Panopto Video Capture

Panopto is a lecture capture application designed to capture, edit, and stream audio and video. RWU has a site license for Panopto that allows faculty or students to easily create a narrated PowerPoint video, a screencast of anything on a computer screen with audio, or a video stream from a webcam (or any other video source attached to their computer like a document camera)  into a video that can then be shared with students either within a Bridges course, a faculty website or even via e-mail. Panopto is only available through Bridges.

Videos created externally (for example using a smartphone or other video recording software) may also be uploaded to Panopto to be streamed online. Podcasts can be created on Panopto or served from Panopto as well.

RWU faculty and students can create videos by running Panopto Capture directly in their browser (Chrome is recommended) or download and install the Panopto recorder locally on their home or office computer (Mac or Windows).  Videos can be viewed directly from the Panopto tool from a Bridges course menu or viewed from a personal or topical folder on the Panopto server.

There are two different ways for faculty to access Panopto - either through your Bridges Home page (recommended) or from a Bridges course site. Panopto also offers two different ways of recording. Panopto Capture uses an in-browser recorder so as to eliminate the need to download and install an application and offers automatic upload to Panopto and the original Panopto for Windows or Mac which offers a downloadable application for recording. 

Recording from your Bridges Home Page or from a Bridges Course

Panopto Capture (in-browser recording): Chrome is recommended

  1. Log in to your Bridges course (or Home page)
  2. Click on the Panopto tool from the course menu on the left
  3. Click Launch Panopto
  4. Click on the Create button in the center of the window
  5. Click on Panopto Capture
  6. Select the inputs that will be used in the recording
  7. Click the red button at the bottom to begin recording
  8. Select the red square at the bottom to stop the recording
  9. The recording is automatically sent to Panopto

Video tutorial on using Panopto Capture

Panopto for Windows or Mac (downloadable application):

  1. Log in to your Bridges course (or Home page)
  2. Click on the Panopto tool from the course menu on the left
  3. Click Launch Panopto
  4. Click on the Create button in the center of the window
  5. Click on the Panopto for Windows (or Mac)
  6. Click on Open Panopto Record (or Download Recorder if the application hasn't been installed yet)
  7. Type in a descriptive title for your session (the default title is the day and time of the recording)
  8. Under Primary Source - select Video: your webcam (if desired) andAudio: your computer microphone
  9. Under Secondary Capture Sources select one:  click in the box next to either the Capture PowerPoint or Capture Primary Screen, depending on what you want to record.
    Note: if you are just talking into your webcam and will not be demonstrating any slides or anything on your computer screen make sure you uncheck both the Secondary Capture boxes.
  10. Click on the red Record button and start talking and navigating through either yourPowerPoint slides or content on your computer.
  11. When you've completed the recording click Stop 
  12. Your recording will then be uploaded to the server to be processed. When processing is complete the video will be available for your students to view when they log into your course and click on the Panopto tool link from the menu.

Note: If you haven't installed the recorder on your computer, click on the Download Recorder  - i.e. Download Windows or Download Mac. This will activate a wizard that will proceed to download the recorder to your local computer and install it (note that this only needs to be done once). Also, when you do this for the first time, the Recorder will open automatically. You will need to close the Recorder and click on the Create button (step 4 above) once more to authenticate yourself in the Recorder.

See these instructions for uploading and sharing your video recording. Once your video recording has been uploaded and encoded you may also copy the link and paste it into an email message to be shared.

Check out this video covering 7 tips for a creating an effective video presentation at: Recording effective presentations online (created by Northern Arizona University) or Recording with Panopto (RWU).

 

Student Video Assignments

If you would like your students to create videos for your course you can also add an Assignment folder within the Panopto course folder (the Assignment folder will be a subfolder). Students would then go into the Bridges course - click on the Panopto tool from the course menu, select the Assignment folder and then click on the Create button. The recordings will then show up in the course Assignment folder and be visible to the instructor.

To create an Assignments folder in your course Panopto folder:

  1. Click on the Panopto tool in your course
  2. Click on the Folder Settings icon in the top right corner of the window (looks like a little grey gear).
  3. Click on the Create Assignment Folder link
  4. A folder will be created for your assignment entitled [Assignment]

Note if you want your students to see other students recordings, you will have to make one additional configuration change. Go into the Assignment folder you just created and click on the little gray gear in the upper right, click on Settings, and check off the box for "Allow viewers to see each other's sessions,"and then X out of the box.


Creating a Panopto Video Assignment (1:15 mins)
Students: How to Upload and Record a Video Assignment (:52 mins)

Viewing a Recording in Bridges

If your instructor has recorded videos within a Bridges course follow these steps to view them:

  1. Log in to your Bridges course
  2. Click on the Panopto tool from the course menu on the left
  3. You should see the list of videos created for your course - click on the link to the video you wish to view

Notes for viewing Panopto videos:

  • It is recommended to use Chrome or Firefox browsers to view Panopto videos for all platforms, i.e. Windows and Mac.

Recording A Panopto Video

There are two options for recording student videos depending on the preference of your instructor, either:

  1. Record a video from your Bridges Home - Panoptotool and share the link or
  2. Record your video within your Bridges course using the Panopto Assignments Folder

Recording from Home - Panopto

Panopto Capture (in-browser recording):

  1. Log in to your Home page
  2. Click on the Panopto tool from the course menu on the left
  3. Click Launch Panopto
  4. Click on the Create button in the center of the window
  5. Click on Panopto Capture
  6. Select the inputs that will be used in the recording
  7. Click the red button at the bottom to begin recording
  8. Select the red square at the bottom to stop the recording
  9. The recording is automatically sent to Panopto
  10. Close out the window when Panopto indicates you can do so.
  11. In the original window click on Share
  12. Select the entire link address in the box toward the top of the window and Copy it
  13. Under Who Has Access - click on the down arrow and select Anyone with the Link, no sign-in required (this gives your instructor permission to view the video)
  14. Click on Save Changes
  15. Paste the link into either an email, a Bridges course Assignment, or Bridges File Drop - depending on the direction of the instructor

Video tutorial on using Panopto Capture

Panopto for Windows or Mac (downloadable application):

  1. From Home click on the Panopto tool from the course menu on the left
  2. Click Launch Panopto
  3. Click on the Create button in the center of the window
  4. Click on the Panopto for Windows (or Mac)
  5. Click on Open Panopto Record (or Download Recorder if the application hasn't been installed yet)
  6. Type in a descriptive title for your session (the default title is the day and time of the recording)
  7. Under Primary Source - select Video: your webcam (if desired) andAudio: your computer microphone
  8. Under Secondary Capture Sources select one:  click in the box next to either the Capture PowerPoint or Capture Primary Screen, depending on what you want to record.
    Note: if you are just talking into your webcam and will not be demonstrating any slides or anything on your computer screen make sure you uncheck both the Secondary Capture boxes.
  9. Click on the red Record button and start talking and navigating through either yourPowerPoint slides or content on your computer.
  10. When you've completed the recording click Stop 
  11. Your recording will then be uploaded to the server to be processed.
  12. When finished, in the original window click on Share
  13. Select the entire link address in the box toward the top of the window and Copy it
  14. Under Who Has Access - click on the down arrow and select Anyone with the Link, no sign-in required (this gives your instructor permission to view the video)
  15. Click on Save Changes
  16. Paste the link into either an email, a Bridges course Assignment or Bridges File Drop - depending on the direction of the instructor

Note: If you haven't installed the recorder on your computer, click on the Download Installer button that corresponds to your operating system - i.e. Download Windows or Download Mac. This will activate a wizard that will proceed to download the recorder to your local computer and install it (note that this only needs to be done once). Also, when you do this for the first time, the Recorder will open automatically. You will need to close the Recorder and click on the Create button (step 3 above) once more to authenticate yourself in the Recorder.

 

Recording from Bridges Assignment folder

To record a video from a Bridges course:

  1. Log in to your Bridges course
  2. Click on the link to Panopto tool from the course menu on the left
  3. Navigate to the Panopto Assignment Folder
  4. Click on the Create button in the center of the window
  5. Folow the steps above to either choose Panopto Capture or Panopto for Windows or Mac to record your assignment
  6. The video will automatically be added to the folder for viewing. 

Video on How to Record in a Panopto Assignment folder

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Tips for capturing video

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