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Using Panopto

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Panopto is a centrally-managed lecture capture system used for recording class sessions and events that take advantage of our built-in cameras and microphones.

Scheduled Classroom Recordings

Before the semester begins, the Instructional Technologies Consulting staff schedules all law school courses to be recorded, and as a default, set with the "open access" designation. Please contact itc@law.duke.edu to let us know which option you prefer:

  • OPEN ACCESS: All regular class sessions are recorded and shared with students via the Panopto tool within their Sakai course.
  • RESTRICTED ACCESS: All regular class sessions are recorded, and shared only upon instructor permission.
  • OPT-OUT: You do not intend to record any classes.

In order for Panopto to successfully record your lecture:

1) SELECT YOUR VIDEO FEEDS (On the Crestron touch panel):

  • If not already on, touch the Crestron touch panel's screen. If the screen is blank, press it again to start up the A/V system.
    • The startup time varies by room.
  • Select the Camera you wish to use.
    • Use camera presets or manually set the camera using the on-screen controls.
  • Select the input Source you would like to capture (i.e., Computer, Laptop, Doc Cam, or AppleTV).

**Panopto will simultaneously record the camera and the input source you have selected on the touch panel.

2) CHOOSE YOUR MICROPHONE(S) (In the A/V rack or cabinet):

  • Depending on the room and your teaching style different microphones can be utilized:
    • Seminar rooms have ceiling microphones that pick up all voices at the table.
    • In larger lecture rooms, wired tabletop and podium microphones are on by default, but do not capture your voice very well if you move away from them.
      • To ensure your voice is captured, regardless of your position within the classroom try using a wireless lavalier microphone. Turn the power switch on. Clip the mic pack to a belt or slip it discreetly into a pocket, and clip the mic on your shirt about 6-8 inches below your chin.

Ad hoc recordings

If ITC has not prepared Panopto for your use, you can still record.

On the in-room computer:

1. Double click the Panopto software icon on the desktop.
2. Dukelaw should be logged in. If not, you will need to restart the computer. If it is not logged in after restarting, then please call the hotline (613-7249).
3. You may see "Offline" selected. Select the folder for the room you are in.
4. Click the start button.
5. You can minimize the application by clicking on its icon in the task bar at the bottom of the screen.
6. Be sure to stop the recording when your class or session is over.
7. Quit out of Panopto after the file has been copied to the server, if applicable.
8. You can alternatively or in addition copy your recording onto a Flash drive. Look in "Classroom Files" (Drive E:); there is an alias for it on the desktop. Your recording will be in that folder or under Panopto Recordings. The recording will be a meaninglessly named folder with several files - you may need to locate yours by the date and time stamp of the folder. The video and screen capture are Windows Media files.
9. Email itc@law.duke.edu or call 613-7249 if the recording should be made available to a class.

Frequently asked questions

  • Are students' voices captured? By default, they are not. Touch the Student Mic "On" button on the Crestron to enable student mics. Note that in the larger rooms, the mics are amplified and can cause some extra noise.