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Getting started with Universal Capture (Personal)

This guide details how to request an Echo360 account, how to install Universal Capture (Personal) on your computer and how to use it to make recordings.

You do not need to complete the Lecture Capture consent form before using Universal Capture (Personal). Note:

  • Creating recordings using this method implies consent and you retain full control over which items are published from your personal library on Echo360.
  • By using this, you are not consenting to the in-room automated Lecture Capture Service.

To stop using UC(P), uninstall the software and email lecturecapture at warwick dot ac dot uk to request permanent deletion of any recordings that are no longer required. Recordings cannot be restored once deleted.

Three steps to start recording

Follow the three steps to start recording using Echo360 Universal Capture (Personal).

Creating an Echo360 account is very straightforward.

  1. Visit the Lecture Capture / Universal Capture - Echo360 Accounts Moodle course.
  2. Click the Echo360 block on the right. You are automatically enrolled in this space as an Editing Teacher so that when you click the Echo360 block, it will create your account correctly on Echo360 as an instructor. If you will only be using automated lecture capture and accessing via Moodle, no further action is required.
  3. Set your Echo360 password. If you will be using Universal Capture, then you will need to create a password Link opens in a new window by following these instructions.
  4. Please do not create an account directly on Echo360 as it does not always link correctly with Warwick.

How to install Universal Capture (Personal) on a Managed Computer or Laptop

  1. Open the Software Center on your machine.
  2. Click on Universal Capture - Personal Echo 360.
  3. Click on Install.
  4. Once installed click on the Echo360 Universal Capture icon on your deskptop to launch the application and log in to Echo360.
    • If you try to log in, and your email address is not recognised, follow the instructions in step one to get an account set up.
    • If your email address is recognised, you will be asked for a password. Click on Forgot your password? Click here to reset below to reset your password. Do not use the same password as your University account.

How to install Universal Capture (Personal) on an Unmanaged PC or MAC

To install Universal Capture (Personal) you will need either a PC/Laptop running Windows 10 or a MAC device running macOS 10.12 (Sierra) or higher. Full system requirements can be found here - Universal Capture Specifications

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your full University email address and Echo360 password.
  3. Click on the Settings cog icon at the top right of the Echo360 Dashboard page, and then click on Downloads.
  4. From the Downloads screen, click on the application you require (Mac or Windows), and then Run/Install the software following the on-screen instructions.
  5. Once installed, launch the Echo360 Universal Capture application and login to Echo360.
    • If you try to log in, and your email address is not recognised, follow the Request an Echo360 Account instructions to get an account set up.
    • If your email address is recognised, you will be asked for a password. Click on Forgot your password? Click here to reset below to reset your password. Do not use the same password as your ITS University account.
  1. Open Universal Capture (Personal).
    • If prompted, log in using your full University email address and Echo360 password.
  2. Once you are logged in to the application, click Edit capture details .
  3. Enter a Title, Description (optional) and Tags (optional).
    • If your software is updated to the latest version, you will see an option to Live Stream. Live stream should only be used when absolutely necessary. There is no difference between a student watching a recording at any time and them watching a live stream as there is no interactivity with participants.
  4. Under Publish to... select the Echo360 course (folder) where you would like to publish the recording once completed.
    • Unless specified, recordings will be stored in your private personal Library by default.
    • If the recording is for a module, and you want the recording to be accessed via the Moodle module space, select the module from the list.
    • If you cannot see a course (folder) listed for your module or Moodle space, contact lecturecapture at warwick dot ac dot uk.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Select the inputs you would like to record using the drop-down menus above each screen preview.
    • You can choose up to two inputs that your computer has available such as display screens or webcams.

      Universal Capture gets the display numbers from computer settings. If you have multiple monitors, switch between Display inputs to preview or check the monitor number in your display settings. (Windows 10)

  7. Select the audio input by clicking the microphone icon in the centre of the screen.
  8. When ready, click on the record button .
    • There will be a 5-second countdown and then the recording will start
    • The Echo360 user interface will shrink and appear on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
  9. To stop, pause or cancel the recording, click on the Echo360 icon on the toolbar to open the user interface or use the keyboard shortcuts.
  10. Once you have stopped the recording, it will be added to a queue for processing and upload. If you are recording offline (without an internet connection), your recording will be queued and uploaded the next time you have an internet connection.
    Universal Capture (Personal) can be used to make recordings offline (without an internet connection). You must have logged into UC whilst connected to the internet before you can record offline. You must also be online in order to publish your recordings to the Echo360 server. Find out more about Working Offline with UC: PersonalLink opens in a new window.

Shortcut keys to control your capture (Desktop Applications only)

Shortcut keys will not work with your numeric keypad, instead, use the numbers that are a part of the typewriter keys.

Action Mac Keyboard Shortcut Windows Keyboard Shortcut
Pause & Resume (toggle) Command + 6 Control + 6
Finish (Stop) the Recording Command + 8 Control + 8
The information on this page relates to Echo360 Universal Capture and was last updated March 2021.


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