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New Echo360 Algorithms Automatically Correct Common Lecture Capture Problems

Echo360 today rolled out new capabilities for its lecture capture software that use algorithms to anticipate, identify and correct recording issues on the spot. The system can automatically account for shifting inputs and resolutions, resize video, resume recording after an unexpected interruption and more.

"Since we know capture problems occur in real-life instructional environments such as system reboots, instructors forgetting to end a capture, or faculty switching from a camera to a smartboard on the fly, we want to protect the instructional moments algorithmically," explained Echo260 CTO Bradley Fordham in a statement. "The new features are designed to counteract inevitable challenges and issues, and adapt in real-time to create a more seamless and reliable way to capture teaching and learning."

Among the new features, as detailed in a news release:

  • Automatic capture recovery: When a PC or laptop reboots due to a system crash or power failure during a capture, the recording automatically resumes with the previous configurations and settings;
  • Input loss or change notification: If audio or video input is lost during a capture, the system will notify the user and automatically switch over to a secondary input, as available. The system will also notify the user anytime an input is restored;
  • Recovered capture 'reassembly': If the capture process is restored after a system failure or loss of input, the software will automatically reassemble the captured segments together and publish a single, contiguous file to the online platform as scheduled; and
  • Capture duration setting: Instructors no longer need to remember to end the capture process before leaving the classroom. They can now configure the duration of the class when they start a capture and it is automatically ended and published when class is over.

For more information, visit the Echo360 blog.

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Rhea Kelly is editor in chief for Campus Technology, THE Journal, and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].

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