Echo360 Lecture Capturing
What is Echo360?
The Office of Information Technology Media Center maintains and administers a lecture capture system called Echo360.
Lecture Capture is a type of academic technology that enables instructors to record audio, course visuals, and optional video for student review in a digital format. While the term "lecture capture" implies recording of an actual class lecture, it also includes the creation of learning objects, review sessions, tutorials, and screencasts that augment classroom instruction.
Echo360 has the capability to capture, manage, and publish class lectures or content modules while integrating with existing teaching technologies.
Echo360 has the capability to capture the display output from a PC, Document Camera, and/or a Laptop as normally displayed and viewed on a projection screen. This provides your students/audience with a powerful tool that can be used for review, to further supplement material covered in class, or to provide instruction that is entirely web-based. Students will have the ability to jump ahead or jump back to particular segments of the captured session. The captures can be viewed via an internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari), and/or downloaded to a computer, iPod, iPhone, or other compatible mp3 player.
What is Echo Personal Capture?
Echo Personal Capture is an easy-to-use capture application built primarily for faculty and academic users. Echo Personal Capture supports audio, local screen, and webcam video capture for all podcast and rich media package options. Faculty find it useful for capturing learning objects.
Location (Where can I use this tool?)
Personal Capture, software
- Can be installed on your office computer; contact OIT Help Desk.
- Hardware version - Pharmacy classrooms, Nursing 100, mobile unit available by request.
- Software version - Nursing classrooms
How do I use this tool?
Step 1: Faculty accounts are automatically created twice a year, once at the beginning of each semester. Staff members need to complete the online form to Request an Echo360 Account. If you have trouble accessing your account, contact the OIT Help Desk.
Step 2: To request training on personal capture, contact email@example.com.
Step 3: Set the server.
- Launch Echo Personal Capture, from the Options menu, select Server tab and enter: echo360.sjfc.edu:8443.
- Click on Test Connection to confirm configuration.
Documentation and videos are available on the Echo360 training page.
What to Wear: Do’s and Dont’s
Try to wear solid colors that have little to no pattern in them. Colors such as blue, brown, yellow, some reds, and purple tend to come across well on camera as well. White clothing may also tend to make you appear washed out.
Avoid wearing herringbone types of blazers or suit jackets. The camera does not like this pattern and it will cause jittering in the video and make it look like your jacket is moving. Avoid wearing anything that has a very tight or intricate type of design or plaid. This causes the same problem as the herringbone. Avoid wearing anything that has a design of a very narrow contrasting type of stripes. Same reason as above. Do not wear a white shirt/blouse or blazer. The white bounces back the light and the lens has trouble compensating for this. This causes your shirt or blouse to "bloom" on camera and is not very flattering. If you are going to wear a white shirt or blouse, then please wear a suit jacket or blazer over it. This will help "tone down" the white and the camera should be okay.
Avoid wearing material that may be metallic or reflective. Again, a light issue causes it to reflect back towards the camera. Avoid wearing seasonal clothing. If your "echo" is around for several years, you do not want to "date" the video or show that it was a certain time of the year. This will help keep the video generic in time.
The microphone picks up even the smallest sound. Avoid wearing accessories that might make noise while you are presenting, including watches that beep on the hour, bracelets with charms that may clang together, etc.