For recording at a desktop, you will need a suitable microphone to record audio. If you want to capture video input, you’ll also need a webcam. You’ll then need to use the recording software to make a recording.

If you are making a recording from a machine based in a teaching room, you should find that the Panopto recorder and a microphone are already available. If you are using your own device, you will first need to download the software 

Panopto can be found from within a Blackboard module.

Open the module,

Select Communication and Tools,

Then Panopto Content

Here you will find listed the full set of recordings that have been made by your tutor for that particular module. If your tutor has set up the module’s associated Assignment folder, you will also be able to access it from here.

To download Panopto, select the Create button and there you will find download options for different Microsoft or Apple computers.

To download Panopto, select the Create button and there you will find download options for different Microsoft or Apple computers.

1. Is the microphone/camera present, plugged in and switched on?

In the recording software, you will find there are visible indicators that the microphone and camera are present and plugged in. It’s important to test this before you start.

2. Access the Recorder Software

You can access the recorder directly from Blackboard. Access the relevant module and go to Communication and Tools, Panopto Content

Click to select your Assignment folder

and then select the Create button

panopto record in assignment folder

3. Making your recording

Please note that we advise that you include your enrolment number in the title of your recording. If you fail to do this at the time of recording or need to change the recording name for any reason you can update the name later.

You can also view recordings on both iOS and Android devices. However, only iOS devices can record a video assessment on Panopto. Find out more below:


Step 1: Open the Panopto app. Sign in using your university email address.

View IOS Step 1

Step 2: Open the side menu and select Record & upload

View IOS Step 2

Step 3: Browse to select the folder relating to your module.

View IOS Step 3

Step 4: Either create a new recording by selecting Start recording or upload a recording by selecting Choose a video.

Note: Name your assessment video title in this format: 

module code - student id number - assessment title

This will enable your tutor to efficiently identify your assessment.

View IOS Step 4

Android App

Step 1: Open the Panopto app. Sign in using your university username and password.

VIEW And Step 1

Step 2: Select the cloud icon to upload a video. The video must be available from the device or a cloud service.

View And Step 2

Step 3: First select the assessment folder from the drop down menu.

View And Step 3

Step 4: Select the relevant assessment module folder for the assessment.

View And Step 4

Step 5: Select the Choose video or audio file and upload.

View And Step 5

The video file will appear at the bottom of the screen. Your video is now uploaded to Panopto.

View And Step 5

Remember to log in via Unilearn and if prompted the Panopto server address is Further mobile guides can be found on Panopto’s own support pages.

To manage your own recordings you can either select the Manage Recordings tab from within the recording software window or by selecting the Manage my recordings button found in the top right after having accessed Panopto through your Blackboard module (Communication and Tools, Panopto Content)

managing my recordings from recorder

You will then access a window for Panopto’s cloud-based service. On the left you will see all the folders to which you have access. Selecting a folder will show you all the recordings in the right-hand side.

Panopto cloud based service

Introducing the Homepage

When you access the web browser for our Panopto site you will notice that the first entry in the left-hand panel is the Homepage. This is administered centrally and from here you will be able to quickly access two areas, namely:

  • Shared with Me – any recordings that have been shared with you; and
  • What’s New – any new recordings for any folders to which you have access.

In both of these areas you will see a selection of videos, clicking See all will present you with the entire set of recordings for that particular area.

panopto shared with me

You can rearrange the view of the recordings displayed using the GridThumbnail and List View buttons.

Your personal folder – 'My Folder’

My Folder is a personal sandbox area where you can create recordings. You can’t share this folder however you can share individual recordings, or the contents of any subfolders created in this area.

panopto my folder

Important point: It is important that if you are asked by your tutor to make a specific recording that they will review for assessment purposes that the recording resides in the Assignment folder associated with that module.

For information on moving recordings from one folder to another refer to the Change Folder instructions.

In terms of management, another thing you may wish to do is change the session name after making the recording.

The Panopto editor allows for web-based editing from any Mac or Windows computer. Panopto version 5.2 offers a 'What you see is what you get’ editing experience in the browser and includes the following:

  • The timeline / audio histogram is more accurate.
  • You can edit the title and description of the recording inline.
  • You can add/edit/delete table of content entries.
  • You can visualise slides on the timeline.
  • Has a properly working Undo button.
  • Auto save functionality during editing but final version not made available to viewers until you click ‘Publish’.
  • You can rename the video feeds and where there are multiple video feeds you can choose to focus on a particular stream at any one time.

To view a demonstration of the new editing experience, Watch the Panopto 5.2 Webinar – please jump to 12 minutes and 50 seconds to start playing

For more detailed instructions select the type of editing you would like to learn about:

Step 1: Once you have created your assignment video, log into Blackboard.

Note: Name your assessment video in this format: 

module code - student id number - assessment title 

This will enable your tutor to efficiently identify your assessment.

Step 2: On the homepage in Blackboard, select My Modules from the top tab and now select the module relating to the assignment submission.

Step 3: Select Communication & Tools in the menu on the left-hand side. Then select Panopto Content.

Step 4: This will display the assignment folders relating to the module and select the assignment folder. For example, G107950_2018_v1.

Assessment Submission Step 4

Step 5: After selecting the assignment folder. Select Create and Upload media. You can either drag the video file into this area or select the video from your device folder.

Assessment Submission Step 5

Step 6: You have now successfully uploaded your assignment video to the assignment folder in the module. In the upload box select X to close the window to return to the module assignment page.

Assessment Submission Step 6

Step 7: For your tutor to view the recording you, will need to share the video link. Once you have uploaded your video to Panoptoclick the share button and copy the link.

Assessment Submission Step 7a

Assessment Submission Step 7b

Step 8: Open the Assessment in Blackboard and select the relevant assignment. Select Write Submission.

Assessment Submission Step 8

Step 9: In the Text Submission, paste the link of your video.

Assessment Submission Step 9

Step 10: The link to your video will be added to the submission. Add any additional comments and select Submit.

Assessment Submission Step 10

Learning and teaching sessions may be recorded. If you do not wish to be recorded in an online/in-person session, you can turn off your camera and mute microphones or if you are on campus move to a position off camera. 

© 2021 University of South Wales and its licensors. All rights reserved. This recording has been made to support your studies. You may view it for your personal, educational use. Further redistribution of teaching materials, including making copies available on the internet, is not Permitted. 

Caption disclaimer: This recording has closed captions. These captions may have been automatically generated through speech recognition software and may not be fully accurate. Whilst they can supplement your learning, we advise you not to rely solely on the captions. If the quality of the closed captions is insufficient to support your learning, please notify the Module Leader and the University will look into how you can be supported.