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Getting Started with Panopto

Panopto is a cloud-based video sharing platform that captures, stores, and shares audio, video, and screen content. While traditionally categorized as a lecture-capture service, Panopto can do much more. Panopto simplifies the complex task of recording lectures and presenting pre-recorded lecture information. The most common use cases for Panopto are Lecture Recording, Pre-Class Videos, and supplemental material. Our Panopto license allows for unlimited recordings and unlimited media uploads of any file size. Videos stored in Panopto do not count against the course size quota in Blackboard, even when accessed via Blackboard.

NOTE: This page is intended to help Arts & Sciences/Engineering faculty at JHU setup the Panopto video management platform for use in classes on the Homewood Campus. This is not a comprehensive guide on how to use Panopto but a set of instructions on how to get started.

Blackboard Integration

The easiest way to use Panopto is when it is integrated with Blackboard. When used in this way, a folder is created for each Blackboard class that uses Panopto. Instructors and TAs have rights to record, edit, and delete in this folder, and students have rights to view the contents. The process of linking Panopto and Blackboard is called provisioning.

The following instructions are for Homewood Faculty who teach in Arts & Sciences/Engineering. For more information about using Panopto in a different school, contact your school's Teching and Learning Center.

Provisioning your Blackboard course to use Panopto

Step 1:

Login to Blackboard ( and select your course

In the upper right, make sure edit mode is ON to allow changes

Screenshot of Blackboard's Edit Mode Button

Step 2:

Navigate to the course menu.  Find the menu item named Panopto Recordings

Screenshot of Link in Blackboard's Course Menu for Panopto

NOTE: if you don't see this link, go to the Full Provisioning Instructions

Step 3:

Click on the Panopto Recordings link. On the next screen, select Configure.

Screenshot of Blackboard Panopto Provisioning Button

Step 4:

Choose Add Course to Panopto.  You will then get a confirmation that the provision is complete and you can return to the course.

Screenshot of Adding the Blackboard Course to Panopto

Step 5:

If you return to the course menu and click on Panopto Recordings again, you will now see the course's Panopto folder.

Screenshot of Panopto Recordings Page after Provisioning

Next Steps

Now that Panopto and Blackboard are linked, learn more about how Panopto and Blackboard work together.

If you're ready to start creating content, learn more about making your first recording.