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Panopto - Video Capture and Management

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.

Panopto Features

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:

Learn how faculty are using Panopto by visiting Digital Learning at Northwestern.


There is no cost to use Panopto software.

Remote recording hardware options are available for schools and departments at a cost. Please email for pricing.

How to Access

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the purple Sign In button in the top right corner, change the dropdown option next to “Sign in using” to NU ADFS, and then log in with your NetID and password.
  3. To begin recording or uploading content, download and install the Panopto Desktop App from the top right-hand corner of the page under your name. Mobile apps for phones and tablets are available through Google Play or the App Store.

Enable Panopto in a 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:

Support Resources

Last Updated: 8 January 2018

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