Ad hoc captures are captures that are generated outside of a regular class schedule. Ad hoc captures can be associated with a particular section when they are initiated, or published to a section later through the Echo360 interface. Ad hoc captures can be initiated in multiple ways.
- Using the legacy device Web UI.
- Using Universal Capture.
- Using the front panel of a capture appliance.
- Using the Device Monitor.
The only way for Instructors to perform ad hoc captures on managed capture devices (Pro, Pod, UC: Classroom, and legacy SCHD) that they do not have physical access to, is for an Administrator to provide them with a room-specific URL to the legacy device Web UI, to UC: Online, or to UC: Device.
Ad hoc captures can be created with any capture device:
- Echo360 Pro (Pro)
- Echo360 Pod (Pod)
- Universal Capture: Classroom Software
- Universal Capture: Personal Software
- Legacy SafeCapture HD (SCHD)
Like scheduled captures, when an ad hoc capture is completed (user clicks Stop Capture), the raw capture files are automatically uploaded to Echo360 for processing.
NOTE: Admin-initiated ad hoc captures not associated with a section will ONLY appear on the Admin's Captures page. Instructor-initiated captures can be published to a selected course or the instructor's Content Home page. If the Library is selected, the capture will appear on the Content Home page where it can be viewed or edited before publishing to one or more classes.
In either case, the capture will need to be published to be viewable by other users.
Legacy device Web UI
The legacy device Web UI is available for any managed capture device. For information on using the legacy device Web UI, see Captures and the legacy device Web UI.
Instructors can use the Create button, located in the main toolbar of the Instructor interface, to launch Universal Capture: Classroom or Personal on their local computers. If they do not have UC software installed, they will be prompted to download and install it.
Administrators can access either UC: Online or UC: Device from the ROOMS tab to initiate and/or control an ad hoc capture. If desired, Administrators can provide Instructors with the URL to UC: Online or UC: Device for a particular Room.
Front Panel of a Capture Appliance
For an Echo360 Pro appliance, users can simply press the Record button on the front of the device. The configured "one-touch profile" input settings are used for the capture. For more information, see Start an ad hoc recording.
For an Echo360 Pod appliance, users can simply press the Record icon on the touchscreen the device. The configured "one-touch profile" input settings are used for the capture. For more information, see Start an ad hoc recording. Also, know that the Echo360 Pod supports the use of a few USB cameras for capturing video. See Using USB Cameras with the Echo360 Pod.
Alternately, you can obtain a Delcom device monitor light and install the device monitor software available from Echo360, to initiate and control ad hoc captures within the classroom. If you use the Device Monitor and Delcom light, a user must be logged in to the PC for the device and software to work.