About Echo Recordings
Please make sure to read the College of Medicine Statement on Lecture Recordings.
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.
These lecture recordings are protected by state common law and federal copyright law. You may not copy this material, provide copies of it to anyone else, or make any other use other than personal review without prior permission from the faculty member.
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.
Dates with back-to-back lectures in the same course may be recorded straight through to avoid gaps. Do not be distressed if you only see one recording on a day you had two lectures scheduled. The recording may be for both sessions - check how long it says it is.
Recordings can be accessed in multiple ways - Via EchoCenter as well as by subscription to a Podcast RSS feed.
In EchoCenter lectures appear with a PLAY link to the Full, Rich Media version. This version must be played when connected to a network, is streaming, and cannot be downloaded. You can page through it using the Scenes tab. It has video of the room showing the lecturer plus audio, plus whatever was on the projection screen.
There are also links to a downloadable MP3 audio file or M4V video file. M4V 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.
You can find the download links 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 a certain amount of time 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. There are links at the end of this for some of the most common media players, you may find that the default player you currently have doesn't do what you need to play these correctly.
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 left of EchoCenter. Echo produces Podcast (mp3) and Vodcast (m4v) versions that you can subscribe to.
Hover over the RSS feed icon to see the Podcast/Vocdast links.
Click on the Podcast or Vodcast link.
What you see, and how you see it, depends on your browser and your media player. The most important detail is the feed URL. For most browsers this can be copied from the URL/address bar.
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, clicking it just gets you the actual XML code. The easiest way will be to copy the subscription URL 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 have 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, 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.
General Media playing Hints
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 occasionally reported having trouble with one version or another but each OS is different, so you may need to try it and see. Some people might have to use an earlier version, depending on what OS you have.
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ - Quicktime
You may also have to update or re-install iTunes -
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 June 2016)