Recording a Lecture or Talk in a Classroom

Posted January 5th, 2022 at 10:10 am.

Panopto combines lecture-capture software with a video-streaming platform (like YouTube, but without the ads) to facilitate recording in-person classes or talks and sharing those recordings with others. Panopto can capture audio and video of a person lecturing and a screencast of what they project on the screen to an in-person audience. Recordings will be uploaded to Panopto’s video streaming library and can be made available to students through a course Moodle page or shared with anyone using sharing links. (You can also record to Panopto off campus and outside of the classroom.)

Before You Begin

  1. Be sure to schedule the talk or lecture in a classroom listed as having a “lecture capture camera” in the technology-enhanced classrooms list; other rooms are not equipped for recording. If you have questions about classroom equipment, please contact Multimedia (x7449 or
  2. Create a Panopto account if you don’t already have one. All Bryn Mawr faculty and staff, and all students currently enrolled in Bryn Mawr courses, are eligible for Panopto accounts.
  3. LITS STRONGLY recommends doing a test recording in the classroom you will be using BEFORE the day of the talk to familiarize yourself with the room setup and discover any technical issues. Contact Multimedia if you’d like an orientation to a particular room.

Starting a Recording

  1. Turn on the classroom computer and log in.
  2. Open any applications and files that you will use during your lecture (e.g., PowerPoint slides, a web page, PDF documents, etc.) Recording requires considerable computing power and resources; opening everything else you need before starting the recording ensures that sufficient resources are set aside for other applications.
  3. If the speaker will be projecting overhead, select the classroom computer as the video source for the projector using the room control panel.
Note: To capture a screencast of what a speaker projects overhead, they MUST present from the podium computer. If they wish to project from a laptop or iPad and you need to capture video and a screencast, use Zoom to capture the lecture and upload it to Panopto instead.
  1. Launch the Panopto Recorder by double-clicking the green Panopto button (shown below) on the taskbar, Dock or desktop.

Panopto logo

Not seeing this button? See Launch the Panopto Recording from the Panopto Website, below, for a workaround.
  1. If prompted to log in, choose SAML or Moodle and log in with your BMC credentials if you have them; Haverford users should choose Moodle and use their Haverford credentials. (See Panopto: Get an Account to troubleshoot accounts and log in.)
Note: If you are NOT prompted to sign in, double-check that YOUR username is the one listed in the top right-hand corner of the recorder window. If not, click Sign out, and then log in.
  1. The Panopto Recorder launches with the Create New Recording tab active as shown below. (If an update is needed it should auto-install before launching.)

  1. Under Session Settings, choose the Folder in your Panopto video library where you want to store the recording:
    • If the recording is for a course, choose the course short name (e.g., bmc.BIOL.B101.001.SP20).
    • Otherwise, choose “My Folder” to record to your personal Panopto folder.
    • You will be able to move the recording to different folder later if needed.
  2. Give the recording a meaningful Name or use the default (recording day, date, and time). You will be able to rename the recording later.
  3. If you want to capture video of your speaker, choose a Video source under Primary Sources; otherwise choose None.
    • Check the preview window to the right to ensure the camera is positioned correctly and adjust as needed.
    • Some rooms have two cameras — one facing the podium and one facing the audience. Be sure you’ve selected the correct one.
    • Some room cameras are repositionable. The panning and zooming controls are located on the room control panel; there is often a pre-set that centers the camera on the podium.
    • Contact the Help Desk (610-526-7440) for help troubleshooting video.
  4. Check you Audio levels by speaking and watching the microphone bar.
    • Move the slider bar to increase or decrease the volume as needed.
    • If the sound is too low with the microphone at max, check whether the podium has a microphone that needs to be turned on. Some classroom microphones are directional, or designed to pick up sound from a certain direction, so the speaker may need to move a bit to find the sweet spot.
    • If no audio is picking up, try choosing another option in the Audio drop-down menu. In some rooms, the video camera provides the only microphone and you must record video in order to record audio.
    • Contact the Help Desk (610-526-7440) for help troubleshooting audio.
    • Check the Capture Computer Audio box IF you plan to play media with sound on the podium computer during the talk AND you want to include that sound in the recording.

Screen shot of recorder controls

  1. Select and configure any Secondary Sources you want to capture:
    • Check Capture Main Screen to capture a screencast of everything your speaker presents onscreen and projects overhead to the in-person audience.
    • Check Capture PowerPoint if you also want to add the PowerPoint slides to the recording (don’t use this instead of Capture Main Screen.)
    • If additional cameras (such as an audience or document camera) or monitors are attached to the podium computer, you will be able to select or add them. Please don’t try to connect new video sources to a classroom computer yourself, as you could disturb other connections and settings — contact Multimedia ( or 610-526-7449) for help.
  2. When you are ready, click the red record button to start your recording.
  3. If you are capturing a screencast, minimize the recorder window so that it is out of the way.
Tip: If there is a chance you will forget to start the recording, you can do this well before the speaker starts and then trim any parts of the recording you don’t need in the Panopto editor later.

Stopping and Uploading the Recording

Click (pause) in the recorder window if you need to temporarily stop recording — e.g., while speakers are switching places. (Panopto keeps recording to ensure no data is lost, but then automatically deletes the portion of the recording between the time that pause and play were clicked.)

When you are ready to end the recording:

  1. Reopen the recorder window if needed and click (stop).
  2. A Recording Complete dialog will appear; choose Done to upload the recording to the Panopto server for processing and streaming.
  3. Lock the computer (Windows) or put it to sleep (Mac), but do not turn it off.

The recording will finish uploading in the background as long as the computer remains on and connected to the Internet, even if other users log in. Uploading typically takes about 15-30 minutes for a one-hour video, but can be longer if Internet usage is heavy. If the computer is shut down before the upload completes, Panopto will try to resume uploading the next time it is turned on and connected to the Internet. A local copy remains on the hard drive in the meantime to ensure nothing is lost.

Filed under: Panopto by Morgan Stevens

Comments are closed.