Panopto Videos

Several of our instructors are now utilizing a software program called Panopto to create instructional videos for students.

Panopto LogoVideos created in Panopto are often shared with students through our Blackboard Learning Management System.


Below you will find information on viewing requirements, accessing the videos, the video display interface, and downloading recordings for offline viewing.

Viewing Requirements:

Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7
Mac Mac OS 10.4.8+ (Intel-based) (PPC-based NOT supported)
Processor: 1.8 GHz or higher
Memory: 512MB
Network Bandwidth: 50 Kbps for audio only presentations. 300 Kbps for presentations with one video stream, audio, PowerPoint and screen capture. 500 Kbps for presentations with multiple video streams.
Applications: Microsoft Silverlight 2.0 (Silverlight 5 is the most current version. If you have trouble viewing these videos, you may want to update your version of Silverlight.
Supported Browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari

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Accessing the Videos

After you click the link to view a video within Blackboard, if you see a user login screen (see illustration below), make sure that the "log-in using" box says that you are logging in with Blackboard Learn. If it is isn't displaying "Blackboard Learn" automatically, use the arrows to select that from the menu before clicking "Log in". Once you click "log-in", the video will begin to play.

User Log-In Window for Panopto that may display when accessing a recording.


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Video Display Interface

The images and information below was obtained from the Panopto website.

If you do not have Microsoft Silverlight (free media software) installed, when you go to view a video, you will be prompted to install this software.

Panopto Video Interface

This list gives a description of the various sections shown while viewing a session:

1.) Folder and Session name

2.) Available secondary information

In this example, we have a "Slides" tab for Powerpoint Slides, two Screen Capture tabs, and a PDF tab. Simply click on any of these tabs to load their respective information into the secondary output window. This example shows what the output window looks like while "Slides" is currently selected

3.) Zoom in/ Zoom out

Clicking on the magnifier glass will zoom in or out of the secondary content display window.

4.) Contents

Clicking on this area shows various events of the session. If we click on a heading (like Sample Page 1) the video will track to that duration in the timeline and begin playing. 

5.) Notes

Clicking on this area lets you enter notes (in the large text box below) that you can view later. Note that we can search for notes in this tab as well.

Notes Screen

6.) Search - This only works if text is displaying on the content tab with the timestamps. The search does not have the capability to search the audio.

Clicking on search lets us search for any available text data for this session. In this example, we searched for "Sample Page" and found 5 results. Clicking the "Sort" drop box will let us sort by Relevance or Time, while the "Show" drop box lets us sort by "All" "Notes" or "Slides."

Search Tab within Panopto

7.) Info

Clicking on Info will give us extra options in order to manage the content, but only if we have access to these features. For instance, a viewer is not allowed to Edit, Share, or Manage a recording he or she did not create.

Clicking "sessions" will open up the user interface and list all other available sessions that the current session is contained in.

Info tab within Panopto

8.) Tab Search

Entering data in this field and clicking "Search" will search that specific tab for the information requested. For instance, if we were in the "Notes" tab, we could use this function to search for a specific note that was taken.

9.) Slide Thumbnails

Clicking on a slide thumbnail will track the recording to the time that the slide transition takes place. This will help you navigate when you are trying to go to a specific part of a recording.

10.) Primary Output

The primary output will playback the available primary stream of the session. This will include at least audio, and commonly contain a video feed as well.

a.) Pause/Play button

Clicking this will pause or resume playback.

b.) Timeline

Clicking in this area will jump the playback to the designated area.

c.) Volume

This slider bar will adjust the desired audio levels for the session.

d.) Full Screen Mode

This button toggles Full Screen mode on and off. You can also simply double click on the display area to enlarge and enter full screen mode. Hit the ESC button on your keyboard to exit full screen.

e.) Playback quality or Variable Speed playback Depending on version of Silverlight. If you have an earlier version of Silverlight, it may state that you need to to update.

A variable speed playback button allows you to control the playback rate of a session. If your video is having trouble loading due to a slower internet connection, you may want to try adjusting the playback rate. Try dropping it to the slowest and if that loads, try .75, and then normal speed again. Even if normal still does not load, try 1.25. You may find that other connection speeds will play and you can then select the one you are most comfortable with utilizing.

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Downloading/Viewing Recordings Offline

Step 1) When viewing a Panopto Video, go to the Info Tab (#7 Above), and click on the "Sessions" link.

Step 2) Look for the square, orange icon in the upper right corner. If your instructor has allowed downloading of the recordings, when you click the down arrow by this icon, you will be given several options. If you would like to download the videos to iTunes, click on the "Subscribe in iTunes" link.

Step 3) If you subscribe in iTunes, within iTunes on your computer, you will need to click on the link for Podcasts. As new recordings become available, they will display here, but you will need to click the "Get" button to download. To download, you will need to be online, but once downloaded they can be viewed offline.

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