Overview

In this article, you’ll learn about Panopto Express and its features. Panopto Express is an easy, powerful, and free tool to help educators and professionals capture excellent presentations by simply visiting a website. Using Panopto Express, anyone with a computer and a web browser can record great presentations and lectures that blend together webcams, screen and application captures, and other video sources into rich, engaging presentations.

Prerequisites

  • Desktop computer
  • The latest version of Chrome, Edge, or Firefox (Chromium-based) on Windows or Mac.
    Note: Panopto Express will be available on Safari soon .

1. Recording

1.1  Go to panopto.com/record to open Panopto Express (Fig. 1).

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Figure 1

1.2  Choosing Your Audio Source: If you have more than one audio source, please use the following steps to select your preferred audio source (microphone). Note: Panopto Express will automatically select a microphone when you launch the webpage .

1.2.a  To choose your audio source, select the microphone icon in the upper left corner of
Panopto Express (Fig. 2).

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Figure 2

1.2.b  Each microphone connected to your computer will appear as a button in the
preview area. Select the desired microphone by clicking on it (Fig. 3).

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1.3  Choosing Your Camera Source: If you have more than one camera connected, please use the following steps to select your preferred camera source, or to remove your cameras as a source altogether.Note : Panopto Express will automatically select a camera when you launch the webpage.

1.3.a  Select the camera icon in the upper center of Panopto Express (Fig. 4).

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1.3.b  Each camera connected to your computer will show up as a button in the preview area. Each button will show a preview of each camera. Select the desired camera(s) by clicking on the button(s) (Fig. 5). Note: You can select more than one camera; however, the first camera chosen will be set as the presenter video. Additional cameras will be added as sources for presentation materials or demonstration. To remove all cameras from the recording, make sure all are deselected by clicking on any camera preview with a checkmark in the middle.

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Figure 5

1.4  Recording Screens, Applications, or Chrome Tabs: In Panopto Express, you have the option to record more than one screen, open application, or Chrome tab.

1.4.a  Select the Monitor icon with the plus sign from the upper right hand corner (Fig. 6). If you do not want to record any screens or applications, you can skip this step.

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1.4.b  To record a screen, choose Your Entire Screen. Then, select the screen to record and click Share. Optionally, select Share Audio to add the audio from your computer to the recording (Fig. 7).

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1.4.c  To record an application, first open the desired application, then choose Application Window. Then, select the application to record and click Share (Fig. 8).

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1.4.d  To record everything that happens in a browser tab, choose the browser Tab option. Then, select the tab you want to record and click Share. If there is audio on the tab you are sharing that you’d like to include, select Share Audio to add the audio from your computer to the recording (Fig. 9).

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1.5  To begin recording your video, select the red circle button at the bottom center (Fig. 10). Note: If enabled (step 3.3, below), you will see a five-second countdown on the screen, and it will start recording.

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1.6  When you are done recording, select the red square top button at the bottom center (Fig. 11).

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2. Sharing or Downloading Your Video

2.1  Once you stop recording, a new webpage will load that states Your video is ready to
share
in the top left corner (Fig. 12).

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2.2  You can preview your video on this page. If you would like to reshoot your video or want to shoot another video after sharing or downloading your first recording, select Record New in the top right corner (Fig 13).

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2.3  To download your video, select the Download button (Fig. 14).

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2.4  There are three options for sharing your video. You can send your video directly to Panopto, YouTube, or Google Classroom by clicking on the site's respective button at the bottom of the screen (Fig. 15). Note: selecting Send to Panopto will prompt you to log into, or create, a Panopto account. If you do not have a Panopto account, you can learn more here:
Panopto Subscription Plans

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Figure 15

3. Additional Record Settings

3.1  To change the recorder settings, select the gear icon in the lower right corner (Fig. 16).

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3.2  Select the Count down when pressing the Record checkbox to have a five-second countdown appear on the screen before recording begins (Fig. 17a). Note: The countdown is automatically enabled.

3.3  Select Capture in HD to record the video at a higher standard definition resolution rather than the default standard definition resolution (Fig. 17a). When Capture in HD is selected, users can also try our experimental feature to record in Ultra HD by selecting Capture in Ultra HD (4k) and/or 60fps (requires hardware support) from underneath the Panopto Labs section (Fig. 17b).

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3.4  Under Arrangement, there are two options for video outputs: Show two streams as picture in picture or Show as side by side. (Fig. 18). Both are demonstrated in the substeps below.

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3.4.a  Show two streams as picture in picture (Fig. 19)

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3.4.b  Show as side by side (Fig. 20)

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3.5  Under Panopto Labs, you have the option to test out some of our beta features. They are
as follows:

3.5.a  Smart Camera (beta): When enabled, Smart Camera automatically tracks and follows the speaker's face. You can opt into using Smart Camera by selecting the Get Smart Camera button (Fig. 21a) and then selecting Enable Smart Camera on start-up (Fig. 21b). Note: This feature requires a high-resolution camera as well as a high-performance computer for best results.

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3.5.b  Send logs (beta): the Settings window also has a function that allows you to send logs to Panopto Support for Panopto Express by selecting the Send Logs button in the top right corner (Fig. 22).

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