Getting Started with Panopto

Panopto is a cloud-based video sharing platform that captures, stores, and shares audio, video, and screen content. While traditionally categorized as a lecture-capture service, Panopto can do much more. Panopto simplifies the complex task of recording lectures and presenting pre-recorded lecture information. The most common use cases for Panopto are Lecture Recording, Pre-Class Videos, and supplemental material. Our Panopto license allows for unlimited recordings and unlimited media uploads of any file size. Videos stored in Panopto do not count against the course size quota in Blackboard, even when accessed via Blackboard.

This page is intended to help Arts & Sciences and Engineering faculty at JHU setup the Panopto video management platform for use in classes on the Homewood Campus. This is not a comprehensive guide on how to use Panopto but a set of instructions on how to get started.

The easiest way to use Panopto is when it is integrated with Blackboard. When used in this way, a folder is created for each Blackboard class that uses Panopto. Instructors and TAs have rights to record, edit, and delete in this folder, and students have rights to view the contents. The process of linking Panopto and Blackboard is called provisioning.

Before you begin

If you're not sure if Panopto is the right tool for your needs, or you want more detailed information, contact Brian Cole ( to setup a consultation. Usually, the entire Panopto process can be reviewed in about 20 minutes. Meetings can be in-person, over the phone, or over Zoom with screen sharing.

Provisioning your Blackboard course to use Panopto

Login to Blackboard ( and select your course

In the upper right, make sure edit mode is ON to allow changes

Navigate to the course menu.  Find the menu item named Panopto Recordings

Click on the Panopto Recordings link. On the next screen, select Configure.

Choose Add Course to Panopto.  You will then get a confirmation that the provision is complete and you can return to the course.

If you return to the course menu and click on Panopto Recordings again, you will now see the course's Panopto folder.

Next Steps

Now that Panopto is provisioned for your Blackboard course, it's time to start using the tools together. The following overview from Panopto support is a great way to learn the basics of recording, uploading, sharing, and editing. Please note that the folder in Blackboard in their demonstration is called Panopto Video. At JHU, the corresponding folder is typically called Panopto Recordings.
If you want to skip right to recording your first video, you can reference this guide:  instructions on making your first recording.