Self-recording lectures on your own device

Step one: download and install Universal Capture

You can do this using Echo360 Universal Capture (previously known as Personal Capture).

These steps provide for an audio recording of the lecture with the slides uploaded separately for students to follow along.

University of Melbourne managed computer?

Universal Capture is available in the Software Library for University of Melbourne managed computers.

On a University of Melbourne managed Windows PC:

  1. Open Software Centre.
  2. Search for Universal Capture and install.

On a University of Melbourne managed Mac:

  1. Open Self Service in your dock or Applications folder.
  2. Search for Universal Capture and install.

Personal computer?

Universal Capture is available from Lecture Capture directly:

  1. Login to
  2. Access the Downloads page (click on the cog wheel Icon at the top right of the page).
  3. Click Windows or Mac Download for Universal Capture: Personal.
  4. Complete the installation steps.

If you have any problems contact Learning Environments support via Service Now.

Step two: configure Universal Capture and start recording

Open Universal Capture on your computer and login.

The first thing you need to do is edit the capture details, so that Universal Capture knows where you want the recording to go:

  1. Click the pencil icon at the top of the window to open Capture Details.
  2. Enter details as appropriate including Title, Description, and Tags.
  3. Choose a location to save your recording using the Publish To.. drop down menu. Only your personal library and any subjects you have access to are listed.
  4. Click Save.

Now start the recording:

  1. Select the audio source (your computer's built-in microphone, or the microphone connected to your computer) by clicking on the microphone icon in the middle of the screen.
  2. Please select 'No Input' in the two 'Video' Windows either side of the audio meter in the middle.
  3. Make sure the little windows are showing as blank, and the audio meter (the little green bars in the middle) are moving up and down as you speak.
  4. Click the red record button. A five-second countdown timer will display, then recording will commence.
  5. Deliver your lecture or presentation. Remember to announce when you are changing slides, so that students can follow along on the slide deck on their own devices.

Step three (optional): controlling the recording

You can control the recording as you make it:

  • Recording controls are available as keyboard shortcuts, and also as an Echo360 Menu in the taskbar on Windows, or the top menu on Macs, or by switching to Universal Capture itself.
  • You can pause and stop the recording as needed.
  • If you wish to cancel the recording, you can do so by switching to Universal Capture and selecting the cancel button - this will permanently delete the recording.

Step four: finish the recording

To finish the recording:

  • Click Finish Capture in the Echo360 Menu in the taskbar on Windows, or the top menu on Macs, or by switching to Universal Capture itself and clicking Stop.
  • When the recording successfully uploads, the message ‘Capture complete’ will appear, and you can exit the application.
  • Universal Capture will indicate that the recording is being uploaded.

Step five: add the recording to your slide deck

To add your slide deck to the recording:

  1. Log in to Echo360 and locate the recording you just made in your Library or Class List.
  2. Click the 'Add Slides' button and choose the file or drag and drop

This page was last updated on 01 Jul 2021.

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