You MUST ACTIVATE the Panopto tool in Desire2Learn BEFORE using this guide.
Click HERE for instructions.

Panopto in Desire2Learn - Basic Recording Instructions

Please note: Students may not record with Panopto.

1. Log in to Desire2Learn and choose the correct course where Panopto has been activated.
Then, click "Content" to access your newly created content quick link.

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2. If you get a browser security block, please allow the process to run.
Click HERE for instuctions on how this is done in the most commonly used browsers.

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3. Once in the Panopto area, click "Create" and "Record a new session".

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4. Choose the approriate recorder installation for your type of computer and install.
(Note: You may need administrator priveledges on your computer to install.)
If the recorder has already been installed, simply click "Launch Recorder".
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5. Choosing a folder

The first thing you can do is set what folder you wish to create this new recording in. Clicking on the folder icon will allow you to do just this. You can even create a new folder from here. This part is not required as you can record offline and select which folder after you have created the recording.

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6. Selecting Inputs

Once you have chosen your folder or are just recording offline, you must next choose exactly what you would like to record. You can select a video capture device such as a webcam from the video drop down menu. After that, you can also choose what you want to use to record your audio. This could be a microphone or even the same device as your video if it has a built in mic.

Note: You must select at least an audio input device in order for the recording to be complete and usable.

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7. Screen Capture and PowerPoint

After you have selected your video and audio inputs, you can choose to also capture what is displayed on your screen and/or PowerPoint presentation.

You can also add an additional video source here if you have more than one camera plugged into your computer.

Note: In order to properly record PowerPoint presentations, after you have launched PowerPoint, you must have it in full screen presentation mode.

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8. To adjust screen capture resolution simply click the drop down menu and choose the resolution you desire. You can also adjust the bit and frame rate per second by dragging the sliders shown below. Click Apply to save changes.

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9. You may start, stop and pause once you have everything set. This is of course done by clicking on the RECORD icon to start everything running. Once your recording has started, that icon will change into PAUSE and STOP.


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Clicking on Stop will stop the recording and close it out. If you had picked a folder before you started, it will then begin to upload the recording to whatever folder you had chosen.

The Pause button will in a sense Pause your recording. However, everything Panopto does is non-destructive. Which basically means, even though youíve paused your video, it will continue to record, but will not show up in the final version on the website. You can, however go into the editor and get this recorded time back if you, for example, forgot to un-pause and didnít get the end of your recording.

10. Recording Status

Once everything has been recorded and you have stopped your recording, you will be taken to the recording status page which will show you something that looks like this below.

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Offline Recordings are recordings that you have not yet picked a folder for, so they are just on your computer.

Currently Uploading will show the video that you just completed and itís status.

Uploaded will show the recordings that you have already recorded, picked a folder for, and uploaded to the server.

You can see that it is possible to delete recordings. If they have been uploaded already, you can delete local 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.