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Ed Tech for Students: Panopto

Panopto: Table of Contents

The Viewer Layout

There are seven different areas of the viewer available for your to use when enabled by your instructor.

  1. The information bar which shows you the name and data of the session as well as the folder the session belongs to. The help dropdown and sign out button are also found in the information bar.

  2. The primary video and/or audio stream

  3. Search

  4. Contents, Captions, Notes, Bookmarks, and Discussion

  5. Screen capture, PowerPoint or any secondary video

  6. The player

  7. Time stamped thumbnails for navigation

Functions of the Player

The Panopto player let's you search throughout the recording as well as allows you to control what you see.  The player has eigth actions that allow you to control how you view the recording.

The first is the play/pause button, clicking this will pause or play the recording. Next is the skip back button. This button will rewind 10 seconds and play from there. This is useful when you miss something!

The second is the volume bar which controls the level the audio is outputted. Click on the speaker to bring up the slider. Your download speed will also show on this bar. The bars icon next to the progress bar will allow you to choose your streaming quality. 

The next part of the player is the progress bar. This lets you know where you are at viewing the recording. You can drag the indicator to quickly seek to a specific point in the recording.

Next you will see the stream picker. If your viewing a session with multiple streams, you can pick which one you see!

The last part of the player allows you to hide the thumbnails and increase the size of whichever stream you have selected. Once hidden you can click it again to show the thumbnails!

Lastly you can maximize either stream by hovering over it and clicking the expand button. Once in Full Screen mode you can click the "esc" key or click the link to return to the normal viewer.

Variable Speed Playback

You can change the playback speed while viewing presentations.

  • This feature only works on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
  • Currently this feature is only available to servers that are not Smooth Stream enabled. (Also known as WMV mode)
  • Silverlight 5 is required to this VSP. If you do not have Silverlight 5, please download Silverlight.

Step 1.) Locate your session on your organization's server. Click on the session name to view the session.

Step 2.)  Click on the drop box arrow on the lower right corner of your window.

Step 3.) Click on the playback speed you would like for this session.

After this step, playback will resume at the rate you chose.

Shortcut Keys

The new viewer allows you to use shortcut keys to control the player!

Spacebar - Pause/Play the session

Left/Right arrow keys - skip 5 seconds backwards or forwards

Up/Down arrow keys - adjust volume up or down

The M key - mutes and unmutes the recording

Find and View Panopto Recordings in Moodle

The Moodle integration will allow you to access, search, and view your Panopto recordings from within your Moodle courses.  Follow these quick steps to find your Panopto recordings.


To view a session, first login to your Moodle website and go to your desired course.

Find the Panopto block when you click on Course Tools.  You will see the list of recordings that are ready for viewing.  
Simply click the link and you'll be automatically signed into Panopto and a new browser tab will open for viewing the recording.

View any recording by clicking on the thumbnail or name of the recording.

Search by using the Search in folder "CourseName:" area at the top of your screen.  Search will provide results based on all PowerPoint or Keynote text, the instructors speech, captions (if available), and written words shown on screen.​

Change course folders by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the course name.​

Search

Search allows you to find keywords that are time stamped to allow for navigation. Virtually all text you see or hear is searchable in Panopto! Just type the word you wish to find in the search bar and checkout your results!

You can see that the word "web" was found in my bookmarks, notes, and the content of the powerpoint presentation. If you want to drill down your search results, click the "Search all" dropdown menu.

I am now only searching my notes. If you want to change the sort from relevance to by time click the "Sort" dropdown.

Navigate Through a Recording

You can navigate through a recording in several different ways!

The first is by using the progress bar as we shown you previously. You can also use the left and right arrow key to achieve the same function!

Next is by click the thumbnails below the player. These are time stamped and will start you where the creator began discussing the slide. 

Lastly, by clicking on any time stamped caption, content, note or bookmark you will be taking to the part of the recording that is relevant!

Contents, Notes, Bookmarks and Discussion

Contents - This section of the viewer will allow you to view and seek to any text in a powerpoint slide. Click or search for any text in a powerpoint and you will be taking to the point in the recording where its mentioned!

Notes - You can take notes while viewing a session to refresh your memory later! Additionally, any note you take will become searchable!

Bookmarks - Bookmarks allow you to save a particular spot in a recording to revisit at a later time. Bookmarks will also show up in your search results. 

Discussion - You can leave a public comment on a session for others to see!