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Panopto FAQ

Panopto is a recording system for making videos and screen captures, and it integrates with Canvas.

Quickstart Videos


Adding Panopto in Canvas to begin making recordings

Go to your course and enable Panopto Recordings in Settings > NAVIGATION. Then, click the "Panopto Recordings" link that appears in the navigation, which open the Panopto page in the course. From there, click Create > Record New Session, and you can download the software. Install it (if you not installed already), then repeat by clicking Create > Record New Session again,  this time launching the Panopto Recorder. It's a start > stop > upload process from there (learn at Panopto Support). Your recordings will appear in your course "Panopto Recordings".


Add Recordings to Canvas Content Pages

In the editing mode in a Content page, select the Panopto icon ( green circular one in the toolbar ). A window opens that shows the recordings for that folder, as well as a menu with other course folders with recordings. Select the recording you want in the check box to the left, then select "Insert" from the window's lower right corner and the video will be embedded in that page.


Move/copy recordings

Go to Panopto Recordings in your Canvas course that contains the media you want to move, , and click the icon in the upper right that looks like a cube with a diagonal arrow. This takes you to the Panopto server.

Select the recording(s) you want to move by checking the box to the left of the thumbnail image. When selected, you will see "Move" and "Copy" buttons near the top of the page. Click your choice of action, and then choose the course to move/copy to from the drop down menu (see below for this step), and click the button. They should be in the new course almost immediately and you can click "Done".


Make Canvas Button and Course Folder

Go into Canvas course you want to move/copy recordings into, and add the button in Settings > Navigation. Then click the Panopto Recordings link that appears on the left hand navigation: This creates the course recordings folder and the instructor user. Click that button after it appears in your course - this action creates the folder.


Manage Recordings

From the Panopto page in Canvas, click the icon in the upper right that has a diagonal arrow. This will open a new browser tab with the Panopto server site, on a page showing you the folder from the course you just clicked from.


Share recordings with multiple course sections

By default, Panopto recordings are only accessible to the course section you originally created them in. To share them to others, you have 3 options:

  1. Make them available to "anyone with the link" in the sharing properties for any video or folder (class) of videos.
  2. Copy/move them to the other section(s)
  3. Add the other section(s) to the share list for the recording/folder

Making them publicly available is the easy way, and if you don't have a problem with the very improbable chance that anyone outside your students will ever see your video, then this might be your best choice. Be aware that this may limit the viewing stats you are able to get.


To make them generally available:

  1. Go to a recording or folder and click the Share button (icon with 2 people)
  2. Click the "Specific people - Only specific users and groups can view" bar/drop-down
  3. Select "Anyone with the link" - don't choose any other option! And "Save Changes".

To copy/move them to the other section(s):

Go to Panopto Recordings in your Canvas course that contains the media you want to move, , and click the icon in the upper right that looks like a cube with a diagonal arrow. This takes you to the Panopto server.

Select the recording(s) you want to move by checking the box to the left of the thumbnail image. When selected, you will see "Move" and "Copy" buttons near the top of the page. Click your choice of action, and then choose the course to move/copy to from the drop down menu, and click the button. They should be in the new course almost immediately and you can click "Done".


To add another section(s) to the share list for the recording/folder:

  1. Go to a recording or folder and click the Share button (icon with 2 people)
  2. Type the other course section ID (art222) into the "Invite people:" field and select the section that comes up that says "...:Viewer" at the end
  3. Select "Save Changes"

To allow a new course to access existing recordings:

First, go into Canvas course you want to allow access to recordings for, and add the Panopto Recordings button in Settings > Navigation. Then click the Panopto Recordings link that appears on the course navigation: This creates the course recordings folder and the instructor user. Click that button after it appears in your course - this action creates the new course folder.

Next, go to the Panopto Recordings in the Canvas course that contains the media you want to  allow access to, and click the icon in the upper right that looks like a cube with a diagonal arrow. This takes you to the Panopto server.

Click the icon in the upper right to Share (little people icon).


To add new course(s) to the share list:

  1. Type the other course section ID (art222) into the "Invite people:" field and select the section that comes up that says "...:Viewer" at the end
  2. Select "Save Changes"