Panopto Lecture Recordings and your Blackboard Course

 Linking your Blackboard Course to Panopto

Recording a Panopto Session

Uploading your Panopto Video

Webcasting a Panopto Session

Editing your Panopto Video

Moving your Panopto Video to another folder

Linking to all your course lectures from Blackboard

Hiding your videos until you are ready to release them

Linking to a single Panopto lecture from within Blackboard

Recording a Laser Pointer or Highlighter

Recording Panopto Lectures that aren’t in a Blackboard Course

Make old lectures available for Audio Podcast and RSS Feeds

Downloading a Course Lecture

Creating a Drop Box (Student Recordings)

How To Upload Non-Panopto Video Files (Unison Licenses)

Loading a Visimeet Recording to Panopto

Using Statistics in Panopto

Updating Panopto Recorder

Installing Panopto on a MAC

Logging into Panopto on a MAC

Where can I find additional information about Panopto?

Panopto Vendor Documentation regarding viewing

Panopto Vendor Documentation regarding recording

Silverlight Plugin (NPAPI Plugins) in Chrome


Linking your Blackboard Course to Panopto

To link your Blackboard course to your Panopto video folder for that course, first login to Blackboard as an instructor for the course you’d like to provision. Navigate to the desired course. On the course page, click the Tools link in the course menu.


 Under Tools, click the Panopto Focus Content link.  If you cannot see the Panopto Focus Content Tool, then go to Control Panel, Customization, Tool Availability and scroll down until you find Panopto Course Tool Application, click in the box next to it, and click on Submit.


Click Add Course to Panopto


Click Configure.


To provision the course, click to highlight the Course Folders that you wish to make Available to this course, click on Add and then click on Submit.


You will see a screen confirming that you have provisioned your Blackboard course with a Panopto folder.  Click the Panopto Folder Settings link to get a direct link to your course folder, if you would like to add a link you your course menu.  Click the Share tab on the left, copy the Share link and create a web link on your course menu.

Recording a Panopto Session

To record a Panopto Session, open another tab on your browser and go to:
You want to Sign in using Blackboard, so click on the green Sign In box.

 Once you have signed in to Panopto, you will be able to see your name at the upper right. To view your Panopto Folders, click on Mary Baldwin University at the upper left.

When you are in Panopto, choose which Folder (Blackboard Course) where you want your recording to be stored, and click on Create and then Record a New Session

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If this is your first time recording with Panopto, you will need to download the Panopto Recorder and open your Downloads and Run the panopto.exe file to install the Panopto Recorder application on your computer.  Install according to the defaults. Then reboot your computer.

Launch the Recorder from this page.  You can also launch the recorder from the Start Menu, by clicking on Start and Panopto Recorder.


After you have launched the Panopto Recorder, check that the audio and video inputs are correct, and enable any secondary capture sources that are required (for example, Screen 2 and/or the Doc Cam in the classrooms, or one of the video cameras in the labs). You can choose whether or not to show the video of yourself, but you must have audio selected. The Standard quality setting is fine.

The session name defaults to the date and time, but PLEASE take this opportunity to name the session according to its contents, i.e., Bones of the Wrist, or Causes of the French Revolution, so you and your students can find the correct video later.

Choose a folder in which to place this video.

If you are capturing a PowerPoint presentation, click on the PowerPoint tab and Open a Presentation and browse to find your slideshow. Note! If you record a .pps, then the Search functionality within Panopto may not pick up the content of your slides. For the best result, open the .ppt version of your slides. You can choose to start the recording when you start your slideshow, or you can Click on Record and start your slideshow while the recording is running.


To annotate slides (for example, drawing an arrow to a blood vessel, or circling an important item of text, use your desktop or handheld mouse as a marker.  At the bottom left of your Powerpoint slide, there are faint Slideshow Control Icons.  Click on the Pen icon and choose Pen to change your cursor into a Pen.  When you click on the mouse or trackball and move it, you can annotate the slide.  To progress to the next slide, move the cursor to the arrow icon and click on the right arrow to advance, or the left arrow to go back one slide.


When you are recording in Panopto, the annotations will only show up when the student chooses to view via Screen View.  Documentation for your students on how best to view your dual slideshow videos is here.

To return to Panopto and stop the recording session, press Alt-Tab to find the that window. When you are finished recording your session, click on Stop.

Uploading your Panopto Video

After you stop the Recording, you will be taken to the Panopto Upload screen.  Click on Upload to Server, Add New Session, and Upload to New Session.  This will store the recording you just made in the Folder for your course.  This will take a few minutes, but you do not need to stay logged on to the computer during this time.   Close the Panopto Browser Tab by clicking on the X at the upper right hand corner.


If you want your students to be able to annotate your live lecture while it is being recorded, then before you click on Record, click the Webcast and Record box in the upper right of your screen:


In order to annotate your  live lecture, your students will log in to the course via Blackboard and click on the Lecture that is “Recording right now” in your Course Folder.


Putting a link in Blackboard to all the Panopto Lectures in the course folder:

In your Panopto Home Page, click on the course folder, then right click and choose Settings.


Click on Share and highlight the Share link.


In your Blackboard course, above the Content Menu, click on the + sign and choose Web Link.  Name the Web Link something like “Panopto Video Files” and Paste the URL into the URL field.  Click on Available to Users to make all videos in the Course Folder visible to your students.  Hover over the link and click on the Down Arrow and choose Set Link to Open in a New Window.

To hide some of the videos from your students until you are ready to release them, look at the instructions here.

Linking to a single Panopto lecture from within Blackboard:

Note:  Linking to single lectures from Blackboard will not prevent the students from seeing the other lectures in the course folder.  To hide a lecture until you are ready to release it, follow the instructions here:

To put a link in your Blackboard course which points to a single recorded session,  go to the Content Area where you wish to put the link. Click on Tools and Panopto Video Link.


When the Panopto link comes up, choose the Folder with your Course Name on it and the appropriate lecture, type in a Description if needed and click on Submit.  The link will look like this to your students:


You and your students may need to install the Microsoft Silverlight application in order to view Panopto videos: 

Hiding your videos until you are ready to release them:

The Adaptive Release function in Blackboard will not prevent your students from having access to the videos that are in your course folder in Panopto.  If you wish to release your videos to your students as the semester progresses, rather than just letting your students view all the videos as they please, you will need to create a  subfolder in for your course in Panopto, and store the videos there until you are ready to release them. To do this, right click on the Course Name and choose Create Subfolder.  Name your subfolder something meaningful like CourseID_Hidden to remind you that the videos in this folder will not be able to be seen by your students.


You can record directly into the Hidden Folder.  To move a video from the Hidden Folder to the Course Folder, select the video you want to move,  right click and choose Settings.  When the settings page displays, click on the Edit link next to Folder and choose the destination folder from the drop down box.


When you are ready to allow your students to view this video, you will move it out of the Hidden Folder and into the Parent Course Folder, using the same Edit Folder facility.

Editing your Panopto Video

In order to Edit your Panopto video, navigate to and Sign in with Blackboard.  From your Folder, hover over the name of the video you wish to edit and click on Edit.


When you get to the Edit Screen, you can play the video from the pane in the upper left corner.  You can view the timeline of the audio from the lower right.

To view the timeline in more detail, click on the + Magnifying Glass icon.

To edit out bits of the video,  click on the scissors that are above the timeline.

Move the black line to the beginning of the content you want to hide.  Click.  Then move the black line to the end of the content you want to hide.  Click.  This will create a dark “window shade” over the content that will not be played.

This content will not be removed from Panopto, it will just not be played. You can make the shade shorter or longer in each direction by clicking on the little yellow tabs and dragging them.  To check you have edited out the correct section, play the video again from the controls on the upper left.

After you have completed making your edits, click on the Save button at the upper right. You can make different recordings (with different edits) from the same original material and using Save As instead.

Moving your Panopto Video to another folder:

To move your Panopto video from one folder to another, log into with your Blackboard credentials. Find the folder of the course you want to move your video FROM. Click on Settings and then where it says Folder, click on Edit.


Click on the dropdown arrow next to the folder name, choose the folder you want to copy TO and click on Save.

Showing and Recording a Laser-like Pointer or Highlighter

If you are recording the Slideshow and want to user your cursor as a pointer, and make sure your students can see it on the recording, as well as in the classroom, you will need to Capture Primary Screen as well as Capturing the Powerpoint.

Start the slideshow and right click to choose Pointer Options and Highlighter.  Then right click again and choose Pointer Options and Ink Color and choose a color that will show up well against your slides.




Now your cursor will be larger and more colorful, and you can also draw arrows  with it.  When your slideshow finishes, and you are asked if you want to keep your ink annotations, be sure to choose DISCARD, or those arrows will be saved on your slides.


To start Panopto recording after you have the two slideshows on the correct screens, press F8. To pause or resume recording, press F9.


Recording a Panopto Lecture that isn’t in a Blackboard Course

1) Follow the instructions here to log into Panopto:

2) Before clicking on the Create and Record a New Session icon, click on Create and Folder.  Name the folder something like ED606Hidden, so you will know that it is holding your ED606 lectures but these ones are hidden from students.

3) Continue with the recording instructions in 1) but make sure you are storing the recording in the Hidden folder.

4) When you are ready to “share” this recording,  make sure your Blackboard course has been configured for Panopto, by following the instructions here:

Then move your lecture from the Hidden folder into the regular Blackboard course folder which you are provisioning in your course as described here:


Make old lectures available for Audio Podcast and RSS Feeds

1) Log into Mary Baldwin’s Panopto Site

2) Navigate to your folders by clicking the Folders in the left-hand column (a) or See All Folder: Go to a specific folder(b)
SeeAllFolder   or     SeeAllFolder1

3) Select the folder with the lectures you wish to make available for Audio Podcast and RSS Feeds.

4) Point to the Lecture and select the Settings button

5) Select Manage from the left menu list.  Under Processing management, click Re-encode podcasts

7) Click OK on the Message Box.

 ***During the re-encoding mobile and embedded viewing will be unavailable until encoding is finished.  Time varies depending on the length of the lecture.***


8) Close the Settings Box

9) You can view the progress of the re-encoding by looking at the lecture in the folder list view.  Once processing is complete, students will be able to download the audio podcast for your lecture.

10) To make sure the re-encoding created the Audio Podcast, go to Settings > Outputs > Audio Podcast at the bottom.  There is now options to play, download, or subscribe to the podcast.


Downloading a Course Lecture

  1. Log in to the site the Mary Baldwin Panopto site.
  2. Open the Course Folder
  3. Click the Settings link for the Lecture you would like to download.
  4. In the Settings window click Outputs
    There are 2 types of Outputs you can download:
  • Video Podcast (mp4)
  • Audio Podcast (mp3)
  • To Download the lecture, click the Download Podcast link to the right of your selection
  • The file will be sent to your Download folder on your PC.

Additional download options can be found here.

Creating a Drop Box (Student Recordings)

What does a drop box do exactly? Essentially, enabling a drop box on a folder grants Viewers an extra ability; they can record and submit content to a designated folder without being able to view or edit other user’s sessions.

Drop boxes enable Viewer users in their course (parent) folder to create and manage their own content, while preventing them from viewing other users’ content that has not been explicitly shared or made public.


To create a Drop Box, you will need to log into the Mary Baldwin University Panopto Site.

  1. Once you have logged into the site, navigate to your course folder.  Click Setting.
  2. From the Overview Tab, click Create Drop Box.
  3. Once the Drop Box is created, you can close the Settings window.
  4. Your course will now have a sub-folder with your Course Name and [drop box]
Student’s will only be able to see their own recordings within the Drop Box unless the Instructor changes the folder settings:
  1. Open the drop box folder and click Settings
  2. Click Settings on the left-hand navigation.
  3. Check the box next to “Allow viewers to see each other’s sessions.” if you would like the students to see each other’s videos.

How To Upload Non-Panopto Video Files
(Unison Licenses)

Unison is a media management system available within the Mary Baldwin Panopto site. Panopto Unison brings the Panopto’s features – search, editing, desktop and mobile viewing, analytics, and more – to any video created with any camera. You can upload existing video archives, cell phone video, and just about any media you can play on your computer (supported file types).

Additional privileges are required to upload external files to Panopto.  Contact OIT to be assigned Unison access to add your media to Panopto.


  1. Log in to the site the Mary Baldwin Panopto site.
  2. Click on the Create button at the top of the screen and select Upload Video
    • If you do not have the Upload Video option, contact OIT to obtain the Unison License
  3. Select the folder you wish to upload your videos to.
  4. Locate the media file(s) being uploaded to Panopto and drag them into the designated area.
    * Multiple files can be added at a time.
  5. A Working progress bar will appear while file is being upload.  Click Stop to Cancel the upload.
  6. Once the video has finished uploading, you can click on the name to change it or click the “X“in the top-right corner to close the upload window.UnisonUploaded
  7. The Unison window allows you to view settings, share, edit, play & delete the media.

Additional Unison Information:

Loading a Visimeet Recording to Panopto


Due to the format of a Visimeet recording, Panopto requires it to be saved to a format that it recognizes. This means that the Visimeet recording saved in a .webm format must be converted to a .mp4 format before uploading your recording to Panopto. This can be done using VLC Media Player and is a very straight-forward process.

Converting your Video:

  1. Open VLC Media player. If you do not have it installed, you may download it here.
  2. Select MEDIA then CONVERT/SAVE from the menu.
  3. Select ADD to locate your video and select OPEN.
  4. Select CONVERT/SAVE at the bottom of the dialog box.
  5. From the selection box for PROFILE, select Video – H.264 + MP3 (TS).VLAN_01
  6. Select the BROWSE button next to the DESTINATION FILE box and select a location to store your converted video and give it a name. Do not change the TYPE. Then select SAVE.
  7. Select START to begin the conversion process.


You can track progress of the conversion on the bottom of the program. As a reference, a 1.5 hour .webm video takes approximately eight minutes to convert.

Do not run any other programs while the conversion process is running.

Once finished, you may upload your video to Panopto using instructions found here.

Using Statistics in Panopto

  1. Log into the Mary Baldwin Panopto site using your Blackboard credentials.
  2. There are two ways to navigate to the analytics view.
    1. Method A.
      –  Click on “All Folders”
      –  In the right hand side in the column of the folder you would like statistics for, click on the “Stats” button.
    2. Method B.
      –  If you have already navigated to a folder, click the “Stats” button in the upper right of the interface.
  3. Either Method will take you to the stats overview:
    The graph is set to “Past Month” as default. This chart shows the amount of views based on the day of the previous month.  Stats3
    (Stats can be viewed by the Past Day, Past Week, Past Year, All Time, or Custom.)
  4. Statistics can also be viewed in Excel format by clicking “Download”.
  5. The excel will show a Timestamp, Session Name, Minutes Viewed and the User Name of who viewed it.
  6. Below the graph, you can see information based on specific folders such as Views, Unique Viewers, and Minutes Viewed.
    (This information can also be viewed in an Excel format)

Lecture Statistics:

The same information can be viewed for a specific lecture rather than the entire course by clicking the Stats button under the lecture.

When viewing individual lecture statistics, top 100 viewers will be displayed by minutes:

Updating Panopto Recorder

  1. Log into the Mary Baldwin Panopto site with your blackboard credentials.
  2. Click the  icon in the upper-right corner of your screen.
    (The download button will not appear if you do not have right to recorder to a folder.)
  3. Click the correct Download Installer for your type of device.
  4. Double click the program
    (The file will be stored in your downloads folder with the name panoptorecorder.exe)
  5. Follow the on screen instruction to complete the install.

Installing Panopto on a MAC

  1. Navigate to the Mary Baldwin Panopto site at
  2. Login with you Blackboard credentials
  3. Click the Download Panopto icon in the upper-right-hand corner under your name.
    (The download button will not appear if you do not have rights to recorder to a folder.)
  4. Click the MAC Download Installer button.
  5. Open the Panopto Recorder.pkg file located in the download folder.
  6. Click Continue
  7. Click Install
  8. Enter you MAC Username and Password
  9. Click Close

Logging into Panopto on a MAC

  1. Click the Launch icon, open Panopto.
  2. Click the Log in button.
  3. Select Blackboard from the Providers list.
  4. Enter you Blackboard Credentialscb, check the Save Logon and Password box, then press Login when the Bb login screen appears.
  5. When you are ready to record, press the Create a New Recording button.
  6. Select you recording options and pres Start Recording.


Google Chrome has officially stopped supporting Silverlight and all NPAPI plugins as of version 45.0.2454.85. See release notes here.

The only feature this will effect is Panopto’s standard editor. All other features will work via Google Chrome.

To access content that relies on Silverlight, please use one of the below browsers:

Additionally, Microsoft’s Edge browser does not support Silverlight.

Panopto’s notes on using with Chrome and Silverlight.