Students: Panopto

Panopto is a video recording and streaming tool on campus that faculty use to manage videos in a course, to record lectures or lab demos, or to live stream events. If instructors allow it can also be used by students to create a Panopto video to post in a Panopto assignments folder for the instructor to review and grade. 

For student support related to Panopto please call the 24/7 IT Help Desk at (520) 626-TECH

1. Access Panopto via D2L

Learn how to access Panopto via D2L to view Panopto videos for your course.

To access Panopto you will need to be inside a course within D2L. 

  1. Log in to D2L by going to https://d2l.arizona.edu and enter your UA NetID and password
  2. Access the course you plan to use with Panopto by clicking on the course under My Courses. In this example I am accessing my "Josh Butcher Placespace" course. My Courses

     

  3. Click the UA Tools drop down menu on your course navbar and select PanoptoUA Tools Panopto

     

  4. In a new browser tab you will then be in the Panopto web interface within that course Panopto folder. In this example I am within the "2017 Playspace - Josh Butcher Playspace" folder.Panopto Course Folder

     

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2. View Panopto Videos in Web Interface

Learn how to view course related Panopto videos in the web interface.

Once you are within the Panopto web interface and in a course folder you will see all the videos that have been posted to that folder. From here you can view any of those videos listed. 

  1. Find the video that you would like to view and click on the thumbnail picture or click on the video title link to open up the video in the Panopto viewer layout.Panopto Course Folder Student View

     

  2. The video will open in the Panopto viewer layout in a new browser tab as seen below. For more detailed instructions on what all you can do within the Panopto viewer layout visit Panopto's support documentation on "View a Video".  Panopto Viewer

     

  3. When you are done viewing the video just close that browser tab and you will be taken back to the listing of videos within the Panopto web interface.  
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3. View Panopto Videos Embedded in D2L Content

Learn how to view Panopto videos that your instructor has embedded directly into a D2L content module.

Sometimes your instructor may embed the Panopto videos directly into the D2L course content modules. If this is the case follow the instructions below to view those videos.

  1. Log in to D2L by going to https://d2l.arizona.edu and enter your UA NetID and password
  2. Access the course you plan to use with Panopto by clicking on the course under My Courses.
  3. Click on the Content menu link in the navbar at the top.D2L Content Link

     

  4. In one of the content modules find the link to the video that your instructor wants you to view. In this example the video link is labeled "Panopto Embedded Video". Click the video linkEmbedded Video Link in D2L Content Module

     

  5. The video will then appear embedded on the page. Click the Play button in the middle of the video to view the video. Panopto Embedded Video in D2L

     

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4. Create Video to Post to Panopto Course Assignment Folder

Learn how to create a Panopto video and post it to your course Panopto assignment folder.

Sometimes your instructor might want you to create a Panopto video and post it to the course's Panopto assignment folder. The instructions below will take you through that process. To preface, this will only work if your instructor has created a folder (called an assignments folder) within the course Panopto folder. If the instructor has not created a Panopto assignment folder for you to upload/record videos to then the below instructions will not work. So if you run in to issues, that may be the main cause and we'll need to get your instructor to create that Panopto assignment folder for you to upload/record your video.  

  1. From within your D2L course, in the navigation bar select UA Tools and then select Panopto
     UA Tools Panopto Button
     
  2. Select the appropriate "assignment" folder to open that folder.
     Panopto Assignment Folder
     
  3. There are two different ways you can record within Panopto. You can download/install the Panopto Recorder software to your computer or you can record your video using the Panopto Capture feature which records through your browser. Below we will show you how you can use either method. 

Method 1: Use the Panopto Recorder Software (Requires a Download and Install)

  1. If you are within Panopto, click on Download Panopto in the upper right just under your account name. 
     Download Panopto
     
  2. Click on one of the following links for detailed download/install instructions for the computer operating system you are using. 

    How to Download and Install Panopto for Windows

    How to Download and Install Panopto for Mac
     
  3. Once you have the Panopto Recorder software installed click on the Create button that is within the assignment folder you clicked on before. Then select Panopto for Windows or if you are on a Mac select Panopto for Mac
     Panopto for Windows
     
  4. If you have the Panopto Recorder downloaded then choose Open Panopto. You may get an additional prompt asking you to open Panopto Recorder, select Open Panopto Recorder
     Open Panopto Button
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    The Panopto Recorder will then launch. Double-check that the folder and name of your video is correct. Below describes the different sources you can choose to record with. 

    1. Primary Sources
      1. Video - This will record a video camera feed if you have a video camera connected to your computer.
      2. Audio - This will record audio from a microphone that is connected to your computer. You MUST have an audio source chosen from your primary sources. Panopto uses this audio source as a baseline to sync all other sources to.
      3. Quality - Sets the quality of your primary video source. We recommend setting this at HIGH.
    2. Secondary Sources
      1. Capture PowerPoint - This will capture still images of your PowerPoint slides and create a table of contents for your video from your PowerPoint slides. This option does NOT capture PowerPoint animation or embedded videos that you may have in your presentation. If you have animation or embedded video in your PowerPoint presentation then you will want to choose to capture the main screen.
      2. Capture Main Screen - This will capture anything that happens on your desktop screen as a screencast.
      3. Capture Second Screen (if applicable) - You may see an option to capture second if you have multiple displays connected to your computer. In this example there are two monitors connected to the computer so you are seeing that option here. It will record anything that happens on the second screen as a screencast.  
         
  6. When you are ready to record click the red Record button. Then you can minimize the Panopto Recorder window and bring up your PowerPoint or other content you want to use in your video. After you press record it will begin recording your video feed, your microphone feed, as well as anything you do on your computer screen (if you selected those secondary sources). 
    Panopto Recorder Interface

     

  7. When you are done recording, bring up the Panopto Recorder software and click the Stop button.
    Stop button
  8. Click the Done button to upload your recording, or if you aren't happy with the recording you can Delete and Record Again
     
    Recording Complete

     

  9. The video will begin to upload to the Panopto assignment folder and you'll also be able to tell back on your browser that it is processing as well. 

 

Processing

Method 2:  Use the Panopto Capture feature (records within browser)

  1. Click the Create button and select Panopto Capture
     Panopto Capture Button
     
  2. Panopto Capture launches in a new browser tab.Panopto Capture Screen

     

  3. To create a video, first select a microphone to use with the recording. Click the microphone icon in the upper left corner of Panopto Capture.Microphone Button

     

  4. Each microphone connected to your computer will appear as a button in the preview area. Select the desired microphone by clicking on the button.Microphone Selected
    1. Talking at a normal volume will allow you to test your microphones. The bar at the left of each box indicates how well the microphone is picking up audio. Select a microphone that shows green in this bar. If yellow or red is showing, the video's audio may be distorted. If no green is showing, the microphone is not picking up audio. Microphone level in the red

       

  5. To record a camera source, select the camera icon in the upper center of Panopto Capture. If you do not want to record any cameras, you can skip this step. Video Button
    1. Each camera connected to your computer will show up as a button in the preview area. Each button will show a preview of each camera. Select the desired camera(s) by clicking on the button(s). 
      1. The first camera selected will be recorded as the primary video source. This source appears in the upper left side of the video viewer and is typically video of a presenter. 
      2. Any additional cameras selected will be recorded as secondary video sources. These appear on the right side of the viewer along with screen or application sources. Video Feed Selected

         

  6. To record a screen, application window, or individual chrome tab, select the monitor icon with the plus sign in the upper right of Panopto Capture. If you do not want to record any screens or applications, you can skip this step. Screen Capture Button
    1. A window will open. Here you can choose the source to record.
      1. To record everything that happens on your screen, choose Your Entire Screen. Then, select the screen to record and click Share. Optionally, select Share audio to add the audio from your computer to the recording (i.e. if you are playing a YouTube video).Share Entire Screen

         

      2. To record everything that happens in one application window only, choose Application Window. Then, select the application to record and click ShareShare Application

         

      3. To record everything that happens in one Chrome browser tab, choose Chrome Tab. Then select the tab to record and click Share. Optionally, select Share audio to add the audio from your computer to the recording (i.e. if you are playing a YouTube video). Share Chrome Tab

         

    2. After choosing one screen or application source, you may add additional sources by selecting the monitor icon again.
       
  7. To learn more about different settings you can adjust related to Panopto Capture please see Panopto's help page at https://support.panopto.com/s/article/How-to-Create-a-Video-Using-Panopto-Capture
     
  8. To begin recording your video, click the red circle button at the bottom center of Panopto Capture. If enabled, you will see a 5 second countdown on screen, and then the recording will begin.Record Button

     

  9. To stop recording, select the red square button at the bottom center of Panopto Capture. The video will immediately begin to upload. Do not close the Panopto Capture browser tab until the upload is complete.Stop Button

     

  10. Once the recording is stopped, the video will immediately begin uploading to your Panopto folder. A new screen appears that shows the video's upload and processing progress. Even before the uploading is complete, you can select Share to invite others to view your video. Upload Progress and Share Option

     

  11. Do not close your browser tab until uploading is complete. Uploading is complete when the status bar reads "Getting your video ready for editing. It's safe to close your browser window". Processing Message

     

  12. At this point you can change the name and description for your video using the entry boxes on the right side of the screen.Edit Title
    To change the folder, type the name of the folder or use the drop down menu to choose from all of your folders. Change Folder

     

  13. When the video is finished processing, you can also begin editing or viewing your video by clicking on the Edit button or View button. Edit or View Video

     

  14. If you need to record your video again instead of saving it to your folder, click Redo in the upper right corner. Redo Button

     

  15. If you would like to record another video, click New in the upper right corner.  New Recording Button

     

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5. Create Panopto Video to Post to D2L Assignment, Discussion, or Quiz Response

Learn how to create a Panopto video and post it within various areas within a D2L course.

Sometimes your instructor might want you to create a Panopto video and post it to an assignment, discussion post, or a quiz response within your D2L course. The instructions below will take you through that process. To preface, this will only work if your instructor has created a folder (called an assignments folder) within the course Panopto folder. If the instructor has not created a Panopto assignment folder for you to upload/record videos to then the below will not work. So if you run in to issues, that may be the main cause and we'll need to get your instructor to create that Panopto assignment folder for you to upload/record your video.  

  1. Whether it is a D2L discussion post, an assignment, or a quiz response that you are asked to post a video to you will come across an HTML editor (pictured below). Within this HTML editor you will want to click on the first button in the toolbar called the Insert Stuff button. 
     
    Insert Stuff Button

     
  2. From the Insert Stuff popup window, scroll down to the bottom and choose Panopto.  
    Panopto Option

     

  3. In the window that appears, select the drop-down arrow to find your course assignment folder to where you'll need to upload or record your video.
     
    Drop-down arrow

     
  4. Find your course, select the dark triangle next to the course to show the assignment folder. Select the assignment folder. 
     
    Find Assignment Folder

     
  5. It should then show you that you have selected that folder and more than likely that folder will be empty as you see in the picture below. From here you have two options, you can upload a video file that you have already created in another application, or you can record a video using the Panopto recorder software.
     
  6. Let's first look at uploading a video file that you already have stored on your computer. For recording instructions skip to Step 13.
     
  7. Click the Upload button. 
     
    Upload Button

     
  8. Drag and drop the file within the dotted box or click inside the dotted box to then browse to select the video stored on your computer.
     
    Upload File Area

     
  9. After selecting your file to upload, it will begin uploading to the assignment folder and will show you the progress. 
     
    File Upload Progress

     
  10. Once the file has uploaded scroll down until you see the Insert button and select it. 
     
    Insert button

     
  11. Click Insert button again. 
     
    Insert

     
  12. The video is now inserted into the HTML editor and you can click the Post or Save button depending on if you are in a discussion post, assignment post, or quiz response. 
     
    Video Inserted

     
  13. To record a video press the Record button.
     
    Record Button

     
  14. You'll want to give your video a name so type in the "Enter a name" box the title of your video. If you don't have Panopto installed you will also want to select "Click here to download" to download and install the Panopto recorder software. To download and install the Panopto Recorder follow instructions from Panopto's support documentation at Install Panopto for Windows or Install Panopto for Mac.
     
    Title and Download
  15. Once you have named the video select the Record button. That will launch the Panopto Recorder software. 
     
    Record Button

     
  16. If you have the Panopto Recorder downloaded then choose Open Panopto Recorder.
    Open Panopto Recorder

     

  17. The Panopto Recorder will then launch. Double-check that the folder and name of your video is correct. Below describes the different sources you can choose to record with. 
     
    1. Primary Sources
      1. Video - This will record a video camera feed if you have a video camera connected to your computer.
      2. Audio - This will record audio from a microphone that is connected to your computer. You MUST have an audio source chosen from your primary sources. Panopto uses this audio source as a baseline to sync all other sources to.
      3. Quality - Sets the quality of your primary video source. We recommend setting this at HIGH.
    2. Secondary Sources
      1. Capture PowerPoint - This will capture still images of your PowerPoint slides and create a table of contents for your video from your PowerPoint slides. This option does NOT capture PowerPoint animation or embedded videos that you may have in your presentation. If you have animation or embedded video in your PowerPoint presentation then you will want to choose to capture the main screen.
      2. Capture Main Screen - This will capture anything that happens on your desktop screen as a screencast.
      3. Capture Second Screen (if applicable) - You may see an option to capture second if you have multiple displays connected to your computer. In this example there are two monitors connected to the computer so you are seeing that option here. It will record anything that happens on the second screen as a screencast.  
         
  18. When you are ready to record click the red Record button. Then you can shrink down the Panopto Recorder and bring up your PowerPoint or other content you want to use in your video. After you press record it will begin recording your video feed, your microphone feed, as well as anything you do on your computer screen (if you selected those secondary sources). 
    Panopto Recorder Interface

     

  19. When you are done recording, bring up the Panopto Recorder software and click the Stop button.
    Stop button
  20. Click the Done button to upload your recording, or if you aren't happy with the recording you can Delete and Record Again
     
    Recording Complete

     

  21. The video will begin to upload to the Panopto assignment folder and you'll also be able to tell back on your browser that it is processing as well. 
     
    Processing
     
    Processing
  22. Once fully uploaded and processed in the browser it will show that it is complete. Scroll down and select the Insert button. 
     
    Video Complete

     
  23. Click the Insert button again. 
     
    Insert
  24. The video is now inserted into the HTML editor and you can click the Post or Save button depending on if you are in a discussion post, assignment post, or quiz response. 
     
    Video Inserted

     

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