Introducing Panopto 4.1 – New Features and Improvements
Today we shipped Panopto 4.1—the latest release of our media capture and management tools. This release includes some of the most requested features from our academic and corporate customers, as well as improvements across the board to usability and performance. The new features and improvements you’ll find in Panopto 4.1 generally fall into one the following categories:
- New ways to record content – A new app for iPhones and iPads, student recording functionality, multi-monitor support, and compatibility with more video capture hardware give you new ways to record presentations, lectures, demos, and events.
- Integration with a wider range of systems – Basic LTI, improved Active Directory integration, and support for new media formats enable you to integrate Panopto with more learning management systems (LMS), corporate back-ends, and existing media.
- New management tools – Usage monitoring, activity logging, on-demand Unison licensing, and support for batch user operations provide more control and oversight for people administering Panopto installations onsite and in the cloud.
Whether you’re a university professor looking for ways to increase student engagement, a marketer in search of a tool to enhance your corporate communications, a training professional looking for an e-learning solution, or an IT administrator in search of an easy, cost-effective software for media management, Panopto 4.1 has something for you.
New ways to record: The Panopto iOS app,student recording, and multi-screen support
More and more people are using phones and tablets to view and record multimedia. So as part of Panopto 4.1, we’re shipping an iOS app. The app makes it easy to view and search Panopto content on your iPhones and iPads, and allows you to record Panopto content using the built-in camera on your iOS device. The app also allows you to take notes on your device during a presentation, and have them automatically synchronized with the recording. The iOS app is great for viewing lectures and presentations while you’re away from your laptop, or for recording quick ad hoc videos to share with an audience—be it your class, co-workers, or a public audience on the web. You can expect to see the iOS app in the App Store in the days ahead.
Another highly-requested recording feature is the ability for students to record and submit Panopto content. In our 4.1 release, we’re delivering on this request with student recording support. Student recording is a great way to make assignments more interactive and engaging—enabling students to submit multimedia assignments individually or in teams. Recording can be done on a Mac, Windows PC, or on an iPhone or iPad using the new iOS recorder. Once a student has submitted a recording, it resides in a secure “drop box” that other students can’t see or modify, but that the instructor can view in order to provide feedback directly within the notes section of the recording. As with all Panopto recordings, the instructor’s notes are synchronized with the video, so students can see precisely where in their presentation the instructor is providing feedback.
For customers looking to capture screen content from multiple screens simultaneously, Panopto 4.1 now includes multi-monitor support. This is useful in situations where a speaker wants to record “Presenter View” in Microsoft PowerPoint™, or when multiple monitors are being used to show complex information, such as financial charts or clinical data.
Capture multiple screens simultaneously in Panopto 4.1