Uploading Videos

In addition to videos created with the Panopto tool, Panopto can serve as a hosting service for videos you have created on your own (with Camtasia, Quicktime, your phone, your camera) or from another source. Please view the note below about Copyright concerns.

You may upload your video through the “Videos” section. Our preferred method is to upload a video directly within an item.

Setting it up

  1. Go to the Content Page, Assignment, Discussion, or Announcement where you want to upload your video. 
  2. Click "Edit" in the upper-right hand corner. 
  3. Type in a sentence or more of instructional context such as: 
    • Directions on what to look out for
    • Questions students can ask themselves as they watch the video 
    • A simple request to view the video as it covers material relevant to this section of the course. 

Upload and Embed the Video

  1. Click the green Panopto icon (1).
  2. Go to the “Upload” (2) tab and click “Choose video or audio files.” (You can also drag your file into this area.)
  3. Use your computer’s file explorer to locate your video or audio file and then click “Open.” A green download bar should now appear.
  4. Click Insert and Save (3) your work in the item. Your recording will now be visible in your course.

A Note about Copyright Laws and Policy

Panopto’s ability to capture and include video in your presentations can greatly enrich your teaching capability and provide richer experiences for your students. However, these capabilities should be used within Copyright Laws and Policy. When you are using Panopto and feel the need to include copyrighted materials you did not create please consider the following:

  • Use short excerpts from content to make your point instead of long clips that may distract from your teaching objective
  • If you are using clips from copyright videos or films, record an introduction to the clip and the relevance, this will strengthen your use of the video and aligns with copyright law
  • Avoid using Panopto as a way to distribute full length videos or films


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