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Panopto Lectures for Students

Viewing and Annotating a Panopto lecture

Annotating a Live Lecture

Viewing Options – multiple screens

Downloading Audio Podcasts

Enabling Silverlight Plugin (NPAPI Plugins) in Chrome


Viewing and Annotating a Panopto lecture:

Panopto recordings can be used in two ways.  If your professor has pre-recorded a lecture, or is recording the lecture but is NOT webcasting, you can access the lecture LATER for review, note-taking and subsequent review. If your professor is recording AND webcasting, you can note-take the lecture while session is being recorded and then subsequently review, continue to note-take, and review again. There is no limit on the number of times you can review a lecture. To access your Panopto lecture and take notes on it:

  1. Click on the Panopto link in your MBC Blackboard course OR  Go to
  2. Choose Sign In Using Blackboard and click on the green Sign In button.
  3. Click on Mary Baldwin College at the upper left to see the Panopto home page.
  4. Click on the Folder that has your course’s lectures in it.
  5. Find the lecture you wish to view and click on it to start viewing the lecture.
  6. The first time you are viewing a lecture in Panopto, you may need to install Microsoft Silverlight.  Follow the prompts and install it using the default settings.  This will take a few minutes.
  7. If your lecturer has used two screens during the lecture, and is not annotating on the screens with mouse, laser pointer or pen, you will want to click on the Slides view (at the bottom right of the playback screen) so you can view slides from both screens.  In Slide view, the main playback screen will display whichever Powerpoint slide the professor has clicked on last.  The screen that is being displayed has a green bar on the top of it in the timeline at the bottom of the screen
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  8. If the timeline disappears and you need to see it again, click on Show:
  9. If your lecturer is only using one screen, and they are annotating on that screen, you will want to view the lecture in Screen view.
  10. If your lecturer is using two screens AND annotating, follow the instructions here:
  11. Click on Notes and add Notes about what you are hearing in the lecture.  You will be able to search for the text of the notes you have taken, to help you find that topic again.
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  13. Tip – if you choose a special word and always use it in your Notes (for example, TST for things you think are likely to be on the test) it will be easier to find those things later.

To annotate a lecture while you are watching it live:

  1. Your professor will have to have chosen to Webcast and Record the session, rather than simply recording it.
  2. Locate the live lecture by logging into the course in Panopto through Blackboard as detailed above.  It is likely to be at the top of the Course Folder and it will have a little red triangle next to it.   Click on it. LiveLectureLink
  3. Mute your audio!  The webcast will be several seconds behind the live lecture.  By the time you type in your notes and press enter, the notes will be attached to approximately where you would want to begin listening when you are reviewing.
  4. Click on Notes and start typing.  In order to make your notes sync up with the lecture closely, do not type in more than a sentence without pressing the Enter key.

Panopto’s own documentation about Viewing is here.

Viewing Options

If your professor is using a Laser Pointer or annotating with a pen on a presentation, you will need to view the video in Screen View in order to see the Pointer.  Click on the screen that is marked with the green bar in the timeline, to see where the pointer is on that screen.  You will know you are on the correct screen if the image in the large viewing screen matches the image with the green bar over it in the Timeline below.  As the professor moves from slide to slide during the presentation, you will need to click on the other screen to see the pointer or pen on that screen.



Downloading Audio Podcasts

The Panopto product allows you to download the audio portion of your recorded lectures, for off-line reviewing. Thanks to Kathie Yang who helped us test this functionality!

This might be handy if you have your laptop but are not on the network, or if you want to download to your iPod or other mobile device and listen to lectures while exercising or travelling.

To download these audio files, when you are in your Course folder, click on the orange Subscribe button at the upper right of your screen and choose iTunes or RSS.

If you choose iTunes, the audio portion of these broadcasts will be available through iTunes on your laptop or mobile device.

To play the broadcast from your laptop, double click on the little circle to the left of the lecture you wish to hear in order to play it.
To play the broadcast from your mobile device, you will need IOS7 and the Podcasts App. Click on Podcasts, then the folder for your Course, then the lecture you wish to hear.

If you choose RSS feed, the .mp3 (audio file) of the lecture will be available to you to play on your laptop or to download. To play, click on the filename. To download, right click on the lecture and choose Save Link As to choose where to download the .mp3 file.

NOTE:  This might not work so well in Chrome, so try another browser if you have difficulty.  An Add-On or App can be found in the Google Web Store if you would like to use chrome.