How do I enable notifications when my Zoom Cloud recordings are ready to share?

Login to Panopto at From your home page select the ‘My Folder’ in the left navigation. Along the top, locate the ‘Meeting Recordings’ folder. In the upper right of the screen, locate the gear icon (Folder Settings). Select ‘Settings’ from the left navigation. Check the box that read “Notify viewers via email and Microsoft Teams (if connected) when new videos are ready”

Note: If you do not have a ‘Meeting Recordings’ folder you have not successfully imported any Zoom Cloud meeting recordings into Panopto. Use Zoom to start a cloud meeting recording and this folder will automatically appear in Panopto.

What are audio descriptions and should I be adding them?

Audio descriptions provide visually impaired viewers with visual context of what is being presented in a video.  These descriptions will be read out loud during the video’s playback.  Writing good audio descriptions is an art, so learning more about audio description is a valuable starting point.  See Turning Sights into Sounds: The Art of Audio Descriptions and Description of Visual Information.  There are also vendors who provide audio descriptions, but they are quite expensive and often do not have enough knowledge of the subject matter to create meaningful descriptions.  See How to Add Audio Descriptions in Panopto.

How do I caption my videos?

All videos uploaded to Panopto, transferred from Ensemble or created using the Panopto recorder are automatically captioned in Panopto using computer generated captions.  The accuracy of computer generated captions can vary considerably depending on several factors including the quality of the microphone, background noise, the accent of the speaker, etc.  Captions should be reviewed for accuracy and edited as needed.  See How to Edit or Delete Captions.

Highly accurate captioning is also available from third party vendors.  Contact for more information about how to request paid captions from a caption service.

What is the difference between the Panopto Capture and Panopto for Mac/Windows? Is it better to use the browser recorder or download the recording app?

The following chart describes some benefits/drawbacks of using each type of recorder:

Panopto Capture (browser)Panopto for Mac Windows (application)
Quick to setup and use.  Works from a multitude of devicesOffers Smart Camera to track your movementOffers virtual backgroundsAllows for offline recordingWindows application offers more settings/customizationAllows use of shortcut keys to streamline recordings

How do I Copy or Move a Video?

There are several ways to copy videos in Panopto. See How to Copy and Move Videos.  If you make a reference copy rather than a full copy, the reference copy refers back to the original source video. If the source video is edited, the reference copy will automatically reflect the same edits.  On the other hand, if you try to make edits to the reference copy, you will receive a message asking whether you would like to unlink the copy from the original so that edits made to the copy will not be reflected in the original.  Learn about Video Reference Copies.