Guide to Panopto for student helpers


Requirements for using Panopto

Access to Panopto can only be granted to Imperial staff. A few days before using Panopto, your lecturer must request access from us: Request access to Panopto (staff only).

Use Panopto 

To help your lecturer use the Panopto Personal Recorder, follow these steps:

  1. Double click on the Panopto icon on the lecture theatre PC. Do not use a laptop.
  2. Check that is entered in the Server Address field.


3. Click Sign in with your lecturer to enter their College username and password.
4. Click Log In.
5. Choose a storage destination for the recording from the Panopto content folders that your lecturer has access to by clicking the blue and white folder in the top right hand corner of the page.

Record button Panopto

6. Click the Add New Session button that is to the right of the folder name.
7. Enter a title in the Session Name field.
8. Ask your lecturer to wear the wireless lapel microphone provided in the lecture theatre. If the light on the front of the microphone is green, it is ready to record. If it is red, it may be in mute mode. To unmute the microphone, click the button on the front of the microphone once.
9. Select the recording devices for audio and video under the heading Primary Sources. The webcam or camera name will appear if video is available, however, you can select None if your lecturer does not wish to be videoed. The audio is the wireless microphone. If the microphone is working, you will see green bars appearing on the left hand side of the video panel. 

Primary sources

10. Set the Quality parameter to Standard. Do not select High or Ultra.
11. Tick Capture Main Screen and Capture PowerPoint under Secondary Capture Sources.
12. Press the Record button

Record button

13. Minimise the screen if it does not happen automatically. It will be accessible in the system tray. Press Pause and Resume during the recording to pause and resume.
14. Press the Stop button to finish recording.
15. Press OK on the message that pops up. 

You will now be taken to the Recording Status tab. Do not turn off the computer while the file is uploading. You may log off during this process. 

If your lecturer has requested to be notified via email when the recording is complete, he or she will receive an email with the link to the recording (he or she would have requested this service when requesting access to Panopto). Alternatively, your lecturer may access the recording link via the server.

Notify your lecturer of the links to the next steps.

Next steps