EchoVideo: Create Videos with Universal Capture Personal software

Important Note: This article assumes you have installed Universal Capture on your University-owned computer or personal computer.

Overview - Recording lectures with Universal Capture software

Learn how to screen record content on your computer PC or Mac, tips to review before you record, and how to use Universal Capture Personal for ad-hoc captures whether they are for asynchronous or synchronous teaching. If you have a Chromebook or Netbook, we recommend to launch the web app, Browser Capture.

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Recording Lectures - Basics

Before you record your lecture there are some tips and best practices that will improve students viewing experience. View the tips below:

5 Tips Before You Record

5 Tips for a PowerPoint Presentation

Access and Launch Universal Capture: Personal

When Universal Capture Personal (software application) is newly installed, you will need to log into the software with your SVSU email address and password. 

Access Universal Capture Personal software

No matter how you access Universal Capture on your computer the interface is identical whether you are on a PC or Mac, view the various methods in the list below:

  • Windows PC: Search or click the Start menu of your Windows PC.
  • Mac: Access from Finder or Applications. On a Mac, you may need to allow permissions for your camera and microphone.
  • In your Internet Browser: Log into your EchoVideo account,
    • Enter your SVSU email address,(example 
    • Choose "Saginaw Valley State University" from the drop-down menu (if prompted). 
    • Enter your password
    • If you forgot your password (it is not synced with your SVSU password) you can reset it here
  • Access the software from your EchoVideo user account. Click the Create button (top-menu), then click New Software Capture

EchoVideo account - Create button

  • Launch Universal Capture. The software will launch automatically when it's installed on your computer.

    Echo360 launch Universal Capture from the Create button
Did you know you can record lectures, supplemental lessons, and more using Browser Capture (no software to download, use it while your online), launch it from the available from the Create button when logged into EchoVideo, here is our knowledge article that provides great overview of Getting Started with Browser Capture.

Quick Start Guide - Universal Capture Overview

Universal Capture Interface

The Universal Capture has an identical interface on a Windows PC or Mac.

Prepare Universal Capture Before Recording

Before recording your video lecture, you should configure the inputs you want to record (screen, audio, or other video source) and the video details.

How to: Configure Universal Capture (screen, audio, or other video source)

How to: Edit the Capture Details for your Video

Creating an Ad Hoc Capture using Universal Capture

You are ready to record, at this point you still have the ability to confirm or change your input selections; if needed.

  • The software does remember your last input selections.
  • In the example image below, on the left Display 3 is selected, on the right, my webcam is turned off.

echo360 Universal Capture Personal - Recording Type

Need to retitle your video? Click the found in two locations in the preview window. You will also see a visual badge of the type of capture you are creating.

Starting an Ad Hoc Capture

When you are ready to launch the capture, click the red Record button in the center of the screen.

  1. Click the red circle Record button. Your screen will minimize. If Live Stream was checked you will see a LIVE (red) badge in the upper-right corner of your screen. It could take up to 15 seconds before you go live. 
  2. The capture will record until you click the Stop or Pause button.
  3. The video is automatically uploaded to your Library or to your Class (new or existing) when you stop recording.
  4. You will receive an email when your video is available in EchoVideo.
Do a practice recording: It is strongly advised to complete a test recording for, a minimum of 15 seconds to ensure you are satisfied with the audio and video quality.

During a Recording: Helpful tips

  • If you make a significant mistake, start the narration of a segment/slide over again. Make a mental note of when it happened so you can edit the video later.
  • If you pause your speaking, then restart where you made a mistake you can easily cut it out of your recording, the trim/cut will not interrupt the flow, it is seamless.
  • If there are many mistakes it will be quicker to record a new video rather than time to edit a video.

Check Live Stream Capabilities

Upload speed is the most important. Visit it is imperative to choose a server close to (your city). 

  • ~ 2MB of available upload speed to Live Stream your screen and audio
  • ~ 3MB is advised for computer screen, audio, and webcam. 

Turn on Live Stream in Universal Capture: Personal

Once you have determined your bandwidth speed meets streaming requirements. You can enable your class for Live Stream from your computer. 

Article: Live Streaming with Universal Capture

  1. In the Capture Details page, you must click your course from the Publish To... drop-down menu.
  2. Then click the checkbox, Live Stream, click SAVE.
  3. Click the Record button (red circle), it can take approximately 15 seconds or more (depends on your bandwidth) before your recording goes LIVE. You will see a LIVE red badge in the upper-right corner.
  4. In Canvas, your students will see a LIVE (green) badge and open the Class. They MUST click Show Live Stream in the bottom left corner to view the live class. View the EchoVideo Student Guide.

Stop, Pause, and Cancel Your Recording

Click the EchoVideo icon to launch the software, where you can control your recording. Click StopPause, or Resume as needed.

STOP ⏹️ (finalize and publish to the selected location)
PAUSE ⏸️ (your recording will pause)
DELETE  (cancels your recording, it cannot be recovered)

Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Control a Capture to have more streamlined and professional-looking results, using keyboard shortcuts.

How to Share Content to Canvas?

From the Capture Details page if you selected your course in the Publish To... drop-down menu; your video will be published to your EchoVideo course (uses the Active Learning Platform, fosters student engagement accessible from Canvas's course navigation via the EchoVideo tab), and will also be found in your Library.

If you had Library selected in the drop-down menu instead, your video is not accessible for your students. You must choose a method of sharing so students can view our video(s), view the instructions below:

Need IT Help?

For technical assistance, call the Support Center at 989.964.4225 (x4225), or by email at

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