Getting Started with Panopto

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Downloading the Panopto Recorder

All Stonehill instructor PC workstations have the Panopto recorder installed. The recorder is also available for download on any personal computer. Once your credentials are established in the configuration process, the recorder is available for install. You can also visit to download the recorder and visit your personal folder. 

  1. After selecting the Panopto link in the course menu, click Create.
  2. Select Record a New Session.
  3. You will have the option on the next window to Download Installer for the Panopto Recorder.  Select the Windows or Mac version depending on your operating system.  
  4. Follow the on-screen directions to save and install the Panopto Recorder.

Image of the Panopto Content area with the Create button selected, revealing the options therein.  Record a new session is highlighted

Image of the record new session page.  A Launch Panopto button is available or the options to download the recorder for Windows 7 and up 32 vs 64 bit and a Mac installer for 10.11 and up

Creating a Panopto Recording

1. Open the eLearn course you wish to save a recording in.

2. Find the Panopto link in the course menu and select it.

3. Select the folder associated with the course (students will choose the assignments folder) and click the Create button, then select Record a New Session.

4. Select Launch Panopto to open the Recorder. (Panopto is installed on all classroom workstations; if using your own computer, install the appropriate Windows or Mac version of the recorder). 

5. Select the Primary Source video and audio inputs and add or remove other Secondary Capture Sources, such as Screen Capture and/or PowerPoint, by checking the boxes. Do not change the Standard Quality option setting.

User-added imageUser-added imageImage of the Audio and Video options under the Primary sources, and the "Capture PowerPoint" and "Capture Main Screen" options under secondary sources.

You are ready to start recording . . . 

    • Record: F8 Key
    • Pause: F9 Key
    • Stop: F10 Key
    • Record: Option + Command + R
    • Pause: Option + Command + P
    • Stop: Option + Command + S

6. When recording is stopped you have the option to change the session name, add a description and either delete the recording or upload to the eLearn folder. 

7. From the Manage Recordings tab, wait for the upload to process your recording on the Panopto server.

8. Your video will be available to view within a short period of time in your eLearn content area. 

Image of an eLearn course configured with Panopto, showing the Panopto Content area with a few thumbnails of available videos.

Creating a Panopto Recording in a Browser

If you are unable to install the full Panopto application, you can record right in your browser using Panopto Capture.  

  1.  If this is for an eLearn course, access the course Panopto area; otherwise you can sign into Panopto directly at and access your desired folder.  Click the Create option on the top panel after choosing your folder, then select Panopto Capture.

    Image of the Panopto Create menu with the Panopto Capture button highlighted.
  2. Click the Audio button to select your microphone.  If you are prompted to give Panopto permission to access your microphone, click Allow.
  3. Click the Video button to select your camera.  If you are prompted to give Panopto permission to access your camera, click Allow. 
  4. Click the Screens and Apps button if you wish to record your screen or a particular program.  Select what you wish to share and click Share.  Note: Safari users may be prompted to Allow it to observe your screen.  Mac users should read this article for further settings that may need to be enabled.
  5. The Settings button allows you to control the quality of the recording and to do things like add a background image or blur your background.  
  6. Click Record when ready, after a countdown the recording will begin.  Click Stop when finished.
  7. The post-recording window will open.  You can give the recording a name and choose the folder where you'd like to save it.  Don't close this window until you see a message that says: Getting your video ready for editing: It's safe to close your browser window.

Uploading Media Files from Other Sources

You can upload already existing video files into your panopto folder by using the steps below.

  1. Sign into Panopto at and access your My Folder.  You can also create new folders in here using the Add folder button. 
  2. After choosing your desired folder, click the Create button at the top-left of the page, then select Upload Media.

Image of the Panopto Create menu with the Upload Media button highlighted. 

  1. Drag and drop the video file(s) or click inside of the box to select the file from your computer. You can drop multiple files into the video upload window at one time to create multiple sessions.

Image of the Add Files window where a user can search for a file to add or drag and drop the file into the window. 

  1.  Wait for Uploading to finish, which may take a while based on the size and amount of files. Note: there are certain factors, such as bitrate, aspect ratio, file size, and video length, which can impact the time it takes for the video to process. For supported media file types, see Learn About Supported Media File Types for Uploading

Image of the file upload in process.

Image of the file upload window after the upload has finished.

  1. When processed, the session can be edited right away. You can close the window when it is finished uploading. Once the publishing completes, you will be notified that the sessions are ready to view.

Image of the file upload window after the upload has finished and the video is ready to view. 

Editing a Panopto Recording

  1. Find the session you wish to edit, hover over it and click Edit to open the Panopto Editor.
    Screenshot of various Panopto button with Edit highlighted
  2. The timeline editor displays along the bottom of the page.  You can highlight sections to trim them out of the recording.  Click and drag a section of the timeline, and it will be highlighted in gray: the gray area will then be cut from the recording's playback.  You can select multiple areas to trim.

    Screenshot of the Panopto timeline editor.  Several sections are highlighted in gray indicating they will be trimmed from the recording.

    If your video is long, the timeline will condense to fit the window's size.  You can zoom in using the magnifying glass icon at the right of the timeline to be more granular with your trimming.
    Screenshot of a sliding zoom scale to zoom in or out of the timeline editor.
  3. When you are satisfied with your edits, click the purple Apply button at the top of the page to save them.  Any edits to the timeline are non-destructive meaning they can be re-added to the recording playback.  To put something you've trimmed back into the timeline, simply click and drag the mouse over the gray area and that section should no longer be highlighted, be sure to click Apply when done.

Embed a Panopto Video in Your Course

  1. A video can be embedded wherever the content editor is used: a content item, discussion, announcement, etc. In the text editor, select the More... icon, which is the icon with an ellipses (three dots), to expand the full toolbar and then select the Add Content icon, which looks like a circle with a plus symbol in it.

Screenshot of the content editor in Blackboard with the Add Content button highlighted. 

  1.   In the Add content window that appears, scroll down, and select Panopto Video

Screenshot of the add content window in Blackboard with the Panopto video option highlighted. 


  1. The Panopto video window will appear, showing the embedded video selector. You have three options for embedding Panopto content: 
  • Choose: To choose an existing recording, browse through your available folders, select your video, and then click Insert Videos.
  • Upload: To upload an existing file, select the Upload tab. 
  • Record: Select the Record option to launch your Panopto recorder and upload the video automatically to your Blackboard course once you are done recording.

Screenshot of the Select Panopto Videos to add to your blackboard course. 

Student Video Assignments

Create Video Assignment

  1. Navigate to the course to which you want to add a Panopto video assignment and select Content or your preferred content area from the left-hand navigation. 
  2.  Select the Assessments drop-down menu, and then select Assignment

Screenshot of the Assignment option from the Assessments menu in a Blackboard course. 

  1.   Give your assignment a name. Then, in the text editor toolbar, select the icon that looks like a circle with a plus sign in it to open the Add Content menu. 

Screenshot of the content editor in Blackboard with the Add Content button highlighted. Figure 3 

  1. In the Add Content menu, scroll to the Additional Tools section and select your Panopto Student Video Submission tool.

Screenshot of the add content window in Blackboard with the Panopto Student video Submission option highlighted. 

  1. This will add the steps to submit a Panopto video assignment to the assignment itself. Proceed as you would with creating the assignment in Blackboard. 

Downloading a Panopto Video

You can download a copy of a Panopto video for offline use or storage.  Note: you can only download a video for which you have creator rights, or one where the creator has given you permission to download.

  1. Open your video and click the Gear Icon near the top-right of the screen to open Settings
    Screenshot of the commands available while viewing a Panopto video.  The Gear icon, which opens the video's settings is highlighted.
  2. Click the Outputs option from the left-hand menu.
  3. Under the Video Podcast section, click the Download Podcast button to download the video.  It will download in the quality specified in the Quality drop-down menu, which defaults to 720p.
  4. The file will now be saved to your browser's default save location.  You can store your video on your computer, or upload it to your OneDrive as a backup.

Moving a Video to a Different Folder

If required, you can move a Panopto video to a different folder location.  Videos can only be moved one at a time.

  1. Access the video you'd like to move either from the course Panopto folder in eLearn, or by logging in directly to and searching for your video.
  2. Hover over the video and click the Settings button that appears.
  3. Click the Edit button under the Folder area:
    ‚ÄčScreenshot of the Settings page of a Panopto video.  The Folder options area is displayed with the the Edit button hiighlighted.
  4. The Folder option will change to a drop-down menu.  If you want to move the video into your personal Panopto folder, choose the My Folder option from the drop-down list.  If you want to move it somewhere else, you can type the name of the folder directly in the drop-down field to search for it.
  5. Click Save when finished.

Content Retention Policies

Panopto recordings that are saved in your My Folder currently do not have any retention policies applied, meaning they will stay in your folder indefinitely.  Recordings saved elsewhere, for example, in a course folder, will be deleted by retention policies if they have not been viewed in over 6 years.  Deleted videos are not able to be recovered.  The retention policy runs once a year in early June.

Panopto Video Tutorials

A comprehensive library of Panopto how-to videos including how to view, record, and edit can be found by clicking the button below. 

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