How to get an Echo360 account

Users need to log into the software, with an Echo360 username and password, to record content.

Follow these steps to create your username and password:

1. Go to any Blackboard course (preferably a Blackboard course you intend to record content for),

2. Click Course Tools, and then Echo360, on the main menu, [show/hide screenshot]

3. A privacy statement will appear, click Close, [show/hide screenshot]

4. An Echo360 page will appear and, as a consequence, an account registration email will also be sent to you.

5. Look out for the registration email. Open the email when it arrives, and click on Complete Registration. [show/hide screenshot]

6. Fill in the form (which includes setting a password) and submit it.

7. Use your UEA email address, and the password you've just chosen, when you log into Echo360 hereon in.

 

Using the software

The Echo360 tool being used to record teaching is called Universal Capture.

Staff can install Universal Capture on their own personal computers, or their UEA computers in their offices, to record teaching activities.

The Universal Capture tool is also available in most teaching spaces across campus, so lectures and seminars can also be captured if appropriate. Some of these teaching spaces have dedicated microphones and/or cameras but, for the time being, you will need to take your own equipment to other rooms.

Teaching spaces with dedicated microphones and/or cameras are listed here - show/hide rooms.

 

How do I get Echo360 running on my UEA computer or laptop?

You need to install Echo360 from the Software Center to get it running on a UEA computer or laptop. The Software Center, if you haven't come across it before, allows staff to install software on UEA computers themselves. To do this:

1. Search for Software Center in the Windows search box, and then select it. [show/hide screenshot]

2. Search for Echo360 in the Software Center search box. [show/hide screenshot]

3. Select Echo360 Universal Capture (Personal). [show/hide screenshot]

4. Click the Install button to start installing the software onto your computer. Once the install finishes the software will appear in the start menu on your computer. [show/hide screenshot]

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How do I get Echo360 running on my own computer or laptop?

To get Echo360 running on your own computer or laptop:

1. Go to https://echo360.org.uk/downloads

2. Login with your UEA email address and the password you chose when completing your Echo360 registration. You can reset your password if you've forgotten it. [show/hide screenshot]

3. Select either the Windows Download or Mac Download version of Universal Capture: Personal as appropriate. [show/hide screenshot]

4. Follow the on screen instructions to install the software.

 

How do I start using Echo360 to record my teaching?

The Echo360 software is available in most teaching spaces across campus. Microphones and cameras are available in some of these spaces but, in others, you'll have to take your own equipment for the time being. To record a session in a teaching space:

1. Search for Echo360 Universal Capture in the Windows search box, and click on the link to launch the software. You may be prompted to login with your UEA email address and Echo360 password [show/hide screenshot]

2. Select Edit capture details. Give the recording a title, optionally add a description and tags, and choose where to publish your recording to (this might be your personal Library or a particular Blackboard site). Click Save once done. [show/hide screenshot]

3. Select the inputs for your recording using the drop-down menus – you can choose up to two video sources and one audio source per recording. Commonly used sources are your computer screen, web cam, or document viewer. [show/hide screenshot]

4. Begin the recording by clicking the red record button. You can pause the recording by clicking the pause button once recording has begun. [show/hide screenshot]

5. Click the stop button to stop the recording. The recording will automatically upload to the location chosen earlier. You don't need to wait for the recording to upload - simply click the close button, then close the software, to finish. You will receive a confirmation email once the video has uploaded. [show/hide screenshot]


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How do I edit my recording in Echo360?

Echo360 has a basic tool for editing video - this allows you to make cuts and trims to video content as needed. To edit recordings:

1. Navigate and login to the Echo360 website.

2. Click on My Content, and then the video you want to edit. [show/hide screenshot]

3. Click the Edit Media link. The video opens in an editor window. [show/hide screenshot]

4. In the video editor you can trim the ends of the video, and cut segments from the video, before saving changes. Detailed guidance on each of these functions can be found here.


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Camtasia

What can it do? 

Camtasia is a video capture and extremely functional editing tool. If you don’t already know how to use it, and need to produce something fairly rapidly, you might find that PowerPoint or ECHO360 are easier to learn. However, for those that already use it, or do have time to learn, it’s a fabulous tool. Camtasia is available on all UEA staff campus machines and for download at home. 

Click here for some great Camtasia tutorials and see below for how to download onto your computer. 

 

What Can I Use It For? 

You can use Camtasia to record and edit videos. If you are unable to get into the UEA, you may choose to record yourself talking through a topic, talking through a screencast of how to do something or talking through lecture slides. 

Set Up Time: 1 – 3 hours, depending on confidence levels 

Delivery Time: None – students can access on demand 

Difficulty: 3/5 

 

How can I get the application on my UEA computer? 

If you are running a standard UEA desktop PC/laptop you can download Camtasia from the Application Catalogue

You can access the catalogue by clicking on the icon on your desktop as displayed below. 

UEA Application Catalogue icon

This will launch the Software Centre which presents you with a list of software that is available to download to your PC. 

Application Catalogue main menu

Camtasia is in the list that appears but if you are having trouble finding it you can also search for it using the search box in the upper right-hand corner. 

To access the installer simply click on the Camtasia icon

You will then be presented with more information about the program and also the opportunity to install it. To do this just click on the Install button as shown below. 

Camtasia installer page

Once you have clicked Install you will see a progress indicator. I will take a few minutes to install but you will be informed when the installation is complete. 

Camtasia installer progress bar

Once the installation is finished you can start using Camtasia. You will find in within your Start Menu programs. 

 

How can I get the application on my home computer? 

UEA has a site licence for Camtasia which means that students and staff can install it on their personal devices. 

To access the installer and license you will need to access Blackboard at https://learn.uea.ac.uk 

In your Organisations at the bottom of the page is a link entitled UEA Software & Support

In the left-hand column is a list of software that is available for download. Click on the link for Camtasia to view the software information page. 

Camtasia software page on Blackboard

Please read the Licence Terms and Conditions and then click on the Mark as Reviewed checkbox at the bottom of the page. 

This will reveal a link where you can download a copy of Camtasia. Click on this to be taken to the TechSmith web site. 

Techsmith web site with Camtasia installer options

Select the correct version for your operating system (Windows or Mac OS) and an executable will be downloaded which you can then install on your system. 

Once installed and launched for the first time you will be asked to activate the product. This product key can be found on the UEA Software & Support site where you got the link to download Camtasia. 

Copy and paste this code into the activation window. This will then apply the license and you can start using Camtasia. 

 

How can I upload a captured event to my ECHO360 Blackboard VideoLibrary? 

Upload by clicking on the “ECHO360 Blackboard VideoLibrary” on the Remote Teaching tab in your Blackboard site.

This link will take you to the ECHO360 Blackboard VideoLibrary for this course. This is roughly the same page as the students will see if they click on this link.  

Click on “New Class” and give the ‘class’ a name (the date perhaps). Then click on the + next to the class that you have created and browse to your MP4.

More help can be found here.

PowerPoint

What Can I Use It For? 

You’re most likely already familiar with PowerPoint, so if you’re feeling apprehensive about delivering content online, you may prefer to use it rather than software you’re unfamiliar with. If you’re unable to get into the UEA, you can use PowerPoint to create a video of you talking through your slides with real simplicity. 

Once you have exported your recording as an MP4 (video file), it can be uploaded to your ECHO360 Blackboard VideoLibrary.

Once it is there, your students can watch it and interact with each other and you. Click here to find out how to record a PowerPoint slide show with narration. And here to find out how to export it as an MP4.

Set Up Time: 1 – 3 hours, depending on confidence levels 

Delivery Time: None – students can access on demand 

Difficulty: 2/5

 

How can I share a video I’ve created with students? 

You can share a video you’ve created with students by uploading it to your ECHO360 Blackboard VideoLibrary.

Upload it by clicking on the “ECHO360 Blackboard VideoLibrary” on the Remote Teaching tab in your Blackboard site. This link will take you to the ECHO360 Blackboard VideoLibrary for this course.

This is roughly the same page as the students will see if they click on this link.  

Click on “New Class” and give the ‘class’ a name (the date perhaps). Then click on the + next to the class that you have created and browse to your MP4. More help can be found here <LINK> 

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