How to Create a Video Using Panopto Capture (Beta)

Panopto Capture allows LIPA users to easily record audio, video, and entire screens or application windows. A user can access Panopto Capture from directly within their browser, and no download is required.

Please note that Panopto Capture is still in Beta mode which means it’s being still being developed and tested. If you experience any difficulties using Panopto Capture please let us know at and attempt to do the recording using the Panopto Recorder.

Overview – How to Create a Video Using Panopto Capture (Beta)

Use this documentation to learn how to make a video using Panopto Capture.


  • Creator access to Panopto
  • Latest version of: Chrome, Edge (Chromium-based), or Firefox browsers on Windows, Mac, or ChromeOS. Note: Please make sure anti-virus exceptions are made for audio (microphone), video (web camera), and screen in your preferred browser. 

Note: Panopto Capture (Beta) has been enabled for all creators by default in Panopto. Administrators can disable or limit access in the system settings. To limit access to only admins, change Panopto Capture Availability to Admins. To disable, change Enable Panopto Capture to False.

1. Launch Panopto Capture 

1.1. Click on the Create Button at the top of video library, and select Panopto Capture (Fig. 1). 

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1.2. Panopto Capture launches in a new browser tab (Fig. 2). 

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2. Select an Audio Source

2.1. To create a video, first select the microphone to use with the recording. Click the microphone icon in the upper left corner of Panopto Capture (Fig. 3).

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2.2. Each microphone connected to your computer will appear as a button in the preview area. Select the desired microphone by clicking on a button (Fig. 4).

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2.2.a. Talking at a normal volume will allow you to test your microphones. The bar at the left of each box indicates how well the microphone is picking up audio. Select a microphone that shows green in this bar. If yellow or red is showing, the video’s audio may be distorted (Fig. 5). If no green is showing, the microphone is not picking up audio.

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 Figure 5

3. Select Camera Sources

3.1. To record a camera source, select the camera icon in the upper center of Panopto Capture (Fig. 6). If you do not want to record any cameras, you can skip this step. 

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3.2. 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. 7).

3.2.a. The first camera selected will be recorded as the primary video source. This source appears in the upper left side of the video viewer and is typically video of a presenter. For more information on the video viewer, please see Learn About the Features of the Video Viewer

3.2.b. Any additional cameras selected will be recorded as secondary video sources. These appear on the right side of the viewer along with screen or application sources. 

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Figure 7

4. Select Screen and Application Sources

4.1. To record a screen, application window, or individual browser tab, select the monitor icon with the plus sign in the upper right of Panopto Capture (Fig. 8). If you do not want to record any screens or applications, you can skip this step.

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 Figure 8

4.2. A window will open. Here you can choose the source to record. 

4.2.a. To record everything that happens on 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. 9).

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4.2.b. To record everything that happens in one application window only, choose Application Window. Then, select the application to record and click Share (Fig. 10).

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4.2.c. To record everything that happens in one browser tab, choose the Tab option (shown here in Chrome). Then, select the tab to record and click Share.  Optionally, select Share audio to add the audio from your computer to the recording (Fig. 11).

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Figure 11

4.3. After choosing one screen or application source, you may add additional sources by selecting the monitor icon again. 

5. Preview and Settings

5.1. You will see a preview of your selected video sources in Panopto Capture (Fig. 12). To remove a video source, hover over the preview of the source and click the X. To preview a source in full screen, hover over the preview of the source and click the full screen icon. 

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 Figure 12

5.2. To change the video settings, click the gear icon in the lower right corner (Fig. 13). 

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5.2.a. Select Count down when pressing the Record button to have a 5 second count down appear on screen before recording begins. This option is on by default (Fig. 14a).
5.2.b. Select Capture in HD to record the video at a higher standard definition resolution rather than the default standard definition resolution (Fig. 14a). Note: 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. 14b). 

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 Figure 14a

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5.2.c. Recording Quality Information

  • HD Recording Quality
    • Primary Resolution: 1280×720
    • Secondary Resolution: 1920×1080
    • Frames Per Second Primary: 60
    • Frames Per Second Secondary: 15
    • Bitrate: 1500 kbps
  •   SD Recording Quality
    • Primary Resolution: 1024×576
    • Secondary Resolution: 1280×720
    • Frames Per Second Primary: 30
    • Frames Per Second Secondary: 15
    • Bitrate: 600 kbps

5.2.d.  There are two options for video outputs: Capture all streams separately or a Combine all video streams into one

  • Capture all streams separately: This setting allows you to capture your streams separately. The streams will be arranged in the Panopto viewer automatically (Fig. 16a).
  • Combine all video streams into one: This setting allows you to combine your streams in one video, and will expand another section, Arrangement, where you have the option to pick between the picture in picture or a side by side layouts (Fig. 16b).  
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 Fig. 16a

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5.2.e.  Smart Camera (beta): When enabled, Smart Camera automatically tracks and follows the speaker’s face. You can opt in to using Smart Camera by selecting the Get Smart Camera button (Fig. 17a) and then selecting Enable Smart Camera on start-up (Fig. 17b). Note: This feature requires a high-resolution camera as well as high-performance computer for best results.

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5.3Send logs (beta): the Settings window also has a function that allows you to send logs to Panopto Support for Panopto Capture by selecting the Send Logs button in the top right corner (Fig. 18). 

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 Figure 18 

6. Recording the Video

6.1. To begin recording your video, click the red circle button at the bottom center of Panopto Capture (Fig. 19).

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 Figure 19

6.2.  If enabled, you will see a 5 second countdown on screen, and then the recording will begin. 

6.3. To stop recording,  select the red square button at the bottom center of Panopto Capture (Fig. 20). The video will immediately begin to upload. Do not close the Panopto Capture browser tab until the upload is complete.  

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 Figure 20

7. Video Upload and Processing

7.1. Once the recording is stopped, you will be taken to a new page, and the video will begin to upload to Panopto. You will see the video’s upload progress and then a message that states Getting your video ready for editing: It’s safe to close your browser window in the top left corner (Fig. 21a). Do not close the browser tab before you see this message. This will automatically change to Your video is ready once the video has processed completely (Fig. 21b). Note: this video will process to your My Folder automatically. To change its folder location, see step 7.5, below. 

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 Figure 21a

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7.2. If you are not happy with the video you have produced, you can select Redo from the top right corner to return to Panopto Capture (Fig. 22). 

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7.3. If you would like to film another video, select Record New from the top right corner to return to Panopto Capture (Fig. 23).

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 Figure 23 

7.4. To send logs to Panopto, select the question mark icon in the top right corner, and then select Send Logs from the drop down menu that appears (Fig. 24).

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 Figure 24 

7.5. Change the name and description for your video using the text boxes on the right side of the screen (Fig. 23a). To change the folder the video should be shared to, type the name of the folder or use the drop down menu to choose from your Panopto folders (Fig. 23b). To open your folder in the Panopto site on a new tab, select the pop out icon to the right of the folder name (Fig. 23c). 

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Figure 23a

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Figure 23b

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7.6. To open your video in the Editor, select the Edit button (Fig. 24). 

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 Figure 24 

7.7. To view your video in a new tab, select the View button (Fig. 25). 

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 Figure 25

7.8. In the text box underneath Share this video, start typing the name, group name, username, or email address of the person or people with whom you would like to share your video (Fig. 26a). Once you are done entering their name(s), select Send in the bottom right corner to share the video(Fig. 26b). 

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 Figure 26a

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7.9. You can also share your video if you select Manage Access (Fig. 27a). Once selected, your Panopto site will open to the video’s settings Share tab (Fig. 27b). To learn more about how to share a video from this window, visit How to Share a Video

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 Figure 27a 

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Guidance adapted from Panopto. Original article can be found here.

Last updated: 1/06/2020