Mac Basic Recording

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The Panopto Mac Recorder allows a lot of flexibility in how and what you can record. A creator may wish to record alone (with one computer) or with a videographer using a separate computer. This section will cover all aspects of recording with one computer. In this recording scenario, all presentation content (Keynote or PowerPoint and/or screencapture) and video/audio is recorded from one computer.

Installation & Setup

The Panopto Recorder is very small and very easy to install. It can only be installed on computers OS X Leopard, OS X Snow Leopard, and OS X Lion. Your computer should also have a large amount of free drive space to capture your video/recording.  You can find the complete installation instructions here:  Mac Recorder Install

Logging In

Creators are able to log in to the Mac Recorder with their credentials and record video, audio, PowerPoint/Keynote presentations and also add Screen Capture functionality.

1.  Locate the Panopto Recorder under Applications (or from the Dock, if it was placed there) and run the app.

2.  Click Login


3.  Insert the appropriate credentials, then click Log In.  By checking the box "Save Login and Password" the next time the Mac Recorder is launched it will automatically login.


4.  Click Create New Recording



Adding Folders and New Sessions

By default, the Recorder will open up to the last known good configuration of recording devices.  If you have recorded content before, the same devices will automatically be chosen.

In this example, we have not recorded content before, the Mac recorder defaults to Offline Recording. 

To complete an Online Recording, click the down arrows as highlighted in red below, if there are folders available.

RecorderChooe the appropriate folder.



Create a New Folder

If no folders are created, create a new folder by clicking on the "+" sign as highlighted in red below.


A drop down box will appear to insert text for the Name for the new folder.

Insert text and click Create.


The new folder will be shown in the "Folder:" text box


Choosing Recording Devices

Whether you are recording offline or to a desired Folder, you can choose the devices that you wish to record with. These devices include web cams, video cameras, audio inputs, screen captures, PowerPoint/Keynote and remote devices.  To select the device you wish to use in your recording, simply check the box next to the device(s) listed within the Mac Recorder application.

**Note:  Audio and/or Video is required for all recordings to complete and be posted to the web.  If recording from two separate computers, the Recorder will allow you to record with no audio or video selected, however, the session will not process until the other computer uploads the audio and/or video to the system.  You will receive a pop up error message if no audio/video is selected when recording.


**Notice the check box to "Record Audio/Video" is not checked.

The following sections will show how to select and record from various inputs.  The combination of what inputs to record is chosen by the User by simply checking or unchecking the boxes.

Audio Only


Audio + Screen Capture


Audio + Screen Capture + Keynote/PowerPoint



To add video to any of the aforementioned recording scenarios, within the Audio/Video area of the Mac Recorder, click on the up/down arrows to select a video source.


For this example, there are two cameras connected to the Mac computer, choose either the "Built-in iSight" or "ZR800" video source.


Selecting the "Built-in iSight" camera it will give you a video preview.


Start Recording

After selecting the available inputs, begin the recording by clicking on "Start Recording"


Stop Recording

To stop recording content, switch back to the Mac Recorder (Command +Tab), and click on "Stop Recording"


The next screen will show the status of the recordings.  By default the Mac Recorder will automatically upload the recorded content to the server.  As the recording is being transferred to the server, you can preview the recording in the "Preview" area if "Audio," "Video," or "Screen Capture" was recorded.  If the preview was not sufficient, you could choose to "Pause Upload" to pause the upload of the files to the server.  The "Actions" button has two options; "Show Files" or "Delete" (will show or delete the local files in the Panopto Recordings directory).  Click here for more detailed information on the recording status.