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Download & Use Echo360 Universal Capture

Universal Capture: Personal is a stand-alone application designed to be used by Instructors on their personal computers to generate video recordings outside of the classroom environment. This section provides information and links to Echo360's instructions for configuring and using Universal Capture software.  

Note: Echo360 Universal Capture has replaced the older Echo360 Personal Capture software. Echo360 no longer supports the use of Personal Capture sofyware. If you have Personal Capture software installed on your computer, you should uninstall it and install Echo360 Universal Capture.

Echo360 will remove access to Personal Capture in Fall of 2019. If you have any questions, please contact the Instructional Media Lab at 413-545-2823 or instruct@umass.edu

Download the Universal Capture Software

To download the Echo360 Universal Capture software:

  1. Navigate to echo360.umass.edu and log in with your NetID and password.  The Echo360 Library page will open. 
  2. On the Echo360 Library page, select Settings (the gear icon) and then select choose Download,
  3. On the Downloads page, select the version of the software for your computer (Mac or Windows). 
    For detailed instructions on downloading the software, including minimum system requirements, see Echo360's support page Installing the Universal Capture Desktop Application.

Logging in to Universal Capture

Universal Capture users can log in to make recordings with Echo360 Universal Capture: Personal.

  1. Open the Universal Capture program. 
  2. In Universal Capture, select Click here to login. You will be directed to a login page in your browser. 
  3. On the login page, enter your UMass email address. You will be directed to the UMass login page. 
  4. On the UMass login page, enter your NetID and password. A prompt will ask if you would like to open Echo360. Select Open Echo360 capture

After you have logged in, you will be able to begin making recordings on your machine.  

Use Universal Capture

The Echo360 Universal Capture software interface is designed to be intuitive and user friendly. Once you make a recording with Echo360 Universal Capture, it will upload to the Echo360 system. You can specify whether a recording is published immediately to a course for students to access, or if it is unpublished so you can review and/or edit it before making it available. 

To begin making a capture:

  1. In Universal Capture, on the Preview page, select Edit capture details. The Capture Details window will open.
  2. In the Title field, to enter a name for your recording
  3. In the Publish to drop-down, select where you would like to recording to go. The default location is to your Echo360 Library. 
  4. Click Save.
  5. In the Preview window, select your display and microphone inputs. The selected inputs will appear in the preview windows. 
  6. Click Record to being recording. A 5 second countdown will begin, and the software will minizmie itself when it begins recording. 
  7. To pause, finish, or cancel, return to the Universal Capture software. 
    • To pause a recording, select the Pause button. 
    • To resume a paused recording, select the Record button. 
    • To finish a recording, select the Stop button. 
    • To cancel the recording, select the Cancel button. 
  8. Your recording will automatically upload to the destination you selected. You may close the software or begin another recording. 

For links to instructions on creating a capture, see Echo360's support page Create a Capture.