How to Record with Panopto for Mac

This guidance is for recording Panopto videos using Mac operating system. For recording guidance using Windows please see this article here.

How to Record with Panopto for Mac

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Panopto for Mac allows flexibility in how and what you can record. A presenter may wish to record alone (with one computer), with a videographer using a separate computer, or live webcast your recording. This article will cover all aspects of recording with one computer. In this recording scenario, all presentation content (PowerPoint, Keynote, and/or screen capture) and video/audio are recorded from one computer.


  • Panopto for Mac
  • Creator access to Panopto

1. Installation and Setup

1.1.  Panopto for Mac is a small file and easy to install. It can only be installed on computers using Mac OS X 10.11 and up. Your computer should also have a large amount of free drive space to capture your video/recording. You can find the complete installation instructions here: Installing the Mac Recorder.

1.2.  Once Panopto is installed, log into your video library and click on the Create button at the top of your page. Select Record a New Session (Fig. 1).

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 Figure 1

1.3. In the window that appears, select Open Panopto to launch the recorder (Fig. 2). Note: You can also open the Recorder directly from your computer and login. 

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 Figure 2

1.4.  If you are opening Panopto from the video library, you’ll be automatically signed in. If you open Panopto directly from your desktop, enter your Panopto Server Address, Sign in username, and Password, and click the Sign in button. You may also choose to save your information by selecting the Remember Me box (Fig. 3).

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 Figure 3

2. Folders

2.1.  Click on Create New Recording (Fig. 4).

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 Figure 4

2.2.  Click the drop-down arrow so that you can set the folder where the recording will be saved (Fig. 5).

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 Figure 5

2.3.  By default, the name of the session is the date and time you record the session, but you can rename the session in the Session text box (Fig. 6).

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 Figure 6

3. Primary Sources

3.1.  Primary Audio: Under Primary Sources, select the drop-down under Audio. Select a microphone that is connected to your computer. You must select a primary audio source for a successful recording (Fig. 7).

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 Figure 7

3.2.  Volume bar: After selecting your audio, test your audio by talking in a normal voice to test the volume. You should see a few green bars appear as you talk (Fig. 8).

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 Figure 8

3.3 Primary Video Source: If you’d like to record video of a presenter, you can select a primary video source under the Video drop-down. But you do not need to include this if you just want to record audio (Fig. 9).

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 Figure 9

3.4.  Quality Settings: In Panopto -> Preferences you will find the quality settings for both your primary and secondary video streams (Fig. 10). These settings will help you determine what will be best to record a high-quality video. Please note: the above list applies to both Primary and Secondary Video Quality.

Video QualityResolutionFrame RateBit Rate
Basic (motion)360×28815 FPS300 KBPS
Basic (resolution) 1280×10244 FPS340 KBPS
Standard (motion)720×57630 FPS600 KBPS
Standard (resolution)1280×10248 FPS500 KBPS
High (motion)1280×60030 FPS1000 KBPS
High (resolution)1280×102412 FPS750 KBPS
Ultra (motion)1280×72030 FPS1500 KBPS
Ultra (resolution) 1920×108015 FPS1500 KBPS
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 Figure 10

4. Additional Sources and PowerPoint

4.1.  Additional Sources: You can also add up to two additional video sources here if you want to record your screen or an additional camera (Fig. 11)

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 Figure 11

4.2.  PowerPoint or Keynote:  You can choose to record PowerPoint or Keynote slides along with your video. After starting the recording, you must put your slides into presentation mode in order for them to be recorded (Fig. 12). Note: If your PowerPoint contains any motion on the slide, animations, embedded video in the slide or someone is annotating over the slide, then screen capture must be selected to be able to capture that content.

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 Figure 12

5. Starting, Stopping, and Pausing

5.1.  You can now begin recording. Click on the red RECORD icon. Once your recording has started, that icon will change into PAUSE and STOP (Fig. 13).

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Figure 13

5.2.  Click STOP to stop the recording. You will have the option to upload the recording or delete it and start again.

5.3.  Click the PAUSE button to have a section of your recording automatically edited out. When the recording is paused, Panopto is continuing to record, but that section will be edited out of the final version. You can always get this content back by using the editor.

5.4.  Hotkeys: You can use Panopto for Mac hotkeys to start a recording, pause, and stop, all with a few keys so you don’t need to minimize the content you’re recording to click the buttons.
Record: Option + Command + R

Pause: Option + Command + P

Stop: Option + Command + S

6. Manage Recordings

6.1.  Once everything has been recorded and you have stopped your recording, you will be taken to the Manage Recordings window (Fig. 14). 

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 Figure 14

6.2.  The Manage Recordings window displays the recordings stored on your computer as well as the processing status of your recording. You can also watch a preview of your video in the bottom right-hand corner, even while it is uploading. You may notice the following terms under the Status column: 

  • Offline Recording is a recording that does not have a folder selected in Panopto, so it is only stored on your computer. You can select Upload to Server to select a folder and add them to your video library.
  • Uploaded – Processing is a recording that was just completed and is currently processing.
  • Completed is a recording that was already recorded, with a selected folder location, and uploaded to the server. If you have access to the video in the library, you can open the video settings using viewedit, or share. You can also continue recording to the same session by selecting resume. And if you need to make space on your computer, you can delete local files, provided they are no longer needed.

Note: It is possible to delete recordings. If they have been uploaded already, you can delete the local copy and the recording will still be located on the server. If you delete a recording that has not yet been uploaded, that recording will be lost.

This guidance document has been adapted from Panopto. Original document is available here.
Last reviewed: 13/03/2020