Monday, 2 February 2015

Panopto - Lecture Capture Software

Add Panopto to your Moodle course

Panopto allows faculties to capture their lectures so that students may view them at a later date, through a web browser.

Specifically, Panopto allows students to:
- Hear the audio of the classroom session
- View a video of the lecturer
- View the lecturer’s presentation, i.e. PowerPoint
- View instructions provided through other sources, like whiteboard, computer screen, projection, etc

Panopto also has a note taking mechanism that allows students to type in and save notes as they watch the lecture recording.

Provision your course from Moodle to Panopto
Provisioning is a process whereby the selected Moodle course is added into Panopto. Once completed:
• A folder is created on the Panopto’s server where the course recordings are stored.
• Your Moodle account will have access to that folder which included ability to create and manage recordings.
• Granted the students on your course access to the folder to view recordings.

Navigate to your course and select Turn Editing On.

1.   Click on the Add A Block dropdown menu and select Panopto Focus. 

2.  This will create a new block on the right hand side called Panopto Focus. Click on Actions button.

Then click Configure Panopto Focus Block.

3.  Click Add this course to Panopto

You will then see a confirmation screen of the add users who will have access to the Panopto folder.
Please note: When you provision a course from Moodle into Panopto, it is a point‐in‐time operation. This means that if students enrolled onto your course after the provisioning occurs, Panopto will not know about it. Therefore you should periodically re‐provision your course by following steps 3 to 4 again to update the user list so it is synced with any new participants.

Navigate back to your course and you will see the Panopto Focus block now has been updated:

Record to Panopto

This guide will help you show you how you can record a Panopto recording.
Before you start making your recording make sure all of the equipment including your microphone and camera are plugged in before you open Panopto. If you find that Panopto cannot locate your equipment, please get in touch with the AV (audio visual) team.

The setup

Once you have successfully logged onto Panopto you will see the something similar to the following screen:

1. Click on the arrow pointing down button on the right hand side of recorder window. You will see a list of Moodle courses that you have provisioned into Panopto.

Please note: If you have not already provisioned your Moodle course then you will need to do this first before making any recordings otherwise the recording will not be linked with your course and it will be placed in a ‘holding folder’ until you do so.

2. Hover the mouse cursor over the course you wish to create a recording in and click the button Add New Session when it appears.

You will then be returned to the Panopto recorder window and you will notice that Folder name changed from Offline Recording to the name of the folder (course) that you selected.
The Recording

There are a number of important settings to consider before you start recording:
Folder Name – Select the folder in which you wish for the video to be saved in
Primary Source
- section ensure that the correct Video and Audio sources have been selected. By default Panopto will select what is available to it.
By default the Quality is set to standard which is configured for web quality however you can change this to high quality if you wish.
Ensure that you test your audio by talking into the audio device provided and check the Input levels bar on the side of the video which will change from green/yellow/red to see if activity is being picked up.
Secondary Capture Sources – by default both Capture PowerPoint and Capture Primary Screen are active. If you are not using one or both of them then simply deselect the box.
Primary Screen – Here you will see a preview of what is due to be recorded. Towards the bottom of this block you will see options to change the quality of the video including Max resolution, Bit rate and Frame rate.

Please note: you cannot change the frame rate once you’ve started recording!
Panopto allows for indexing of PowerPoint content which allows students to search within a recording for specific words used in your PowerPoint as well as being able to navigate through the recording by an index of slides. This function is active by default.

1. Before you start your recording open up your PowerPoint presentation first. Alternatively you can open up the presentation from Panopto by clicking on Open a Presentation.

Once the presentation is open Panopto the prompt message to open the presentation will disappear.

2. Once you have your presentation ready and all your settings configured start your recording by clicking on the Record icon and then minimise the Panopto recorder window.

Click the Pause button any time during the recording to pause the recording. For example if you gave a break you may want to pause the recording.  
Just make sure to unpause the recording when the break is over. 

To unpause and continue recording click the Resume button and minimise the Panopto recorder window.

3. When you want to finish the recording click the Stop button and the status will change to Recording Complete.

A message notification will pop up to inform you that the recording has been completed. Click the OK button.

This will then take then you to the Recording Status screen.
Whilst Panopto is uploading your recording to its servers you will see Processing and Queued for encoding against your record.

Once your recording has finished uploading you will see View, Edit and Share options appear.

Please note: the process of uploading can differ depending on how long your recording is. This process takes place in the background (running as a service), so you can exit Panopto and log off from the computer and the upload will continue to process. However do not turn off the computer!

4. Click View to play your recording. This will open a new window to display your recording.

If Silverlight is not installed on your computer then you will see the Activate Silverlight message in the video window.
After you click Activate Silverlight you may see the Allow to run “Silverlight?” popup message, just click Allow and Remember to continue.

Once Silverlight has been installed you will be able to play your recording.

You can jump to certain parts of the recording either by click on the contents box or the slides in your presentation.
5. Notes - You can add notes to your Panopto recordings by clicking on the Notes menu option.

Time stamp - As soon as you start typing a time stamp will be inserted in the viewer.
Save - To save the text either hit Enter/ Return.
Edit / delete - click on the note you wish to change and either click edit or delete buttons that appear.
Privacy - By default, notes under your username will be private, i.e. no one else can see your notes. You can make your notes visible by clicking on Make public (see above).

Click here for more information on notes

6. Bookmarks - You can bookmark specific times in a recording that you want to return to. Upon logging in, you will see a tab on the left side for marked content.

Once you click the bookmark button you will be prompted to label your bookmark at the time of entry. Enter a note for your bookmark in the text box, and hit enter to save.

7. Comments - Comments provide the option to leave feedback or general commentary that is publicly notes and bookmark, simply type into the field below and hit enter to save.
You will see the timestamp of when the comment was made, along with the associated username.

8. The Panopto player lets you seek through your Recording as well as allowing you to control what you view.
If you click on the settings button you can set the quality of the video playback of the recording:

Towards the top of the viewer window you will see the settings option for more advanced features:

Once you click the setting button you will see the following screen:

Overview – This will allow you to amend the recording title, which folder the recording is saved, the creator of the recording, when the recording was created and the duration.
You can also insert a description for the recording by clicking Edit.
Share – Displays a list of users within your course that have access to the recording.
If you wish to make your recording available to multiple courses, to anyone on the internet then select from the or to a selected group of users then select the following option towards the bottom of the page from the Shared tab.

Outputs – Select how you wish your recording to be available such as an embed code, or download the video or audio podcast. By default it will be set as the Panopto Web Viewer.
Streams – This allows you would upload a pdf document or transcript for your recording as well as displaying what elements make up the recording including video, screen capture and files.
Captions – Can be uploaded in either DFXP or SRT XML formatted files.
Manage – Here you can copy or merge recordings if you plan to do post production editing.
Log – This is a running record of all the activity that has taken place relating to the record. This may be useful for troubleshooting.

9. If you return to your course page you will notice that the new recording has been added to the Panopto Focus block:

To view the Panopto control panel click the name of your course at the top of play window:

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