Panopto (Personal AV Capture)

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Panopto video platform user interface

Panopto is a multi-stream video recorder, video editor, and video hosting/sharing service accessible by all UniSA staff.

What is the best way to create online lectures?

Panopto! It is purpose built to create videos with useful features you can use to make your lecture engaging. We do not recommend using Zoom to record a lecture. The best practice is for students to watch your Panopto lecture before coming to a zoom session where you can use this time like a tutorial.

Panopto also has the following advantages:

  • More efficient cloud storage
  • Copyright notice automatically applied
  • Simple embedding into course site
  • Uni-wide availability of any video if warranted
  • Captioning functionality
  • Students can choose the view that suits them better, add their own notes and bookmarks
  • Staff can easily edit the recording

In short, Panopto is for presenting content such as lectures, Zoom is best for two way collaborative activities.

What types of videos can you make with Panopto?

Screen Recording

Screen recordings will capture everything you see on your screen (or screens) - this recording type is the most similar to an automatic lecture theatre recording or a Zoom screen share recording. Also suitable for standard PowerPoint presentations.

How to set up Panopto for a Screen Recording (more help videos embedded below)

Slide Recording

This type of recording is only suitable for still slides (no animations/transitions, embedded videos, or laser pointer tool). The still slides will be uploaded into Panopto and can be changed/replaced after recording in the Panopto Editor.

How to set up Panopto for a Slide Recording (more help videos embedded below)

Webcam or USB Camera Recording

You can use a webcam or USB camera to record video in Panopto. The video linked below explains how to record the webcam as full-screen, the Screen Recording and Slide Recording videos (above) explain how to record your webcam in the top corner of your presentation.

How to set up Panopto for a Webcam or USB Camera Recording (more help videos embedded below)

Multi-stream Recording

Panopto allows you to record more than one video stream at once (for example: screen recording 2 monitors at once or a PowerPoint presentation and a USB document camera). You can edit between these streams using the Panopto Editor or you can allow the view to chose which stream they want to view.

How to set up Panopto for a Multi-stream Recording (more help videos embedded below)


The Panopto Recorder can record just audio. To do this, set up your audio settings and then deselect/uncheck all video recording options. Panopto can only handle a single microphone input meaning you may have to use external hardware/software to record an interview/conversation style podcast. Please contact the media team (via Charlotte Rose) if you'd like to discuss options for setting up a conversational podcast recording.

If you'd like to host your Podcast so that it can be accessed via services such as Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, this will need to be done externally to Panopto. There are many services that offer this type of hosting, each with their own pricing and features. Free services will most likely not suffice in this case as these podcasts cannot contain advertisements if they're representing UniSA. Other considerations when hosting podcasts externally.

Panopto consults

All UniSA staff can book consultations with a Media Developer for any questions they have regarding Panopto or recording lecturers.

Please make sure that you have watched any Panopto Help Videos (below) relevant to you before booking a session.

To book a session, please email Declan, including all relevant information. The below issues will not require a session and can be handled via email:

  • You need to be given access to Panopto folders or videos
  • You need videos to be moved between Panopto folders

Panopto help videos

The TIU have produced a set of Panopto tutorial videos that cover a wide range of topics in the creation, editing, and sharing of Panopto content. These videos have been split into small videos that cover a single topic each, but were also designed to be watched one after the other if you're new to Panopto or would like a full refresher.

  • 1.1 Understanding the Panopto Web App
  • 1.2 Searching for an Individual Video in the Panopto Web App
  • 1.3 Searching for a Folder in the Panopto Web App
  • 1.4 'My Folder' Personal Folders in Panopto
  • 1.5 Creating a Subfolder in Panopto
  • 1.6 Understanding Panopto Share Settings
  • 1.7 Giving Someone Access to a Panopto Folder
  • 1.8 Copying and Moving Panopto Videos
  • 1.9 Renaming Panopto Videos and Folders
  • 1.10 Uploading a Video File into Panopto
  • 1.11 Getting a Link or Embed Code from Panopto
  • 1.12 Embedding a Panopto Video in a Course Page
  • 1.13 Adding Automatic Captions to a Panopto Video
  • 1.14 Editing Closed Captions in Panopto
  • 1.15 Downloading Closed Captions from a Panopto Video

  • 2.1 Setting Up Your Recording Space
  • 2.2 Introduction to the Panopto Recorder
  • 2.3 Downloading and Installing the Panopto Recorder
  • 2.4 Setting Up the Panopto Recorder P1: Introduction
  • Where Should I Store My Videos in Panopto?
  • 2.5 Setting Up the Panopto Recorder P2: Name and Location
  • 2.6 Setting Up the Panopto Recorder P3: Audio
  • 2.7 Setting Up the Panopto Recorder P4: Screen Recording
  • 2.8 Setting Up the Panopto Recorder P5: Slide Recording
  • 2.9 Setting Up the Panopto Recorder P6: Webcam or USB Camera
  • 2.10 Setting Up the Panopto Recorder P7: Multi-stream Recording
  • 2.11 Recording a Video with the Panopto Recorder
  • 2.12 Webcasting (Livestreaming) a Video with the Panopto Recorder


  • 3.1 Introduction to the Panopto Editor
  • 3.2 Basic Editing: Cutting
  • 3.3 Basic Editing: Slide Recordings P1: Cutting and Retiming
  • 3.4 Basic Editing: Slide Recordings P2: Adding-Replacing a Slide
  • 3.5 Advanced Editing: Adding Clips
  • 3.6 Advanced Editing: Multiple Streams
  • 3.7 Additional Content: Adding a Quiz
  • 3.8 Additional Content: Adding a Youtube Video
  • 3.9 Additional Content: Adding a Webpage