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Panopto supports these learning types (see definitions):


Panopto is a platform to create and share accessible videos. It auto-generates closed captions and transcripts, and students can search for keywords and skip to the relevant chapter. In-video quizzes reinforce the learning, and there is an analytics dashboard to provide insights on student engagement.
Please note that lecture theatre recordings have an automatic publishing delay of 24 hours. If you wish to publish your recordings earlier, please refer to this guide for more information.

Lecture theatre recordings are automatically added to the Panopto Video menu in Canvas.

Access Panopto through Canvas

Panopto appears in Canvas’ course navigation.

From a Canvas course, go to the Panopto Video page.

Screenshot of Canvas course navigation

When working with videos, open Panopto in a new browser tab.

Click the Open in Panopto button at the top-right.

Open in Panopto button

Turn on email notifications

New videos are processed to a web-ready format and Panopto can notify you when processing is complete.

From Canvas, click the Open in Panopto button.

Open in Panopto button

Click your name and select User Settings.

Panopto user settings

Select Notifications and check Email me when sessions finish processing.

Panopto user settings

How-to guides


Why another video platform?

Teachers currently use a variety of tools to record and edit video, however the goal is to provide a standard platform for staff to easily create and share videos with the class. Recording, trimming and sharing videos are all managed within Panopto and ease of use and accessibility features are taken care of automatically. And  means that recordings can be be automatically uploaded to Panopto.

Panopto has replaced the University’s current lecture theatre recording system (including Mediastore), which doesn’t have the accessibility features that our students require. It therefore helps to fulfil one of the priorities of Taumata Teitei—providing an equitable student experience.

How do I edit a video in Panopto?

Note that Panopto editing is non-destructive, meaning that you ‘mark out’ sections of the video to be skipped during playback rather than deleting them.

  • See  for marking out the start or end of a video, or any bits in the middle.
  • More detailed editing includes splicing in YouTube clips, inserting documents, adding in-video quiz questions, smart chapters and more. See the Panopto support site for advanced editing.

Editing captions is also possible, i.e.,  made by auto-generated captions. Note that this is not a requirement of the University.

How do I upload videos to Panopto?

See our page on .

What is Zoom integration with Panopto?

Integrating Zoom with Panopto automates the process of uploading your Zoom Cloud recordings to Panopto. Once Zoom has finished processing the recording, it is uploaded to the nominated folder in Panopto.


  • Less processing time for teachers.
  • Captions are automatically provided by Panopto.
  • Recordings are stored indefinitely.

Caution: All Zoom Cloud recordings are uploaded, including ad-hoc meetings. When choosing your nominated Panopto folder, select My Folder rather than your course folder, so that videos are not automatically released to students.

The process is relatively straightforward: 

Note: If you record a PowerPoint presentation, you will need to adjust your Zoom settings to ensure that the correct version of the recording is uploaded. See the FAQ above called: What are the recommended Zoom settings for recording a PowerPoint presentation?

Should I download the desktop app?

Recordings can be made using Panopto either within the browser, or via the desktop app. To help you decide, here are the differences we noticed.

​Browser version (Panopto capture)

You can apply a virtual background or blur your background.

Record specific browser tabs or various desktop apps without having to record the entire screen. See Panopto Capture.

Desktop app

You can only record the entire screen so be careful to display only what you want to record. Note: having a second screen will make things easier.

for up to 5000 viewers (with approximately a 40 second delay).

See download Panopto and record using or Panopto for Mac.

How do I share video content with students?

If you would like to link to videos on Modules or Pages in Canvas, please ensure that the course folder is accessible with link within Panopto. You will need to choose ‘Your Organization (unlisted)” in the Share settings.

Alternatively, we recommend that you . This also ensures that video analytics is meaningful as the viewer statistics are recorded across the course folder, as well as per video.

Can students see videos that are in My Folder?

No they can’t, unless you override sharing settings for specific videos or sub-folders. To share video content with students, it is better to move the video into the course folder rather than change sharing settings. See the FAQ above called ‘How do I share video content with students?’

How do I view My Folder (and any others I have access to)?

When you open Panopto Video in Canvas, the course folder is the default. To browse to My Folder, select it from the drop-down list. Other folders that you have access to are also listed.

Panopto showing folder dropdown list


If you have Panopto open in its own browser tab, i.e., not within Canvas, My Folder is accessible from the side menu. The Browse menu will show a list of other folders that you have access to.

Panopto showing my folder


For a comprehensive guide, see the Panopto Support article on folder management.

How do I move a video from one folder to another?

Please view the instructions on our support website for .

How do I copy videos from my old course to my next semester course?

Please see the series of step-by-step  that will step you through this process.

How do I merge or splice two or more videos?

  • Merging two videos will insert the selected video into the start of the target video, creating a longer video. The selected video will be copied (maintaining the original) but the target video will be overwritten.
  • Splicing a video allows you to insert video clips into the timeline of the main video.

Can I embed a Panopto video into a Canvas Page?

Please see our instruction on embedding the video into Canvas.

What about errors in automated captions?

Understandably, some teachers are nervous about auto-captioning due to the likelihood of transcription errors. However, the University is committed to providing accessible resources for the benefit of all students, not just hearing impaired or neuro diverse students, or English as a second language students. And viewing captions, along with listening, can often help learners retain information (CAST, 2018). So captions that contain errors can be more of a help than a hindrance.

That said, some courses are not suited to auto-generated captions, e.g., language courses or dialogue that contains a significant amount of Te Reo.

Where auto-captioning is provided, teachers are advised to post a disclaimer in the Canvas course syllabus page, or where a recording appears in their course content:

Note: Where automatic captions are used in live lectures via Zoom or Panopto recordings, these are generated by text to speech algorithms, so the quality of the captions may vary. Automatic captions might misrepresent the spoken content due to mispronunciations, accents, dialects, or background noise.

Should you wish to manually correct transcription errors—this is not a requirement of the University—follow the steps to .


CAST. (2018). Research for checkpoint 1.2.

How do I view presenter notes while recording PowerPoint slides?

To read presentation notes while recording PowerPoint slides via Panopto, having two computer screens can make things easier. However, you can still achieve this with only one screen.

Note: MAC USERS – you can easily record PowerPoint on your MacBook, without a second screen, while still viewing presenter notes. The browser recording function will allow you to choose the slideshow view to record, even though you are looking at the presenter view. See how in this .

  1. Have your PowerPoint presentation open and ready to go. In your Canvas course, go to Panopto Video menu, click Create and launch Panopto Capture.

Button to launch Panopto Capture

  1. Select the Screens and Apps button in Panopto Capture.

Panopto Capture highlighting Screens and Apps button

  1. Choose the Window tab and select the PowerPoint app from the list of thumbnail images.

Panopto screen share options

  1. Click Share. The PowerPoint app will appear inside the Panopto Capture window.

Panopto Capture showing PowerPoint screen

  1. Go back to PowerPoint app and start the Slide Show  Launch PowerPoint slide show button
    This opens in full-screen mode so you will need to switch between apps using the keyboard.
  2. Press Alt + Tab on your keyboard (Command + Tab for Mac) and switch to the Panopto Capture window that is running within your browser.
    You may need to hold down ALT and press Tab several times if you have multiple apps open.

screenshot of Windows thumbnails

  1. Start recording via the red record button.

Screenshot of Panopto Capture

  1. Press Alt + Tab again and switch to the PowerPoint presenter’s view.
    Panopto will continue to record the slides only (slide show view) while you read from your presentation notes (presenter’s view).

Screenshot of Windows thumbnails

If you don’t see the Presenter’s view from the row of thumbnails, you need to activate Show Presenter View from the slide show.

Screenshot of PowerPoint slideshow settings

  1. When you are finished, press Alt + Tab to return to the Panopto Capture window and click the Stop button.
    It takes a few minutes before the recording appears in Canvas. Don’t worry about the messy bits at the beginning and end, you can trim these out later; see the FAQ above on editing a video.

How do I set up a video assignment for students?

Teachers can create assignment folders within the Panopto course folder for students to upload their videos. Please view the instructions on the Panopto support website for .

Can I alter the default publishing time for a Panopto video from 24 hours?

This question pertains to recordings from the lecture theatre capture system, whereby the default release time to students is 24 hours.

Yes you can, but this is a manual process for each video. When you see the video appear within Panopto, you can change the release time in the settings menu. Altering the default time for the whole course is not possible.

Panopto Settings button

Staff will be able to publish videos early or extend the publishing delay time (up to a maximum of 72 hours). Staff electing to release videos after 72 hours must have a compelling reason for the long delay and should consider the impact on students, including equity student groups.

I can't open Panopto from Canvas - my browser is not accepting cookies?

Panopto uses cookies to authenticate your login and store user preferences. Some browsers disallow cookies from third party applications, e.g., Panopto opening inside Canvas.

Solution: Either open Panopto via  or follow these instructions to enable third-party cookies in your browser.


For technical issues with Panopto and Canvas please create a ticket via the  or via Staff Service Centre on +64 9 923 6000 or ext: 86000.


 for Panopto recordings and how to change your backgroundNote: this feature is only available for using Panopto in the browser, not the desktop app.

Panopto’s auto-captioning feature is not perfect, therefore we suggest adding a disclaimer to your Canvas course syllabus page. See the FAQ above for a standard disclaimer for captioning errors.

Page updated 22/02/2024 (minor edit)


Research shows that closed captions help all students to learn, not just ESL students or those with hearing impairments or auditory processing difficulties.

Dallas, B. K., McCarthy, A. M., Long, G. (2016). Examining the educational benefits of and attitudes toward closed captioning among undergraduate students. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 16(2), 56-65.

Gernsbacher, M. A. (2015). Video captions benefit everyone. Improving Society, 2(1), 195-202.

Morris, K. K., Casey F., Lyman D. III, Nicole, S., Nicole E.T., David B. (2016). Closed captioning matters: Examining the value of closed captions for “all” students. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 29(3), 231-238.

Whitney, M., & Dallas, B. (2019). Captioning online course videos: An investigation into knowledge retention and student perception. In SIGCSE ’19: Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, February 2019 (pp 511–517).

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