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Recording a Video Using Panopto for Mac

Panopto for Mac allows a lot of flexibility in how and what you can record. A presenter may wish to record alone (with one computer), with a videographer using a separate computer, or live webcast your recording. This article will cover all aspects of recording with one computer. In this recording scenario, all presentation content (PowerPoint, Keynote, and/or screen capture) and video/audio are recorded from one computer. 

If you have not installed Panopto, refer to the Installation and/or Configuration Guide for complete steps on the installation process.

Below are the steps to recording a video on Panopto in Windows.

There is now Failsafe Recording, which ensures that no content will be lost if your browser or computer experiences an unexpected failure. For example, recording with Capture and your computer reboots due to pending Updates, the recording will be uploaded the next time you load a capture in the browser.

See this video for how to record a basic video using Panopto, or read through the steps below.




Step One: Accessing Panopto

 1. Once Panopto is installed, log into your VU Collaborate space and click on Video.



2. Next click on the Create button at the top of your page. Select Record a New Session.


 3. Click on Open Panopto and Allow to launch the recorder.

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You can also open the Recorder directly from your computer app and log in.

4. If you are opening Panopto from VU Collaborate, you'll be automatically signed in. If you open Panopto directly from your desktop, enter your Panopto Server Address, Sign in username, and Password, and click the Sign in button. You may also choose to save your information by selecting the Remember Me box.

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Step Two: Folders

1. Once you are signed in, click on Create New Recording.


2. Click the drop-down arrow so that you can set the folder where the recording will be saved


3. By default, the name of the session is the date and time you record the session, but you can rename the session here.


Step Three: Primary Sources

 1. Primary Audio: Under Primary Sources, select the drop-down under Audio. Select a microphone that is connected to your computer. You must select a primary audio source for a successful recording.


2. Volume bar: After selecting your audio, test your audio by talking in a normal voice to test the volume. You should see a few green bars appear as you talk.


3. Primary Video Source: If you'd like to record video of a presenter, you can select a primary video source under the Video drop-down. Most people do like to be able to see the person who is talking to them.


4.  Quality Settings: In Panopto -> Preferences you will find the quality settings for both your primary and secondary video streams.


These settings will help you determine what will be best to record a high-quality video.

Quality Settings

Please note that the above list applies to both Primary and Secondary Video Quality.

Step Four: Additional Sources and PowerPoint

 1. You can add up to two additional video sources here if you want to record your screen or an additional camera.


2. You can choose to record PowerPoint or Keynote slides along with your video. After starting the recording, you must put your slides into presentation mode in order for them to be recorded.

If your PowerPoint contains any motion on the slide, animations, embedded video in the slide or someone is annotating over the slide, then screen capture must be selected to be able to capture that content.


Step Five: Starting, Stopping and Pausing

 1. Click on the red Record icon to start the recording. Once your recording has started, that icon will change into Pause and Stop.

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2. Click Stop to stop the recording. You will have the option to upload the recording or delete it and start again.

3. Click the Pause button to have a section of your recording automatically edited out. When the recording is paused, Panopto is continuing to record, but that section will be edited out of the final version. You can always get this content back by using the editor.

4. You can use Panopto for Mac hotkeys to start a recording, pause, and stop, all with a few keys so you don't need to minimise the content you're recording to click the buttons.

  • Record: Option + Command + S
  • Pause: Option + Command + P
  • Stop: Option + Command + S

Step Six: Manage Recordings

1. Once everything has been recorded and you have stopped your recording, you will be taken to the Manage Recordings page.


2. Manage Recordings shows you all of the recordings, as well as the processing status of your recording. You can also watch a preview of your video in the bottom right-hand corner, even while it is uploading.

Offline Recordings are recordings that do not have a folder selected in Panopto, so they are only on your computer. You can select Upload to Server to select a folder and add them to your video library.

Uploaded are recordings that you just completed and are currently processing.

Completed are the recordings that you have already recorded, picked a folder for, and uploaded to the server. If you have access to the video in the library, you can open the video settings using view, edit, or share. You can also continue recording to the same session by selecting a resume. And if you need to make space on your computer, you can delete local files, as long as you no longer need them.

It is possible to delete recordings. If they have been uploaded already, you can delete the local copy and the recording will still be located on the server. If you delete a recording that has not yet been uploaded, that recording will be lost.

Further Support

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