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.
When working with videos, open Panopto in a new browser tab.
Click the Open in Panopto button at the top-right.
From the University of Auckland
Panopto self-support guides
(Recordings from earlier workshops are also available on this website via the Panopto Video link in the side menu).
From the developers of Panopto
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 integration with Zoom 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 basic editing 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., correcting transcription mistakes 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 uploading video to Panopto.
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: Integrate Zoom with Panopto
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.
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.
Live webcasting for up to 5000 viewers (with approximately a 40 second delay).
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.
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.
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 moving videos between folders.
How do I copy videos from my old course to my next semester course?
Please see the series of step-by-step screenshots with instructions 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.
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 short video.
- Have your PowerPoint presentation open and ready to go. In your Canvas course, go to Panopto Video menu, click Create and launch Panopto Capture.
- Select the Screens and Apps button in Panopto Capture.
- Choose the Window tab and select the PowerPoint app from the list of thumbnail images.
- Click Share. The PowerPoint app will appear inside the Panopto Capture window.
- Go back to PowerPoint app and start the Slide Show
This opens in full-screen mode so you will need to switch between apps using the keyboard.
- 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.
- Start recording via the red record button.
- 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).
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.
- 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 creating an assignment folder.
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.
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.
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.
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