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Using the Video editor 

This guide provides an overview of how to use the Panopto video editor and the editor's features.  

The points listed below are links to the different aspects of video editing in Panopto.


Getting Started: Edit A Video  (video and text) guide by Panopto

How to Change a Video's Thumbnail Image  (video and text) guide by Panopto



Navigating the video editor

Open the editor

1. In your video library, locate the session you want to edit then click Edit.

2.  This will bring you to the video editor as seen here.

Video editing interface

The left side of the Editor

On the left side of the editor, you will see:

  1. Video Title: This is where you can change your video name at any time by clicking the title.

  2. Primary Video Stream if one was recorded.

  3. The Content Area allows you to add text labels, quizzes, captions, YouTube videos, website links and more. You can also use this section to edit various contents attributes such as start/end times.


Right side of the editor

On the right side of the editor, you will see:

  1. Secondary Video: This is where you will see your secondary video stream.
  2. Undo/redo: Use these to discard your most recent changes.
  3. Apply: If you're happy with the edits you've made, use Apply to make your changes go live.
  4. Revert: Your work will always be saved even if you decide not to publish. If you don't like the changes you've made, you can Revert to start over.
  5. Expand: Use this to expand the timeline view to take up the entire width of the window. 
  6. Cut and Pointer tool: Use this to trim out sections from the beginning/end, middle or from individual streams. You can make trims by dragging your mouse, while clicking in the timeline allows you to seek around the video timeline. Since the editor is non-destructive, you can also use it to add sections back in.
  7. Set thumbnail: The image set will be used to represent your video in lists, sharing and more. You can use an image from your primary or secondary stream as the thumbnail or upload your own image.
  8. Plus icon: Clicking this icon will allow you to add items directly to your timeline, such as streams, clips, quizzes, YouTube videos, and web pages.
  9. Timeline: This is where you will edit your video. The 'Lanes' represent Primary Videos (P), Secondary Videos (S), Slides (SL) or Audio (P). If you have Primary and Secondary videos, Primary videos will be displayed in the upper left.


How to trim and cut out parts of the video

1. To begin editing, select the Cut tool.

  2. To edit out the start or end of the video, hover over the beginning or end of the timeline. A dark-grey edit handle will appear. Click and drag the edit handle to trim the video.

3. To cut a section from the middle of the video, position the cursor over the point you would like to start the edit, click and drag to the right and then let go at the point you want the cut to finish. This will remove the area highlighted from the video, and add a new handle at each edit point to allow you to finely trim your cut.

4. The red squares highlight the areas that will not be shown to viewers. Editing in Panopto is non-destructive, so you can add this content back in later if you need to.

 5. Trim one secondary stream: If you have a primary and secondary stream and you only want to edit the secondary stream, click on the scissors tool then click into that secondary stream to click and drag the area you want to trim out. This will only gray out (trim out) the secondary stream and not the primary stream that is occurring at the same time in the video.


You can use the magnifying glass on the right to zoom in on the timeline so you can see the audio or video file in more detail to make more accurate cuts.

 6. The cuts tab is also in the editor on the left. This area shows every cut that has been made and puts it into a list.

7. You can edit the cuts here as well as on the timeline. If you click on the three dots next to a cut, you can adjust the start and end time based on minutes and seconds if you need to make a very fine edit.

 For more information follow How to Trim a Video in the Editor.


Changing the preview image/thumbnail

 3.1 Change the preview image

1. This is how a preview image will appear for your video.

2. First, you can set the preview image using an image from your video: Find the place in the video that has the preview image you would like in either the primary or secondary viewer window.

3. Then click on the three dots next to the plus sign in the editor and select to either Set primary as preview image or Upload custom preview image.


If you choose to Set primary as preview image, click on Apply button on the top-right menu bar to apply your changes.

Panopto Preview Apply Changes Copy

4. If you click on the camera icon and select Upload custom preview image, you will be taken to the video Overview section. Go to the Preview image area and click on Edit 

5. Here you can click on Choose File to upload an image from your computer then click on Save to save the new preview image.


3.2 Automatic Preview Image

If you do not select your own preview image, Panopto will automatically select one for you in this order:

  1. The image will be the first slide (if there is a slide stream).
  2. The image will be chosen from .5 seconds into the first secondary video.
  3. The image will be chosen from .5 seconds into the primary video.

Adding Tags to your video

1.1 Adding tags from the settings menu

1. Go to your folder and locate the video you wish to add tags to and click Settings option

Adding Tags 1

2. Under the Overview tab you will see the video details to the right. Select the +Tag button

Adding Tags 2

3. A textbox will appear with a (#) to allow you to enter your desired tags.

Note: There is a 10 tag limit per video.

Addign Tags 3

4. Type into the texbox and click Add New to add in more tags. Phrases will appear without spacaes as demonstarted below.

Addign Tags 5

5. If your tag already exists it will appear as an option to select.The number showing next to the tag indicates how many another videos have this tag.

Adding Tags 5

6. Your tags will now appear under the video's title in search and folders.

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 1.2 Adding Tags using capture

1. After recording your video, you will taken to the video processing screen where you can give a title to your recording and select a folder location. Select the +Tag button underneath the folder location.

Using Capture 1

2. Type in your tags in the textbox and select Add New to add more tags.

Using Capture 2

3. Your tags will appear below the video title in serach and the folder.

Using Capture 3
1.3 Searching content using tags

1. If you know which tag you want to search for, type in the tag using #phrase in the search bar.

Searching tags 1

All videos with the tag will appear.

Searching tags 2

2. If you want to find related content via tags, click on the tag button underneath the video title.

Searching tags 3

All videos with the tag will appear.

Searching tags 4

Adding smart Chapters to your video

1.1 Adding smart chapters

1. Open a video in the editor and select Contents. Move the toggle button to the right to enable Smart Chapters.

Smart Chapters 1

 The Generate button may appear instead of the toggle button if your video was created after you changed the smart chapters settings.

Smart Chapters 2
2. Once enabled, Smart Chapters will then automatically load the table of contents

Smart Chapters 3

At times, Smart Chapters may not include an entry that you would llike added. If this happens, navigate to the point in the video you'd like to add the entry and manually type the name in the Enter a table of contents entry then click Enter.

Smart Chapters 4

1.2 Hiding smart chapters

1. Open the video in the video editor and move the toggle to hide the smart chapters.

Smart Chapters 5

1.3 Editing and Deleting Individual Smart Chapters

1. If there is a mistake in the smart chapter, hover over the entry you want to correct and click once on the text to make it editable. Make the edits and hit enter to save the changes.

Smart Chapters 6

2. If you want to remove a smart chapter, hover over the entry you want to remove and click on the three vertical dots then select Delete from the options.

Smart Chapters 7


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