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Overview

For faculty, student and staff who are interested in creating and managing video content, Panopto is a video creation and storage platform that integrates into Canvas. With Panopto, enables users to organize existing videos, record materials, perform inside-video searches, take quizzes, administer quizzes, and more.

Important Notes

  • Faculty, TAs, staff, and students can create and share Panopto video content.
  • Panopto has teamed up with Penn to host on-campus lecture capture videos.
  • The Panopto-Canvas integration is accessible through the rich text editor in Canvas.
  • Recordings initiated using the PennZoom integration in Canvas will be automatically stored in Canvas.
  • For questions about using the platform’s Canvas integration in your course, please contact your school’s Canvas support.

Uses for Panopto

Panopto can be used in a variety of ways, including:

  • Automatic classroom recording (On-Campus): Some classrooms at Penn are outfitted with special capabilities that allow you to have your class sessions automatically recorded. For details, visit Classroom Technology Service’s (CTS) Central Pool Classroom site.
  • Creating “screencast” videos using your own computer: With the Panopto Recorder software, you can record your voice, webcam, and on-screen activity. For example, you can record yourself giving a powerpoint presentation, or demonstrating how to use specialized software. Just about anything you do on your computer can be turned into a recorded presentation and published on your Canvas site.
  • Upload other videos: If you have film clips, audio recordings, or other media files, you can upload them to Panopto and share them with your classes through Canvas.
  • Student projects: You can create assignments in Canvas where students record and post their own videos.

Benefits of the Platform

  • Allows faculty and students to create, manage, and share asynchronous content for class discussion and other assignments.
  • Supports use on mobile devices (tablets and phones).
  • Video files are uploaded directly to Canvas and can be used in addition to or in lieu of other assignment submission types.

Setting Up Panopto in Canvas

Using Panopto in Canvas is easy, but the process will be different depending on how you want to use your materials over time. For instructions on how to enable Panopto in a course, please refer to Add Zoom and Panopto to a Course.

The below links will provide detailed information for setting up, accessing, and organizing video content at your school:

For further questions about Panopto, or if your school’s Panopto information is not listed above, please contact your school’s support staff. For a list of local support providers, navigate to the School-Based Support Staff page

Editing Videos in Panopto

Whether you’ve recorded the videos with the Panopto Recorder app or using another recording source such as Zoom, you can edit the content once it is uploaded to Panopto.

Once you’ve either recorded your content directly or uploaded it to Panopto, you can trim out the unwanted content (called “heads” or “tails”) at either end of it.

  1. From within your Canvas course, click the Class Recordings tab in the navigation menu.
  2. Locate and hover over the video you want to edit.
  3. Click on the Edit button that displays to the right. 
    Screenshot of Class Recordings tab in Canvas with a video selected and the 'Edit' option below the video title is highlighted.
  4. The Panopto editor will launch in a separate tab and the timeline of your video will appear at the bottom of the screen. This is where you will perform your edits.  Check the Preview cuts during playback box, if it’s not already checked. 

Edit the Beginning of a Video

Follow the below steps to remove unwanted content from the beginning of your video. 

  1. Click the Play icon on the video and pause it when you’ve identified the spot where you want the edited video to begin. 
  2. A vertical red line will mark the place where you’ve paused the video. Hover over the red line, click and drag backward to the very beginning of the video’s timeline.  
  3. The section at the beginning of the video that will be removed is now grayed out.
  4. Click the Play icon on your video to review the new beginning of the video. 
  5. The new start time of the video is marked by a vertical black line. If you need to adjust the starting point of the video, pause your video and click and drag the new start time of the video backwards or forwards.
  6. If you need to trim the end of your video, move on to the next section of this article to learn how. Otherwise, click Apply at the top right of the Panopto editor window and move to the next step. Remember, clicking the Apply button will submit your edits and the video will begin re-processing. Do not click Apply if you still have edits to perform.
  7. Close the Panopto editor window.

Edit the End of a Video

Follow the steps below to remove unwanted content from the end of your video. 

  1. Click the Play icon on the video and pause it when you’ve identified the spot where you want the edited video to end. 
  2. A red vertical line will mark the place where you’ve paused the video. Hover over the red line, click and drag forward to the very end of the video’s timeline.  
  3. The section at the end of the video that will be removed is now grayed out. 
  4. Click the Rewind 10 seconds icon until the vertical red line in the editing bar shows up just before the start of the grayed out portion at the end of the video.
  5. Click Play to review the new endpoint of your video. 
  6. The new end time of the video is marked by a vertical black line. If you need to adjust the endpoint of the video, pause your video and click and drag the new end time of the video backwards or forwards.
  7. Once all editing is complete, click Apply. Remember, clicking the Apply button will submit your edits and the video will begin re-processing. Do not click Apply if you still have edits to perform.
  8. Close the Panopto editor window.