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What is BoilerCast?

BoilerCast is a lecture capture system that enhances and extends instructional activities whether in face-to-face, blended or fully online courses.  It is available in select classrooms and powered by software and hardware from Echo360.   These classrooms are equipped with a camera, microphone and either software or a hardware appliance that allows the Echo360 system to record lectures in real time.   Lecture captures can be scheduled ahead of time for a single event or for an entire semester, or the instructor can create an ad hoc capture.  Three types of capture are available.

Classroom Capture
  • Audio, display, video (in limited rooms)
  • Automated or ad hoc
Personal Capture
  • Audio plus desktop only or desktop and video from webcam
External media import
  • Load media captured from other sources

Classroom Capture

The most common use of Echo360 is the scheduled classroom capture.  Set this up once for the semester and your lectures can be automatically recorded and made available to students without intervention.  This can also be used for help sessions, seminars, student presentations, or any other academic event.

Depending upon the classroom, there are two options for Classroom Capture – software and hardware (also referred to as an Echo appliance).    

If you are in one of the classrooms that have an Echo360 appliance installed, you can capture full-motion output from any VGA, DVI or HDMI-enabled device, such as document cameras, smart boards and computers.  This option also allows live streaming of the capture so that students can participate from other locations by watching on their computer. 

Every other classroom has Echo360 software installed on the podium PC, and the classroom capture will contain the display from the podium PC plus the instructor audio. The instructor must login to the ITaP podium PC to use this type of capture.

Personal Capture

The Personal Capture is very similar to the Classroom Capture, but instructors have the freedom to create and edit customized instructional content from any location.  The capture can include the desktop/laptop display, audio and webcam output.  Echo Personal Capture software needs to be installed and configured on your computer and is available for both the Macintosh and Windows.

External Media Import

Once logged in to the Echo server, external media can be imported and automatically uploaded to your Blackboard course.

Students with Disabilities

If you are receiving academic adjustments and/or auxiliary services from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and need help accessing a BoilerCast lecture, please contact your Accommodations Specialist in the DRC or Dean Brusnighan (dabrus@purdue.edu) in Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP).