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Quick Links:  Getting Started, Panopto Training, Panopto Tutorials, Video Equipped Classrooms, Recommended Equipment, Spring/Summer Pilot, FAQ

Panopto is a lecture capture platform at Loyola that provides an all-in-one interface to record screen content and video of the instructor simultaneously. Panopto software can be used in classrooms on campus that are equipped with a built-in video recording system or from any PC or laptop.  The presenter has the option to record video or audio only along with PowerPoint and/or screen capture.

Panopto has been successfully upgraded to the latest version (4.9) on Saturday, May 30th. Stay tuned for details on some of the new features.  

Important Notice for Panopto Users: Live streaming will be disabled on March 27 for all pre-4.7 Windows and Remote Recorders. To live stream after this date, you will need to upgrade to the latest release.  Take note that Loyola campus computers are currently running the Panopto 4.6 recorder; however you would be able to take advantage of the webcasting feature by installing the latest recorder on your personal computer. If you plan to record a live webcast from a Loyola classroom, please contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@luc.edu or 773-508-4487 to request to have the Panopto recorder updated. The new Panopto recorder is expected to be available on campus computers at the start of the Fall 2015 semester.

Panopto Overview Video 

Getting Started

  1. Instructors have the option to access Panopto through their Sakai course sites.  To make Panopto available in your course, go to Site Info <Edit Tools and select Panopto from the list.  Once you add the Panopto Tool, click on the link to Panopto from your course menu to access the Panopto recorder.  Students may click on the Panopto link to view recordings. 
  2. You may also access Panopto directly from the Panopto login page.  Go to http://luc.hosted.panopto.com and enter your UVID and password.  Make sure Loyola is selected from the drop down menu.  Once you log in to Panopto, the folders you have access to will be located on the lower left. 
  3. For questions related to Panopto, contact panopto@luc.edu.  

Panopto Training

Learn to record, share and archive your class lectures during these sessions. Instructor led sessions will be offered at both campuses and online sessions will be available via Adobe Connect.

Click here for current Panopto training offerings. 

To request an individual or group training session, please email panopto@luc.edu.

Faculty drop-in support sessions are also available. 

Panopto Tutorials 

  • Recording Quick Steps using Sakai  (PDF)

  • Creating a Recording (PDF)

  • Sharing a Recording (PDF)

  • Using the Panopto Editor (PDF)

  • Panopto Mobile App (PDF)

  • Creating a Webcast (PDF)

 Video Equipped Classrooms

  • Water Tower Campus:
    • Corboy Law Center 202, 322, 423, 523
    • Maguire Hall 110
  • Lakeshore Campus:
    • Cuneo 002, 302, 311, 312, 318, 324
    • Mundelein 508
    • Crown Auditorium
    • Crown Center 114
    • Klarchek Information Commons 105, 111, 112, 120, 215, 216, 230

Recommended Equipment

If you are teaching from a non-video equipped classroom but would still like to record using Panopto, you can reserve a web kit from one of the Digital Media Labs on the second floor of the Information Commons at the Lakeshore campus, or Corboy Law Center room 608 at the Water Tower Campus.  Should you desire to purchase your own equipment for use with Panopto lecture capture, ITRS recommends the following devices:

  • Recommended webcams include the Logitech C525 and C920
  • Recommended USB conferencing microphone is the MXL AC-404
  • Recommended USB lapel microphone is the Revolabs xTAG (prerecording content only)

Spring/Summer Pilot

During the Spring/Summer semesters in 2013, Panopto recordings were used to supplement nine courses.  The instructors using Panopto to record their class sessions found the software to be straightforward and easy to use to create and share recordings with their students.  Faculty and students had an overall positive response to Panopto being used as a course supplement and shared the following comments in a survey:


Students hardly notice that the recording session is on.  This makes for a very normal class atmosphere. When students gave presentations, they didn't even think that they were being recorded because the instructor had set everything up before the beginning of the class session.  Since most students are interested in reviewing presentations by other members of the class, this is an important factor.
I firmly believe that Panopto improves the online learning experience for both faculty and students.  It is incredibly easy to use and very helpful.  Students reported high rates of satisfaction with it.  Its capabilities exceed those of other similar programs, and I would HIGHLY recommend Loyola move forward with adopting Panopto for use by faculty.


I think Panopto serves a major purpose for use in the course. It was easier to access than trying to print copies of the document files, especially if you don't have access to a printer.

I think it's very helpful to use in reviewing for a test or if a topic was unclear when it was first taught in class.  Being able to watch the class over was extremely helpful.


Panopto FAQ

Panopto is a lecture capture platform that provides the ability to record screen content and video of the instructor simultaneously. Panopto can be used in classrooms on campus that are equipped with a built-in video recording system or from any PC or laptop.  With Panopto software, both sources are combined into a single media file for distribution to students. Panopto offers a significant improvement over previous lecture capture software by providing a straightforward interface for basic recording and a more seamless production of video files; there are also more advanced recording and editing features available.

Yes, Faculty may make Panopto available in their courses by going to Site Info < Edit Tools and adding the Panopto Tool.

Yes, PowerPoint can be captured simultaneously along with the audio/video and screen content.  There is also a PowerPoint index in the Panopto Viewer so students can navigate between slides; the instructor and students can also add notes to the presentation.

There is the option to make a recording public, then the link could be shared with anyone.  If the instructor keeps the recording private then it would only be available to students in their course. 

The recording is streamed from the Panopto server and is not downloadable by students; however the instructor has the option to download and distribute the file.

If you have an iOS mobile device (such as an iPad or iPhone) you may download the Panopto application for free from the App Store.  Features of this app include the capability to view videos and create recordings through Panopto. There is also a Panopto app for Android, which supports video playback but not recording.

The instructor has the option to create a drop box within the Panopto course folder, which will give students the ability to create and manage their own content.  Students will be prevented from viewing other users' content in the drop box that has not been explicitly shared or made public by the instructor.

Panopto is lecture capture software that is designed for recording and storing files online for viewing later. Panopto can also serve as a repository for course content (including other media files).  Some faculty use Panopto for pre-recording content to share with students before class.

Adobe Connect is typically used for online courses or faculty teaching remotely on occasion.  Adobe Connect is intended for synchronous communication and includes a more robust user-interface for engagement and interaction among students/faculty in a live setting.