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Recording lectures remotely with Panopto

This helpsheet details how to record your lectures remotely from home using your own laptop. Laptops are recommended as these have built in webcams and microphones. The process for MacOS and Windows is largely the same.

There are three stages to the process.

  • STAGE ONE: Configuring a Panopto folder on a Blackboard module site
  • STAGE TWO: Installing the Panopto application on your laptop
  • STAGE THREE: Recording with Panopto

STAGE ONE: Configuring a Panopto folder on a Blackboard module site

Before using Panopto to remotely record lectures, you need to provision your module site onto the Panopto system. This only needs to be done once per module and may have already been done on your module site.

  1. Go to your module site on Blackboard.
  1. Every Blackboard site has a Panopto button. If the button is hidden, unhide the button. Click the Panopto button on the module site menu bar.
A screenshot showing the Panopto button on the main navigation menu in your Blackboard module site.
  1. On the next screen, click Configure at the top of your screen to provision the course on the Panopto server.
A screenshot showing the Configure button that you should click within your module site in order to make Panopto available.
  1. Click Add Course to Panopto when prompted.
A screenshot showing the 'Add Course to Panopto' button which you need to click if you wish to enable Panopto on your module site.
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click OK
  1. On the final screen, ignore the Folder options and click Submit

At the end of this process, a folder for this module site will now be created within the Panopto system. You are now ready to add videos, screencasts and lecture recordings to this area of your Blackboard site.

STAGE TWO: Installing the Panopto application on your laptop

  1. On the module site click on the Panopto menu button.
A screenshot showing the Panopto item on the main navigation within your Blackboard module site. Clicking this link will take you to the Panpoto section.
  1. Click on Create and, from the drop-down menu that appears, select an installer to download.
Within Panopto the menu appears and you can choose to download the relevant version of Panpoto for your device.
  1. The installer will download. Click to open and install the application by following the steps on the installation wizard.

You are now ready to remotely record lecturers from your own laptop.

STAGE THREE: Recording with Panopto

  1. On the module site’s menu bar, click on the Panopto menu button. Ensure Outlook is closed so that your email inbox is not captured in the recording.
A screenshot showing the Panopto menu item in the main navigation within your Blackboard module site.
  1. Click on Create and, from the drop-down menu that appears, select Record a new session.
A screenshot showing the Panopto folder within your module site from where you can click the 'Create' button and choose 'Record a new session' to start recording with Panopto.
A screenshot showing the popup window which will ask you if you wish to launch the Panopto recorder. If you wish to continue, please choose 'Allow'.
  1. If asked to approve the launch of the Panopto recorder, click Allow. The Panopto application then opens with all the settings correctly configured.
A screenshot showing the Panopto recorded from where you can set up a number of options including your micrphone, video and screenshare settings and you can start your recording.
  1. Click the Record button. This minimises the Panopto application. Sound will be picked up by your laptop mic.
A screenshot showing the Panopto icon on the taskbar which you can click to get back to the Panopto application during your recording session.
A screenshot showing the stop and pause buttons which you can use to control your recording as you are making it.
  1. Pause and restart the recording by clicking the Panopto icon in the Windows Taskbar and Pause.
  1. When finished, click the Panopto icon in the Windows Taskbar and the Stop icon. Click Upload on the next screen.
A screenshot showing the stop and pause buttons which you can use to control your recording as you are making it.
A screenshot showing the recording has been completed and you can now enter a title and description for your recording.
  1. You will be sent an email with a link to review the video. The recording will appear on your module site in the Panopto area where it can be edited by clicking the Edit icon.
  1. Students can access the recordings immediately unless you choose to edit the availability parameters. To do this, go to the Panopto area on the module site and click the Settings cog icon and adjust the dates on the next screen.
A screenshot showing the various settings which can be accessed once your video is uploaded. You can edit your video by choosing 'Edit', 'Share' it or 'Delete' it.
A screenshot showing the availability settings within Panopto. You can choose to make your video available straight away (the default) or at a later date.
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