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Panopto: Viewing

Viewing your Recording

Panopto requires industry-standard PC hardware components. Please treat the following configurations as the recommended baseline system configurations. Consult your Panopto representative for specific hardware requirements for your organizations needs.

Operating Systems
         Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7, 8.X, 10

Mac OS 10.4.8+ (Intel-based)   (PPC-based NOT supported) iOS 6+

Processor 1.8 GHz or higher
Memory 512MB
Network Bandwidth 50 Kbps for audio only presentations. 300 Kbps for presentations with one video stream, audio, PowerPoint and screen capture. 500 Kbps for presentations with multiple video streams.
Applications Adobe Flash Player & Microsoft Silverlight 2.0+ for Legacy content
Supported Browsers Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari

*Flash is required to view embedded videos on a PC or Mac. 
** Flash is required to view and produce statistical and analytic graphs.

The Preview window in Recorder software allows you to play back your recording before you decide to upload it. You can view the Primary, Secondary and Secondary 1 views in the Preview window.


In order to view a Panopto Recording through Moodle following these steps:

  1. Log in to Moodle and navigate to your course
  2. Locate the Panopto Block (right side)
  3. Select the recording that you want to view
  4. A separate window will open where you can view the recording

For more details on viewing see the tab Viewing in Your Browser

How to search for and view recordings through a browser.
  1. Open either Firefox or Chrome
  2. Go to
  3. On the left navigation bar select All Folders 
  4. In the search field type in the folder name that you are looking for
  5. Select the folder when you find it and the recordings will be displayed on the right

Panopto Player

The Panopto player let's you seek throw your Recording as well as allowing you to control what you see.  The player has 8 actions that allow you to control how you view the recording.

Picture of Panopto Player



Left to right listed below are the function of the player

  • The play/pause button, clicking this will pause or play the recording. You can also click any stream and it will pause or play the recording!
  • The volume bar controls the level the audio is outputted. Click on the speaker to bring up the slider.
  • The skip back button will rewind 10 seconds and play from there. This is useful when you miss something!
  • The progress bar lets you know where you are at viewing the recording. You can drag the indicator to quickly seek to a specific point in the recording.
  • The gear icon next to the progress bar will allow you to choose your streaming quality. Your download speed will also show on this bar.
  • The stream picker allows you to pick from sessions with multiple streams.
  • The last part of the player allows you to hide the thumbnails and increase the size of whichever stream you have selected. Once hidden you can click it again to show the thumbnails!

You can also maximize either stream by hovering over it and clicking the Expand button. Once in Full Screen mode you can click the Esc key or click the link to return to the normal viewer.

Shortcut Keys

The new viewer allows you to use shortcut keys to control the player.

  • Spacebar - Pause/Play the session
  • Left/Right arrow keys - skip 5 seconds backwards or forwards
  • Up/Down arrow keys - adjust volume up or down
  • The M key - mutes and unmutes the recording
How to navigate through a recording

You can navigate through a recording in several different ways

  • The progress bar or the left and right arrow key
  • The thumbnails located below the player. These are time stamped and will start you where the creator began discussing the slide
  • Any time stamped caption, content, note or bookmark you will be taking to the part of the recording that is relevant
The Viewer Layout

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There are 7 sections of the viewer labeled above.

  • The information bar, which shows you the name and data of the session as well as the folder the session belongs to. The help dropdown and sign out button are also found in the information bar.
  • The primary video and/or audio stream
  • Search
  • Contents, Captions, Notes, Bookmarks and Discussion
  • Screen capture, PowerPoint or any secondary video
  • The player
  • Time stamped thumbnails for navigation

Search - Search allows you to find keywords that are time stamped to allow for navigation. Virtually all text you see or hear is searchable in Panopto! Just type the word you wish to find in the search bar and checkout your results! If you want to change the sort from relevance to by time click the Sort dropdown.
Contents - This section of the viewer will allow you to view and seek to any text in a PowerPoint slide. Click or search for any text in a PowerPoint and you will be taking to the point in the recording where it is mentioned
Captions - This section will only appear if the creator of the session chose to caption the recording.

Notes - You can take notes while viewing a session to refresh your memory later. Additionally, any note you take will become searchable. See the Notes Guide for a more in depth look at notes.

Bookmarks - Bookmarks allow you to save a particular spot in a recording to revisit at a later time. Bookmarks will also show up in your search results. See our Bookmarks documentation for more information.

Discussion - You can leave a public comment on a session for others to see. Check out more information about Discussion.

What is Smart Search?

Smart Search is the industry's most comprehensive way to search inside the content of your videos. You can search for any word that is spoken or shown in any video in your library and fast forward to that precise moment in one click. This makes searching your video library as easy as searching your email. It is comprised of two main components Automated Speech Recognition(ASR) and Optical Character Recognition(OCR).

How long does it take?
  • Approximately 2 days from recording until Automated Speech Recognition is completed.  
  • Optical Character Recognition typically happens much, much faster.   
Are the results linked to the recording timeline?

Yes, all results are linked to the time they were spoken, written, or typed during the presentation. This will allow your users to search for a term and be brought to the moment when the term was mentioned!

What is Automated Speech Recognition?

(ASR) is a technology used to identify each word that is spoken in a recording. Once identified, the words are time stamped and added to a search index. Users can then search for spoken words, find the precise moment in the video when they were mentioned, and fast-forward to that point in the video. Since many viewers will be searching for a moment based on an idea or phrase they remember, ASR is an incredibly helpful part of your video search engine.

How long does it take?

Target completion is 2 days from uploading the recording until ASR is completed. 

 Can this also be used for captions/subtitles?

Panopto has added the ability to add ASR generated captions to your Panopto sessions. See CAPTIONS at this page.

If the accuracy is not 100%, can we edit the ASR results for use in captions/subtitles?

Yes, you can now edit ASR results.

What languages are supported? 

Currently, the only language that ASR supports is English.

Optical Character Recognition FAQ
What is Optical Character Recognition?

(OCR) is a technology used to recognize text shown on-screen within videos. Often in today's modern presentations, a speaker will switch from between slides, live on-screen content, and even other videos. Without OCR, any text shown as part of those presentations cannot be indexed because search engines like Google cannot recognize text that's saved as an image. OCR technology however, is designed to identify and decipher those words, allowing your viewers to search for literally any word that appears on-screen anywhere in a video.

What get's captured?

Any legible word that appears on the screen or in the video feed for at least 10 seconds will be captured and indexed into the video.

How long does it take?

Once an individual session is uploaded, it typically takes 1.5x recording time to complete the processing.

Are there any guidelines for text formatting in order to be recognized by Panopto OCR?

Here are some guidelines to improve OCR recognition success rate:

  • Set your secondary screen capture to a higher resolution and a higher bit rate. The recommended minimum resolution is 1280x1024 and the recommended minimum bit rate is 500kbps. 
  • Open the app (eg. MS Word) and display it full screen on the screen you're capturing and set the font to something large like 24.
Is handwriting on a whiteboard supported?

Yes, any clearly written word can be picked up on a whiteboard, chalkboard, paper or anything else you can write on. 

Several features allow you to share information with others inside of a specific recording. These include Notes, Bookmarks, Ratings and Discussions.

How to Take Notes
  1. Log in to your Panopto web interface at and select the session in which you will be taking notes. This will open the session in the Panopto viewer. Depending on the streams being captured the notes field will be on the left of the screen or under the primary video window.
  2. Click on the Notes link on the left hand side. This expands the notes area to the right.
  3. To start entering notes click in the field next to Notes and start typing. The second you begin to type is the second that will be time stamped in the viewer.
  4. When you hit Enter/Return the note will be submitted to the field above where you are typing.

To edit or delete a submitted note click on the note you wish to change and either click edit or delete. Editing the note will bring the submitted note back into the initial field and allow you to change the submitted note. Editing a note will not change the initially time stamp of the note. Deleting the note will remove it entirely from all fields.  Be aware that hitting delete once will remove the note.

Private Notes

By default, notes under your username will be private notes.  This means no one else can see your notes. To verify your notes are private, you will see a link that says Make Public.

Public Notes 

To make your notes public, simply click on the link Make Public. The link will change to say Make Private. To make your notes private, simply click on the link a second time. Notes taken with the link shown as make private will become public when the link is clicked for make public.


In Panopto we allow users to take notes in channels. This is useful if you want to collaborate your notes with a group. Anyone with the channel name can add or view notes under that name. 

To select or create a channel click on the drop down menu Your Notes (myuserid).
Click on the Join a channel... option and type the name of the channel you wish join or create.

If you created a new channel share the channel name with anyone you wish to share notes with and start collaborating!

Live Notes

With Panopto you can take notes while the session is being recorded!

  1. Go into your Panopto Web interface ( and find the session that is currently being recorded.
  2. Highlight the session that you wish to take notes for and the Takes Notes option will appear below the session name.
  3. A new window will pop up where you can begin to take notes. 

All notes you take will be time stamped and aligned with the recorded session for later use.



After logging in to your Panopto site ( and looking at available sessions, you will see a new tab entitled Rating. The Rating option is visible in both the Thumbnail and List view options. By default, new sessions will not have an associated rating.

To rate a session, first you need to select and view a desired recording. On the viewing screen, look at the top information bar for the rating gage.

Click your desired rating on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. This will tally your choice with the other ratings. Please note that you can hover your mouse cursor over the stars to see the current overall rating. If you return to your sessions view, you can see the new average rating, By hovering over the rating you will be able to see the amount of ratings as well.

Also, please note that you can sort your session view by rating.



You can bookmark specific times in a recording that you want to return to. 

To start, click on a session you'd like to bookmark. This will take you to the normal viewing layout. Underneath the primary video/audio, you will now notice a small star icon on the right hand side. This is the bookmark button. Click on the Star icon to begin.

Once you click the Star icon you will be prompted to label your bookmark at the time of entry as seen below. Enter a note in the text box, and hit enter. This will save your bookmark.

Note that our Bookmark correlates to the current playback time. Clicking on a time code will move the session playback to this time.

Now, click on See all my bookmarks. You will now see that your session will show up in the Bookmarked area.

Click on one of the bookmarks you created. This will launch the session as normal, and resume playback at the allotted time. You can remove a bookmark by clicking the X in the viewing tab.

As a final note, you can send these as marked viewing URL's to other viewers. Just copy and paste the URL generated by your bookmark link.


Discussion adds the option to leave feedback or general commentary that is publicly viewable. To start, choose a session you'd like to comment on. Navigate over to the Discussions tab on the left hand side of the viewer. Note that you may have to use the highlighted arrows to navigate the metadata area to reach Discussion. Like other content, simply type into the field below and hit enter.

You will see the timestamp of when the comment was made, along with the associated username. Also note that you can edit or delete discussion comments you have generated.

Remember, these discussion comments are public and can be seen by anyone that can view the session normally

  1. Log into your server (

There are two ways to navigate to the analytics view.

     Method A.)

     Select on All Folders"

Hover over the folder you would like to view statistics for and click on the "Stats" button.

      Method B.)

     If you have already navigated to a folder, select Stats in the upper right of the interface.

Either Method will take you to the stats overview:

The graph is set to Past Month as default. This chart shows us the amount of views based on the day of the previous month.

Select Download to view the statistics in Excel format. This will download the analysis for the Past Month.

After locating and opening the file, you will see something similar to the following:

This shows us various information like when the time viewed, session name, minutes viewed, and who viewed it.

Below the graph we can see information based on specific folders such as Views, Unique Viewers, and Minutes Viewed.

Keep in mind that the information below reflects the dates you have chosen. For instance, if we were on All Time we would see all folders with viewed content, not just content viewed in the past month.

Note that this information is also available for download.

Panopto offers accessibility features that allows users to easily navigate and read the Panopto web interface. The web interface supports screen readers for all available creator and viewer interfaces. The web interface also supports keyboard access, allowing you to use the tab key to access all available functions. All sessions fully support adding and displaying captions. 

Screen Reader Support

Here are the screen readers that we regularly test with.

  • JAWS
  • NVDA
  • VoiceOver for Mac
Keyboard Access

All of the functionalities and links in the web interface are accessible by using the tab key. The tab key will move from function to function and you can hit enter to use that function. 

Viewer Captions

The Panopto viewer will display captions for the session when available. The caption that is currently being spoken will be highlighted in green. 

Shortcut Keys

The new viewer allows you to use shortcut keys to control the player!

  • Spacebar - Pause/Play the session
  • Left/Right arrow keys - skip 5 seconds backwards or forwards
  • Up/Down arrow keys - adjust volume up or down
  • The M key - mutes and unmutes the recording
Embedded Player Captions

When captions are available for a session they will also be displayed on the embedded video player. When you embed a video with captions, the captions will overlay the video.



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