Personal Capture PC

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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 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 (Windows).
  4. Save the file to your computer and follow the steps to install the software.
    Note: If you are installing Personal Capture on a Windows 7 platform, your default settings may affect how Echo360 Personal Capture operates. To ensure Personal Capture operates correctly. Go to Start > Control Panel and select Display and ensure that the Smaller – 100% option is selected.

Starting a new recording


  • 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 microphone headset is used.
  1. Enter a Title for the recording using the title bar at the top of the page.
  2. By default, the output quality for capture is set to Medium Quality / Medium Files.
    Note: This selection allows you to determine the resolution of the video and display output of the capture, which in turn determines the size of the capture files saved to your drive and subsequently uploaded to Echo and viewed or downloaded by students.
  3. Select your capture inputs. You can select up to three inputs:
    • Microphone Input: ensure that the bar is changing as sounds are made.
    • Display or Second Video Input is shown in the left panel of the preview panes. Capturing Primary Display, captures whatever appears on the computer screen. If you are using two video inputs, this will show whatever the selected camera is currently aimed to view.
    • Primary Video Input is shown in the right panel of the preview panes. If you are not capturing video, this option will show None Selected, and the right preview pane will be blank.
  4. Click Record.
  5. A countdown timer will appear for 5 seconds, after which the recording will begin.
  6. To pause or stop recording, use the following shortcuts on your keyboard:
    • Pause / resume the recording by pressing Alt + F5.
    • Stop the recording by pressing Alt + F6.

Editing a recording

Note: You cannot duplicate recordings.

  1. Hover the mouse over the recording you want to edit and click the Edit icon.
  2. Click and drag the two smaller triangles to the appropriate beginning and end points of a segment.Editing in PCAP
  3. Click the Make cut button to remove the selected footage.
  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. Hover the mouse over the recording you want to delete and click the Delete icon.
  2. 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. Hover the mouse over the recording you want to publish and click the Publish icon.
  2. A pop-up window will appear for you to Login to the EchoSystem using your Deakin username and password.
  3. Enter a title for the Echo recording.
  4. Select the relevant unit offering from the list that you would like to publish the recording to.
    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. Uncheck the Make Available checkbox if you do not wish to make the recording available to students immediately.
  6. 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.