Configure the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD

In this section:


This process assumes you have already installed the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD (SafeCapture HD).

Configuring the SafeCapture HD consists of these phases:

  1. Initialize the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD
  2. Register the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD
  3. Prepare to Check the Installation
  4. Check the Installation

After configuring the SafeCapture HD, you may want to further configure the EchoSystem Server (ESS), as described in Next Steps below.

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Initialize the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD

Initialize the SafeCapture HD by applying a configuration file. Download the configuration file from the ESS web interface and apply it to the device using a USB drive. The same configuration file can be used to configure all capture appliances.

Download the Device Configuration File

  1. Log in to the ESS.
  2. Place the supplied USB drive in a USB port on your computer.
    Picture of Echo USB drive plugged into computer.
    Click for larger image.
  3. Navigate to Configuration > Devices.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
  5. Click on Download Generic Configuration.
    Screenshot of Devices page with download configuration link labeled.
  6. Save the generic configuration file (device.xml) to the USB drive at the root level.
    Screenshot of file being saved at root of USB drive.
  7. Remove the USB drive from your computer.

    Do Not Modify the Downloaded File

    The configuration file you downloaded from the ESS is a digitally signed file. The SafeCapture HD does not accept files that do not bear the digital signature of the ESS. Do not modify this file.

Apply the Configuration File

Do this for each capture appliance.


Do not insert the USB drive until instructed.

  1. On the back of the SafeCapture HD, find the label with the device’s MAC address. Make a note of it. You will need the MAC address to log in to the SafeCapture HD.
    • A typical MAC address is 00-50-c2-7b-1b-98.
    • The MAC label is also on the bottom of the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD.
  2. Turn on the SafeCapture HD.
  3. Make sure the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD has been on for at least five minutes.
  4. Insert the USB drive into the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD. Two operations occur:
    • The device.xml file initializes the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD.
    • The device writes some network information (such as IP address and subnet mask) to the USB drive. If there is a problem with the network connection, you will need this information.
      Picture of USB drive being plugged into back of SafeCapture appliance.
      Click for larger image.
  5. Remove the USB drive after 10-20 seconds.

Register the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD

The EchoSystem SafeCapture HD begins communicating with the ESS immediately after installation.

The EchoSystem SafeCapture HD is a managed device in ESS. Managed devices must be registered to be configured for use with the ESS.

  1. Using the URL and credentials supplied by the System Administrator, log in to the ESS.
  2. Register the device.

Prepare to Check the Installation

The steps in this section are not part of EchoSystem SafeCapture HD configuration. However, in order to check the operation of the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD, you will have to:

If you have already have added the room in the ESS and licensed it, you can skip to the last step, assigning the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD to the room.

Check the Installation

To ensure that the audio-visual devices are connected properly and feeding into the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD, log in to it and look at the monitoring screen.

Log in to the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD

  1. Find the IP address of the appliance.
    1. Navigate to Configuration > Devices.
    2. Look for the MAC address. You can also use the Search drop-down lists to shorten the list to just those devices associated with a particular campus, building, or room.
    3. Hover the  mouse over the device.
    4. Click the MAC address. The Device Details screen opens.
    5. In the Device Details screen, copy the Local IP Address.
      Screenshot of Device Details screen with IP address labeled.
  2. Log in to the appliance.
    1. Open a new browser or tab.
    2. Type https://<IP address>:8443. For example, you might type .
    3. Enter your user name and password when prompted. These screen shots show the interface for a System Administrator. Other users see different interfaces.
    4. You should see the Ad Hoc capture start screen. This shows you have logged in to the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD.
      Screenshot of Ad Hoc capture screen.

Monitor the EchoSystem SafeCapture HD

  1. In the Ad Hoc capture screen, click Monitor.
  2. Click Start Monitoring.
    Screenshot of Monitoring tab for sequence of steps described.
  3. In the monitoring screen that appears, check that you see images for the feeds you have established.
    Screenshot of Monitoring screen showing video feeds.

Next Steps

The EchoSystem SafeCapture HD is ready to capture presentations.

If this is a new installation, you will probably want to configure your EchoSystem further. Follow these steps:

  1. Add users. 
  2. Add and license rooms.
  3. Assign the capture appliance to the room.
  4. Add terms, courses, and sections.
  5. Add schedules and activate them so classes will be captured automatically.
  6. Add publishers so Echoes are available to students.