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Lecturecast for Staff

Lecturecast is an automated system for recording lectures and subsequently making them available via the web. Lecturecast is the service name for the UCL installation of the Echo360 system.

Log in to the Lecturecast admin interface

Lecturecast support documentation

What Lecturecast can do

Locations where you can use Lecturecast

How to book a recording

Desktop recording (EchoCapture Personal)

Lecturecast help and support

Lecturecast FAQs

What lecturecast can do

The Lecturecast system is designed primarily for the automated recording of the lectures - it does this well. Activities other than lectures, e.g. Panel Discussions, Conference proceedings etc., may or may not record well using the system - we do not recommend its use for events where production values need to be high; it's very important if you are considering a recording of this type that you review the detailed FAQ and fully understand the limitations of the system in this context.

Note: currently the booking of special captures - e.g out of hours events, conference proceedings etc will not be supported.
Given the potential for recording failure, we strongly advise that lecturers make clear to students the system should not be relied on as a replacement for lecture attendance.

What does the system capture?

The system captures all material that is sent to the room's projector from any connected device (e.g PowerPoint slides from an attached laptop, hand written notes or objects held under a visualiser); audio is captured from the room's microphone system via a lapel microphone and video of the presentation area (i.e the lecturer or presenter) is captured via a small fixed position camera.

Example of a streamed lecturecast

Example of a streamed lecturecast

Example of a streamed website

Fig. 1 Example of a streamed lecturecast with kind permission of Dr Andrea Townsend-Nicholson


Locations where you can use Lecturecast 

Anatomy Gavin de Beer* Cruciform Lecture Theatre 2
Anatomy JZ Young Lecture Theatre Darwin Building, B05
Archaeology G6 Lecture Theatre Darwin Building, B15
AV Hill Lecture Theatre Darwin Building Lecture Theatre, B40
Bedford Way 26, G03 Drayton House, Drayton B03 Ricardo LT
Bedford Way 26, LG04 Drayton House, Drayton Jevons LT
Bentham House, Denys Holland Lecture Theatre Engineering Front 103 & 104 Executive Suite *
Bentham House, Main Lecture Theatre Gustave Tuck *
Bentham House, Seminar room 1 Harrie Massey LT Lecture Theatre
Bentham House, Seminar room 3 Malet Place Eng 1.02
Bentham House, Seminar room 4 Malet Place Eng 1.03
Birkbeck Clore Management Centre B01 Medawar Lankester Lecture Theatre
Birkbeck Gordon Square (43) Cinema Medawar Watson Lecture Theatre
Birkbeck Malet Street B18 Medical Science Building, H.O.Schild Lecture Theatre
Birkbeck Malet Street B29 Pearson Building, Pearson (North East Entrance) LT
Birkbeck Malet Street B30 Roberts Building, Room G06
Birkbeck Malet Street B35 Roberts Building, Room G08
Birkbeck Malet Street B36 Roberts Building, Room 106
Chadwick Building, Chadwick G07 Roberts Building, Room 508
Chadwick Building, Chadwick G08 Taviton Street 14-16, Room (347)
Chadwick Building, Chadwick LT Taviton Street 14-16, Darryl Ford Seminar Room
Chandler B01 Torrington (1-19) B17 Basement LT
Chandler B02 Torrington (1-19) Galton LT
Chandler G10

UCL Conference Suite 01

Chandler 118

UCL Conference Suite 02

Christopher Ingold Auditorium

UCL Conference Suite 03

Christopher Ingold Chemistry LT

UCL Conference Suite 04

Christopher Ingold Ramsay LT

UCL Conference Suite 05

Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1  

* Rooms marked with a '*' do not currently contain a video camera but can record audio and presentation/projector content. Video cameras for these rooms will be installed as soon as possible.

These systems are available for use now. If you are due to deliver lectures in any of the spaces above and would like your lecture(s) recorded, please contact E-Learning Environments.


How to book a recording

Only recordings associated with registered portico modules may be booked via the link below. If your recordings that don't fall into this category please email ele@ucl.ac.uk with your request.

Points to be aware of are:

  • You should allow a minimum of 3 days for the booking to be processed. Most bookings are automatically created on the system, but in some instances this won't be possible and the booking will automatically revert to a manual process.
  • It is essential that the space in which the recording is to take place has already been booked and confirmed. (See the location list)
  • You will not be able to access the Lecturecast admin interface (to edit and make recordings available) until you have completed the Introduction to Lecturecast training.
  • If you have 10 or more separate, non-repeating*,bookings to request you can send the same information in a spreadsheet instead to ele@ucl.ac.uk
  • If a guest presenter will be recorded, they will need to sign a disclaimer form. (Completed forms are to be kept with the department)

If this is the first time you've used the Lecturecast system we strongly recommend taking a few minutes to read the Lecturecast FAQs.

If you have any other questions about Lecturecast please email E-Learning Environments (ELE) on ele[at]ucl.ac.uk.

The Automation of booking is in its first phase of development currently bookings may be made but not amended - please ensure that the details you enter in the booking form are correct before you submit them.

Book your recording


Desktop recording (EchoCapture Personal)

EchoCapture Personal software is available to any UCL academic staff with an existing account on the Lecturecast service at UCL.

The software allows a personal computer/laptop to be used as a recording device to capture anything that is happening on the computer screen along with an audio commentary and optionally a 'talking head' recorded via a webcam. Once recordings have been uploaded to the Echo System Server (ESS) they can, like recordings made in LC equipped theatre spaces, be made available as streamed and downloadable versions.

If you don't already have an account on the Lecturecast system but would like to try desktop recording using Echo capture software, you can apply for an account and test module to be set up.

Notes:

  • If you don't have at least one module, test or otherwise, on the Lecturecast system, the link that allows you to download the latest personal capture software will not be available to you when you log in to Lecturecast.
  • In order to publish content into live modules staff need to complete either a face-to-face or on-line training in the use of the Lecturecast system.

Lecturecast help and support

If you have any other questions about Lecturecast please email E-Learning Environments (ELE) on ele[at]ucl.ac.uk.