Instructional video capture tool: Panopto

Panopto is a cloud-based video capture tool for training, teaching, and presenting. Record, webcast, manage, and search all of your video content. It makes recording or sharing your videos easier than ever. Panopto also uses your computer or the room’s computer to record.

Panopto is a hosted service, similar to Canvas by Instructure, and is provided by SBCTC eLearning for all WA state community and technical colleges.

Panopto is:

  • Easy to install and works on both Windows and Mac.
  • Supports multi-camera video capture to record the instructor, the content of the screen, a document camera, a digital whiteboard, and more.
  • Provides the ability to transmit live and on-demand video streams over the Internet or record and store them for on-demand viewing by students from a web browser.
  • Allows you to add time-coded notes to videos so it’s easy to quickly get the information you need.
  • Includes a cloud-based video content management system for uploading, managing, and sharing all your video files.
  • Comes with built-in video analytics, a web-based video editor, and automatic encoding to ensure your videos play efficiently on any device.
  • Can be integrated into any Canvas course. The integration allows videos to be uploaded directly to any course site.

Panopto in Canvas

Panopto is integrated in Canvas. You will find the Panopto button in your course Settings under the Navigation tab. Unhide the tool, Save and you can then use it from your left Navigation Menu in your Canvas course. Click on the Panopto button, download the recorder, and create and access videos in that course.

Quick step-by-step guides available to get you up and running:

  • Setting Up Panopto to Use in Your Canvas Course – coming soon
  • Basic Recording Steps – coming soon
  • Using an RSS Feed to Access Videos – coming soon

Support links from Panopto


Mac Recorder
Remote Recorder
Windows Recorder


How to Manually Caption Your Sessions in the Editor
Embed a YouTube Video into a Panopto Session
ASR Generated Captions


Basic Editing
Splicing / Remixing
Video Switching in the Panopto Editor
Webpage Embedding
Advanced Editor Usage


How to batch upload video files with Unison
How to separate audio from a video track using Expression Encoder for Unison uploads
How to Upload Files from the Editor
Unison Supported File Type

First – time Using Panopto:

  1. Login to Canvas.
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Go to the Navigation Tab
  4. Select Panopto Recorder and unhide by dragging the tool in the menu above.
  5. Save.
  6. You will now see Panopto in the left navigation.

Using Panopto

  1. In your Canvas course, Click on Panopto
  2. You will need to download the Recorder before first use.
  3. Click on the Create button and select Record a new session.
  4. Select Download Panopto or download other options.
  5. Download the Windows or the Mac installer.
  6. Your file will be downloaded in the browser window. Save that file on your computer.
  7. Launch the “panoptorecorder.exe”, follow the default prompts and Save.
  8. Once completed, you will see the Panopto Icon on your desktop.

Panopto download recorder

Panopto download recorder from browser

Panopto download in browser

Panopto Recorder

  1. Panopto Recorder Icon will be on you desktop ready for use.




Create your first recording in Canvas.

  1. Launch Canvas.
  2. Click on Panopto button in left navigation.
  3. Once the Panopto window launches, Create a new test recording, add captions, review settings and Publish.

Launch Panopto Recorder

You now ready to launch the Panopto Recorder from you Desktop. It will recognize your Canvas login information, if not Login using your NetID and password.


Last Updated December 28, 2018