Published by John St.Clair on 15 Sep 2009 at 08:14 am
The Echo360 system is available to faculty. It will allow the user to capture audio (from a microphone), the computer screen, and/or video (from a web cam or external camera linked to the computer). It is an extremely easy tool to use. It is ideal for narrating PowerPoints or demonstrating a web site or software.
For the adventurous, here is an encapsulation of downloading and running the Echo360 Lecture Capture software. For a personal demo, please contact John St.Clair, 540-286-8116.
Step 1: Log into any Blackboard course and go to the Control panel. click on the link to “Lecture Capture”.
Step 2: Skim the advertising text and click on Download It Now! button.
Step 3: This is a pop-up to let you know you are leaving the Blackboard server and going to the Echo360 server. Click the OK button.
Step 4: Several things to do here.
- Change the word “Student” to “Instructor”. This is Blackboard nominclature – you are an “instructor” in Blackboard. (Has nothing to do with academic rank like Associate Professor.)
- Select your operating system.
- Phone number is optional.
- Check the “I agree” button.
- Finally, click the DOWNLOAD NOW button.
This will allow you to download the client software to run on your computer. CAUTION: Do not share this software with others (student or professors). It is keyed to your Blackboard user name. If another professor wants to use Echo360, they should download a copy of the software themselves, using their own ID.
INSTALL SOFTWARE >>> No picture is given as software installation depends on too many variables to demo.
Step 5: After you have installed the software, start it up.
Step 6: Here you see the software in action. On the left, you are seeing a picture of my computer screen. On the right you are seeing a picture from my web cam. Notice that the web cam and/or the screen capture may be turned off by un-checking the appropriate box. If you do not have a web cam, that option will be disabled. No recording has started at this point.
Step 7: You can adjust some settings if necessary by clicking the Configure button. This is sometimes necessary in cases where the software does not automatically “find” a web cam or microphone. The user can set the audio and video quality here also.
Step 8: This is the pop-up configuration window. After any necessary configuration changes, click the Start Recording button to begin recording. There will be a 5 second countdown displayed after which recording will begin. When you have finished your recording, click the Echo360 icon (in the lower right menu bar on Windows or the upper right menu bar in Mac OS-X). Click on Stop Recording.
Step 9: After you have stopped recording, you will see this very basic editing set up. The only editing is to drag the left and right sliders to enclose an area to be cut and then click the scissors icon to delete that part of the recording. If you just want to keep this recording on your computer, then you are finished and may close the application. If you want to publish the recording so others can view it, click the Publish Recording button.
Step 10: Remember that this software knows your Blackboard account info – you downloaded it from within one of your Blackboard courses. So, the software now asks you which of your Blackboard courses you would like to place a link to the recording. Note: This can be deleted later, copied or moved to another Blackboard course, or moved inside your Blackboard course. The software is set to place the link in your Course Documents in a folder titled “Echoes”. Again, if you don’t like the default placement, you can move it or delete it.
Step 11: Next you will be asked if you want to creat a new Echo or replace an existing one.
Step 12: The publishing process can take some time, particularly if you have recorded a lengthy video. Don’t close your browser until the upload is complete. If you need to wait and upload later, you can always get back to your recordings by clicking on the Go To My Recordings button (see step 5).
Step 13: Some time after you have finished uploading your recording you will get an email from firstname.lastname@example.org giving you the link to your recording. You can send this link by email or put it in your blog or web page. Echo360 does not require Blackboard. This link will work outside of Blackboard. If you would actually like to see this little test recording, go to http://bbpartner.echo360.com/ess/echo/presentation/a510d199-3ecf-47e4-9fe2-06a8ee387668 . Be sure to play around with the menu icons in the lower left of the playback window. They allow the user to switch primary windows, maximize and minimize, etc.
About this Pilot:
This is a free pilot and is therefore limited. Professors may have a maximum of 10 recordings published at one time. Total recording space is limited to 3 GB. You may delete an old recording, or replace an old recording, to make room for additional recordings.
How to Delete a Recording: