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

Recording a Video Using Panopto for Windows

Panopto for Windows is very small and very easy to install. It can only be installed on computers using Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 (32 and 64 bit). 


Below are the steps to record a video on Panopto using Windows:


Step One: Accessing Panopto

1. Once Panopto is installed, log into your VU Collaborate space and click on Video

Access panopto via collaborate

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

 Record a new session 001

 3. Click on Open Panopto in one of the two prompts that may show up, to launch the recorder. 

 Open panopto recorder    Open panopto recorder 2

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


Step Two: Introductory Tour 

1. When you first log into the recorder you will be prompted with three different tours that further explain all of the different areas of the recorder.

2. The first tour will go over the 3 steps to recording

  • Step 1: Name your recording
  • Step 2: Choose your sources
  • Step 3: Start recording

 Name your recording

 3. The second tour will go over the Primary source settings:

  • Capture computer audio: Use this setting to capture audio from your PC applications
  • Audio volume: The colour bars show the volume of the audio being captured. Too loud or too quiet? Use the slider to adjust the volume. 

 Primary source settings

 4. The third tour will go over the Secondary source settings:

  • Video resolution: Controls the size of the video that is captured
  • Framerate: A higher number of frames per second (fps) that captures results in a smoother motion
  • Bitrate: Controls the file size of the resulting video. Larger files are able to capture more detail

  Secondary source settings

 You can skip the tours and return at a later stage, by clicking on the blue Icon blue info question mark icon button. 


 Step Three: Folders

 1. Click the drop-down arrow so that you can set the folder where the recording will be saved. 

 Set folder for recording to be saved

Folder selected

 2. You also have the option to name the video. If you do not name the video, the title will automatically be the date and time it was recorded. 

 Rename the video


Step Four: Primary Input

1. Primary Audio: Under the 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

 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 don't see any, or see the red and yellow bars highlighted, adjust the volume by using the slider. 

 Volume bar 001

 3. Primary Video Source: If you'd like to record a video of a presenter, you can select a primary video source under the Video drop-down. This is not necessary if you only want to record audio and your monitor/screen.

Video selection

4. If you would like to include audio from the computer, such as the audio from a YouTube video, select Capture Computer Audio

Audio only with Capture Computer Audio

 5. Quality Setting: There are three different quality settings available to help you determine what will be best to record a high-quality video. To change the quality, simply click on the drop-down arrow Icon arrow drop down to the right of Quality and choose between Standard, High or Ultra Quality.  High quality is recommended.

Standard Quality:
Audio Only - 64 kbps
Primary Video Resolution - Up to 640x480
Primary Video and Audio - 600 kbps
Primary Video, Audio, and Secondary Video (640x480, 10 FPS, 340 kbps) - 1240 kbps

High Quality:
Audio Only - 96 kbps
Primary Video Resolution - Up to 1024x600
Primary Video and Audio - 1000 kbps
Primary Video, Audio, and Secondary Video (1024x768, 15 FPS, 1000 kbps) - 3031 kbps

Ultra Quality:
Audio Only - 128 kbps
Primary Video Resolution - Up to 1280x800 (typically 720p)
Primary Video and Audio - 1500 kbps Secondary Video (1920x1080, 19 FPS, 1500 kbps) - 4664 kbps

 Quality setting


 Step Five: Screen Capture and PowerPoint 

1. Screen Capture: After you have selected your video and audio inputs, you can choose to capture what is displayed on your screen.  You can also select the checkbox Enable screen capture preview, to preview your screen before recording.

The Main Screen will capture the material on your monitor such as going through websites, showing a document or using an application.

Enable screen capture preview

2. You can also add an additional video source here if you have more than one camera or screen plugged into your computer.  We are sure that the three screens available will be more than enough.

 Secondary source add another source

3. To adjust screen capture resolution, click the dropdown arrow next to Resolution and choose the resolution you desire. 

If you select a smaller resolution it will make items on the screen appear larger in the final recording.

 Resolution drop down menu

 4. You can also adjust the fps (frame rate per second) by dragging the sliders. For a lot of movement on the screen an fps of 15 is recommended, and for showing a video during screen capture an fps of 30 is recommended. Not selecting a high enough fps can cause the secondary video to appear choppy/uneven. 

 Frames rate per second

 5. The kbps (kilobyte per second) will adjust automatically based on the settings for resolution and fps. 

 Kilobyte per second

The changes will be applied automatically. 

 6.  PowerPoint: You can select a PowerPoint presentation to record if you want to.  This is an easy way to narrate a PowerPoint presentation.

Note: If your PowerPoint contains any motion on the slide, 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. 

 PowerPoint capture

 7. You can also open a presentation from the recorder. Click on the PowerPoint tab in your secondary sources, then click on Open a Presentation to launch PowerPoint.

Open Presentation

8. If you want to have the PowerPoint launch as soon as you select Record, select the checkbox Start presenting when recording starts

In order to properly record PowerPoint presentations, after you have launched PowerPoint, you must have it in full-screen presentation mode.

 Start presenting when recording starts 


  Step Six: Starting, Stopping and Pausing

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

 Begin recording

  Stop and pause recording

 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. 

 4You can use Panopto for Windows hotkeys to start a recording, pause and stop, all with a few keys so you don't need to minimize the content you're recording to click the buttons.

  • Record: F8 Key
  • Pause: F9 Key
  • Stop: F10 Key  


Step Seven: Recording Status 

1. Once you have finished recording, you will be taken to the Manage Recordings page. Once you are satisfied that everything is there and processing, close the window to return to Panopto for editing and sharing options.

 Manage recordings page

2. 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.

 3. Currently Uploading Recordings will show the video that you just completed and its status.

4. Uploaded Recordings will show 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 or 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 the local files, as long as you no longer need them. 

If you would like to clear up some space on the computer, simply upload the recordings onto the server, and once completed select Delete Local. Your recordings will remain in your Homepage within Panopto. Selecting Delete Local, prior to uploading onto the server will result in lost data. 


 Step Eight: Warnings

1. There are two different warnings that may appear while you are recording. These are for low audio and low disk space. For example, if your audio isn't working you will see a banner at the top of the recorder and a pop-up appear on the desktop.

 Warning low audio

 No audio detected

2. These notifications are to help you resolve the problem so you can go back to recording a high quality video. 


Further Support

For technical support, please contact the ITS Service Desk on 9919 2777 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.