1. Recording with Panopto

Panoto is a video recording, editing and hosting tool for use with Moodle.  All Panopto resources, including the client download, can be accessed at

Video recording: Panopto will allow you to record, using an external feed, a PowerPoint presentation, or your Desktop or Desktops if you have more than one. These can all be recorded individually or any combination of them simultaniously

Video editing: Panopto will allow you to easily edit your video feed. cutting out mistakes and restarts is fairly easy and allows you to stop back up and restart anywhere within your presentation. In addition you can add contents markers which allow students to jump to important sections within the video, and you can add quizzes, within the video itself.

Video hosting: Panopto will store videos created through the recorder. You can also upload videos created with other video recorders to Panapto. this hosting serves two important functions for EMU. First because the videos reside on Panopto's servers, not Moodle's, the videos stored there will not use the limited amount of storage space allowed for each class. Second Panopto handles view permissions for all videos uploaded to it. This means that people outside of EMU cannot view videos uploaded there, ensuring student and teacher privacy and safeguarding EMU proprietary information. These permissions also are on a class by class basis, so videos uploaded to one class are not necessarily viewable by another class without editing the permissions or importing the video within Moodle to the second class. We will cover both of these topics in these FAQs

Download and install Panopto Recorder

Locate the Panopto course block on the right drawer of any EMU class. Select the correct installer package for PC or Mac from the bottom of the block. 

Follow the prompts to install the recorder.

When opening the app for the first time if you are prompted for the host enter:

You will be asked to sign in through Moodle. Once you sign in, you will be able to start using the recorder client. 

Using the Panopto Client

IMPORTANT: You must select the folder associated with the class the video will be used for.

If you need the video for more than one class use the import feature in Moodle to import the video do not embed Panopto videos directly from another class folder, your students will not be able to view them.

Select your folder from the drop down menu. This list should contain all classes you are a participant in. If you do not see the folder you are looking for begin typing the course name into the folder field.

Name your video

If you don't it will default to date and time.

Video feed selection

If you want to record an external video feed (i.e. a webcam) select the video camera from the drop down menu.

If you do not want to use the external feed and only want to capture your screen or a slide show select "None"

Select Audio Source

Select Audio source from the drop down menu. You may have several options or none. Most laptops have a built in microphone, some webcams also have built in microphones. You will usually get your best results using a headset with a microphone. Chose the one that will work best for you.

Capturing a slide show or your desktop

Select the option for the feed you wish to record. You can record more than one feed. If you do the viewer will have the option of which feed to look. This can be very useful if you have more than one screen and you direct the viewer to the one you wish them to refer to.

PowerPoint - will only record a PowerPoint that is in play mode

Capture main screen - will capture everything on your screen this could be a slide show or navigating the web or any other action. This is the most common choice for this

Note: Capture second screen will only be an option if you have more than one monitor hooked up to your computer.

If you wish to preview what will be captured check the box for "Enable screen capture preview"


To begin use the red record button. One you press this you will be recording and the button will change to a stop and pause button

Record controlStop and Pause controls

or you can alternately use

f8 - Record

f9 - Pause

f10- Stop

These hotkey controls will work with Panopto running in the background.


Once you are done recording and have hit stop or f10, you will have the option to delete the recording or upload the recording to Panopto's hosting service, where it can be edited or added to your class.

Once uploaded the Panopto recorder will switch to the "Manage Recordings" tabManage recording options

It may take a few minutes for your video to process

Record processing

Once it has you will have the options to:

Resume: This allows you to return to the Panopto recorder and add to the end of the recording.

Share: Takes you to the permission setting for the video. As long as your video is in the correct class folder and you do not want to share a video outside of that class you will not need to use this. We will talk a little more about permissions later in these FAQs.

Edit: This will take you to the Panopto video editor. This is the next topic in these FAQs.

View: takes you to the Panopto view to preview your recording.