When we built Panopto, one of our primary design goals was to dramatically reduce the number of steps and the amount of time required to record, produce, and share video presentations. To achieve this goal, we built a video platform that automates many of the video production tasks that have traditionally required human interaction and third-party software.
For example, when you record a presentation with Panopto, our system automatically synchronizes video of the presenter, their slides, and any other materials included as part of the presentation, such as document cameras, screen recordings, and digital whiteboards. This eliminates the need for a videographer to manually synchronize these feeds in post-production.
Similarly, Panopto automatically uploads recorded presentations to a video content management system (video CMS). Once uploaded, Panopto automatically encodes the presentation for multi-bitrate streaming to any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. This eliminates the need to create multiple encodings manually, to upload these encodings to a secure repository, and to configure that repository for media streaming.
Below is a diagram that illustrates the steps of video capture and production that Panopto automates. Click the image for a higher-resolution version.
When videos do require manual post-production, Panopto provides a web-based editor that supports a range of basic editing tasks. These include:
Of course, some videos require more extensive post-production functionality that can only be found in professional video editing software. Tools like Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Cyberlink PowerDirector provide the ability add overlays, perform advanced transitions, manipulate color, edit individual audio tracks, add effects, and more.
As more and more AV professionals in businesses and universities use Panopto, we’ve received a growing number of requests for the ability to edit Panopto recordings using these and other external editors. So in the latest release of Panopto, we’ve included a feature that enables this capability. Below is an overview of how AV teams and videographers can use the feature to make more advanced edits to their Panopto recordings.
Output Panopto Recordings to MP4 Files
The first step to editing Panopto recordings in an external editor is to enable a setting in the Panopto Windows Recorder. This setting instructs Panopto to capture recordings as local MP4 files.
To do this, navigate to the Settings tab in the Panopto Recorder, then to the Advanced Settings sub-tab. Check the Capture in MP4 format checkbox and click Save.
Once this is checked, every feed recorded using Panopto will be output as an individual MP4 file, encoded using the H.264 video codec and the AAC audio codec.
Making Changes to a Single-Feed Video
To edit a Panopto recording that consists of a single video feed (typically a simple webcam video with audio, or a screen recording with audio):
Making Changes to a Video with Multiple Feeds
Most Panopto recordings contain at least two video feeds — the recording of the presenter, and the recording of their on-screen content. When editing one of these feeds, most of the steps listed above will still apply. However, uploading the edited video will typically be done within Panopto’s web-based video editor, and you need to consider how edits to video duration impact the overall video presentation.
Note: You should pay special attention if you change the duration of a video feed using an external editor, since the edited feed will no longer be in sync with the other feed from your recording. For example, if you use Adobe Premiere to trim out parts of your screen recording, the updated screen recording will have a shorter duration than the presenter video. In these cases, you’ll typically need to edit both feeds in the external editor to ensure that they remain in sync.
Send Us Your Feedback
Using an external editor with Panopto is an increasingly common workflow among our power users, and as we continue to develop future releases of our video platform, we’re looking for your feedback to better integrate the capability with your existing workflow. So send us your feedback. Let us know which video editor(s) you currently use and how you’d like to see the capability evolve in the future. To provide feedback on this or other areas of the product, submit your ideas on the Panopto support site. Happy editing.