Last updated: March 14, 2023

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Panopto is a cloud based platform for recording and sharing video content. Active students and faculty may create recordings, put them in personal folders, and share them with the Hamilton College community. Students can create recordings as part of class assignments and faculty can use it to record lectures or to create instructional videos for their courses. Panopto is freely available to all Hamilton College Faculty and Students. You can install it on your own computer or use it at any classroom podium that has a webcam. 

Click here to login to Panopto via Hamilton College Blackboard

Panopto is meant to be used for educational purposes only. Sharing videos outside the Hamilton College organization is not allowed. Faculty and students must follow all honor code guidelines in addition to following normal copyright laws. Displaying or creating inappropriate content and/or sexually explicit content is strictly prohibited.

Getting Started

  1. Visit: https://newyork6.hosted.panopto.com/
  2. Click "Sign In" to Hamilton College Blackboard and login with your credentials 



1.1.  Go to Self Service in Applications:

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1.2 Search Panopto in the left hand corner and click install:


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After installing always use https://newyork6.hosted.panopto.com/ as the server address when asked to sign in


1.  Login to https://newyork6.hosted.panopto.com/ using your blackboard credentials and select the "create" button in the top left hand side of the website.

2. Select "Panopto for Mac or PC". Then choose your operating system (either Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit or Mac OS X) and your download will begin. Open pkg or exe file and follow installation instructions. 

Need more help? Here are instructional videos:

Download and Install Panopto for Windows

Download and Install Panopto for Mac

*After installing always use https://newyork6.hosted.panopto.com/ as the server address when asked to sign in

Click the links below for Panopto's Quick Start Guide

View A Video

Record A Video

Edit A Video

Share A Video

Click here to view instructional video

There are a few differences when recording a video in Panopto on a Mac.

3.1.  In the recorder, there are not three tabs at the top, only the Manage Recordings and Create New Recording areas (Figs. 15 and 16).

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3.2.  You select primary sources the same way you would in Windows. Below the primary sources select a checkbox if you want to record PowerPoint or Keynote (Fig. 17).

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3.3.  You can select two secondary video sources. Select the Secondary 1 or 2 tabs at the top then select the desired secondary video Source from the source drop down list. This is where you select your desktop display for screen capture or additional cameras (Fig. 18).

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3.4.  Click Record when you are ready, and Stop when you are finished. 

Click here to view the instructional video

2.1.  Once Panopto is installed, click on the Create button. Then choose Record a New Session and Open Panopto.

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2.2.  The Panopto recording application will open, and you will be logged in.

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2.3.  Choose the folder where you want to create the video.

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2.4.  Give a title to the video you are recording.

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2.5.  Now, determine what content you want to capture. If you want yourself to be in the video, choose a webcam or video camera from the Video drop down under Primary Sources.

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2.6.  Choose your Audio under Primary Sources by selecting a microphone that is connected to your computer. Note: You must select a primary audio source for a successful recording.

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2.7.  After selecting, test your audio by talking in a normal voice to test volume. You should see a few green bars appear as you talk. If you don't see any or see the red and yellow bars highlighted, adjust the volume by using the slider.

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2.8.  If you want to record your screen, PowerPoint slides or additional cameras, choose from the options under Secondary Sources .

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2.9.  If you will be moving quickly around your screen, adjust the fps setting at the bottom of the screen up to 15. If you will be capturing video playing on your screen, adjust this setting to 30. Note: fps means Frames Per Second, and the setting controls how many pictures per second Panopto is taking of your secondary sources. A higher setting will allow motion to be smoother in the video. 

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2.10.  When you're ready, click the Record button at the top. Panopto will start recording all of the sources you've selected. If you've chosen to record your screen, you can minimize Panopto and begin displaying the content you wish to present.

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2.11.  When you are finished, maximize Panopto and click the Stop button.

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2.12.  Click the blue Upload button, and your video will automatically be uploaded to your video library (Fig. 14).

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Click here to view the instructional video

1. Open the Video

1.1.  In your video library, hover the video you want to edit and click the Edit button.

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Figure 1

1.2.  The video will open in Panopto's editor (Fig. 2).

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Figure 2

2. Change the Title

2.1.  You can change the title of your video by clicking on the title bar and updating the text. Click Enter when you're finished .

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3. Timeline

3.1.  The timeline is at the bottom of the editor. It consists of a separate row for each stream recorded in the video.

3.2.  When you play the video, you will see the red vertical bar move along the timeline.

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4. Trim the Video

4.1.  To trim a video, you will select the cut tool.

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4.2.  When you select the cut tool, you will see a dark gray line appear at the beginning and end of the timeline.

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4.3.  Play your video from the beginning and pause it right before you'd like it to start. Select the cut tool and click and drag the gray line to trim out the section of the video. Note: The gray line will snap into position with the red one, this will allow you to be more precise with your cuts.

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4.4.  You perform the same steps to cut out the end of the video, and you can click and drag in the middle of the timeline to trim those sections as well.

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4.5.  Cut sections will always appear in the timeline but will not playback in the Panopto viewer once you publish your changes. That is because Panopto's editor is non-destructive, and we always want to make sure you are able to re-add those sections back into your video at any time if necessary.

4.6.  Click Apply when you are done making your changes.

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Click here to view the instructional video

1. Invite People

1.1.  In your video library, hover over the video you want to share and click on the Share icon. This will open your sharing options.

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1.2.  In the invite people area, start typing the name or username of a person you want to share with and a list of suggested users will appear. Select the correct person.

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1.3.  You can add additional names or save the changes to share with just one person.

1.4.  Before you save, you can add a message for the person you are sharing with.

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1.5.  Select Send and save changes to share the video and send the person an email notification that includes your message, letting them know the video has been shared.

1.6.  You can see that the person now appears in the list at the top.

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2. Share with a Wider Audience

2.1.  You can also share the video with a wider audience. Click on the button under Who has access to change the sharing option. Note: a video inherits sharing permissions from its parent folder. A user may adjust this sharing permission to be more public than the parent folder setting, but not more private. 

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2.1.a. Specific People: This option allows you to share the video with specific people as viewers.

2.1.b. Anyone at your organization with the link: Choosing this option will enable viewing access for anyone who can log into your Panopto site and has the direct link.

2.1.c. Anyone at your organization: This option will enable viewing access for anyone who can log into your Panopto site.

2.1.d. Anyone with the link: Choosing this option will enable viewing access for anyone on the Internet who has the direct link, no sign-in is required.

Note: Your administrator can change what sharing options are available to you, so you might not see all of these options.

2.2.  Once you have selected the best option for your video, click on Save changes to share the video.

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Visit https://support.panopto.com/s/article/How-to-Add-a-Quiz-to-a-Video for a detailed instructional video and written instructions on how to embed quiz questions.

You can upload and host videos into panopto. Visit https://howtovideos.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=369d795d-aae1-46bb-a073-a9f8010e3c63 for a detailed instructional video on how to upload media.

Course Config

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Visit https://support.panopto.com/s/article/How-to-Download-Video-or-Audio-Streams-as-MP4s to learn more about how to download a copy of your video. 

The faculty member or student who created the recording, owns the content but please remember to all follow all guidelines from our copyright policy in reference to using multimedia sources. For more information visit:


If you have more questions visit Panopto support page: https://support.panopto.com/s/

If you would like to learn more about how Panopto is used in higher ed visit: https://www.panopto.com/panopto-for-education/

Need more help? Contact askus@hamilton.edu


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