Panopto is a cloud-based video platform built specifically for video-based training, teaching, and presenting. The platform is designed to be an all-in-one solution which includes all of the basic tools and services needed to create and securely share video-based learning materials and activities. In many ways Panopto can be thought of as our university’s private YouTube site.
Once activated in any D2L course, the Panopto platform can be used to create, edit, and share videos. This is done through two main components including the Panopto recorder and the Panopto website. The recorder and website work together to simplify the video capture and upload process. Users also have the ability to bypass the recorder and upload their videos straight to the website.
The Panopto Recorder is a lightweight application which enables users to capture and upload video with only a few clicks. The recorder can capture video and audio from any webcam or microphone connected to the computer, as well as the computer’s screen and audio. Once recorded, the video can be immediately uploaded to the Panopto website (which is integrated nicely into D2L).
Once the video is on the website, users have access to a number of video editing and sharing options. Users simply click an “Edit” link on the video to open the Panopto video editor which is great for performing very simple video edits. The best feature of Panopto’s editor is that it is non-destructive meaning that the original video is not destroyed during the editing process. Once happy with the video, the user can choose how to share the video. Users can choose to share their video only with certain people, they can choose to share the video only with his/her class, or they can make the video public.
Learn more about Panopto in education by visiting Panopto’s website: