Personal Capture Specifications

System requirements for Personal Capture for Windows

Operating System

Basic Requirements

Processor Requirements

System requirements for Personal Capture for Mac

Capture inputs

Capture options

Capture products

Personal Capture (PCAP) is a downloadable, stand-alone application, for either Windows or Mac, that allows you to create captures using your personal computer, then publish them to one or more courses.

Please refer to the following topics as appropriate for further information and instructions:

Personal Capture is not supported for use on Virtual Machines or when using Boot Camp on a Mac.

System requirements for Personal Capture for Windows

Operating System

Basic Requirements

Processor Requirements

What is an "equivalent" processor? An equivalent processor may be either an AMD (or alternative brand) processor or a newer generation Intel processor with similar processing capabilities.  For example, a 5th or 6th generation Intel i3 processor may have the same (or better) processing capabilities as the 3rd generation Intel i5.

NOTE: Capturing CPU or memory-intensive applications such as CAD or 3D modeling software may require a more capable computer.

System requirements for Personal Capture for Mac

Personal Capture for Mac is supported on the Mac OS X 10.10 and above. However, if you are planning to upgrade your Mac OS, refer to the below note before doing so.

The following are the minimum specifications for a Personal Capture for Mac device:

If you are planning to run PCAP Mac on MacOS Sierra (10.12) please note the following:

NOTE about Upgrading the MacOS: PCAP is supported on the newest Mac OS versions, however upgrading the Mac OS may cause corruption in an existing PCAP installation. Captures will work fine but publishing the capture will get stuck in the "Transcode Pending" state. If possible, upgrade the OS before installing PCAP Mac. If that is not possible and you encounter this problem, save any un-published captures, then uninstall and reinstall Personal Capture.

Capture inputs

Audio MUST be captured. You can use the built-in sound card input, a 1/8" line-in/mic-in connection, or a USB-attached audio device (including a microphone on an attached video camera, if there is one). Audio levels should be configured on the input to be as high as possible without reaching maximum levels during peaks, which can cause audible distortion during recording.

Display is captured from the local VGA screen buffer, and requires no external connection or configuration.

Video can be captured using the built in web-camera on the computer, or via one or more USB-attached video cameras.

NOTE: If possible, for externally-attached devices, install only the necessary drivers for the device. Do not install the accompanying application software, as these programs can sometimes interfere with PCAP.

Capture options

Personal Capture supports the following input combinations:

BEST PRACTICE: A/D/V and A/V/V recordings can be processor-intensive. Do test captures to be sure your computer and input devices can capture the quality necessary. You may also want to review the published captures from the Classroom side, to be sure the output quality also meets your standards.

Capture products

Personal Capture can generate the following output: