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Panopto Focus is a lecture capture application initially developed by Carnegie Mellon designed for capturing, editing, and streaming audio and video from presentations to the Web. RWU has a site license for Panopto Focus that allows faculty or students to easily create a narrated PowerPoint video, a screencast of anything on a computer screen with audio, or a video stream from a web cam (or any other video source attached to their computer like a document camera)  into a video that can then be shared with students either within a Bridges course, a faculty website or even via e-mail.

RWU faculty and students can download and install the Panopto recorder locally on their home or office computer (Mac or Windows) at no cost. You create your video on your computer and then upload it to a folder on the Panopto streaming server so that it can be processed and delivered digitally. Videos can be viewed directly from the Video Capture (Panopto) tool from a Bridges course menu or viewed from a personal or topical folder on the Panopto server.

Getting Started Faculty

There are two different ways for faculty to use Panopto - either through your Bridges course (I) or by logging directly into a personal folder on the Panopto server (II).

 

I.  Using Video Capture (Panopto) through Bridges

Every Bridges course contains the Video Capture (Panopto) tool but you have to activate it to use it. To activate the tool:

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Click on Site Editor
  3. Click on Edit Tools
  4. Scroll down and click in the box next to Video Capture (Panopto) to select it
  5. Click on Continue at the bottom of the window
  6. Click on Finish

You should now see the Video Capture (Panopto) link appearing on your course menu on the left. This activation also creates a  course folder on the Panopto server to hold any videos you create and also activates your user account on the server. (Note that if you have used Panopto in the past, this process creates a totally different account for you.)

Recording from a Bridges Course

To record a video from a Bridges course:

  1. Log in to your Bridges course
  2. Click on the link to Video Capture (Panopto) from the course menu on the left
  3. Click on the Record button in the top right corner of the window
  4. If you haven't installed the recorder on your computer, click on the Download button that corresponds to your operating system - i.e. Download Windows or Download Mac
  5. This will activate a wizard that will proceed to download the recorder to your local computer and install it (note that this only needs to be done once)
  6. If you've already installed the Recorder you can click on the Launch Recorder link to start the Recorder

You should now be ready to record your video

Student Video Drop Box

If you would like your students to create videos for your course you can also add a Drop Box area in the course Panopto folder. Students would then go into the Bridges course - click on the Video Capture (Panopto) link from the course menu, select the drop box and then click on Record. The recordings will then show up in the course drop box and be visible to you.

To create a drop box in your course Panopto folder:

  1. Click on the Video Capture (Panopto) link in your course
  2. Click on the Folder Settings icon in the top right corner of the window (looks like a little grey gear)
  3. Click on the Create Drop Box button - that's all there is to it.

II. Using Panopto from an RWU Account

If you don't want to use Panopto from Bridges you can go directly to Panopto. The Panopto system is integrated with our Active Directory accounts so that everyone who has an RWU user account should be able to activate an account with their usual credentials. Note that this is a two-part process. Here are the steps:

Part One

  1. Open a browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) on an Internet-connected computer
  2. Type in address:  http://panopto.rwu.edu
  3. At the Login Using option:  select Academics
  4. Next to Username:  type in your RWU username (usually first initial last name - e.g. jsmith)
  5. Next to Password: Type in your e-mail password
  6. Click on Log in.  This will create a Viewer account on Panopto. However in order to create videos you have to have a Creator role and your own folder. At this point you need to:
  7. Send an e-mail toid@rwu.edu and request a folder and Creator role. We'll add that for you and you will then be ready to download, install and start recording on your own computer. Note that any videos recorded in this fashion will not be associated with any specific course. Also note that you only have to go through this process once.

Part Two

Once you've received an e-mail from the ID team noting that your folder has been created and your role has been changed you would log back into the Panopto server:

  1. Open a browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) on an Internet-connected computer
  2. Type in address: http://panopto.rwu.edu
  3. At the Login Using option: select Academics
  4. Next to Username: type in your RWU username (usually first initial last name - e.g. jsmith)
  5. Next to Password: Type in your e-mail password
  6. Click on Log in.

You should now see a Record button in the top right corner of the window.

  1. Click on the Record button
  2. If you haven't installed the recorder on your computer, click on the Download button that corresponds to your operating system - i.e. Download Windows or Download Mac
  3. This will activate a wizard that will proceed to download the recorder to your local computer and install it (note that this only needs to be done once)
  4. Once the installation has completed, click on the green Panopto Recorder icon/program on your computer
  5. If you are prompted for the server address type in:  panopto.rwu.edu
  6. Your username for the desktop Panopto program is the same as your myRWU portal username, that is: academics.rwu\username  (which is usually your first initial last name - e.g. jsmith). Note that this is a different login from the Panopto server.
  7. Your password is your e-mail password
  8. Click on Log in  

You should now be ready to record your first video.

Once you have created a recording you would share the video as Public and then copy the link and paste it into your Bridges course, e-mail message or your Bridges My Workspace Resources folder.

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Getting Started Students

Viewing a Recording in Bridges

If your instructor has recorded videos within a Bridges course follow these steps to view them:

  1. Log in to your Bridges course
  2. Click on the Video Capture (Panopto) link from the course menu on the left
  3. You should see the list of videos created for your course - click on the link to the video you wish to view

Note:  you will need a copy of the free Microsoft Silverlight on your computer in order to view the videos.

Recording A Panopto Video

There are two options for recording student videos depending on the preference of your instructor: either recording your video within your course on Bridges or recording a video into a personal folder directly on the Panopto server.

To record a video within a Bridges course

  1. Log in to your Bridges course
  2. Click on the link to Video Capture (Panopto) from the course menu on the left
  3. Click on the Record button in the top right corner of the window
  4. If you haven't installed the recorder on your computer, click on the Download button that corresponds to your operating system - i.e. Download Windows or Download Mac
  5. This will activate a wizard that will proceed to download the recorder to your local computer and install it (note that this only needs to be done once)
  6. If you've already installed the Recorder you can click on the Launch Recorder link to start the Recorder
  7. Any videos you record using this process will be linked automatically within the dropbox of the course.

To record a video within a Panopto folder

The Panopto system is integrated with our Active Directory accounts so that everyone who has an RWU user account should be able to activate an account on the Panopto server with their usual credentials. Note that this is a two-part process. Here are the steps:

Part One
  1. Open a browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) on an Internet-connected computer
  2. Type in address: http://panopto.rwu.edu
  3. At the Login Using option: select Academics
  4. Next to Username: type in your RWU username (usually first initial last name - e.g. jsmith)
  5. Next to Password: Type in your e-mail password
  6. Click on Log in. This will create a Viewer account on Panopto. However in order to create videos you have to have a Creator role and your own folder. At this point you need to:
  7. Send an e-mail to: id@rwu.edu and request a folder and Creator role. We'll add that for you and you will then be ready to download, install and start recording on your own computer. Note that any videos recorded in this fashion will not be associated with any specific course. Note also that this part only has to be done once.

Once you've received an e-mail from the ID team noting that your folder has been created and your role has been changed you would log back into the Panopto server:

Part Two
  1. Open a browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) on an Internet-connected computer
  2. Type in address: http://panopto.rwu.edu
  3. At the Login Using option: select Academics
  4. Next to Username: type in your RWU username (usually first initial last name - e.g. jsmith)
  5. Next to Password: Type in your e-mail password
  6. Click on Log in.

You should now see a Record button in the top right corner of the window.

  1. Click on the Record button
  2. If you haven't installed the recorder on your computer, click on the Download button that corresponds to your operating system - i.e. Download Windows or Download Mac
  3. This will activate a wizard that will proceed to download the recorder to your local computer and install it (note that this only needs to be done once)
  4. Once the installation has completed, click on the green Panopto Recorder icon/program on your computer
  5. If you are prompted for the server address type in: panopto.rwu.edu
  6. Your username for the desktop Panopto program is the same as your myRWU portal username, that is: academics.rwu\username (which is usually your first initial last name - e.g. jsmith). Note that this is a different login from the Panopto server.
  7. Your password is your e-mail password
  8. Click on Log in

You should now be ready to record your first video. Once you've created your video you can Share it as Public and copy/paste the link into an email message to your instructor or as a link from a web page, for example an eportfolio page.

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Resources

How to Record a Panopto Video (short narrated video demonstrations)

Basic Video Editing

Viewing Panopto Videos (short narrated video demonstrations)

For additional videos and documentation on recording, editing, and configuring Panopto Focus 4.0, please visit Panopto's support site

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If you have any questions please send e-mail to id@rwu.edu.