Panopto How-To Information

Getting Started with Panopto

To get started with Panopto, we recommend beginning in Canvas. First, you will have to enable Panopto within your Canvas course. Next, you will need to install Panopto on your device:

  1. Click on the Panopto link in your Canvas course navigation menu.
  2. Click on the Create drop-down button, then select Record a new session.panapto
  3. Download and install the Panopto Installer that best matches your device.

Panopto How-To Videos

Training Videos at UNTHSC with Rebecca Lessem

Panopto How-To Video from Panopto

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Panopto How-To Documents

Engaging Your Video Viewers

  • Use more than one camera: It can even be an iphone on a desktop or windowsill.  Get an extra angle of the interview. Using different perspectives on the subject can help. Don’t be afraid to get profile shots of the person talking or even close-ups if the content fits.
  • Create footage: much like first tip, you can create new footage by doing simple editing tricks. Make some of your clips black and white. Flip others horizontally. Don’t be afraid to zoom in on footage, especially if the video is for web consumption.
  • You’re talking to people, not reading to people: Nothing kills a Talking Head video faster than the speaker’s eyes reading a teleprompter.
  • But give a hook: Somewhere in that first 15 seconds you should pitch something at the end of the video. Give people a reason to finish the video!
  • Use graphics as footage: Don’t get flashy with your graphics, but don’t be afraid to use them to change the frame up. You can use text slates of information to cover up edits, use transitions to cue the audience that the topic has changed and give a recap of information at the end.
  • Use music: What people hear deeply shapes how they perceive what they see. Find music that fits the mood and pace of your video and use it as a consistent bridge that let’s people easily flow through the content of the video.
  • Shorter videos are much more engaging. Engagement drops sharply after 6 minutes. Recommendation: Invest heavily in pre-production lesson planning to segment videos into chunks shorter than 6 minutes. This is the most significant recommendation!
  • Videos that intersperse an instructor’s talking head with PowerPoint slides are more engaging than showing only slides. Recommendation: Invest in post-production editing to display the instructor’s head at opportune times in the video. But don’t go overboard because sudden transitions can be jarring. Picture-in-picture might also work well.
  • Videos produced with a more personal feel could be more engaging than high-fidelity studio recordings.Recommendation: Try filming in an informal setting such as an office to emulate a one-on-one office hours experience. It might not be necessary to invest in big-budget studio productions.
  • Tablet drawing tutorials are more engaging than PowerPoint slides or  screencasts. Recommendation: Introduce motion and continuous visual flow into tutorials, along with extemporaneous speaking so that students can follow along with the instructor’s thought process.
  • Videos where instructors speak fairly fast and with high enthusiasm are more engaging. Recommendation:  Students can always pause the video if they want a break.
  • Students engage differently with lecture and tutorial videos. Recommendation: For lectures, focus more on the first-time watching experience. For tutorials, add more support for rewatching and skimming, such as inserting subgoal labels in large fonts throughout the video.

From: Tips and Techniques for Engaging your Viewers

Need Assistance?

If you are a student or faculty member with a Panopto-related question or problem, contact For classroom assistance with Panopto, contact CETS.

  • Panopto for Students
  • Webinars are great ways to learn about Panopto and the particular features
  • Notice about Kaltura Screen Recorder – Kaltura no longer is supporting its Screen Recorder tool. If you have installed the recent version of Javascript, Kaltura Screen Recorder in Canvas will no longer function. Please contact the CIL at for consultation on other methods of screen recording and media production.