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What is the Create button in Panopto?

The Create button in Panopto allows those with Creator access (such as module leaders, co-teachers, and professional services staff) to quickly share pre-recorded videos with students and colleagues by adding their own video content to the Panopto Video Library. The Create button is where you can upload a video, download the Panopto Desktop Recorder, set up a screencast using Panopto Capture and more!

How do I get access to the Create button?

In order to have Creator access to Panopto you will either need to have a Moodle course that you are an editing teacher on (such as being a module leader or co-teacher) and activated your account via Moodle or have activated your Creator account using the steps to access Panopto for professional services and non-teaching staff.

Once you have activated your Creator account you will have both a My Folder personal sandbox and be able to see and use the Create button.

When you record videos using Zoom, those videos are automatically sent to the Panopto Video Library and can be found using these steps to find your videos in Panopto.

If you prefer not to use Zoom to pre-record videos, or would like to upload other multimedia recordings to Panopto then there are several options to consider.

How do I upload a video to Panopto?

If you already have a video ready, such as an MP4 video of a narrated PowerPoint, you can upload the video directly into the Panopto Video Library.

Prefer learning by video? Check out the how-to video below.

Figure 1. Uploading media files in Panopto.

  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 Upload Media from the dropdown list.
  7. Click inside the box to open the file chooser in your computer.
  8. Select your video and click Open.
  9. Wait for the upload to finish. Do not close this screen until it is finished uploading.
  10. Once it is finished uploading, you can then edit or share the video.

Before uploading, know Panopto’s supported file types. These are: MP4, MP3, MPEG-2, MOV, AVI, WMV, WMA. For more detailed information Panopto Support offers a full listing and explanation of its supported file types.

How do I use Panopto Desktop Recorder?

Ready to record your own video? You should first consider what method will produce the best results. If you are off-campus or working from home with a personal broadband connection or wifi, then it is recommended that you record your videos using the desktop recorder as you will not be limited by a slow wifi-connection or other disruptions.

First, download the Panopto Desktop Recorder.

Next, start a new recording. The following instructions are for using Panopto for Windows. Please visit Panopto Support for instructions for Mac users.

Prefer to learn by video? Check out the how-to video below.

Figure 2. Recording with Panopto on Windows.

  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.
  9. Under Session Settings, select the drop-down arrow to select the folder where your recording will be saved (i.e. your My Folder).
  10. Give your file a unique name (such as HIST 4001 Lecture 1: 29 January 2021).
  11. Under Primary Sources, select the Audio drop-down menu and choose the microphone you will be using for the recording.
  12. 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.
  13. To record your webcam, select Primary Sources and Video to choose your webcam from the drop-down menu.
  14. For most videos, use Standard quality.
  15. Under Secondary Sources, select Capture PowerPoint to enable capture of a PowerPoint presentation.
  16. Select the PowerPoint tab on the Secondary Sources viewer and click the Open a Presentation button to choose a presentation.
  17. Once a PowerPoint presentation is open you will see a small thumbnail image of the presentation in the Secondary Sources viewer.
  18. 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.
  19. You are now ready to record.
  20. Click the Record icon at the top of the screen.
  21. Once you’ve clicked Record the icon will automatically switch to Stop and Pause icons.
  22. When you are ready to stop the recording, click Stop.
  23. 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.

How do I use Panopto Capture?

Ready to record your own video? You should first consider what method will produce the best results. If you are on-campus, or have access to a fast and reliable broadband connection, you can record online directly to Panopto using screen capture.

Prefer to learn by video? Check out the how-to video below.

Figure 3. Recording with Panopto Capture on Windows.

Getting the Screen Capture Set Up Correctly

  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 Panopto Capture from the dropdown list.
  7. Click the microphone icon to select an audio source, such as a lapel microphone.
  8. Click the video camera icon to select a video source, such as your webcam.
  9. To record a screen, application window, or individual browser tab, select the monitor icon with the plus arrow.
  10. To record everything that happens on a screen, choose Your Entire Screen. Then, select the screen you want to record, tick Share Audio, and click Share.
Panopto Capture screengrab showing the settings 'Your Entire Screen', Screen 2, Share Audio and Share highlighted.
Figure 4. Panopto Capture standard selections when sharing your screen.

Starting and Stopping the Recording

  1. To begin recording your video, click the red circle button at the bottom centre of Panopto Capture. Start Button Circle
  2. After a 5 second countdown the recording will begin.
  3. To stop recording, select the red square button at the bottom centre of Panopto Capture.Stop Icon Red Square
  4. The video will automatically begin uploading to the Video Library.
  5. Do not close the Panopto Capture browser tab until the upload is complete. 
  6. When your video is ready you will be presented with a page showing your video’s uploading progress.
  7. Don’t close the screen until it reads Getting your video ready for editing: It’s safe to close your browser window or Your video is ready
Screen grab of the Panopto Capture success screen that has the Panopto Icon and a message that reads 'Getting your video ready for editing, It's safe to close your browser window.'
Figure 5. Panopto Capture ‘It’s safe to close your browser window’

Updated on February 15, 2021

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