EchoVideo: Quick Guide for Instructors (Getting Started)


Learn the basics of getting started with Lecture Capture. Faculty will obtain their user account after attending the "Introduction" workshop. EchoVideo is cloud based (accessed in your browser) it supports the creation of lecture videos and promotes active learning. EchoVideo integrates with Canvas, Teams, OneDrive, and Zoom.



 (formerly known as Echo360), is a cloud based (accessed in your browser) video platform that supports the creation of lecture videos (classroom, your computer, or our AV Studio), videos store in your Library. EchoVideo promotes active learning/student success and provides instructors usage analytics, provides Automatic Speech Recognition with captioning capabilities and supports screen readers. 

Watch the video (2:17) below to explore the benefits of using EchoVideo.

Getting Started Resources*

Video (promotional): "Reasons Why" Instructors Use EchoVideo in their Teaching.
Webinar: Getting Started with EchoVideo*
Article: Get inspired from faculty at other universities (on using video outside of recording class lectures).

*New to EchoVideo? Please go to our New User section.

Article Sections (on the page)
Related articles can be found at the right of the screen and any blue call out boxes have important tips.


New or Existing Users

Record on your computer

Share your videos

Additional EchoVideo Resources

Benefits and Video Integration (Teams and OneDrive)

Using EchoVideo in your teaching accommodates all students, increases student retention, decreases failure rates, and fosters student engagement. Faculty have the potential to create an engaging and dynamic learning experience for students tailored for any teaching modality.

Microsoft and Zoom (pro account) have video integration with EchoVideo. Your videos can synchronize to your library, no need to manually download and upload your videos.  

Learn more and register for a workshop or ask questions on our exclusive Tech Days. 

Student Access and Viewing

Stream in Canvas

All students and enrolled users in a Canvas course have access to EchoVideo recordings whether faculty are using a EchoVideo course or they have embedded their media in Canvas using the easy embed tool. No matter how you post your recordings you can view student participation with the heatmap (updated daily) on the player which is found to be useful information for instructors to know what portions of the recorded lecture was watched the most or the view individual participation through the Analytics tool.

  • EchoVideo course: Students can access recordings made available by their instructor from the EchoVideo tab in the Canvas (left) menu. They can also join a Live Stream class allowing students to participate remotely in the event of inclement weather, illness, or unable to make to class for any reason. An EchoVideo course provides Classroom tools to engage students where they can ask questions, participate in Discussion, and respond to polls. Students can take digital notes, create Bookmarks, and more. 
  • Embedded media in Canvas: Students can access recordings made available by the instructor within an content type (e.g., Announcement, Assignment, Discussion, Page, Quiz, and Syllabus). Many instructors will add a content type as a Module item when they use Modules to group and organize their course content. Instructors can embed a video player or embed a link to any audio, video, or interactive media that resides in their Library. Embedded media does provide a Discussion tool where the students can ask questions and participate in the lesson topic.

Expiration of Recordings

  • EchoVideo course: Student access expires at the conclusion of the each semester. If you have a student that needs to take an incomplete, you can create a media Collection and provide them permission to access those recordings.
  • Embedded media in Canvas: Student access never expires because you are simply creating access link to the selected media that resides in your Library. This seems to be the most preferred way for instructors to post their media, when they are reusing content or creating personal lectures outside of a classroom.

Features of EchoVideo

EchoVideo is a complete system to capture, edit, manage, and tools to engage students. Check out these features and benefits faculty get with EchoVideo.

EchoVideo Integration and Supported Files

  • Classroom/Live Stream - scheduled or adhoc
  • Capture on any computer - PC, Mac, and Chromebook.
  • Video playback on any device - computer or Echo mobile app
  • Video management 
  • Video Editor
  • Automatic Speech Recognition and Closed Captioning 
  • Embedded Polling
  • Engagement and Analytics
  • Sync recordings from Teams and OneDrive 

New to EchoVideo?

 Brand new to EchoVideo? If you need training, click the button below to submit a ticket.

I want to use EchoVideo (new user)

Review the short list below to learn more.*

  • Register for the "Introduction" workshop to obtain your user account. This workshop will show you the fundamentals of using EchoVideo, how to record on your computer, and the different methods of publishing your videos in Canvas. This training is essential when you are new; register at
  • EchoVideo is a system used at SVSU for recording asynchronous/synchronous lectures. You can record PowerPoint slides, screen actions, supplemental lesson material, exam reviews, and more. All content is stored your personal cloud Library.
  • EchoVideo has different capture methods. Faculty can create video lectures in the classroom, in our AV Studio, their office, or at home and publish to an EchoVideo course or embed videos in Canvas.
  • EchoVideo provides an engagement platform used by students and instructors. The system provides various tools that promote student engagement and increase student learning. Usage analytics are gathered with the ability to export engagement points to the Canvas grade book.
What happens after I'm training? You will receive an email invitation, titled "You've been invited to create an Echo360 account" click "COMPLETE REGISTRATION". You are redirected to create a password, it is not synced with your SVSU login credentials.

If you already have an account and don't remember your password, see the instructions in the Existing User section below.

Existing User? Log in to EchoVideo

When you have a user account for EchoVideo, you can record classroom lectures, create personal recordings on your computer with Universal Capture: Personal software, and upload media made from other sources. Your videos are stored in the cloud Library at

  1. Enter your SVSU email address,(example 
  2. Choose Saginaw Valley State University from the drop-down menu (if prompted). 
  3. Enter your password
  4. If you forgot your password you can reset it here

Download and Install - Universal Capture: Personal software

UC Personal software allows you to use (university-owned or personal) PC or Mac to create recordings in your office or at home and publish them to the EchoVideo system. Use it to record a class lecture, quick reference of concepts students could be struggling with, supplemental lesson material, and more. Allows the ability to Live Stream or record offline.

For a step-by-step walk through, please view the Universal Capture Installation Guide

Record Online with Browser Capture

Create a video on any computer Windows, Mac, Chromebooks, and Netbooks, you just need a supported browser (e.g., Chrome, Edge, and Firefox). Allows you to record your screen (entire screen, an application window, or your browser tab), microphone, and yourself.

For more details, view our Browser Capture guide.

Request an EchoVideo Course (schedule/Live Stream classes)

Each semester if you intend to use EchoVideo to record/Live Stream in the classroom, or want to foster student engagement utilizing the Active Learning Platform (ALP) you need to request an EchoVideo course. Reminder emails are sent out approximately ~6-8 before the upcoming semester. Publish your media to an EchoVideo courseNote: Class media published to an EchoVideo course is only available to students in your current semester. 

  • Reusing videos?  Automatic Speech Recognition is enabled on all media stored in EchoVideo. Instructors are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the transcript. Once your videos have transcripts they remain on your video unless you were to delete them. 

Embed your videos in Canvas (recommended for Modules)

Embed new or reuse videos from previous semesters. If you use the embed media tool, you DO NOT NEED to request an EchoVideo course. Your user account allows you to link to the media in your Library providing students access to interact with your videos. Look for the plug shaped icon inside of a Discussion, Assignment, Page, or an Announcement. All videos import successfully to other Canvas courses and you can see video views in your Library. Note: Videos are always accessible to students when embedding videos in Canvas.

EchoVideo Workshops

EchoVideo can be used whether you are teaching in a classroom, hybrid, or online with various ways to increase student engagement and enhance their learning. Learn how you can record in the classroom/computer (pre-record or Live Stream your lectures) manage/edit your media, add polls to check for student understanding or just gather their feedback, and publish content to Canvas in multiple different ways. You can view all analytics (video views or poll responses) in your Library or an EchoVideo course.

Each session builds on one another, we offer several workshops each semester multiple times (listed below). Visit for all helpful resources, tips and tricks, keep up to date with EchoVideo latest enhancements and what's coming soon.

* Recommended workshops, others are encouraged. Sign up at
  • *EchoVideo: Introduction
  • *EchoVideo: Manage and Edit Your Media

Create Innovative Videos in our Studio

Looking for a new way to create engaging videos for your students? Request a demo of our AV Studio it features a Lighboard and Microsoft Surface Computer (multi-touch screen). Podcasting (coming soon).

Create Lightboard videos in our AV Studio -

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