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What Is Panopto?

Videos are a crucial source of information, and Panopto’s video and content management capabilities offer fast access to an organization's entire video library. With Panopto, finding, managing, and sharing large video files is effortless.

Panopto's technology scans and indexes written and spoken words within videos, enabling retrieval through a federated keyword search. Users can jump directly to when a word is spoken or written, saving time.

All videos are securely hosted in the cloud and accessed via a user-friendly dashboard. Administrators manage permissions effortlessly, ensuring the right people access the right content.

Panopto supports various video formats, integrates with other systems, and provides video usage and engagement analytics. With built-in editing tools and features like closed captioning, Panopto ensures videos are professional and accessible.

Who Uses Panopto?

Purpose-built for learning and communications, Panopto serves many industries, including Higher Education, Manufacturing, Finance, Technology & IT, Energy & Utilities, Transport, Healthcare and more.

Panopto Software - Panopto Homescreen with an overview of selected videos, depending on user role and preferences.
Panopto Software - Panopto federated video search, which allows one to find any spoken or written word within the entire video library through a simple keyword search.
Panopto Software - Panopto's advanced video analytics through Panopto Knowledge Insights. A comprehensive way to monitor viewer engagement and video success through a simple, customisable dashboard.
Panopto Software - The Panopto editor offers a fast, simple and non-destructive way to edit videos on the scale.
Panopto Software - The Panopto and Microsoft Teams integration enables Panopto's state of the are video creation, management, search and sharing, as well as its world-leading, multi-stream viewer directly within Microsoft Teams.

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Reviews of Panopto

Average score

Overall
4.5
Ease of Use
4.3
Customer Service
4.6
Features
4.3
Value for Money
4.4

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Jonathan
Jonathan
Flexible Learning Coordinator in Canada
Verified LinkedIn User
Education Management, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Panopto has met all of my needs and then some and the support is phenomenal.

5.0 7 years ago

Comments: We were able to give faculty one tool for all of their video creation and editing and storing needs instead of all the various tools they had to use previously to accomplish the same thing. All of the content is now stored on our server so we don't lose access to it if an employee leaves the college. We can live stream our events with it. We can manage all of our video and caption it as well. It provides us a secure way to stream 3rd party video we have an agreement with to share with specific users. Allows for adding quizzes in the video.

Pros:

I love how it manages our video content. The ability to manage 1000's of videos with ease and update user permissions or move content around all without breaking the link to the video was the biggest selling point for me. Other products I've evaluated managed video very differently and left things more up to the user. If the user were to leave their content would be difficult to hand over to the next person that may need it. The LMS Integration is excellent. Biggest workflow saver is when an instructor makes a recording in class the hit stop and upload and the video automatically goes into the course it needs to be in and even gives students a progress bar for it. Other products required the instructor to go in after they made the recording and move the video into the course manually or move it into a specific playlist. When an instructor finishes class they don't have time to go moving their recordings around. They need to finish up and leave before the next class starts coming in. It has so many bells and whistles. Live broadcasting, quizzing that integrates with the LMS Gradebook, scheduled recordings, so many great video player features, the mobile app. It's overall an excellent product and I couldn't find anything else that checked all my boxes.

Cons:

The recorder has a lot of options in regards to setting the quality when we always encourage our faculty to set it at the highest possible. I wish the recorder could be streamlined so I could start up recordings faster and have a share link go right to my clipboard so I could send it out like how Jing does it. There is value to all of the options on the recorder but I wish they had a lighter weight version.

Eugenio
Professor in Spain
Education Management, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

how a software can get outdated because lack of innovation

4.0 3 years ago

Comments: it was very good 5 years ago but now that we need online teaching we had to change to another software.

Pros:

classes are automatically recorded at the scheduled time

Cons:

it is hard to set up a new sporadic recording and there is no option to have videocall at the same time because cameras are recording

Shane
Associate Professor in US
E-Learning, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Panopto - Great for online lecture delivery

5.0 last month New

Pros:

Integration with Desire2Learn and Camtasia.

Cons:

I like that grades are directly exported to the learning management system. I do have to adjust the values of the grades once they are exported.

Laura
Ed Tech in US
Higher Education Software, 5,001–10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Panopto-powerful but over complicated.

3.0 8 months ago

Comments: Half good, half very frustrating. Faculty have to login for th e1st time to a specifc Panopto link. We did not realize this at first and thought a user could just type in "Panopto" in the URL. So the step by step document/video would have been helpful. Also all the videos need to be linked a specific way no copying and pasting URL's. Panopto has to be turned on in tools in our LMS. We have our faculty create a link to Panopto in the menu of the LMS and have a link to the Panopto site. It is just several steps and it just seems there could be an easier way. We used to sue VidGrid & Mediasite: Our co. made the switch. The recent decision by VidGrid to not undergo the state-required Texas Risk and Authorization Management Program (TX-RAMP) certification for all cloud-based vendors to operate under contract with state agencies and institutions of higher education. Mediasite had many issues, so best to stop using it. The interface was ugly and not so useful also.

Pros:

Panopto's interface is clean cut and not too busy. I like the file areas to the left and the center area for videos. I like that it is integrated into BB, the LMS we use.

Cons:

Panopto was presented to us as an really good option for faculty to use. It has turned out to be not so easy to use. There are many steps that we learned about later that have to be done a certain way or the students cannot access the videos within BB, the LMS. Panopto is integrated into BB, the LMS we use but it is problematic. If someone pastes a link to a video in a text field it will not open correctly for them. The faculty has to embed it correctly using Pan video embed. VidGrid did not require so much for the user.

Frank J.
Associate Professor in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Higher Education Software, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source
Source: GetApp

Panopto provides me with a reliable, flexible venue for documenting and assessing my students' progress.

5.0 5 years ago

Pros:

There are many features that I like about Panopto; ease of use is near the top of the list. I have been using it for several years and it is comforting to know how reliable and simple it is to get a recording completed. I have had situations where an opportunity arose and I wanted to capture it for my students to see later, and I simply pulled out my phone and recorded and uploaded it to the Cloud with a few simple clicks. My students love it because regardless of their hardware (PC, phone, iOS device), they can record their assignments and get feedback almost as if they were in front of me. The simple-to-use editing features allow me to update/enhance legacy content enabling me to leverage existing resources. I could go on and on...

Cons:

Some of the more advanced features are a bit more challenging for some of my students to understand; however, the good news is that the basic features provide more than enough opportunity for successful resource generation.