This section explains Panopto, VU Collaborate's integrated video creation, management, sharing and editing tool.

Recording a Video Using Panopto for Mac 

Panopto for Mac allows a lot of flexibility in how and what you can record. This guide 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.  


This guide covers the following topics, use these links for easier navigation: 


Step One: Accessing Panopto 

1. Once Panopto is installed, log into your VU Collaborate space and select Video on the navigation tab. 

  Access panopto through VU Collaborate

 2. Next, click on the Create button at the top of your page. Select Record a new session

  Create and record new session

 3. Click on Open Panopto to launch the recorder. 

 Open panopto to launch panopto

Open application launch panopto

 You can also open the Recorder directly from your computer and login. 

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.

 Sign in desktop panoptoSign in panopto server


 Step Two: Folders

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

 Create new recording

2. To ensure the recording is saved in the correct folder, click on the drop-down arrow and select accordingly. 

  Choosing folder to record a session

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

 Change session name


 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.

 Primary audio selection

 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 and continue as you talk. If you see yellow or red, talk more quietly or move the microphone further away.

Volume bar audio test

 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. But you do not need to include this if you just want to record audio or a screencast video.

 Primary video source

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

 Quality settings preferences

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

 Video quality settings1

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


 Step Four: Additional Sources and Power Point 

 1. Additional Sources: You can also add up to two additional video sources here if you want to record your screen or an additional camera. The Secondary 1 screen is the one you would use if you want to record what is showing on your monitor/screen.  Secondary 2 is for a second monitor or other type of screen connected to your computer.

 Additional sources video

 2. PowerPoint or Keynote:  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.

 Record powerpoint


 Step Five: Starting, Stopping and Pausing 

1. You can now begin recording by clicking on the red Record icon. Once the recording has started, that icon will change into Stop and Pause.

 Record presentation

  Stop and pause function

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. Hotkeys: 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 recording has been completed, the following message will appear on the screen - Recording Complete

2. The Session name can also be edited at this stage. A description can also be added to the presentation. 

3. Delete and record again: will delete the recording and begin a new recording session. Upload: will upload the recording and navigate you to the Manage Recordings page. 

  Edit session name and add description

 4. The Manage Recordings page shows you all of the recordings stored on your computer, 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.

Once you have finished recording, close the window and go back to Panopto for managing, sharing and editing options.

  Manage recordings uploaded recordings

 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 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.


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