What is Panopto?

Panopto is an online video platform that allows users to record videos, capture presentations, broadcast class sessions, and manage video content. Panopto features a secure video library along with a knowledge-sharing platform allowing for peer-to-peer learning and interaction. 

Watch the video below for a presentation on the Panopto platform.



Panopto Guide

You can use Panopto to record video content or to upload and store your video content.

To access your Panopto account, go to Ensure that "Cal State LA SSO" is selected from the drop-down menu, then enter your Cal State LA credentials to sign in.


Panopto Cal State LA SSO login screen


You can either record with Panopto using your browser via Panopto Capture, or you can download Panopto software to a Windows or Mac computer. If using Panopto Capture, the browser-based tool, you will need to grant audio and video permissions before it will successfully record.

Panopto Capture allows you to record using your computer's browser. The full Panopto software offers dynamic features for both Windows and Mac, ranging from screen/audio capture to live webcasting. 

See the Panopto Recorders page for more details regarding the differences between the browser-based recorder, and the supported features for Windows/Mac.

Panopto and Zoom are both video communication platforms, but with different specializations. Since Panopto comes with unlimited storage, and integrates nicely with Canvas, we recommend Pantopto be used for course recordings, lecture capture, and live-streaming of course sessions.  The Panopto platform also easily allows an instructor to share multiple inputs such as their presentation slides, document camera content, and/or webcam content. The Panopto platform also easily archives all your video content online. 

We recommend Zoom be used for synchronous meetings requiring live chat, and/or the ability to see all participants in a gallery view. 

To summarize, Panopto is efficient in capturing, editing, and sending one-way video communications that can be viewed live or on-demand, whereas Zoom is ideal for holding live virtual discussions and collaborative sessions.

The Panopto site also provides a detailed look at the differences in features between Zoom and Panopto.

Because Panopto is a more reliable and capable video communication platform, Canvas Studio will be gradually phased out and replaced by Panopto. Instructors should start to use Panopto in place of Canvas Studio for the recording and hosting of video.

Please visit our guide on Migrating Canvas Studio Videos to Panopto for more information.

For additional technical support, visit the Panopto Support page.

Panopto has its own video editor built-in. If your video isn't already in Panopto, you will first need to upload it in order to be able to edit it.

How can I upload content to Panopto

How can do I use the Panopto Video Editor

The most common way to use Panopto in your course is to enable the course navigation menu item for Panopto. This will allow you and your students to access the Panopto user interface within Canvas. You will first need to enable the navigation item in your course. Each Canvas course will automatically have a folder created for the course in Panopto where instructors are granted creator access and students are granted viewer access.

You may also have to embed Panopto videos into specific pages or assignments in Canvas. To do so, you'll find the Panopto icon through the External Tools option in the Rich Content Editor.

Enabling Panopto in the Course Navigation menu

How to Embed Panopto Videos in the Rich Content Editor

From a student's perspective, they can participate in Panopto assignments. You can share these guides with them by adding them to assignment instructions so that students can follow along.

How do I submit a video assignment

Panopto suggests utilizing the "My Folder" feature in order to keep content that will be utilized and shared across different courses and terms. Within this folder, you can create additional folders for organizational purposes. Any videos you will be sharing can be placed in these folders. Once in these folders, the videos can be used and embedded in your Canvas course as you would any other content on Panopto. Embedding content within Canvas is the best way to share as this allows the embed code to manage the permissions for you.

Additionally, if you want to hyperlink the video in your course you will need to create a shareable link which once set up, will continue to work across your courses. From the video, you will want to click on the share button and select to change the view settings to Your Organization (unlisted). This will allow the link to work at Cal State LA without making the video public and searchable.

How do I share a video to create a hyperlink