Personal Capture Mac

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Personal Capture (pcap) allows you to record presentations, learning modules and tutorials in the comfort of your office or home on a PC or MAC workstation.

Pcap can record whatever is on your computer screen (such as Powerpoint’s, demonstrations, websites etc), your voice and the video from your web-cam (if desired). The quick and easy-to-use software allows you to playback your recordings, perform some minor editing and publish to the EchoSystem.

Installing Personal Capture

To install Personal Capture on a Deakin Mac machine, please proceed to Deakin Software Catalogue to Download.
To install Personal Capture on a non-Deakin machine, please follow the below steps:

  1. Login to the EchoSystem Server.
  2. Select the Downloads tab (shown below).
    Download PCAP
    Note: If the Download tab is not available, request an Echo section for this trimester to publish your own recordings to the EchoSystem.
  3. Select Installer for EchoSystem Personal Capture (Mac OS X).
  4. Save the file to your computer and follow the steps to install the software.

Starting a new recording

Note : Personal capture on Mac computers and laptops can only be used with a single display/monitor. If you have an additional display connected the application will crash when you attempt to begin recording. This can be fixed by disconnecting the additional display and restarting the Personal Capture application.
To prevent the welcome screen from appearing each time you launch Echo360 Personal Capture, un-tick the Show at Startup option. In future when you start Echo360 Personal Capture you will be taken directly to the My Recordings screen.

  • We recommend you perform a one minute test recording prior to your actual capture to check your screen resolution is optimal for your chosen presentation and microphone/volume levels are adequate.
  • Screen displays with 4:3 aspect ratio (for example 1024 x 768) have been shown to produce better quality Personal Capture recordings. Your current screen resolution is likely to be set much higher. Seek assistance if you are not sure how to lower your screen resolution before creating a personal capture.
  • When capturing a Powerpoint presentation ensure text is readable and images and graphics in your slides are of high quality and can be seen in a lower resolution.
  • When recording audio, it is recommended that a noise-cancelling microphone headset is used.
  1. Click Start Recording.
  2. Enter a title for the recording.
  3. Click Configure to set up the audio input (microphone), screen (if you have two or more monitors) and webcam quality. For example, to capture your screen display (a PowerPoint presentation or other screen display) select Screen 1 from the Device drop-down list (Video Left). To capture webcam, select the video input device from the Device drop-down list (Video Right).
  4. Click Save to save your changes.
  5. Enable all devices that you wish to record.
  6. Click the Start Capture button to commence your recording.
  7. A countdown timer will appear for 5 seconds, after which the recording will begin.
  8. To pause or stop recording, use the following shortcuts on your keyboard:
    • Pause / resume the recording: Command + 6.
      You can pause a recording for up to 15 minutes. After that, you are prompted to either continue or stop recording).
    • Stop the recording: Command + 8.

Editing a recording

Note: You cannot duplicate recordings.

  1. Drag the playhead Playhead in the scrubber bar below the Echo monitor to the section you would like to cut.
  2. Drag the crop markers Crop markers to the start and finish of the section that you would like to remove. The light blue portion of the scrubber bar highlights the footage you have selected.
  3. Click the Scissor Cut button to remove the selected footage.
    Edit pcap in Mac
  4. Click Apply Edits.
    Note: Once the edits have been applied, the original media cannot be recovered.
  5. Click Yes to confirm.

Deleting a recording

  1. Click on My Recordings to access your existing recordings.
  2. Select the recording to be deleted and click Delete.
  3. Click OK to confirm.

Publishing a recording

Once you have completed the recording and finished editing as desired, you are now ready to publish the recording to the EchoSystem to make it available to your students. Once the recording is available in the EchoSystem, you will be able to link it to your CloudDeakin site.

Note: You must be connected to the Deakin VPN to publish recordings to the EchoSystem. It may take a while for your file to upload, especially if it is a large file and you are not on the Deakin network.

  1. Select the recording you would like to publish from the My Recordings list.
  2. Click Publish Recording.
  3. A pop-up window will appear for you to Login to the EchoSystem using your Deakin username and password.
  4. Select the relevant unit offering from the list that you would like to publish the recording to and click Next.
    If the unit and offering for this trimester is not available, Request an Echo section for this trimester to publish your own recordings to the EchoSystem.
  5. Choose whether you would like to create a new Echo recording or replace an existing Echo. Then set the date and the time and click Next.
  6. Enter a title for the Echo recording and click Publish.
  7. The recording will take up to two hours to process and publish to the EchoSystem. Once it is available, you can manage your Echo recordings in the EchoSystem or link to the Echo recording in CloudDeakin. Please see Echo Recordings guide on how to link to your recordings.