Utilizing Panopto Capture


If you only need to record a short or basic video, you can utilize Panopto Capture to record using your web browser. No software install required.


Panopto has another option for recording content, called Panopto Capture. Panopto Capture is browser-based and does not require users to install any software in order to create videos. This guide illustrates how to use Panopto Capture to create videos, as well as help you determine if it is the best option for you.

Requirements for Capture

This article assumes you have already setup your WebCampus course to store a Panopto session, or you are a student uploading to an assignment folder.

You must also be using a modern web browser, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Apple Safari

Safari Support

Before recording, verify that third-party cookies are enabled when using Panopto Capture in Safari. For more information, see How to Create a Video in Panopto Using Safari.

Before You Begin

Before recording, because Panopto Capture is browser-based, it is more limited than Panopto for Windows or Mac.

  • The web browser window must remain open until prompted it is safe to close to ensure the video is fully processed
  • There is no pause-and-resume option for video recording with Panopto Capture. Recording can be stopped, and a new recording can be initiated, but recordings cannot be paused and restarted

Quick Start Guide

The steps below illustrate a basic use of Capture. 

  1. Go to WebCampus and select the course to record in
  2. In the left navigation, select Panopto Recordings
  3. Select Create, then select Panopto Capture

    The Panopto Capture option highlighted under the Create drop-down
  4. Panopto Capture will launch in a new window or tab of your supported browser

    The Panopto Capture window, with the video on

    You may receive a request from your browser to let it use your camera and microphone. Select Allow so that your video and audio will be captured in the recording

    The popup that some browsers may show, asking you to grant access to camera and microphone
  5. Select options for Audio, Video, as well as the Screens and Apps you want to share
    1. You can share your entire screen, the application window, or the browser window or tab, and the option to share the computer audio
    2. You can choose to not use video, but you must have audio, or you will not be able to record
  6. Select your recording options
    1. You can select recording quality, stream output, background, and more. You can also enable Smart Camera, which will track your movements
  7. Select record. A five second countdown will begin. It is recommended to do a test recording to make sure your settings are the way you want them
  8. Once you have finished recording, be sure to keep the tab or window open until prompted it is safe to close

    The Upload Progress bar highlighted
  9. You can specify the name of the file, the folder in which it is stored, and add a tag or description. You can also open the standard Panopto interfaces to open for edit or view and set sharing specifications from the video

When to use Panopto for Windows or Mac

Panopto Capture is best used when:

  • You do not or cannot install software
  • You have a shorter recording
  • You do not need to record more than yourself and what is on your screen
  • You would like to use Smart Camera to automatically zoom and follow yourself

Panopto Capture should not be used when:

  • You are recording a longer session (one hour or more)
  • You want live previews of your video and audio stream during recording
  • You would like to pause and resume your recording
  • You are recording multiple sources beyond video, audio, and single screen recording
  • You do not want to risk losing your work if the browser is closed before it is safe to do so

Chart showing different feature options for Panopto for Windows, Panopto for Mac, and Panopto Capture

Need Additional Help?

For more information, see Panopto Support's article about Using Panopto Capture.

For additional assistance, please visit the Panopto Knowledge Base for additional articles or our Services area to submit a support ticket. You can also contact the IT Help Desk via phone (702) 895-0777 or email (ithelp@unlv.edu).



Article ID: 890
Wed 6/15/22 12:57 PM
Thu 7/14/22 10:34 AM

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