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Panopto is a presentation capture application that lets you record, capture PowerPoint presentations; audio and video lectures and share these recordings in a Canvas course.

Note: if you are having students to create presentations using Panopto make sure that you set up an "Assignment Folder" (see Student Presentations tab below)


Panopto is available within Canvas course menu (if not visible go to Settings, Navigation, and "drag" Panopto to unhide. Now selecting Panopto Recording window opens. Click on the "cogwheel" and select the folder under Assignment Folder, students now able to download Panopto recorder and upload to the course Panopto folder.

How do I?

Download Recorder/Install on PC

  • The Panopto Recorder can be downloaded from the following link Download for Panopto Recorder for PC. Note this is an executable file so on the dialog box select the Save File option)
  • When the file downloads to the browser's download folder, double-click the to begin installation
  • Continue through the by clicking Next. When installation is complete, click Close then open the recorder

Sign In and configure recorder:

  • Server Address: Make sure that is displayed in the text box "Server Address" if not, type exactly as shown
  • Check the box "Remember me" to have Panopto remember your login (required for offline recording)
  • Choose how to sign in: Select (click)to sign in with Canvas icon. At the Canvas login, type in your Canvas username; tab and type in your Canvas password

On the "Create New Recording" tab select the following configuration

  • Session Settings: Ensure the correct folder you want the recording located displays in Folder option (no-click down arrow to change)
  • Name: Make sure to change the "generic" recording name to one that is identifiable! (e.g., Lecture on BioCube Technology 1776_201720)
  • Primary Sources: Select correct Video / Audio inputs
  • Secondary Sources:  Check capture PowerPoint, capture Main Screen
  • When ready, click the Record button near the top-left of the screen or, if using PowerPoint, select to open and begin recording
  • Once you've completed your recording, click the Stop button
  • The Recording Complete screen will open. Verify name and folder location, click Upload
  • On the Manage Recording screen
  • Once the recording has finished uploading, select the Share button
  • Use the drop-down listed under Who Has Access to select "Anyone with the Link"
  • Select Save Changes
  • Highlight (copy) the link information in the text box, you can then paste this link information in Canvas or email



Bring up your presentation, select Slide Show View and when your are ready to begin recording  Use the following Hot Keys to:

  • Start the recorder: F8 key
  • End the recorder:  F10 key
  • Pause/Resume the recorder: F9 key


 Download/Install on MAC

  • Download and install the Panopto Recorder for Mac from  Download for Panopto Recorder for MAC (zip file)
  • When the file downloads, click the downloaded zip file to begin the installation

Once installed, click the Panopto Recorder icon to open and select Sign In. On the recorder options dialog box, select the following options:

  • Server Information:
  • Providers: Canvas (note: if Provider shows Panopto, click the down arrows to select Canvas)
  • Type in your Canvas username; tab and type in your Canvas password and check option "Save Login"
  • Click Log In

Select "Create New Recording" and select the following configuration

  • Verify correct folder displays in Folder option
  • Change the "generic" recording name to one that identifies both recording and who recorded in the Session option
  • Select correct Video / Audio inputs
  • Verify that Record PowerPoint is selected under Slides
  • Open the PowerPoint presentation in Slide Show view
  • Click Start Recording

You can use the MAC Hot Key combinations to:

  • Start and End the recorder:  CMD+Option+R
  • Pause and Resume the recorder: CMD+Option+P



Sharing Panopto recordings

If students are having issues accessing your Panopto recordings, please check that your recordings are set to "Shared" by:

  1. Logging into the Panopto Recorder.
  2. On the Manage Recording screen
  3. Select the Share button
  4. Use the drop-down listed under Who Has Access to select "Anyone with the Link"
  5. Select Save Changes
  6. Highlight (copy) the link information in the text box, you can then paste this link information in canvas or email

Panopto Drop BoxStudent Presentations

Creating a Panopto's "Assignment Folder" allows students to record and upload course presentations (student instructions available here.


Create a Panopto "Assignment" folder for student recordings

You must first set up and configure your Canvas course for Panopto.

Select Panopto Recordings from course navigation (if you do not see listed, open Settings, Navigation, click 3 dots to right of Panopto, select +Enable, and Save).  Once open, select the "cog wheel" at top right, click folder link under Assignment Folder to create. Students use this folder to record/upload their lectures/presentations to the course.