CAFE instructional designer, Malcolm Hays, shares the basic on using lecture capture application, Panopto.

Panopto is a lecture and screen recording tool. It is easy to record video presentations, manage existing video files, and stream video content to virtually any device. Panopto videos can easily be embedded in Canvas content, such as Pages, Assignments, and more. 

Panopto is best used for asynchronous lectures and recordings. If you want to do a synchronous recording, Zoom is a better option.

  • Setting up Panopto in Canvas
  • Installing Panopto Recorder
  • Logging into Panopto
  • More Information

Setting up Panopto in Canvas

  1. Login to Canvas and navigate to your course.
  2. Click the Settings link in the course navigation menu on the left.
  3. Select the Navigation tab on the Settings page.
  4. Add Panopto to the course navigation menu by click-and-dragging the Panopto Video item from the hidden items on the bottom half of the page into the top half of the page.
  5. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page.
  6. Panopto is now ready for you to use in this course. Follow the instructions again for each course in which you want to use Panopto.

Installing Panopto Recorder

IMPORTANT: During the installation process, Panopto will ask for a Destination folder and a Panopto Web Server.

  • By default, the Destination folder will be tied to your local machine, but you can modify that to a different location, such as a network file storage location (e.g. S:\ drive or Y:\ drive or even a Google Drive if you have the Drive application installed on your machine).
  • The Panopto Web Server is:

Logging into Panopto

Login to Panopto Website

In most cases, it's easy enough to sign in to Panopto through Canvas. However, it's also possible to sign in directly to your Panopto account.

  1. Visit
  2. Make sure the drop-down menu is set to UM System Single Sign On and click Sign in.
  3. Sign in with your UM-System login information (e.g. and password.

Now you can access all of your Panopto recordings that are stored in My Folder or you can use the Browse tab on the left hand side of the page to find other recordings, such as those tied to your Canvas courses.

Login to Panopto Desktop Application

In order to effectively use the Panopto Desktop Application, you'll need to sign in to the application with your UM-System login credentials.

  1. Open the Panopto application on your desktop.
  2. Make sure is selected in the drop-down menu. If you do not see it, follow the steps immediately below.
    1. Click the drop-down arrow and select +Add a site.
    2. Type in and click Add Site.
  3. Click Sign in.
  4. If prompted, sign in with your UM-System userid and password (e.g., and password).

More Information

For more information about Panopto and how to use it, visit the UM-System Teaching Tools Panopto site.