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What is Panopto?

Panopto is a video management platform for businesses and universities from the company of the same name in Seattle, supporting the recording, sharing, live streaming, and (after recording) sharing via LMS or internal video site, video search, and virtual classroom.

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Users of Panopto have found the software to be incredibly versatile for a wide range of use cases. From recording events, presentations, …
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Popular Features

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  • Video link sharing (10)
  • User management (10)
  • Internal video (10)
  • Per viewer tracking (10)
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per month

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee


  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Video Marketing

Features related to using video marketing content, as well as marketing videos themselves.

Avg 7.4

Video Platform Integrations

Integrations between the enterprise video platform and other business applications.

Avg 6.2

Video Security

Features related to the security of an organization's content stored on an enterprise video platform.

Avg 8.8

Video Player

Features that support playing and watching video content that is hosted on the enterprise video platform.

Avg 8.5

Video Analytics

Features related to collecting and analyzing data around video streaming quality, viewer behavior, etc.

Avg 7.5

Video Hosting, Management & Storage

Features related to hosting, managing, and storing video content.

Avg 8.5

Video Engagement

Features to engage viewers around video content, particularly for live streams.

Avg 8.0
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Product Details

What is Panopto?

Panopto Video

What is Panopto?

Panopto Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Panopto is a video management platform for businesses and universities from the company of the same name in Seattle, supporting the recording, sharing, live streaming, and (after recording) sharing via LMS or internal video site, video search, and virtual classroom.

Reviewers rate Video link sharing and Audience polling highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of Panopto are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Users of Panopto have found the software to be incredibly versatile for a wide range of use cases. From recording events, presentations, and demonstrations to capturing impromptu meetings, Panopto offers flexibility and convenience for content creation. Faculty and students have embraced the platform as a tool to provide anytime-anywhere access to educational content, aligning with the growing popularity of the flipped classroom paradigm. With Panopto's recording capabilities, students can control their individual progress by pausing, replaying, and adjusting playback speed, enhancing their learning experience. The software's availability for all users at UMBC, including faculty, staff, and students, further demonstrates its broad appeal in various academic settings.

Panopto's features extend beyond traditional lecture capture, serving as a versatile screencasting platform that enables users to record lectures, tutorials, how-to videos, and more. The software has been used extensively to archive webinars and organize/distribute training content. Its quick and easy media content capture and distribution capabilities cater to users with varying internet speeds and environments. Notably, Panopto has been adopted by an increasing number of staff members for recording lectures and creating short videos for students. Furthermore, dispersed student groups across different campuses have greatly benefited from the accessibility of Panopto, particularly when it comes to accessing assignment information and grappling with challenging teaching concepts. Overall, Panopto has transformed teaching and learning experiences across institutions by increasing engagement with students through searchable video recordings that greatly enhance their learning journey.

Users commonly recommend using Panopto for educational or lecture-based settings. They suggest considering it as an affordable solution for storing Zoom recordings. Additionally, they recommend taking advantage of Panopto's features, such as the notes feature for taking notes at specific times in a video, and its ability to share live streams and organize lectures with supporting materials. It is also advised to evaluate other tools before choosing Panopto, as some users have experienced performance issues on OSX. Users also recommend upgrading the support package for more end-user support and following Panopto's hardware recommendations for better compatibility. Furthermore, users praise Panopto's support, feature set, and ease of use. They suggest exploring its features through a trial and taking advantage of customer service. However, it is important to note that Panopto is not a professional editing tool. Users also appreciate the ease of use and video editing features in Panopto and find it helpful for managing and sharing educational content. They suggest checking the group before sharing content and offering training when implementing Panopto or onboarding new team members. Furthermore, users find Panopto to be a valuable lecture capture solution for easily reviewing lectures or meetings. To effectively use Panopto, users advise watching training videos and having tech support available. They also recommend Panopto for capturing tribal knowledge or educational content and suggest laying out a clean and organized structure while understanding how permissions work in the platform. Finally, users emphasize that frequent use makes using Panopto easier over time.

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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Recording of lectures: You can watch these in an organized fashion, at varying speeds
  • Searchability for lectures, and within a lecture, makes it particularly easy for learners to look things up
  • Comments and notes available privately, or publically.
  • Can only speed up to certain speeds - i.e. if someone wants to do 1.6x, they cannot.
  • Could have a simpler, or prettier user interface
Frank J. Fedel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Simple to use - It really is a click-and-go system. Log in, click on record, and you're set.
  • Flexible - It allows multiple information-rich inputs to be recorded simultaneously (for example, the screen, webcams, microphones, etc.). For some demonstrations, having multiple perspectives/views can be beneficial. The ability to add multiple webcams enhanced the value of some of my recordings.
  • Reliable - This is critical when an unforeseen opportunity arises and you want to capture it visually and with audio. I had multiple experiences where a unique person was available briefly and due to Panopto's reliability, I was able to capture content that would otherwise have been seen by only those physically present at the time.
  • The initial cost of ownership for our facility was a point of contention until a sufficient number of faculty and students expressed their desire to have access. I'm not sure how the pricing is determined these days, so that might have been resolved.
  • Tutorials for allowing multiple users to have access to content with various administrative levels would be helpful. Owners, viewers and others who aren't familiar with the options available to them might benefit from more tutorials.
  • It's a stretch, but having an automated system that suggests "trimming" the length of recordings that begin prior to the important content might be useful. In some cases, I would start a recording but not get done with preliminary discussions in a class for a few minutes prior to focusing on the day's material. Including that in recordings doesn't look as professional as it could, and could be considered a waste of a viewer's time.
Mariann Hawken | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Easy to set up and record desktop with dedicated application or browser tool.
  • Automated speech to text generated captions for accessibility.
  • Simple editing tools to snip beginning and end or edit out sections in the middle.
  • Panopto doesn't fully support Ultra courses in Blackboard - we can do quizzing, which is very helpful, but we can't do video submissions like an Original course.
  • There is no built-in certificate option for completing a video and its quiz questions, which requires us to use additional systems for tracking and awarding.
  • Analytics are mediocre. The reporting tools are challenging to use and to get clear information on a consistent basis.
  • Quizzing is limited to multiple choice or T/F -- there is no reflection point or open-ended question format.
Elora Marston | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Easy to use and is intuitive to find your way around.
  • Software-based, so it's available for staff to use on many devices and helps students to access content online.
  • Flexible to suit the needs of users.
  • Captions are always a problem for us. We would like to caption all our videos and currently, the automatic captioning is not very good.
  • We would like integration with our VLE grade book to allow seamless submission and grading for students.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Intuitive: ease of use and accessibility is important for all users.
  • Well featured and flexible: with basic editing tools easily used with more sophisticated options to organize material where required.
  • Reliable: crucial for our student experience
  • Possibly more detailed real-time feedback during lecture-room based recording.
Gemma Witton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Enabling teachers and students to record and share easily from anywhere.
  • Providing reliable storage for video content.
  • The search functionality is impressive - not just text and descriptions, but speech and optical character recognition (OCR) built in.
  • Automated closed captioning is not very accurate.
  • Human transcribing for captioning is cost prohibitive at scale.
  • Annotation tools for the screen capture would be useful.
Score 3 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • It captures multiple streams simultaneous (video, desktop, audio only etc) and is pretty smart when it comes to working with imported PowerPoint Decks.
  • The end product can easily be shared in multiple formats and it has pretty rich content editing abilities for doing basic post-production clean up.
  • They have recently introduced an in-line quizzing feature which can integrate with your LMS's Gradebook.
  • The Analytics feature is very strong - we can get student level analytics when we integrate/embed the videos into our LMS.
  • UI is really clunking for basic/novice computer users.
  • The recorder software is pretty buggy and often differs greatly from PC to Mac.
  • I don't like the pricing model (pay per video views).
  • The 'provisioning' aspect is very cumbersome - it has to be done on the section level in the LMS every course, every semester, which is very time-consuming.
  • The Quizzing feature, while making progress, is still very basic and there is a lack of UI customization.
  • The rendering process is slower than other products we use.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • You can create quizzes to add to your videos as the viewer watches the videos, which can be automatically graded and in Canvas. These grades will post to the Gradebook.
  • There is automated closed captioning to make your videos accessible for hearing impaired viewers.
  • It has a built-in editor where you can cut, paste, and insert Powerpoints and Youtube videos into the video timeline in addition to the quizzes!
  • The automated closed captioning feature works pretty well. It can be off though... and when it's off, it can very off. Luckily you have the ability to go in and edit anything it translated from what it "thought" you said into what you "actually" said.
  • The timeline editor is web-based and not as fluid or functional like something like Final Cut, etc. You need to be on the spot of the timeline where you want to add a Quiz or content before you go to add it. If not, it will add it to where you were on the timeline when going to the video. I've added content to the beginning of the video by mistake a few times.
  • The Quiz feature is nice, but there need to be more options on the types of questions that can be added to a Quiz.
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