Panopto is fully supported by the University; a site-wide licence allows users to make new recordings of live lectures, upload existing recordings and view recordings as well as share within Canvas courses. Recordings are stored securely in the University’s instance of Panopto ‘in the cloud’. Accessing Panopto through Canvas makes use of the user’s Single Sign-On login details, thus obviating the need to have an account and log in directly to Panopto.
In order to make recordings with Panopto, the user must first install the ‘manual recorder’ software on their home or work computer. The recommended route is to do so directly from within the Canvas course. The IT Services Replay Team provides full instructions on using the manual recorder including a short video showing how to download and install the software.
Further guidance is available as follows:
- enabling Panopto in Canvas
- moving existing recordings between folders
- the ‘Flexible and inclusive teaching’ Canvas resource: consult the Lectures: Ideas page for tips on how to approach both the recording itself and how to re-think interaction within the context of remote delivery.
For technical assistance in using Panopto, please contact the Replay team.
What can I do with Panopto?
For asynchronous (any time) delivery
- Narrate and record your slideshow (can be broken into chunks, or one continuous lecture).
- Record the main computer screen and voice-over in ‘screencast’ mode; users can record a PowerPoint presentation and the main computer screen at the same time, choose either option or switch between them. Any open application running on your computer can be recorded in this way – for example, if you are showing a whiteboard app, this can be captured when using the main screen mode (as a secondary video source).
- Record a feed from a webcam (this can be turned off in the Panopto manual recorder, in preference for audio-only; the latter is required, that is, one cannot record in Panopto without using audio).
- Record additional video feed, if available (for example, from an external camera).
- Upload media created in other tools into Panopto. Users can then use Panopto to edit, host and stream content. This can be video (mp4 or other formats), or audio ‘podcast’ style recordings (mp3 format).
For synchronous (real-time) delivery
- Create a ‘webcast’ in Panopto to broadcast the lecture to viewers in different locations. This is done by opening Panopto in a new browser tab (go to the ‘My Recordings’ folder in Canvas or WebLearn, click the arrow icon top right to open in a new tab; choose the ‘Webcast’ option from the green ‘Create’ button).
- The webcast option enables students to watch in real time and participate using audio. They can ask questions through a chat panel (although there is a small delay). Webcasts are also recorded and available to watch alongside any other recordings.