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Panopto Resources

Panopto Overview and Butler University Room Configurations

Panopto is a presentation capture platform that allows you to capture, edit, stream, archive and share recordings.  Faculty use Panopto to capture classroom interactions, lecture, presentations, student demonstrations and role-playing scenarios.  It is also used to create learning modules to deliver ancillary content or pre-lecture information.  Students view recordings from the Internet to review classroom content, assess their peers' work as well as their own, and create recordings for course work.

Panopto can be used to capture a variety of media from various sources.  It can be as simple as an audio recording or as complex as recording from two computers, cameras, and projection in a classroom.  Over 65 rooms on campus are configured with the equipment to record audio and/or video.  Below we have defined the various levels of configurations on campus for using Panopto.

To learn more about how to use Panopto refer to the Quick Guides or sign up for a Training Session.  Please review our list of Panopto ready rooms.

Some common questions include:

  • I want to use ALL of the same Panopto recordings I used in my course last semester for my course this semester.  How do I make this accessible to the students in this semesters course?

 

Room Configurations

  • Personal

This configuration is used when you are recording from your desktop or laptop and need only to capture audio or the computer screen and audio.   The requirements are a desktop or laptop computer (Mac or PC) capable of running the Panopto Recorder software and a microphone.  Adding a web camera to capture the speaker or other activities in a small room is optional in this configuration.  This set up is ideal for recording learning modules or demonstrations that include screen capture, audio and possibly video.

  • Video

Rooms labeled as VIDEO are mediated with a desktop computer (Mac or PC), microphone and a projector.  The Panopto Recorder software is already installed on the computer and is capable of capturing the computer screen and/or doc cam.  The microphone may be a lavalier microphone, ceiling microphone or hand held device already incorporated into the computer system.   There is a fixed video camera in the back or side of the room. 

  • Conference

Rooms labeled as CONFERENCE are mediated with a desktop computer (Mac or PC), microphone and a projector.  The Panopto Recorder software is already installed on the computer and s capable of capturing the computer screen and/or doc cam.   The microphone may be a lavalier microphone, ceiling microphone or hand held device already incorporated into the computer system.   There is a fixed video camera in the front of the room.

  • Audio

Rooms labeled as AUDIO are mediated with a desktop computer (Mac or PC), microphone and a projector.  The Panopto Recorder software is already installed on the computer and is capable of capturing the computer screen and/or doc cam.  The microphone may be a lavalier microphone, ceiling microphone or hand held device already incorporated into the computer system.  There is no video camera in these rooms. 

  • Mobile

Panopto can also be used to capture video in the field or away from the classroom.  Mobile Panopto-ready functions require a laptop (Mac or PC) with the Panopto recorder installed and set up, a microphone and a web camera.  This set-up can capture student teaching demonstrations or performances away from the classroom where Internet access is not available.  Offline recordings can be automatically uploaded to Panopto once the computer is reconnected to the Internet.  Portability is the main factor of this particular layout that sets it apart from the other types of Panopto configurations.