New Book from Panopto Helps Businesses and Universities Produce More Effective Video Recordings and Live Webcasts

SEATTLE, June 23, 2015 – Panopto, a leading video platform provider for enterprise and education markets, today announced the availability of a new book written by streaming media expert, Jan Ozer. The book, entitled Mastering Webcam and Smartphone Video – How to Look and Sound Great in Webinars and Video Recordings: Panopto Edition, provides businesses and universities with authoritative information on capturing and producing high-quality live and on-demand video.

Panopto commissioned the book in response to growing demand for its enterprise video platform, which is used by businesses and universities to stream online training and lectures, new employee onboarding, sales enablement video, town hall events, and more. The book includes a chapter dedicated to optimizing Panopto’s video recording apps for Windows, Mac OS, and iOS. It is available on in full-color print and Kindle editions, priced at $21.95 and $9.95, respectively.

“Panopto is one of the premiere platforms for producing and sharing video in enterprises and academic institutions,” said Jan Ozer. “As video continues to become the preferred medium for online communication, this custom version of my book will provide employees, faculty, and students with a resource for making the most of their recordings and live webcasts.”

Overview of Book Topics
The book, which is ideal for novice and intermediate users of Panopto’s video platform, covers a range of topics including network bandwidth considerations, tips for maximizing video and audio quality, best practices for being on camera, and day-of production checklists to ensure the best possible results. The book covers these topics in four sections:

  1. Looking Great, which includes chapters on positioning the webcam, choosing a background and clothing, simple lighting techniques, and how to optimize webcam settings for quality
  2. Sounding Great, which includes chapters on choosing and using external microphones on Windows PCs, Macs, iOS devices, and Android devices
  3. How it Works in the Programs You Use, which includes chapters on optimizing audio and video quality in Panopto, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and Skype
  4. Getting it Right on Game Day, which contains multiple checklists to ensure the best possible event.

“In an industry increasingly plagued by webcasts and recordings with mediocre video and audio quality, Jan Ozer shows you how to rise above the masses and look like a pro,” said Ari Bixhorn, VP of Marketing, Panopto. “Jan’s book will be an invaluable resource to our customers and to any organization looking to develop compelling live and on-demand video.”

About the Author
Jan Ozer is a streaming and production professional with deep experience on both sides of the camera and with webinar production. An accomplished author, Ozer has written over 25 books on streaming, production, and editing. Ozer decided to write Mastering Webcam and Smartphone Video after watching several webinars where experienced presenters made seemingly rookie mistakes.

About Panopto
Panopto’s mission is to help anyone share knowledge using video. Since 2007, the company has created software that enables businesses and universities to create searchable video presentations in minutes from any device. Privately held, Panopto was founded by technology entrepreneurs and software design veterans at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science. For more information, visit