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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 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 My Workspace (recommended) or in a Bridges course site (if you don't see the Panopto tool in your course, you will need to activate it, see below.

I.  Using Panopto through Bridges

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

You should now see the Panopto tool 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 your Bridges My Workspace or from a Bridges Course

To record a video from a Bridges course:

  1. Log in to your Bridges course
  2. Click on the the Panopto tool from the course menu on the left
  3. Click on the Create button in the center of the window
  4. Click on the Record a New Session
  5. Click on Launch Recorder
  6. Type in a descriptive title for your session (the default title is the day and time of the recording)
  7. Under Primary Source - select Video: your webcam (if desired) and Audio: your computer microphone
  8. Under Secondary Capture Sources select one:  click in the box next to either the Capture PowerPoint or Capture Primary Screen, depending on what you want to record.
    Note:  if you are just talking into your webcam and will not be demonstrating any slides or anything on your computer screen make sure you uncheck both the Secondary Capture boxes.
  9. Click on the red Record button and start talking and navigating through either your PowerPoint slides or content on your computer.
  10. When you've completed the recording click on Stop 
  11. Your recording will then be uploaded to the server to be processed. When processing is complete the video will be available for your students to view when they log into your course and click on the Panopto tool link from the menu.

Note:  If you haven't installed the recorder on your computer, click on the Download Installer button that corresponds to your operating system - i.e. Download Windows or Download Mac. 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).  Also, when you do this for the first time, the Recorder will open automatically.  You will need to close the Recorder and click on the Create button (step 3 above) once more to authenicate yourself in the Recorder.

Student Video Assignments

If you would like your students to create videos for your course you can also add an Assignments folder (formally called Drop Box) in the Panopto course folder (the Assignments folder will be a subfolder). Students would then go into the Bridges course - click on the Panopto tool from the course menu, select the Assignments folder and then click on Record. The recordings will then show up in the course Assignmnets folder and be visible to you.

To create a drop box in your course Panopto folder:

  1. Click on the Panopto tool 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 Assignment Folder link - that's all there is to it.  

Note if you want your students to see other students reecordings, you will have to make one additional configuration change. Go into the Assignments folder you just created and click on the little gray gear in the upper right, click on Settings, and check off the box for "Allow viewers to see each other's sessions", and then X out of the box.

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See these instructions for uploading and sharing your video recording. Once your video recording has been uploaded and encoded you may also copy the link and paste it into an email message to be shared.

Check out  this video covering 7 tips for a creating an effective video presentation at: Recording effective presentations online (created by Northern Arizona University)

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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 Panopto tool 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

Notes for viewing Panopto videos:

             You may need a copy of the free Microsoft Silverlight on your computer in order to view the videos.

If you are trying to view a Panopto video with an older browser you may get this security warning since the program is on a secure server: It looks like your browser isn't secure enough to play this content. You will either have to upgrade Internet Explorer to version 10 or switch over to Chrome or Firefox to view the videos.  We do however recommend Chrome for both Windows and Mac platforms.

Recording A Panopto Video

There are two options for recording student videos depending on the preference of your instructor, either:

  1. Record a video from your Bridges My Workspace - Panopto tool and share the link or
  2. Record your video within your Bridges course using the Panopto Assignments Folder

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 Panopto tool from the course menu on the left
  3. Navigate to the Panopto Assignment Folder
  4. Click on the Create button in the center of the window
  5. Click on the Record a New Session
  6. Click on Launch Recorder
  7. Type in a descriptive title for your session (the default title is the day and time of the recording)
  8. Under Primary Source - select Video: your webcam (if desired)  and Audio: your computer microphone
  9. Under Secondary Capture Sources select one:  click in the box next to either the Capture PowerPoint or Capture Primary Screen, depending on what you want to record.
    Note:  if you are just talking into your webcam and will not be demonstrating any slides or anything on your computer screen make sure you uncheck both the Secondary Capture boxes.
  10. Click on the red Record button and start talking and navigating through either your PowerPoint slides or content on your computer.
  11. When you've completed the recording click on Stop 
  12. Your recording will then be uploaded to the server to be processed. When processing is complete the video will be available for your instructor to view in the Panopto Assignmentt Folder.

Note:  If you haven't installed the recorder on your computer, click on the Download Installer button that corresponds to your operating system - i.e. Download Windows or Download Mac. 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).  Also, when you do this for the first time, the Recorder will open automatically.  You will need to close the Recorder and click on the Create button (step 3 above) once more to authenicate yourself in the Recorder.

Recording a Video from Bridges My Workspace - Panopto

To record a video from your Bridges My Workspace:

  1. Log in to Bridges and stay on the My Workspace page
  2. Click on the link to Video Capture (Panopto) from the menu on the left
  3. Click on the Create button in the center of the window
  4. Click on the Record a New Session
  5. Click on Launch Recorder
  6. Type in a descriptive title for your session (the default title is the day and time of the recording)
  7. Under Primary Source - select Video: your webcam (if desired)  and Audio: your computer microphone
  8. Under Secondary Capture Sources select one:  click in the box next to either the Capture PowerPoint or Capture Primary Screen, depending on what you want to record.
    Note:  if you are just talking into your webcam and will not be demonstrating any slides or anything on your computer screen make sure you uncheck both the Secondary Capture boxes.
  9. Click on the red Record button and start talking and navigating through either your PowerPoint slides or content on your computer.
  10. When you've completed the recording click on Stop 
  11. Your recording will then be uploaded to the server to be processed.
  12. When processing is complete, click on Share
  13. Select the entire link address in the box toward the top of the window and Copy it
  14. Under Who Has Access - click on the down arrow and select Anyone with the Link (this gives your instructor permission to view the video)
  15. Click on Save Changes
  16. Paste the link into either an email, a Bridges course Assignment or Bridges Drop Box - depending on the direction of the instructor

Note:  If you haven't installed the recorder on your computer, click on the Download Installer button that corresponds to your operating system - i.e. Download Windows or Download Mac. 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).  Also, when you do this for the first time, the Recorder will open automatically.  You will need to close the Recorder and click on the Create button (step 3 above) once more to authenicate yourself in the Recorder.

Resources

Recording with Panopto -  Resources

Panopto Mobile

Basic Video Editing

Viewing Panopto Videos (short narrated video demonstrations)

Notes for viewing Panopto videos:

             You may need a copy of the free Microsoft Silverlight on your computer in order to view the videos.

If you are trying to view a Panopto video with an older browser you may get this security warning since the program is on a secure server: It looks like your browser isn't secure enough to play this content. You will either have to upgrade Internet Explorer to version 10 or switch over to Chrome or Firefox to view the videos.  We do however recommend Chrome for both Windows and Mac platforms.

TIPS FOR CAPTURING VIDEO

Free Panopto Training Webinars

Check out  this video covering 7 tips for a creating an effective video presentation at: Recording effective presentations online (created by Northern Arizona University)

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