Panopto is a video streaming and lecture capture system that is integrated with Swarthmore's Moodle site.  It is possible to easily record video and/or your computer screen and publish it to your Moodle course. It is also possible to embed video from Panopto using the embed icon from within Moodle's rich-text editor.


To set up Panopto for a course, start by adding the Panopto block to your Moodle course.  Follow the instructions here: Adding the Panopto Block to a Moodle Course

After the block has been added, your course is set up to accept Panopto recordings.  

Integrating Zoom Recordings with Panopto and Moodle.

Follow the instructions on this page: Integrating Moodle, Zoom, and Panopto


You will need the Panopto Recorder program to get started.  You can download the Recorder program from the Panopto block within Moodle. Download the program and install it on your computer.  Classroom computers should already have the Panopto Recorder installed, so you can skip this step if you are using an ITS computer.

Setting up the Panopto Recorder program

  • Start the program and click on "Log in" on the top right of the window
  • Make sure the server name is ""
  • Enter your Swarthmore username and password when prompted

Making a Recording

Click on the "Create New Recording" button in Panopto.  Under "Folder", select your class.  Under "Session" you can specify a name for the recording.  Then select your recording options: you can record a screen capture, video from a webcam or external camera, and audio from internal or external microphones.   Depending on your needs, you can enable or disable any of the audio/video sources.  

When you are ready, click "Start Recording".  You can pause the recording at any time.  When done, click "Stop Recording".

The resulting recording will be automatically uploaded to Panopto's servers.  It will take some time to process the recordings.  Allow a few hours for a class-length recording.  When the processing is complete, the recording will appear as a link in the Panopto block in Moodle.

Embedding a Panopto Video on a Moodle Page

By default, the recording appears within the Panopto block within Moodle.  You can also embed the video anywhere in Moodle that has a rich-text editor.  For example, you can add a new page in Moodle and embed the video there.  

To embed a video, go to a place that you can edit text and click on the Panopto icon on the editor toolbar.  Find your video and select it to insert into the page.


Panopto Documentation

Look here for Panopto's documentation:  

Permissions Problems

In some cases, the Panopto Recorder tries to save the video in a place that you don't have permission to write a new file.  In the Panopto Recorder program, go to Preferences (on the menu bar) and make sure the Recording Folder is set to a location that you can write to. Also, if you see an invalid login message when trying to record or upload content, be sure to contact

Video Quality

In the Panopto Recorder program, go to Preferences (on the menu bar) and and you can adjust the video compress and frame rate options.

Other Panopto Support Pages