users you expect to stream a capture live (number of individual live streams):
Standard/Medium (api, csv)
Recommended for Live webcasting to students in multiple locations and VOD-only captures (non-live)
Recommended for overflow auditoriums for Live (very few individual viewing streams), single channel display webcasts, and VOD-only captures (non-live)
Only recommended for overflow auditoriums for Live (very few individual viewing streams) and VOD-only captures (non-live)
Captures can be set to be automatically published to one or more sections, or they can be created without target sections for publishing, to be manually published later.
Schedulers can ONLY create capture schedules that are auto-published to sections.
Captures that are not associated with a section have the following limitations:
Live Stream a capture unless it has a section associated with it.
If you need to set up a live stream for outside of a particular section (available to a wider audience), set up a special events section to publish the Live capture to. Be sure to assign all appropriate users to the section, and possibly configure a shared venue for multiple users to view the stream. See Configuration Requirements for Live for additional information.
without a section will ONLY appear in the selected Instructor's LIBRARY
and/or on the Admin's CAPTURES page. Either the Admin or the
Instructor will have to publish
the capture to make it viewable by other users.
ALTERNATELY an admin or an instructor can copy the public link for a completed capture and post it anywhere (with or without authentication required). This allows non-section assignees, or even non-Echo360 users to view the media and may be an option if publishing does not provide sufficient user access.
Captures scheduled without sections will not recognize any exclusion dates configured for the Term. This is because the capture schedule doesn't have a "term" to work with unless a section is selected.
If you select multiple sections to publish the completed captures to, the term of the first section listed is enforced with respect to exclusion dates and term start/end date limitations.
As with all captures, you must identify a room for the capture, which in turn identifies the device that will be doing the capturing. Captures can only be added for rooms where a capture device has been added.
Initiating captures can be done in three different places in the Administrator's interface, but all three methods provide the same capture dialog box:
To add a capture
enter the name or email address of a Guest
This is a text field designed to simply identify a guest lecturer for the capture schedule if appropriate. It is for informational purposes only.
Select the Inputs to use for this/these captures. Your options are determined by the device's configuration.
If you are
also Live Streaming this capture, know that Live Stream quality is
the same as capture output quality: The ability to set the
Live Stream quality separately has not yet been implemented.
IF you are having problems streaming Live captures, set your capture output quality to Standard for captures that are also to be streamed live. This will reduce the size and bitrate of the stream. Also be aware the both the PRO and POD devices stream lower bitrates than SCHD.
To use Live streaming, you MUST have at least one section selected for publishing. In addition, the selected room must contain an Echo360 capture appliance or a CCAP installation running on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
NOTE: The maximum duration of any scheduled capture is 4 hours. This limit is enforced by the system.
NOTE: For a recurring capture schedule being published to a section, the exclusion dates configured for the term of the first section listed in the Publish list are the exclusions enforced for the schedule. Meaning, no captures are generated on those dates. If there are no sections selected, all recurring dates in the start/end date range are captured.
The figure below shows a completed capture dialog box, where the capture is to be published to two different sections. Both of those sections will have classes automatically created to hold the completed captures. The date and time for the classes will be the same in both sections, and the capture to be published will also be the same in both sections (one capture published to two different locations). Keeping in mind that if a user chooses to Edit the capture, the changes will apply to all published versions.