Video Capture and Management (Panopto)

Panopto is a cloud-based video content management system available at no cost to students, faculty, and staff. It can be used to record, manage, edit and share video files on any web-enabled device. It is also integrated for use in every Canvas course.


Features and Benefits

For home or Office use

Panopto is easy to install on both Windows and Mac OS. It includes support for multi-camera video capture, content of the screen, and any additional content that can connect via USB to your device. Additional supported features include:

  • The ability to transmit live and on-demand video streams over the Internet, or record and store them for on-demand viewing by students from a web browser.
  • Includes a cloud-based video content management system for uploading, managing and sharing all your video files.
  • Installation of a remote recorder within a room allows for automated scheduled recordings.
  • Built-in video analytics, a web-based video editor, automatic encoding to ensure your videos play efficiently on any device.
  • Automated speech to text captioning of videos
  • Integration into any Canvas course allows videos to be uploaded directly to any course site.
  • Integration with the Zoom conferencing system.


In Panopto-equipped classrooms

Northwestern provides pre-scheduled classroom lecture capture services for many general-purpose Registrar classrooms via Panopto, Northwestern’s video capture and video content management system. Lecture capture recordings can be integrated into your Canvas course for seamless publishing to courses as soon as recordings are available.

The Panopto lecture capture service records the following:

  • Content shared within an on-campus classroom via the audio-visual system.
  • Classroom microphone audio (instructor microphone audio and room microphones where available.)
  • Classroom cameras record the instructor and/or audience for a full lecture experience via live or on-demand viewing from a web browser.

You can submit a classroom lecture capture request here. Please submit your request at least five business days in advance of your class.
More information about lecture capture on campus.


Available to

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff


How to Request Service

Accounts are auto-provisioned upon first sign in at


Enable Panopto in Canvas Course

Panopto is integrated into every Canvas course but hidden by default. To enable Panopto in a Canvas course:

  1.  Go to the Settings tab on the left-hand nav of your individual Canvas courses pages.
  2.  Select the Navigation tab.
  3. Drag the Panopto item from the hidden bottom section to the visible top section.
  4. Save the page. Panopto is now enabled in your course.


Rental Kits

Portable Panopto kits are available to check out from the main circulation desk at the University Library (Evanston campus). Each kit includes everything needed to produce a Panopto recording for either PC or Mac, as well as a helpful guide to get you started.

All you need to make them work is a single available USB port on your machine and a valid Wildcard for a three-day loan.

Each kit includes:

  • USB Web Camera
  • Mini Tripod
  • USB Lapel Mic
  • USB Headsets
  • USB 3.0 4-port Hub with power supply
  • USB-C USB 3.0 4-port Hub with USB-C power supply
  • USB Presenter’s slide advancer 



  • There is no cost to use Panopto software.


Support Resources

Panopto Login FSM Panopto Login Kellogg Panopto Login Request Service for Panopto Caption Review


Service ID: 37
Mon 6/27/22 2:22 PM
Fri 9/1/23 1:45 PM

Service Offerings (4)

Panopto Caption Review Service
Intended primarily for instructional videos, Panopto Caption Review Service is a review and correction of the automatic captioning provided through Panopto.