Echo360 Create a Video using Universal Capture Personal (record lectures on your computer)

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In this article, you will learn what to do before you record and how to use Universal Capture Personal. Click the links below to take you to a specific section in the article.

5 Tips Before You Record

  1. Prep your screen, clean it up. Do not have unnecessary apps and programs running. Tidy up your desktop, only keep open programs and windows you plan to show during your screen recording.
  2. Turn off notifications. Disable notifications, email, apps, etc. before you record your screen.
  3. Check your microphone. Make it a point to check your audio levels before you record your lecture. Do a ~15-30 second narration recording, review the volume levels to ensure the microphone was on or selected especially important if you have more than one microphone.
  4. Have a good pace. Don't go too fast with your speech or screen actions.
  5. Practice. If you can practice it, do it. Having a script or outline can help a lot. 


Keep the video short 
so your editing tasks (if any) are minimal and your students will be more likely to be engaged and watch them.
Use a script makes it easier to edit a transcript if you are reusing content (especially for disciplines that do not have common machine-learned language).


Configure your input settings (screen, audio, and webcam)

  1. Audio:  Select the microphone you'd like to use. If you do not see a green progress bar moving up and down as you talk you will not have audio in your recording.
  2. Display: Select your Display from the drop-down menu either from the right or left panel.
  3. Webcam (optional): Can be internal or external (we encourage you to use an external webcam). Select "No Input" to turn off your webcam.

If audio is garbled you can check out equipment from our support center.


Create a Video with Universal Capture: Personal

You are ready to record supplemental content for your course using Universal Capture, you can record, pause, and stop videos in one click; all videos are automatically published to the Echo360 server.


Multiple screens?
If you have multiple screens Echo360 Universal Capture Personal provides the ability to record two screens. You can record with or without system audio just be sure to select the appropriate display.

Recording system audio? Beware of copyright. Please be aware of media that you are recording from websites and other media when you are not the owner. You must abide by copyright laws. Learn more on recording/capturing system audio with Universal Capture.

Videos and other media can be shared without violating copyright laws by using media slides within Echo360. Learn more about creating a media slide in Echo360. These slides make it simple to share resources while also providing analytics on who has viewed the content on your Instructor dashboard.

Recording with a webcam? You won't see yourself talking as your recording but can see it during playback in your library or course.  Students will see you during video playback using the Echo360 Classroom Player, they can change the media layout, playback speed, and more.

Poor Internet Connection? You can record offline as a backup plan for a slow/spotty Internet connection. You must have ~5GB of space on your computer. UC Personal will delete recordings starting with the oldest ones if you have not uploaded them to Echo360 yet. 

Live Streaming for the first time? run a speed test.


  1. Open the Edit Capture Details page (upper-left) 
  2. Title your video (a short/descriptive title), choose where you are publishing your video select the Publish To... drop-down menu (Library or select your Course) if Course, a New Class is selected by default. The class name is the same as the Title. Alternatively, you can also click Existing from the Class drop-down menu.
  3. Select your input settings: Display (the screen your recording), Microphone, and webcam (optional).
  4. To Live Stream you MUST select a course from the drop-down menu, the Live Stream checkbox will be greyed out if Library is selected, (see Step 2). Check the Live Stream checkbox. Check your network and bandwidth capabilities.
  5. Click Save 
  6. 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. 
  7. The video is automatically uploaded to your Library or to your Class (new or existing) when you stop recording.
  8. You will receive an email when your video is available in Echo360.

Universal Capture Interface

Type of Recording (visual badge) * NEW

  •  ​​​​When you open Universal Capture Personal software you will see a preview of the screen you are recording and a visual badge of the type of capture your creating.
  • The software does remember your last input selections, you can change your display, microphone, or webcam if needed.
  • The example image below shows Display 3 will record and my webcam is turned off.
It is highly encouraged to open the Capture Details Page before recording your video. Otherwise, you will have videos labeled "Untitled" sitting in your Library.


echo360 Universal Capture Personal - Recording Type

Video Title and Publishing Location * NEW

When you open Universal Capture Personal your video is named Untitled, and its default publish location is your Library (upper-left of your screen).

Default Video Name "Untitled" and Publishing Location is Library

New Video Title and Publishing Location

Universal Capture Personal Video Title and Publishing Location

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

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

  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 Echo360 Student Guide.

Stop, Pause, and Cancel Your Recording

Click the Echo360 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.


Echo360 Help Resources

Need a refresher on capturing video with the Echo360 Universal Capture software? Review the article below to hear from other instructors on how they use video capture with their students, learn the multiple ways to access Universal Capture on your machine, from your library, or in Canvas, and creating a capture.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The installation instructions in the article relate to personal machines only. 
Creating a Video with Universal Capture Personal

Quick Start Guides

Official Echo360 Recorded Webinars


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