Panopto: Record A Classroom Session

Panopto vs. Zoom: Use Cases

Use Panopto to record in-person classes when there are NO students attending remotely.

If students are attending the class remotely on Zoom, record with Zoom.

Advantages of Panopto vs. Zoom

Panopto has more flexible playback options for students. Panopto allows an instructor to see who viewed the recording, when, and for how long.

Zoom's playback options are more limited and only allows an instructor to see the number of views, period.

Storing and hosting Panopto video recordings costs the university less than Zoom hosting. (This is not a decisive factor in selecting which tool to use, however. Pick the tool that fits your need best.)

Both Panopto and Zoom recordings can be captioned for the hearing impaired.

Recording in a classroom with Panopto

1. In your Canvas course, select Panopto Recordings from the navigation bar on the left. If Panopto Recordings isn't there, add it to the navigation bar from Settings > Navigation.

Screenshot of panopto recording location with red box around panopto recoding to highlight

2. Select Create > Panopto for Windows

Screenshot from in Panopto with red arrows pointing to the create button and the panopto for windows option

3. Select Launch Panopto. Note: If Panopto is not installed on the computer, do NOT select to install Panopto from the installers listed below Launch Panopto. You can install a more up-to-date version of Panopto that doesn't require admin rights on the computer from Software Center. To install Panopto from Software Center, go to Type here to search (lower left corner of the Windows desktop screen) and type "software center" (sans quotes) to open Software Center. Browse or search Software Center for the Panopto application installer.

Screenshot from in panopto with red arrow pointing out the launch panopto button and notes explaining not to install panopto on classroom computers

3. Select Open Panopto Recorder.

screenshot of the open panopto verification box with a red arrow indicating the open panopto recorder button

4. Select your Video (camera) input. The most common camera option in classrooms is PTZ Pro 2, though a few classrooms may have a different camera.
Select your Audio (microphone) input. The most common mic option in classrooms is Microphone (USB audio codec).
Select the Record button to begin recording.

screenshot from in the panopto recorder set up screen red arrow pointing to the record button and red arrow pointing out the regular settings for video audio and quality

5. Panopto will display in red lettering: "Recording" -- to indicate that recording is in progress, and the counter will begin to count up.

screenshot of panopto recorder with red arrow indicating the recording timer which shows the recording in process

6. Select Stop to end the recording.

screenshot from in panopto recorder with red arrow indicating the location of the stop recording button

7. Select Done. On this screen, you may also change the default Session name (title) and enter an optional description. 
You may log off from the computer at this point, but do NOT turn the computer off. The computer may continue to upload raw video data to the cloud for some time after the recording has been stopped. It will continue whether you are still logged on or not, but will pause if the computer is turned off. 

screenshot of the recording complete screen showing session name, length and folder and has a red arrow indicating the done button

Related Articles and Request Service

Panopto: Getting Started
Panopto Service Catalog page: There is a link to Request Service in the upper right of that page, if you would like to request further assistance with Panopto.

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