Viewing Sessions

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Viewing Requirements:

Panopto recordings can be viewed on a multitude of operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows Vista,  and Mac OS X (Intel Only) 

Panopto is also compatible with most major browser clients such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome.

You may be prompted to install Microsoft's Silverlight plugin the first time you view a session through Panopto, or you can go to to download the latest version.


Step 1.)

Go to http://yourpanoptoserver/Panopto/Pages/Default.aspx# and insert your username and password. Click "Log In" 


*Please contact your administrator if you need help with your login credentials.


Step 2.)

This will take you to the main user interface.


This will list all sessions that you have access to, either public recordings or specific sessions you have been granted permission to view.

You may also click on "All Folders" to sort through available content. Like the "All Sessions" page, you will only be able to view content that has been shared with your username.



Finally, you may sort available content under the "Folders view"



No matter which method you choose, you will eventually navigate to a session that you wish to view. Click on the session name to begin viewing.



Step 3.)

Your session will load, giving you a view similar to this:


*If you do not have Silverlight installed, you will be prompted to do so now. Please install Silverlight at this time, following the instructions given.

The following list gives a description of the various sections shown while viewing a session:

Top navigation bar:

1.) Folder and Session name

You can click on the folder name to launch the folder modal. Notice the session name follows to the right.

2.) Ratings

The current rating of the session. For more information please see the article here.

3.) Currently logged in user name / logout button

This shows you the user you are currently logged in as. Clicking "Log out" will log you out of the server.

4.) WebUI link

Clicking the Panopto logo will launch your Panopto page.

Primary Source Content:

1.) Primary Output

The primary output will playback the available primary stream of the session. This will include at least audio, and commonly contain a video feed as well.

2.) Pause/Play button

Clicking this will pause or resume playback.

3.) Timeline

Clicking in this area will jump the playback to the designated area.

4.) Volume

This slider bar will adjust the desired audio levels for the session.

5.) Full Screen Mode

This button toggles Full Screen mode on and off.

6.) Optional: Playback quality or Variable Speed playback (Server depending)

Hovering your mouse over this area will show you the playback quality in bits per second. Slower connections will display a lower number.

On some servers, this button is replaced with a variable speed playback button, which allows you to control the playback rate of a session.

Read more about this feature.

Secondary Source Content:

Please note the availability of these streams will differ depending on the session you are viewing.

1.) Available Tabs

All of these are tabs that are present in the recording. The white tab represents the current source that you are viewing.

2.) Zoom In/Out

Click the - or + magnifying glass to zoom in or out of the secondary source.

3.) Active stream

This is the active tab you are viewing. Note, you can double click on the feed to make the image full screen.

4.) Thumbnails

Depending on your session, you will see varying amounts of thumbnails. In this instance, the first thumbnail is of a powerpoint slide, and the other two are of screen capture thumbnails.

Clicking on any of these will seek playback to the corresponding thumbnail.

Contents/Captions/Notes/Comments/Search/Info/Bookmarks window

This section is used to navigate using different data points such as notes, events, public comments, etc..


1.) Contents

Click on any of the above timestamps to seek your recording to the corresponding event.

2.) Captions

If captions exist for the currently viewed session, click on any of this data to seek the recording to this dialogue.

3.) Notes

This tab shows any notes you have made, or currently have access to. Please see the article here for more information. Like the other tabs, clicking on one of these notes will seek playback to the related timestamp.

4.) Comments

This tab shows public comments about the session you are viewing. More information can be found here.

5.) Search

Clicking on search lets us search for any available text data for this session. In this example, we searched for "request" and found 3 results.

Clicking the "Sort" drop box will let us sort by Relevance or Time, while the "Show" drop box lets us sort by "All" "Notes" "Slides" or "Captions" to refine our search.

6.) Info

Clicking on Info will give us extra options in order to manage the content, but only if we have access to these features. For instance, a viewer is not allowed to Edit, Share, or Manage a recording he or she did not create. 

Note the presenters, and the folder the session is contained in. "My personal folder" is the description we have of this folder.

7.) Bookmarks

Finally, we have the bookmark button. This lets us earmark specific points in the recording to view later. More information about bookmarks can be found here.