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Panopto was founded in 2007 as a way to reduce the complexity and cost of lecture recording systems. They seek to capitalize on technologies that are already out there-commoditization of HD video cameras, power of personal computers, and the low cost of cloud storage. They aim to be an "internal YouTube" for business's video content relating to sales, enablement, corporate communications, online training, employee onboarding, executive messaging, and social learning
Rather than trying to do everything, Panopto focuses on doing a few things well. Specifically, they focus on the following functions:
By focusing on video, Panopto is able to offer much more video solutions than many online training platforms. They specialize in the following features:
Panopto's goal is to make the process of creating, sharing, and managing videos-whether live or previously recorded-seamless. Everything is automatically recorded in 1080p, available live, or on-demand, with high-quality playback, and indexed to make it searchable.
Because Panopto focuses on the recording and live streaming aspect of online training, those looking for a more robust list of solutions may find Panopto lacking. You're not actually building courses, just creating videos on specific topics. Thus, Panopto doesn't offer the ability to create quizzes or tests, games, or certifications.
Panopto uses Silverlight for all of its recording and playback, which means in order to view Panopto files users may have to download Silverlight. If used in the office, companies can ensure that this step is already taken care of; however, for outside viewers, this step will cause delays. Users have also reported difficulties with its integration on Macs as opposed to PC's.
Even though Panopto offers a free trial, that's the only price you'll find before signing up and requesting a custom quote. There is no pricing information on their site; however, one user reported that the cost was $50 per user with that price dropping depending on how many users.
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