The Panopto Video Management System

  • Faculty & Staff

The Panopto video management system makes it easy to share videos with your class through Canvas.  

Panopto can be used in a variety of ways:

  1. Automatic classroom recording. Some classrooms at Penn are outfitted with special capabilities that allow you to have your class sessions automatically recorded. For details, visit

  2. Creating “screencast” videos using your own computer.  With the Panopto Recorder software, you can record your voice, webcam, and on-screen activity. For example, you can record yourself giving a Powerpoint presentation or demonstrating how to use specialized software. Just about anything you do on your computer can be turned into a recorded presentation and published on your Canvas site. By default, students can just stream the video, but you can set the permissions so they can download it.

  3. Upload other videos.  If you have film clips, audio recordings, or other media files, you can upload them to Panopto and share them with your classes through Canvas.

  4. Student projects.  You can create assignments in Canvas where students record and post their own videos.  

Need to get started fast?

  • Download our Panopto Quick Start sheet which shows the fastest, easiest way to record videos with Panopto and share them with your students through Canvas.
  • Then review other pages on this site for more detailed information.  See the menu of Panopto topics on the left side of this page.

Using Panopto in Canvas is easy, but the process will be different depending on how you want to use your materials over time.  

  1. Materials for One-time use.  Follow this process for materials you want to use for one class, in one semester, and are unlikely to use again in the future or for other courses. Click here for details.

  2. Materials for Repeated use.  Follow this process to create your personal Panopto folder, organize your materials, and post them into any Canvas site. Click here for details.

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