Configuring Panopto for a Course (How-to)

Panopto features a video content management system for creating, uploading, managing, and sharing video and audio files. It’s a centralized, secure place for recorded lectures, flipped classroom videos, campus events, and more. It comes with built-in video analytics, a web-based video editor, automatic encoding to ensure your videos play efficiently on any device, and a unique search engine that helps your students review material mentioned or shown in their course videos.

 If you have never used Panopto before, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Provision your Blackboard Course for use by Panopto
  2. Download and install the Panopto Recorder on your desktop or laptop computer.

NOTE: These steps must be completed for each course in each term to allow you to create and distribute multimedia content. Permissions are specific to a course, and any content created for this course/folder will be immediately viewable by all enrolled students in the course. As the instructor, you are the only individual who can create content for this course. If you want to have your students create content with Panopto you must Create An Assignment Folder for the course. For other special needs, please request a Multimedia Production Consultation.


1. Blackboard Setup

1. Log into your Blackboard Course and select Tools.


2. In the Tools Menu, select Panopto Content.


3. Select Configure to begin the provisioning process.


4. Select Add Course to Panopto.


5. Review the Course Information to ensure it is correct, then click OK.


6. If you wish to have all new content in Panopto and have a fresh clean folder to start from, click Return to Course. If you wish to transfer your old content and link it to the new course, click Configure More Folders.


7. If you wish to transfer your old content and link it to the new course, select the previous folder from the available folders on the left and click Add. When finished, click Submit.


2. Accessing Panopto

Panopto is now provisioned for use with your Blackboard Course. Any content created for this course/folder will be immediately viewable by all enrolled students in the course. As the instructor, you are the only individual who can create content for this course.

If you want to have your students create content with Panopto you must Create An Assignment Folder.


3. Downloading the Panopto Recorder

The final step for using Panopto is to download and install the Panopto Recorder for your desktop or laptop computer. Both Windows and Mac systems are supported.

Before downloading the Panopto Recorder, you must run MakeMeAdmin on a Drake-owned machine. Instructions for obtaining temporary admin access are available for Mac and Windows machines

If you are using a Drake-owned Mac machine, please follow the instructions for Correcting the Panopto Upload Issue for Mac.

1. Click the green Create button and select Record a new session.


2. Click Download Panopto. The installer will automatically select the proper version for your computer.


Specific installation instructions for Windows and Mac systems are also available.