About Echo Recordings

Please make sure to read the College of Medicine Lecture Recording Policies, found on the UGME Policy pages.

Please don't upload these anywhere else, don't forward them to your friends, etc. Seriously. Even if it is the BEST LECTURE you have ever seen (and you will attend some great talks here). Ask the faculty member if you want to do anything with this content other than use it for your own personal viewing and review. They are not DRM-protected, but that doesn't mean they are free to share indiscriminately.

In general, it takes 4 hours per hour of lecture to process the recordings, and the 4 hours starts once the lecture has ended and the recording has moved to the server for processing. A lecture that is recorded for 1.5 hours and ends at 2pm should not be expected to be available before 6pm.

All of the recordings can be accessed in multiple ways - Via EchoCenter - the bottom-most one on the left menu in Blackboard should be the current semester - they are also posted in the Class Recordings section of your Blackboard course site, as well as by subscription to a Podcast RSS feed. And now we have EchoCenter - LTI, which should allow you to go directly into EchoCenter without retyping your password. LTI publishing will eventually replace Class Recording links and static EchoCenter.

The way things look in EchoCenter vs posted into Class Recordings are different, but they contain the same information.

In Class Recordings you will see something like:

2012-08-22 10:30:00 - PATHOLOGY
Capture Date/Time: 2012-08-22 10:30:00
PATHOLOGY
Download Lecture Audio
Download Lecture Video

The first line under Capture Date/Time, in this case "PATHOLOGY", would be a link to the Full, Rich Media version. Only a few lecturers are not creating these. This must be played when connected to a network, is streaming, and cannot be downloaded. There is no speed control, but you can page through it using the Scenes tab. It has video of the room showing wherever the lecturer chose to point the room camera, plus audio, plus whatever was on the projection screen.

The second line, "Lecture Audio" will be a downloadable MP3 file.

Lecture Video will be a downloadable M4V file. This has audio plus it treats the content shown in class as a video. It will capture the motion on the screen, so while animations, mouse pointers and videos may be a bit choppy, you will see the movement.

Neither of these downloadable formats carry video of the room, or show the faculty member who is teaching. They can, however, be played faster or slower.

EchoCenter has the same links, just displayed a little differently - the download links are under the information tab for each recorded lecture. EchoCenter also shows upcoming scheduled recordings, and how long those recordings are going to be. It only goes so far ahead, so don't worry if you don't see the entire term's schedule yet.

If you are going to download the files individually, click that link, then you'll need to click on the "download media file" link. Warning - these files are all named "Media". Make sure to rename them something useful so you don't overwrite an older file with the newer one named the same thing.

iTunes seems to be able to export movies in these formats to the iPhone/iPad without conversion. If you are going this route though, it's probably easiest to subscribe to the RSS Feed.

Links for subscribing to the RSS feed (just the computer content and/or the audio, not the Echo Media with the professor video) are at the bottom of EchoCenter as well as in the "Class Recordings" menu. Echo produces Podcast (mp3) and Vodcast (m4v) versions that you can subscribe to.

What you see, and how you see it, when you go to subscribe, depends on your browser and your media player. There are links at the end of this for some of the most common media players. If it doesn't work right for you in one browser, try another to get the subscription set up. I couldn't get Safari to work, but Firefox was fine. In Chrome you'll need to copy the link address manually, clicking it just gets you the actual XML code. The easiest way will be to copy the subscription URL out of the About Class Recordings item, and paste it into whatever RSS feed application you will be using.

I use iTunes, or the Podcast app on my iPad, but you can use Feedly, or whichever application you prefer.

I manually copy the link address and paste it into iTunes - look under Advanced or File (depending on your version) and then choose Subscribe to Podcast.

If you get the free Apple "Podcasts" app on your iPad, you can change the settings to subscribe, update, auto download etc. through that on the go. Otherwise if you just subscribe via iTunes on your laptop and want it on your iPad you will have to update via computer synch to get it on your device from your iTunes each time.

Those of you using Android phones, or just not into iTunes, might want to subscribe to the podcast using Feedly.  It is quick, easy, and free.  Again, you just use the subscription link to manually subscribe to the feed.

Files of type M4V won't work by default in Windows Media Player, but you can install a codec that might let you do so. While I have not tried this, others have successfully. If you do download a codec to install, make sure to do it from a (generally more) reliable source such as download.cnet.com. Renaming the file extension to .MP4 instead of .M4V may also work.

You should be able to play the downloaded files with Quicktime or a media player such as VLC. If you have one of those players installed right-click on the file (ctrl click on Mac) - you should be able to tell it to open with whatever application you choose, and tell it to open all files like this with this application in the future.


Each of these links below should give you the most current version, tailored to your computer OS, with an option to find earlier versions. All are available for Windows and Mac, and some for Linux as well.

http://videolan.org/ - Standalone media player VLC. People have reported having trouble with the very newest version on Windows 7 for the recordings in room 106. I was able to successfully use an earlier one - v 1.1.9 - but each OS is different, so you may need to try it and see. I have the latest version on my Mac running OS 10.9 and it worked fine.
 
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ - Quicktime

You may also have to update or re-install iTunes -
http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

http://www.feedly.com - Feedly (RSS feed reader for iOs, Android, Web - replacement for Google Reader)

This document is not necessarily the final word - there is no way I know all the options out there - if you find something wrong, or something that needs updating, or something that works well, please let us know!

 (last updated August 19, 2014)