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Recording Presentations with Panopto in Canvas

Panopto is a presentation recording software. We have several classrooms which are equiped to use this technology with special cameras and microphones. You can use the software in your office or at home as long as you have a webcam/microphone for your computer. The following are the classrooms currently equiped for Panopto.

  • Converse 104, 115
  • Dick 102
  • Gore 106, 107, 133
  • HWAC 351, 352, 353, 354
  • Malouf 112, 126, 127, 220

By default Panopto is turned off in each Westminster Canvas course. This is easy to change by following the instructions below.

  1. Login to the Canvas Course you wish to setup Panopto with (you must have "teacher" access to the course to do this).
  2. Go to the course "Settings" (this is the link in the bottom left side of the page).
  3. Click on the "Navigation" tab. This is where you can add/remove tools from students view.
    1. Panopto should be listed at the very bottom of the list of navigation links. Click and drag it up to the top section that lists all of the active tools.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Save". It will not work if you navigate away without saving it.
  4. Click on the "Panopto" link that should now appear in the left-side course navigation tabs.

    Install the Recorder if Needed (some classrooms already have the software installed). The software can be installed on Mac or Windows computers and can be installed on any computer including home or office computers.5-10-2013 1-59-41 PM.png
    Instructions for Installing Software

     
  5. While you are on the Panopto page in the Canvas course, click on the "Record" button in the top middle of the page.
  6. A window will pop up with the option to download either a Windows or Mac version of the software. Pick the approariate one and go through the installation.
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    Note: if you are ever prompted to choose your Panopto server use the following address:http://westminstercollegeslc2010.hosted.panopto.com


    Instructions for using the Recorder
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  7. WINDOWS:  After the install you might be asked to login. If not, go back the the Panopto page in your Canvas course and click on the "Record" button again. Depending on the browser you are using, there might be different prompts asking if you would like to launch the recorder, click on "accept" (or whatever the choice is that will launch the software). Once the recorder is open, do the following inspections/steps to make sure the recording gets uploaded to the correct location.Click the Drop Down Triangle next to the Name field and click "Add New Session" next to the course you want the recording to get added to. If this is not done, the recording will record locally and you run the risk of it being deleted.
    1. Give the recording a name that will be useful later to identify what it is. 
    2. Inspect audio/video settings and make sure they are turned on/off as you prefer. Check the microphone by seeing if the yellow bars turn green when noise is made.
    3. Select if you want to record the Screen or PowerPoint. You can select both, but capturing both is more taxing on the computer and it is recommended to use one or the other. A general rule of thumb is to use the "Screen" option if you will be showing anything else on the screen besides PowerPoint (like navigating to a website).
    4. Click the "Record" button when ready to begin.
      1. Note: it usually takes 3-5 seconds before the recording begins.
      2. Note: it can be confusing to viewers if the recorder is left up, it is a good idea to minimize the recorder when the recording is taking place.
    5. Stop the recording by clicking the "Stop" button in the recorder.
      1. Note: you might have to find the recorder software on the taskbar to open it up so you can stop it.
  8. MAC: Same as windows, except that the recorder does not give you a preview of the desktop being recorded. Still check the following list before clicking the record button:
    1. Audio/Video
    2. Add new session and name the session.
    3. Check/uncheck the capture PowerPoint/Keynote/Screen options.