October 31, 2019
Score 7 out of 10
We have a sitewide license to Panopto for video hosting and playback. We have the lecture capture installed in many of the large classrooms, but not across campus. Panopto provides the hosting and streaming needs for courses and the campus. The ability to control the entire library, schedule recordings, and manage sharing and branding is the key advantage over using something like YouTube.
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In the higher education market, the choices tend to boil down to Panopto or Kaltura. Panopto has a robust lecture capture system that supports a wide range of formats and inputs. The ability for the student to select the source they want to see (slides, camera view, etc.) for the lecture makes it much easier to "set it and forget it." The live transcription and searching within the video also are valuable tools. Panopto is not nearly as well polished in the backend as Kaltura (especially after Kaltura's most recent backend overhaul). On the support end, Panopto's role permission and sharing options are confusing. Its integration with the LMS is not as robust as Kaltura's, and its analytics are lacking. Panopto was more cost-effective than Kaltura.