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Recording your class

  • Panopto

    • In Canvas

    • Strong Controls

    • RSS feed!

    • Navigate Videos without Streaming

  • Blackboard Collaborate

    • In Canvas

    • Student Interaction

  • Third Party

    • Completely Control Rendering

    • Richer Editing


  • Office/Classroom webcam

  • Include in course shell

  • Check machine setup

  • Choose what’s in the recording

  • Recording quality

  • Other settings

  • How to Record

  • The Upload

  • Fixing problems

  • Student view

  • Download recordings

  • Embed recordings

  • Adding subtitles

  • And more…​

Classrooms with Webcams

  • A106A-TW-08811

  • B206-TW-08781

  • CSC102-TW-09371

  • HL014-TW-08700

  • HL015-TW-10837

  • HOC139-TW-08457

  • HOC142-TW-08784

  • HS110-TW-07910

  • HS111-TW-07911

  • HS124-TW-07918

  • HS129-TW-07920

  • HS202-TW-07902

  • HS306-TW-07933

  • HS347-TW-07904

  • MOBILE-TW-08772

  • MOBILE-TW-10257

  • OCP105-TW-08785

  • OCP108-TW-09980

  • OCP220-TW-10009

  • OCS-WFTW-07903

  • RBS122-TW-20161

  • ST136-TW-08427

  • T100-TW-10680

  • T111-TW-10654

  • T201-TW-11109

  • T212-TW-09065

  • TJL116-TW-08455

  • TJL120-TW-07039

Include Panopto in Your Course Shell

  • Settings

    • Navigation

      • Slide Panopto up to the visible list

    • SAVE to keep the navigation change

  • Put reminders in each module …​ more on this later

Make sure Panopto is on your machine

  • Panopto Recordings

    • Create

      • Record a New Session

        • Launch Panopto

          If nothing happens, Panopto is not installed on the machine (request through

          Panopto may require a login (use your Canvas/OC credentials)

What’s Recorded

  • Primary Screen

  • You (it’s a good thing, really): audio and/or video

  • Secondary Screen (not such a good thing…​)

  • PowerPoint (skippable)

Quality of Recordings (1)

  • Primary (webcam)

    • video yes/no — check lighting

    • audio yes/no — check sound strength (turn it UP)

    • quality: affects head size and sound

Sound quality depends on …​

  • The HVAC

  • What noise-generators are near your microphone (SURFACE PRO 3)

  • Quality of your microphone (LG750 over LG760 and LG730)

  • How far away you are from the microphone

    • If you wander, get a bluetooth setup in the room — but test sound again!

  • Repeat the question! (students voices dim at best, off-mike)

Quality of Recordings (2)

  • Main Screen (monitor that is main display)

    • fps = frames per second kbps - kb per second, impacts frame size

    • screen resolution, fps, kbps interact to determine recording size; lower is smaller

    • 15fps works for most screen use and ok corner webcam

    • 30fps gives good webcam recording if full head-shot

    • 1280x720 resolution captures 12-point fonts on full-size viewing; 16-point fonts viewable on phablets (640x480 very small; 1920x1080 very large)

    • bit rate control is new — higher settings will give bigger files with more quality (it’s always a trade-off); try 500kbps or max permitte d for resolution.

  • Second Screen (not recommended)

Check settings

  • choose folder (set to current class)

  • recording name (defaults to a timestamp — consider using date, class, module

  • under settings→Basic Settings, check the recording location — move it from c: to avoid Deep Freeze, but don’t put it on z: or a thumbdrive (both too slow). d: or t: …​

  • under settings→Advanced Settings, click "Capture in MP4 format" (it makes recovery of crashed recordings easier…​)

  • if no second monitor, under settings→Basic Settings, click "Minimize when recording"


  • put Panopto controls on secondary screen

  • the big red button

  • Pause may not be your friend (check the recording if you use it; lost in re-rendering)

  • You’re on!

  • When done, click the Green STOP button


  • Uploading goes on during the recording, but if there are network issues, it may not make it by the end of class.

  • If it’s not done, Coordinate with the next instructor in the room — if they don’t need Panopto, leave it running (lock your login but leave it up) so the upload continues

  • If the next instructor uses Panopto, exit Panopto; otherwise they have to reboot to kill your Panopto to get theirs to start. Your upload will continue when they start Panopto

  • If you have to kill your upload, grab the MP4’s for the screen and video/audio (MP3 if just audio) so you can upload them from another machine (I slide them to the Z drive)

Failed Upload?

  • Use Panopto Recordings→ Create → Upload Media to create a video from saved MP4’s.

  • Video/Audio is primary

  • Screen is secondary

Sound quality bad?

  • wave a magic wand

  • apologize

  • re-record

  • download primary, extract the audio into Audacity, clean the audio, and then replace the primary track with the audio track

    • (or stitch the audio and video together with something like ActivePresenter…​.)

What the students see

  • The Panopto Experience

    • streaming

    • bookmarks/notes

    • speed up/slow down/pause

  • The RSS feed/podcast/downloaded videos

Adjusting the "podcast"

  • Style of layout

    • picture-in-picture

    • just primary

    • just secondary (includes audio)

    • tile all (not recommended for reading screens)

  • quality of podcast rendering

    • 576p (30fps)

    • 720p (30fps) ←- best compromise tablet v. PC

    • 1080p (30fps) ←- PC, not streaming video (fine for computer use)

    • 1080p (60fps) ←- PC, streaming video

Reminding students

Embed the Video in a page

  • Panopto Recordings

  • mouseover the …​ by the video you want to bring up the admin menu

  • select Settings

  • select Share

  • Select Embed

  • Copy the <iframe…​ code in the text area

  • return to the Page you want to put it on

  • Click HTML Editor

  • paste this HTML code on the page (put it at the top if you aren’t HTML-comfortable, you can move it next)

  • Click Rich Text Editor

  • If you don’t like where the video is, select it and cut-and-paste it where you want it on the page.

The RSS shortcut for students

  • Do this on FIREFOX

  • Go to Panopto Recordings

  • Click orange RSS icon

  • Click "Subscribe to RSS" in the pop-up menu

  • A page comes up with all of the currently available videos, most recent first — students can click to view them or right-click and save them locally.

  • Students can bookmark that link and return to it to see the videos later (they don’t always have to go through these steps)

Subtitles? (1)

Subtitles? (2)

  • Add the captions to your recording after it is uploaded and processed:

    • Panopto Recordings

    • mouseover the …​ by the video you want to bring up the admin menu

    • select Settings

    • select Captions

    • Click Browse …​ and pick the srt file

    • Click Upload Captions

Subtitles in Panopto

Other Panopto Tips

  • cleaning up local videos through the app

  • Editing in Panopto - limited, but can cut off a start/end

  • Bookmarks/Notes can be published (won’t be in the downloaded MP4s)

  • Viewing statistics (won’t register downloads, just views within the viewer)


Bonus: Video from January 2016 QM FLC on this topic