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. Login to click the purple Create button.
  2. Select Panopto for Windows or Panopto for Mac.
  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.

Screenshot of the download options for the Panopto recorder for Windows or Mac

Creating a Panopto Recording

1. Login to and access the folder where you wish to save the recording

2. Click the Create button, then select Panopto for Windows (or Mac).

3. 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). 

4. Select the Primary Source video and audio inputs and add or remove other Secondary Capture Sources, such as Capture Main Screen and/or PowerPoint, by checking the boxes.

Screenshot of the Panopto Primary Sources screen with the video source selected. Screenshot of the Panopto app's Primary Sources area, the Audio drop-down is highlighted.Image 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

5. 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 folder. 

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

7. Your video will be available to view within a short period of time in your Panopto folder, once processed you can view it. 

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.  Login to Panopto at and access your desired folder.  Click the Create option on the top panel after choosing your folder, then select Panopto Capture.  You can also access this option when editing a Canvas Page by clicking the Panopto icon in the Rich Content Editor.

    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. Log 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.

Screenshot of the add files window in Panopto where a user can drag and drop or click to browse for their file to upload 

  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
  2. 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. 

Editing a Panopto Recording

  1. Find the session you wish to edit, hover over it and click Edit to open the Panopto Editor.
  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.

Adding a Panopto Video to a Canvas Course

Embed a Panopto Video in a Page

A video can be embedded wherever the Rich Content Editor is used: Pages, Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes.  The most common use will be on a Page, which also lets you add text before or after the video if you want to give some context.

  1. Access an existing Page and click Edit, or create a new one from the Pages index in the course menu and click View All Pages then the +Page button.
  2. In the Rich Content Editor add any text, links, images, etc. that you want to accompany the video and click the Panopto button:
    Screenshot of the Canvas Rich Content Editor.  The Panopto icon in the menu is highlighted.
  3. Select the Folder where your video resides from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click the Circle next to the video and click Insert.  You could also upload a video or record a new one from this window:
    Screenshot of the Panopto Video selection window.  Several videos are listed, one is selected.
  5. Your video will now be embedded on the page.  You do not need to worry about any permissions: if a student accesses the video from the Canvas course, it will automatically grant permission the first time they access it.
  6. Save or Save & Publish your page.

Link to a Panopto Video in a Module

  1. Access the Modules page in your course.
  2. Find your desired module and in the Gray Module Title Bar click the + button:
    Screenshot of the + button in a Canvas module.
  3. Select External Tool from the drop-down menu and select Panopto from the list:
    Screenshot of the External Tool selection window with Panopto Video highlighted
  4. Select the Folder where your video resides from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click the Circle next to the video and click Insert.  You could also upload a video or record a new one from this window:
    Screenshot of the Panopto Video selection window.  Several videos are listed, one is selected.
  6. Click Add Item.

Student Video Assignments

You can have students submit a Panopto video rather than having them upload an .mp4 to the course.  This helps reduce the amount of storage used in the course.

To create an Assignment in Canvas:

  1. Access the Assignments link in your course.
  2. Click the +Assignment button:
    Screenshot of the Canvas +Assignment button
  3. Add the details to your assignment such as NameInstructions, Points, Assignment GroupGrade Display.
  4. For Submission type, ensure Online is selected in the drop-down menu and check the Text Entry box.
  5. Configure any other desired settings such as Due Date and Submission Attempts.
  6. Click Save or Save & Publish.  You can then add this assignment to a module or page so students can access.

Submitting the Assignment in Canvas

  1. Students will access the Assignment in the course.
  2. In the Rich Content Editor click the Panopto button (if it's not visible, try making the browser full screen, or find it under the plug icon)
    Screenshot of the Canvas Rich Content Editor.  The Panopto icon in the menu is highlighted.
  3. Make sure the drop-down menu is set to My Folder, click the Upload tab and click icon to browse for their saved video.  They could also record from this window under the Record tab:
    Screenshot of the Panopto Video submission screen.  The upload option is highlighted.
  4. Click Insert. Their Video will now be embedded in the Assignment.  They can also add any text, links or images here as needed.
  5. Click Submit Assignment.
  6. You can open the Assignment in SpeedGrader to view/grade their submission and leave feedback.

Use a Panopto Quiz as a Canvas Assignment

You can add quiz questions at any point during a Panopto video.  For steps on adding a quiz to a video, see instructions here.  Once a video has quiz questions inserted, you can make a Canvas assignment that students will watch and answer the quiz questions and the scores will be sent to the Canvas Gradebook.

  1. In your Canvas course, click the Assignments link and +Assignment to begin creating a new assignment.
  2. Give the assignment a name, instructions, and point total. The Display Grade as needs to be set to Points, Panopto does not support the other types at this time.
  3. Change the Submission Type drop-down to External Tool and click Find.
    Screenshot of a Canvas assignment's Submission type option.  External tool is selected and highlighted as well as the Find button
  4. Select Panopto Video from the list of tools.
    Screenshot of the list of external tools to choose from in Canvas. Panopto Video is highlighted
  5. Select the Folder where your video resides from the drop-down menu.
  6. Click the Circle next to the video and click Insert.
    Screenshot of the Panopto Video selection window.  Several videos are listed, one is selected.
  7. Click Select and set any other desired settings such as Due Date, and the click Save or Save and Publish.

Note: for the grade to be passed to Canvas, the student must complete all quiz questions and there is no partial credit.

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 Videos to a Different Folder

Over the years your videos may be scattered throughout various course folders, making it difficult to find a particular video if you'd like to reuse it. 

With our transition to Canvas this may be a good time to reorganize your videos.  The easiest way to do this is to create subfolders in your My Folder area in using the Add folder button.   For example, you could create a COM-101 folder and put all your videos related to that course in there.

You can locate older videos using the search field at the top of the Panopto window if you know the name of your session, or you can use the Browse button to browse a particular course folder if you know the Course ID of the old course.  Videos can me moved one at a time or multiple videos in the same folder can be moved in bulk.

Moving a Single Video

  1. Login to and find your video.
  2. Hover over the video and click the Settings gear icon 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, or a sub-folder therein 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.

Moving Multiple Videos in the Same Folder

  1. Login to and find the folder that contains your videos.
  2. Hover over one of the videos and put a check in the little box that appears in the top-left of the video thumbnail.
  3. Once one video is checked, the rest of the videos will also display the check box, simply check any video you wish to move, or there is a check box at the top of the page that will select all videos:
    Screenshot of the Panopto my folder area, the check box that will select all videos is highlighted.
  4. Click the Move button along the top of the screen.
  5. Choose a destination folder from the drop-down menu and click Move.

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 mid 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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