Recording with Panopto

Recording with Panopto
Completing a Panopto Recording Session
Synch your Panopto recording application with the Panopto server
(you only need to do this the first time that you use it on your PC)
Double click on the Panopto recording icon
(usually on your desktop or task tray at bottom of screen)
Follow the format exactly as indicated.
Don’t forget the CPCC\ before your CPCC ID
If you check the “Remember me” box, the Panopto recorder
will open without requiring you to login each time.
This will open the recording application window.
Click on the Settings tab.
Click on the Create New Recording tab. This will take you to the screen below:
In this example, I am including a webcam video with audio and preparing to capture a process on a website.
Panopto is very flexible: you can record just a webcam video; just the audio; or anything that displays in the Primary
Screen such as documents (e.g., syllabus), websites (e.g., your online course), or third-party environments (e.g.,
MyMathLab, etc.) EXCEPTION: Panopto won’t capture a video that is playing on a website; it won’t sync.
Creating a Recording
Open the recorder application as above.
Select your Input Devices according to the kind of recording you want to make.
Get yourself mentally prepared for your recording.
Click the Record button. (The recording session panel will disappear/minimize to the Taskbar.)
Count to 5 and THEN begin talking.
Use the Hotkeys to control the recording:
F8 – Start Recording
F9 – Pause/Resume
F10 – Stop Recording
Best Practices for “Good Enough” yet Professional-appearing Recordings
Chunk your content into 5 – 8 min. segments (max. 15 min.)
Each recorded video should cover just one or two topics; don’t combine too many topics.
Include an introduction: “Welcome to Lesson 5. I’m Professor X. In this recording we will cover…”
Recap at the end: “In summary, … Thank you for watching,” so that students will know it’s finished.
Think of the background that will show in your video and simplify it as much as possible.
Depending on your webcam, you may be able to tighten the recording area to reduce the amount of background that
appears, i.e., zoom in on your face.
Close the blinds or curtains of any windows that will appear in the recording.
Try to center your head in the recording frame.
Wear “video friendly” clothing: avoid bright colors or distracting patterns; plain and simple are best.
Trim/edit any “roughness” at the beginning and end of your recording.
Don’t agonize over the occasional misspeak or stumble. They’re a natural part of speech and they’ll put your students at
ease. Just correct yourself and move on. Aim for “Good Enough.”
If you have already completed a significant recording and commit a major blunder, don’t panic. Just press F9 to pause the
recording. Decide if you can gather yourself up and continue from your last clear statement. You will edit-out the
miscue. If you can’t continue, press F10 to end the recording. You may be able to trim off the blunder and save what
you’ve done. Call eLearning for help before you discard a significant recording.
If you are using a PowerPoint:
Keep the amount of text on each slide to a minimum: create “talking points” not paragraphs.
Use at least 14 pt. font.
Be subtle with colors and themes so the
presentation doesn’t distract from your message.
Have meaningful titles on each slide; these form a
Table of Contents in the final Panopto recording
which allows your students to jump to a topic.
You can use the built-in highlighter in PPT to draw
on your screens as you record
 Practice doing this ahead of time so you’re
comfortable during your recording session.
Updated by Lane Grann-Stahl 11/23/2015
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