Installing the Windows Recorder

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This document will walk you through installation of the Focus 4 Recorder on a Windows based computer.  The software can be run on any computer with Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7 and 8 with the biggest consideration being given to having plenty of hard drive space available for long sessions.

If you've already installed the recorder and you only need to do the configuration, click here

System Requirements

Windows XP (SP2) / Windows Vista / Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) / Windows 8 (32 and 64 bit) / Mac OSX 10.6(and above)
Adaptive Streaming Capture Format Disabled: Core 2 Duo 1.8ghz / 2GB RAM 
Adaptive Streaming Capture Format Enabled: Standard/High: Intel i3 2.5 ghz or 2.6ghz AMD Phenom IIX4 910. Ultra: Intel i7 2600 Processor (3.4GHz) or 3.2ghz AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
Mac: Intel CPUs required
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Microsoft Silverlight (only required for viewing recorded sessions)
Recording Quality Options: High– 540MB/hr, Standard– 135MB/hr
FireWire ports for digital cameras
Windows Media Player 10 (or higher) required for broadcast
USB ports for Webcams or other recording devices
Disable sleep mode, screen savers and scheduled tasks
If capturing Powerpoint, Panopto supports Powerpoint 2007 or higher. (Office 365 is not supported)


Step 1.)  Login to your Panopto web interface.

Step 2a.) You can download the Recorder by clicking on the green Create button and choosing "Record a new session".


Step 2b.) You could also click this button as well, located in the top right of the sessions page.

Both options will show a popup that will allow you to download the Recorder for your operating system.


Step 3.) Locate PanoptoRecorder.exe that you've downloaded and run the application

Step 4.) The installer will self extract and begin the installation.

Step 5.) Select a destination folder to install the recorder to. Click Next.


Step 6.) Click Install and the installation will begin.


Step 7.) Once the Recorder is installed you will be able to open the software. Login using the proper Sever Address, Username and Password. (This information can be obtained from a Panopto Administrator at your organization).