What is Panopto?
Panopto allows users to upload, edit, store and share video with the public, within the institution, within their department, or keep it completely private. Panopto can be a very powerful tool in how and who we share our video content with. In the next few years, Panopto will replace other video services such as MiddMedia and Muskrat.
This page is meant to briefly answer a few questions about Panopto and we have links to all the support offered on the Panopto website.
Do I have a Panopto Account?
Yes. All Middlebury students, faculty and staff have accounts.
How do I log into my account?
Go to https://midd.hosted.panopto.com This will take you to the Middlebury College Panopto Home page. You will see a variety of public videos that other people have shared. Click the Sign-in button at the top on the right. Choose Middlebury Single Sign-in. Enter your Middlebury College credentials (email address and password). You will then be at your personal home page. You will see any videos that have been shared with you or that you have uploaded.
How does Panopto work?
Panopto works very similar to other video servers we have used in the past, such as MiddMedia and Vimeo, etc. Review the Quick Start items below. If there anything you cannot find a tutorial on or an answer to, submit a support ticket.
Quick Start Guide
Supported File Types
Using Panopto for a Course
Head to the Course Hub and add a Panopto Resource. This will create a Panopto folder for your course section and create groups for both instructors and students. By default instructors will be able to add videos and students view videos.
If needed, grant the student group permission to create videos from within Panopto.
Sharing a Panopto folder with multiple Course sections
If multiple course sections need access to the same Panopto folder, a "Panopto Resource" should be created for one section first. We suggest creating the resource for Section A. To connect the Section A Panopto folder with other sections of the same class follow these steps:
- Click on the link to the Panopto Folder on your Course Hub. This will take you to the Panopto web portal for your course Panopto folder.
- In your web browser address bar, look for the web link that starts with
- The long string of letters and numbers in quotes in the link is the Panopto Folder ID. Copy this folder ID.
- Now go back to Course Hub. Go to the next class section that you want to link the Panopto folder to. For example, Section B. Click "+Resource" and the "Panopto Resource".
- In the field on this resource form that says "Connect to an existing Panopto folder by ID" paste the folder ID into the form as shown in this screen-shot.
Using Panopto with Canvas
How to find and view Panopto Recordings in Canvas - Students
If your teacher has embedded Panopto videos into your Canvas course you should see them directly within a page, assignment, or discussion forum. Your teacher may also choose to link to the video in Panopto which would open another tab or window in which you would see the video.
You may be prompted to log in to Panopto to view the video. Both Canvas and Panopto use your Middlebury credentials to grant access to content.
Embed Panopto Videos in a Canvas Course - Faculty
Note: As a first step we recommend you create a Panopto Resource via the Course Hub. This will create a folder in Panopto where you can store videos for a specific class. The class roster will sync with the folder viewing permissions.
After creating the Panopto folder and uploading video(s) for a class you are able to embed a video into any area of Canvas where the rich content editor (RCE) is available.
For example, from within a Page in Canvas when you are editing the page you will see the green Panopto icon in the RCE tool bar.
To embed a video, click the Panopto Editor button in the RCE. This may prompt you to login or it will bring you to a pop-up to select a folder and video(s) you wish to embed.
Select the video you wish to embed by clicking in the circle selector next to the video thumbnail. Next click the blue insert button at the bottom of the selection window. You may need to scroll to bottom if you have multiple videos in the folder. Note that you can not multi-select videos.
To complete the embed, return to the Canvas RCE and content screen. Remember to click the Save or Save and Publish button at the bottom of the page.
Visit the Panopto training site for a list of available training sessions.
Other Important Topics
How to Record with Mac
How to Record with PC
How to Upload Content
How to Edit a Video
Creating Folders and Subfolders
Setting Permissions on Folders and Sessions
How does the screen capture tool work?
You will need to download the screen capture software. After you have logged in, under your name on the right at the top there is a link Download Panopto. Under the Panopto heading, choose the software version that is appropriate for your computer. Here is a link to more detailed information about recording with Panopto tools. https://support.panopto.com/Documentation?cat=Recording
You will also notice there is a Remote Recorder, this is only available for Microsoft computers. It allows you to program when to start a recording. Here is a link with more details on how that works. https://support.panopto.com/Documentation?cat=Remote_Recorder
How do I set the privacy on my video?
Here is a link that best explains how to set the privacy/sharing options in Panopto. https://support.panopto.com/articles/Documentation/how-do-i-share-session
Our license covers a limited amount of captions, as a way to reduce costs. Priority is given to captioning for students with disabilities or for courses where captioning is essential to the coursework such as language courses. These are addressed on a first-come, first-serve basis, as long as funds are available. Towards the end of the license period, if we have unspent captioning funds, we can purchase captions for other, non-course-related videos, also on a first-come, first-serve basis (submit these requests by by June 14th using the link below).
Please submit your request using this link to a Media Services ticket form.
If your group has available funds to cover the cost of captioning, we’d be glad to help obtain the captions. The cost ranges from $1-$2.6 depending on which service we use and how quickly the captions are needed.
Here is a link offering further details about caption services:
Other Panopto How to Videos
My students can't see my video
Check to be sure you created a Panopto Resource via the course hub and that you've placed all of your videos in Panopto in this folder. If your videos are in your "My Folder" location in Panopto, use this tutorial for help with moving your videos to a new folder in Panopto.
I put my videos in "My Folder" in Panopto by mistake and need to move them to my course folder
If you want to share out videos from a different Panopto folder or share out individual videos, you need to make sure the Share settings for that other folder or that video are set correctly. These tutorials show you how to change sharing settings on Panopto folders and change share settings on individual Panopto videos.
NOTE: you cannot share your Panopto “My Folder”. If videos are stored in your “My Folder” that you want to share, you need to either move them to your course folder, a subfolder in your Panopto “My Folder”, or share individual videos one by one.
We recommend using the Firefox web browser when working in Canvas and Panopto. Regardless of browser, you need to make sure your browser accepts third-party cookies. This article walks you through how to enable third-party cookies in supported Panopto browsers.
Another option is to create a link from your Canvas site to the Panopto video, or to your course Panopto folder. Here are some tips on how to do this:
- Consider providing a link to the main Panopto course video folder on the course's main Canvas page. This link is most easily found on the Resources tab of your course’s CourseHub page. This link should be added as an “External URL” within a Canvas main page module while also being sure to check the “Load in a new tab” tick box.
- Consider adding a direct link to a video directly before or after the embedded version in a Canvas page. If you have already successfully embedded a video, the direct link to a video can be most easily found by clicking on the “↗” in the video and noting the URL of the resulting new browser tab or window.
- Consider adding a Panopto video as an “External URL” within a Canvas module while also being sure to check the “Load in a new tab” tick box.