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How do I record videos I can share with Panopto on Windows and Mac?

Panopto, the University’s centrally supported video platform, offers a desktop recorder that you can install on your computer and record your screen or your PowerPoint slides along with voice over. The desktop recorder is recommended if you are off-campus or working from home as you will not be limited by a slow wifi-connection or other disruptions. You can record offline and Panopto will then upload your video to your Panopto account without you having to do it manually. The videos will then be ready to edit, add captions to, and share with students and colleagues in the Video Library.

Note: You need administrator access on your computer to be able to install the Panopto recorder. If you are using a Brookes-owned PC, you need to request admin rights via the Service Portal: Request for Administrator rights on a device.

How do I download the Panopto recorder?

Screen capture of the top bar of the Panopto Video Library Homepage, with the Download Panopto location highlighted.
Figure 1. Top of Panopto Video Library Homepage, Download Panopto in top-right corner.
Zoomed in section of the top bar of Panopto with the Download Panopto link highlighted.
Figure 2. Download Panopto link highlighted.

  1. Go to Panopto.
  2. Click Sign In to be directed to the Moodle login page.
  3. In the Moodle login page, sign in with your p number (without @brookes.ac.uk) and Brookes password.
  4. You’ll be redirected to your Panopto home page.
  5. Within Panopto click Download Panopto from the right-hand corner (below your name).
  6. In the pop-up window that appears, next to Panopto click the second Download Installer button if you have a Windows PC or the third Download Installer button if you have a Mac.
  7. The download will start at the bottom-left hand corner of your browser.
  8. Once finished, click on it to run the installer and install the Panopto recorder.

Installing the Panopto recorder (step by step)

For step-by-step instructions on how to install the Panopto recorder on your device see Panopto’s help page:

a. How to Download and Install Panopto for Windows
b. How to Download and Install Panopto for Mac

How do I use the Panopto recorder?

Opening the recorder once it has been installed on your computer:

  1. Go to Panopto.
  2. Click Sign In to be directed to the Moodle login page.
  3. In the Moodle login page, sign in with your p number (without @brookes.ac.uk) and Brookes password.
  4. You’ll be redirected to your Panopto home page.
  5. Select My Folder from the left-hand navigation menu.
  6. Click on the purple Create button on the top of your screen and choose Record a new session from the dropdown list.
  7. Once a new window pops-up, choose the purple Open Panopto button.
  8. If you have downloaded the Panopto desktop recorder to your device, the application will open.

Getting started with a new recording, once the recorder has been opened:

First, name your file:

  1. Under Session Settings, select the drop-down arrow to select the folder where your recording will be saved (i.e. your My Folder).
  2. Give your file a unique name (such as HIST 4001 Lecture 1: 29 January 2021).
Screen capture of the top of the desktop recorder screen with the name of the file highlighted.
Figure 3. Naming your recording before press record.

Second, set up the standard audio and video settings:

  1. Under Primary Sources, select the Audio drop-down menu and choose the microphone you will be using for the recording.
  2. Test the volume of your microphone by speaking for a moment and watching the Volume bar, if the volume stays in the red section of the bar that means it is quite low, so you will need to move the slider up to increase the volume.
  3. To record your webcam, select Primary Sources and Video to choose your webcam from the drop-down menu.
  4. For most videos, use Standard quality.
  5. Under Secondary Sources, select Capture PowerPoint to enable capture of a PowerPoint presentation.
  6. Select the PowerPoint tab on the Secondary Sources viewer and click the Open a Presentation button to choose a presentation.
  7. Once a PowerPoint presentation is open you will see a small thumbnail image of the presentation in the Secondary Sources viewer.
  8. If you want your PowerPoint to start presenting in full screen as soon as you click Record, tick the box to Start presenting when recording starts.
  9. You are now ready to record.
Screen capture with the Secondary Sources screen up. A PowerPoint has been chosen and shown in a thumbnail. The Start Presenting when recording starts button is ticked and highlighted.
Figure 4. Automatically starting a PowerPoint when recording starts.

Starting a recording, once you have set-up the recording using the standard settings described above:

  1. Click the Record icon at the top of the screen.
  2. Once you’ve clicked Record the icon will automatically switch to Stop and Pause icons.
  3. When you are ready to stop the recording, click Stop.
  4. The results of the recording will be shown on the Manage Recordings screen, which includes the current status of the uploading process for your videos to the Video Library.
A screencapture of a manage recording screen showing an uploading video, videos waiting to be uploaded that have been recorded offline and several completed recordings.
Figure 5. The Manage Recordings screen showing several offline recordings, and uploading recordings.

Prefer to learn by video? Check out the following how-to video (for Windows).

Updated on February 15, 2021

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