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Panopto: Mac Recording

Recording with your Mac

Mac OSX versions 10.9.x (Mavericks), 10.10.x (Yosemite), 10.11.x (El Capitan) supported

Mac OSX versions 10.10.x (Yosemite) or 10.11.x (El Capitan) recommended

Note that the encoding engine provided by Apple and leveraged by Panopto is more efficient in OSX 10.10+. Users who upgrade from OSX 10.9 will see marked performance improvements.


  • Standard Quality: Intel Core i3 or Core M recommended - Default Setting
  • High or Ultra Quality: Quad-Core Intel Core i7 recommended**

Panopto for Mac 5.0 is expected to work on most Mac systems running Mac OSX version 10.9+ with an Intel Core i3 or Core M and the default Panopto configuration. This includes a Primary audio and video stream and a single secondary video (screen capture) with the quality level set to the default Standard Resolution.

Note that Standard Quality is roughly equivalent to the quality in Panopto for Mac v4.9.

**Considerations for High or Ultra Quality

If you wish to increase the quality of the capture, it is recommended that you run at least a recent (2014+) Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor.

Since environmental variables such as CPU speed, additional applications running, and other items can consume system resources, it is highly recommended that you perform tests when increasing quality on a particular system prior to using it in production.

Note that additional streams will increase the system demands, especially at High or Ultra quality.



  • High Qualigy: 540MB per hour
  • Standard Quality: 270MB per hour


  • Built in iSight camera (optional)
  • USB ports for webcams or other recording devices
  • Disable sleep mode, screen savers and scheduled tasks

Note: Downloading the Recorder requires Creator access privileges. If you cannot download the recorder contact your course instructor or site administrator.

  1. Download Panopto for Mac by logging in to the Butler Panopto site - 
  2. Select Download Recorder from the upper right corner.
  3. Locate and run the Panopto.pkg file.
  4. Click Continue.
  5. Select which Drive to install Panopto to and click Continue
  6. Click Install.
  7. If prompted, insert your Butler credentials for installation.
  8. Click Install Software.
  9.  Click Close.
  1. Locate Panopto under Applications (If you'd like you can drag the Panopto to the Dock for easy access) and run the app.
  2. Click Sign In
  3. Insert the appropriate credentials, then click Log In
  4. Click Create New Recording

By default Panopto for Mac is set to record to the default folder set by your administrator. Once you successfully record to a folder, Panopto will set that as your default folder the next time you log in. If you would like to change the folder to record to, click on the up/down arrows to select a folder.  Or create a folder by clicking on the "+" sign. Additionally, you can record content offline and upload to the server at a later time.

Additional Settings

In the menu bar, click on Panopto then Preference to set personal preferences.



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  1. Locate the Panopto under Applications (or from the Dock, if it was placed there) and run the app.
  2. Click Sign in.
  3. Insert the appropriate credentials, then click Log In.  
  4. Click Create New Recording.
  5. Adding Folders and New Sessions

By default, the Recorder will open up to the last known good configuration of recording devices.  If you have recorded content before, the same devices will automatically be chosen. The first time you use Panopto for Mac it defaults to Offline Recording

To complete an Online Recording

  1. Click the down arrow next to Offline Recording.
  2. Choose the appropriate folder.
Choosing Recording Devices

Whether you are recording offline or to a desired Folder, you can choose the devices that you wish to record with. These devices include web cams, video cameras, audio inputs, screen captures, PowerPoint/Keynote and remote devices.  To select the device you wish to use in your recording, simply check the box next to the device(s) listed within the Mac Recorder application.

**Note:  Audio is required for all recordings to complete and be posted to the web.  If recording from two separate computers, Panopto for Mac will allow you to record with no audio or video selected, however, the session will not process until the other computer uploads the audio and/or video to the system.  You will receive a pop up error message if no audio/video is selected when recording.

Primary Source
Under Primary Source, you can choose what Audio/Video device you would like to record.

Under the Slides option, you can choose to capture PowerPoint or Keynote slides. 

Secondary Sources

Within the Secondary Sources box of Panopto for Mac, you can choose to capture your screen, or an additional video source such as a webcam, document camera, etc.. Click Secondary 2 if you wish to include 2 secondary sources. 

Start Recording

After selecting the available inputs, begin the recording by clicking on Record.

Stop Recording

To stop recording content, switch back to Panopto (Command +Tab), and click on Stop.

The next screen will show the status of the recordings.  By default Panopto for Mac will automatically upload the recorded content to the server.  As the recording is being transferred to the server, you can preview the recording in the Preview area if AudioVideo, or Screen Capture was recorded.  If the preview was not sufficient, you could choose to Pause Upload to pause the upload of the files to the server.  The Actions button has two options; Show Files or Delete (will show or delete the local files in the Panopto Recordings directory).

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