Class Capture

What is class capture?

Class capture – sometimes referred to as content capture or lecture capture – is a system for recording classroom-based presentations and sharing them on the internet.

What does it record?

The presenter (via video camera), the presenter's voice, and whatever is displayed on the computer screen, and any computer audio.
(Please note: We make an effort to avoid recording the audience, due to privacy concerns.)

What kind of captures do you offer?

We provide both a live option (live streaming), which enables viewers to watch the presentation as it happens, and an on-demand option, which enables viewers to watch the presentation at a later time. By default, all live presentations are converted to on-demand presentations once the event has concluded. You use the same link to view live as you do after on-demand. We also offer a LIVE ONLY option for events you do not want viewed after the event ends. 

How can I book a class capture?

Class capture is booked via the classroom scheduling system, 25live.

To record your event, simply add class capture to your room reservation. Contact Noel Baronia ([email protected], (415) 476-4310 or Sally Huey-Lee ([email protected], (415) 476-4436 to learn more about your options or to confirm your reservation.

You may also add class capture after you book a room by replying to your confirmation email. The process of recording is automated to import at noon for the next day. Allowing for changes to be made up to 11 a.m. the day before. For example: On Wednesday at noon the schedule imports for captures from scheduling into the capture system at noon. This is when all links are created for any and all captures. 

New captures requested within 48 hours before capture day are subject to a $57 late fee. 

How do we view our captures?

Class capture at UCSF is focused primarily on academic presentations. For courses with more than one capture in a given UCSF academic quarter, you will be issued a catalog link based on your confirmation code from 25live classroom schedling. These and can be easily incorporated into any Moodle (CLE) course using an RSS feed from the catalog and an RSS reader module in moodle. Many schools also just post the catalog link or direct links to each day online. These catalogs are broken up into the univeristies Quarter system. If your course or event spans that date, you will be issues two catalog links.

The schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and the Graduate Division all use class capture regularly. We also provide capture services for special events, grand rounds, journal clubs, and the UCSF Medical Center. 

UCSF Only or Public?

By default, all presentations are restricted to the UCSF community via UCSF's MyAccess login system, although presentations can be opened to the general public, if desired.​ Please request the public feature while booking your room and capture. We can alter after recording is done for a fee of $57.

For added security, there is purposely no "home" page for UCSF captures, and therefore no way to browse the entire UCSF catalog of recordings; presentations can only be accessed via the direct URL. ETS does not advertise or distribute presentation URLs unless requested directly by the requested client – we leave the distribution of the URL to the discretion of the requestor.

Presentations are not listed in search engines, such as Google and Bing.


ETS strives to make the class capture process as automated and hands-off as possible. Once the capture has been scheduled, the recording will start and stop at the scheduled times; the presenter will not need to start or stop the recording. The presenter and anything displayed on the projector screen during that time will be recorded. For convenience, lecture capture controls are available at the lectern in the classroom, enabling a presenter to pause the recording if desired. Unless otherwise requested, captures start ten minutes after the hour.

A typical presentation workflow is: the presenter arrives in the classroom, sets up their slides (using either their personal laptop or the room's built-in Mac), turns on the microphone, then begins the presentation.

If you have configured your Moodle (CLE) course to use our RSS feed, a link to each recorded presentation will automatically appear in the course. Simply set up the RSS feed at the beginning of the academic quarter, and you won't need to touch it again!

Frequently asked questions

Where is class capture available?

Building Capacity Type Microphones
Health Sciences West
HSW-300 200 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
HSW-301 200 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
HSW-302 154 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
HSW-303 154 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
CL-220 (can be expanded to include CL-223) 24 Seminar Table-top conference mics
CL-221 (can be expanded to include CL-222) 24 Seminar Table-top conference mics
Medical Sciences
Cole Hall 378 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
S-161 20 Conference Table-top conference mics
S-214 100 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
Byers Hall
BH-212 60 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
Genentech Hall
Byers Auditorium 261 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
GEN-N114 80 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
Mission Hall
MH-1400 100 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
MH-1401 48 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
MH-1402 24 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
MH-1405 15 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
MH-1406 34 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
MH-1407 46 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building
HD-160 80 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
Rock Hall
Rock Hall Auditorium 75 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
Zuckerberg San Francisco General

ZSFG Carr Auditorium

130 Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
Clinical Sciences Building      
CS-0101   Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics
CS-1111   Lecture Lectern mic, wireless mics, audience mic
CS-1109   Conference Lectern mic, wireless mics, audience mic


FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions:

How much does it cost?

Class capture is free for regularly scheduled and numbered UCSF courses.  Non-academic events are billed at $114 per hour, which includes scheduling, set-up and data storage for one year. Note: either capture or video conferencing is provided free for academic, numbered courses ... not both. Presentation editing is available for an hourly fee, with a 30-minute minimum (see re-charge rates).

Are there any special requirements for viewing a presentation?

ETS uses the Mediasite lecture capture system, which works in every major browser (Firefox, Edge, Chrome, and Safari) on both Windows and Mac OS X computers.

Mediasite presentations can also be viewed on Apple and Android mobile devices
Please Note: There are some limitations when viewing on moble device compared to a computer.

How do I request class capture?

Class capture is booked via the classroom scheduling system. To record your event, simply add class capture to your room reservation. Contact Noel Baronia ([email protected], x6-4310) or Sally Huey-Lee ([email protected], 6-4436) to learn more about your options or to confirm your reservation.

Do I need training to use class capture?

No training is required. We have strived to make the class capture system as hands-off as possible.

However, we want you to be comfortable in our rooms – and for your event to be a success – so all first-time capture clients receive a complimentary 15-minute walk through prior to the start of the event. We will show you how to use the room, and will describe the ins and outs of using our capture system. Afterward, ongoing technical support is available at an hourly rate. Please contact our front desk if you'd like more information.

Any other ways to view or export capture?

We can also generate n MP4 with video, please request MP4 option when booking your event. Recharge may apply.

If you would like your event to be publicly accessible, please request the "make public" option when booking your event. If you do not request the public option, your presentation will only be viewable by UCSF community members possessing valid MyAccess credentials (faculty, staff, students, and some affiliates).

What if there is more than one presenter?

There are additional wireless microphones available in case your presentation includes more than one presenter. Some rooms have microphones built into the ceiling, eliminating the need for extra microphones. Please contact the ETS office to discuss your options.

How long can we record?

It's recommended to keep the recordings to four to five hours or less (longer recordings tend to have problems during playback). If you have an all-day event, please schedule the recording in chunks, such as a morning session followed by an afternoon session. Our scheduling department can help you establish the start and end times for your captures.

Can we pause a recording?

Yes, please do! Our rooms include a touch panel at the lectern, enabling you to control various elements of the room (microphone volume, projector source, etc.). The lectern controls includes a 'pause' button for controlling your class capture. When you Pause then Resume during a capture, that portion will be deleted when the capture is delivered.

For example, if there is a coffee break in the middle of your presentation, press 'pause', then press 'resume' when you're ready to resume the presentation. Similarly, if your presentation ends earlier than scheduled, press 'pause' to end your capture early.

What if I don't want to record in a classroom?

ETS has a "studio" in S-161 enabling faculty and students to record captures outside of a classroom and without an audience. This allows total control over content, format, and duration. Instructors can create short tutorials or instructional modules using screen capture software or simply record shorter presentations that can be streamed online.

ETS also provides a mobile recording option that can record in any venue, for a fee. Please contact ETS for more details.

Can presentations be embedded in our website?

ETS and the CLE have installed a Mediasite plugin for Moodle that enables faculty to embed presentations directly into their Moodle courses.

Public presentations can be displayed on any website. Contact ETS for details.

Displaying MyAccess-protected presentations on websites is a bit more difficult, and is generally discouraged.

How long are captures retained?

We will not delete presentations without providing the client an opportunity to extend their hosting or to download in another format.