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Panopto, a video-learning platform.

Panopto is a platform to create and share accessible video. It auto-generates closed captions and transcripts, and students can search for keywords to quickly jump to the relevant chapter. In-video quizzes reinforce the learning, and there is an analytics dashboard to provide insights on student engagement.

Lecture theatre recordings are automatically be added to the Panopto Video menu in Canvas.

Panopto supports these learning types (see definitions):


Access Panopto through Canvas

Panopto appears in the Canvas course navigation and opens within Canvas.

From Canvas, go to the Panopto Video page.

Screenshot of Canvas course navigation

When working with videos, open Panopto in a new browser tab.

Click the Open in Panopto button at the top-right.

Screenshot of open in Panopto button

Turn on email notifications

New videos are processed to a web-ready format and Panopto can email you when processing is complete.

From Canvas, click the Open in Panopto button.

Screenshot of open in Panopto button

Click your name and select User Settings.

Screenshot of Panopto user settings

Select Notifications and check Email me when sessions finish processing.

Screenshot of Panopto user settings

How-to guides

From the University of Auckland

Panopto self-support guides
(Recordings from Semester One workshops are available via the heading Q&A and Training on the homepage. Workshops will recommence in Semester Two)

Common tasks

Record to Panopto using the browser

Edit and trim your video

Edit auto-generated captions

Upload pre-recorded videos to Panopto

Integrate Zoom with Panopto
(for automatically uploading Zoom recordings)

Copy course videos from last semester

FAQs for staff

FAQs for students

Use Panopto for assessments

Student video assignments

From the developers of Panopto

Overview of Panopto in Canvas

Getting started with Panopto

Video tutorials

The basics: An interactive Panopto walk-through

Why another video platform?

Teachers currently use a variety of tools to record and edit video, however the goal is to provide a standard platform for staff to easily create and share videos with the class. Recording, trimming and sharing videos are all managed within Panopto and ease of use and accessibility features are taken care of automatically. And integration with Zoom means that recordings can be be automatically uploaded to Panopto.

Panopto has replaced the University’s current lecture theatre recording system (including Mediastore), which doesn’t have the accessibility features that our students require. It therefore helps to fulfil one of the priorities of Taumata Teitei—providing an equitable student experience.


Should I download the desktop app?

Recordings can be made using Panopto either within the browser, or via the desktop app. To help you decide, here are the differences we noticed.

Browser version (Panopto capture)

Desktop app

  • You can only record the entire screen so be careful to display only what you want to record. Note: having a second screen will make things easier.
  • Live webcasting for up to 5000 viewers (with approximately a 40 second delay).

See download Panopto and record using Panopto for Windows or Panopto for Mac.


University branded backgrounds for Panopto recordings and how to change your background. Note: this feature is only available for using Panopto in the browser, not the desktop app.

Standard disclaimer for captioning errors produced by Panopto’s auto-captioning feature. We suggest that you add the disclaimer to your Canvas course syllabus page.


Getting support

  • Bookmark the Panopto Faculty Workshop recordings, the Quick Guides and the FAQs.
  • Check for scheduled Panopto drop-in sessions via Zoom.
  • For technical issues with Panopto and Canvas please create a ticket via the IT Request Portal or via Staff Service Centre on +64 9 923 6000 or ext: 86000.
  • Note: All video content will have automatic captions enabled. It is recommended to add a notice to your course that the captions are automatically generated and will not be 100% accurate.



We are welcoming feedback from staff. If you have any suggestions, questions or concerns, please email:



Research shows that closed captions help all students to learn, not just ESL students or those with hearing impairments or auditory processing difficulties.

Dallas, B. K., McCarthy, A. M., Long, G. (2016). Examining the educational benefits of and attitudes toward closed captioning among undergraduate students. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 16(2), 56-65.

Gernsbacher, M. A. (2015). Video captions benefit everyone. Improving Society, 2(1), 195-202.

Morris, K. K., Casey F., Lyman D. III, Nicole, S., Nicole E.T., David B. (2016). Closed captioning matters: Examining the value of closed captions for “all” students. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 29(3), 231-238.

Whitney, M., & Dallas, B. (2019). Captioning online course videos: An investigation into knowledge retention and student perception. In SIGCSE ’19: Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, February 2019 (pp 511–517).

Page updated 19/07/2022 (added interactive Panopto walkthrough)

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