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Overview

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Through the course of testing our capture system, Echo360 does test several cameras and input devices that are most common among our customers

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. However, it is impossible to test every device on the market.

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Best Practices for Web Cameras

The following are best practices for using webcams to capture media: 

  • Current drivers. Use the most current drivers for your web camera.  You can find these drivers on the website of your PC or laptop manufacturer. You can also have the operating system of your computer search for current drivers. 
  • OS Updates. Please have the most current updates applied to your operating system.
  • Driver-only installation. If possible, use the "driver-only" installation of the camera software. Most web camera vendors allow for this. In some cases, the software included with the web camera can interfere with the Personal Capture or Classroom Capture software, and the "driver-only" method is the supported method.

Supported Devices for SafeCapture HD

The SafeCapture HD (SCHD) is a dedicated capture appliance and was designed to be used for ad hoc or Scheduled recordings in large venues with complex Audio/Video setups. The SCHD can capture full-motion output from any VGA, DVI or HDMI-enabled device, including document cameras, electronic whiteboards and computers (PC and Mac). Input resolutions from 640x480 to 1920x1200 are supported.

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To that end, Echo360 supports input standards for our appliances, and as long as your recording/input device complies with these standards, these devices should work fine with the Echo360 hardware appliances; the SCHD and the Echo360 PRO.

 

Best Practices for Web Cameras

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Perform and review a test capture before using the camera routinely, or purchasing large numbers of cameras. Refer to the Manufacturer's documentation to get the most out of your camera device as there will be settings that can enhance the output quality. 

The following are best practices for using webcams to capture media: 

  • Current drivers. Use the most current drivers for your web camera.  You can find these drivers on the website of your PC or laptop manufacturer. You can also have the operating system of your computer search for current drivers. 
  • OS Updates. Please have the most current updates applied to your operating system.
  • Driver-only installation. If possible, use the "driver-only" installation of the camera software. Most web camera vendors allow for this. In some cases, the software included with the web camera can interfere with the Personal Capture or Classroom Capture software, and the "driver-only" method is the supported method.

Supported Standards for the SafeCapture HD and the Echo360 PRO

The SafeCapture HD (SCHD) and the Echo360 PRO are dedicated capture appliances and were designed to be used for ad hoc or Scheduled recordings in large venues with complex Audio/Video setups. The SCHD and PRO can capture full-motion output from any VGA, DVI or HDMI-enabled device, including document cameras, electronic whiteboards, and computers (PC and Mac). Input resolutions from 640x480 to 1920x1200 are supported.

The SCHD and PRO support Digital or Analog input via a DVI-I connector, passively adaptable to VGA or HDMI input.  Digital (HDMI) or Analog (Composite) video input NTSC and PAL are also supported.

Audio can be captured either via Professional line-level audio input with bare wire termination for direct wiring of stereo balanced (non-powered) or unbalanced audio; or via Consumer line-level input with Stereo RCA connector.  Audio is captured in AAC, sampled at 22.05kHz or 44.1kHz, encoded at bitrates from 32kbps to 128kbps CBR.

ManufacturerModelFeatures / DescriptionUse Cases
Sony

SRG-120DH

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  • Desktop mount 1080p/60fps HD PTZ camera
  • 12x optical/12x digital zoom lens
  • 1/2.8-type Exmor CMOS sensor with the latest imaging technology and field-proven operability
  • Includes View-DR processing to master poor lighting conditions
  • Supports industry-recognized VISCA protocol and built-in IP control
  • 71-degree viewing angle
  • Suitable for most classroom, distance learning and video conferencing applications
  • Best for use in medium-sized classrooms
  • Ideal for classrooms with poor lighting conditions
Panasonic

AW-HE2

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  • Note: Requires additional HDMI splitter (Recommended HDMI Splitter)
  • Desktop or ceiling mount 1080p/60fps HD Electronic PTZ camera
  • Compact, Full-HD MOS camera
  • 96-degree viewing angle
  • Suitable for most classroom and distance learning applications
  • Best for use in smaller classrooms

Supported Devices for PRO

The Echo360 PRO is a dedicated capture appliance and was designed to be used for ad hoc or Scheduled recordings in large venues with complex Audio/Video setups. The PRO can capture full-motion output from any VGA, DVI or HDMI-enabled device, including document cameras, electronic whiteboards and computers (PC and Mac). Input resolutions from 640x480 to 1920x1200 are supported.

The PRO supports Digital or Analog input via a DVI-I connector, passively adaptable to VGA or HDMI input.  Digital (HDMI) or Analog (Composite) video input NTSC and PAL are also supported.

Audio can be captured either via Professional line-level audio input with bare wire termination for direct wiring of stereo balanced (non-powered) or unbalanced audio; or via Consumer line-level input with Stereo RCA connector.  Audio is captured in AAC, sampled at 22.05kHz or 44.1kHz, encoded at bitrates from 32kbps to 128kbps CBR.

ManufacturerModelFeatures / DescriptionUse Cases
Sony

SRG-120DH

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  • Desktop mount 1080p/60fps HD PTZ camera
  • 12x optical/12x digital zoom lens
  • 1/2.8-type Exmor CMOS sensor with the latest imaging technology and field-proven operability
  • Includes View-DR processing to master poor lighting conditions
  • Supports industry-recognized VISCA protocol and built-in IP control
  • 71-degree viewing angle
  • Suitable for most classroom, distance learning and video conferencing applications
  • Best for use in medium-sized classrooms
  • Ideal for classrooms with poor lighting conditions
Panasonic

AW-HE2

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  • Note: Requires additional HDMI splitter (Recommended HDMI Splitter)
  • Desktop or ceiling mount 1080p/60fps HD Electronic PTZ camera
  • Compact, Full-HD MOS camera
  • 96-degree viewing angle
  • Suitable for most classroom and distance learning applications
  • Best for use in smaller classrooms

(non-powered) or unbalanced audio; or via Consumer line-level input with Stereo RCA connector.  Audio is captured in AAC, sampled at 22.05kHz or 44.1kHz, encoded at bitrates from 32kbps to 128kbps CBR.

Supported Input Standards

We support the following camera/input standards:

Input FormatSupported Standard
HDMI1.4
SDI3G-SDI/SMPTE 424M
VGAVESA DMT, GTF, CVT
DVIVESA DMT, GTF, CVT

Supported Devices for Personal Capture (Windows) & Classroom Capture

Both Personal Capture (for Windows) and Classroom Capture, as of EchoSystem 5.4, uses Windows Media Foundation (WMF) for capturing media.  It is supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Windows Media Foundation is the latest toolkit from Microsoft and provides a solid foundation for supporting the latest input devices.  For best results, the cameras should be YUY2, RGB24, and M-JPEG compliant (the camera packaging should indicate this).  

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ManufacturerModelRecommendation StatusFeatures / DescriptionUse Cases
iSmart

IS-LT-03 (HD)

Not Qualified by Echo360 - Customers have had success with this.
  • Stand or ceiling mount 1080p/30fps HD PTZ camera
  • 20x optical/12x digital zoom lens
  • Lock tracking technology auto-tracks lecturer up to 15 meters while ignoring other moving objects
  • Adjustable tracking area and tracking parameters
  • 78-degree viewing angle
  • Automatic presenter tracking eliminates need for manual camera operation
  • Suitable for all classroom, distance learning, and video conferencing applications
  • Best for use in a large classrooms or lecture halls
Panasonic

AW-HE50S

Not Qualified by Echo360 - Customers have had success with this.
  • Desktop or ceiling mount 1080i/60fps HD PTZ camera
  • 18x optical/10x digital zoom lens
  • 1/3" Full HD MOS Integrated Pan-Tilt/Camera with HD/SD-SDI
  • DSP produces realistic video in varied lighting conditions down to 3 lux
  • Suitable for most classroom, distance learning, and video conferencing applications
  • Best for use in medium-sized classrooms
  • Ideal for classrooms with poor lighting conditions

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