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Panopto LMS

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6 User Reviews
LAST UPDATED: June 27th, 2019
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

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The Good

  • Recording
  • Sharing
  • Searching
Rather than trying to do everything, Panopto focuses on doing a few things well. Specifically, they focus on the following functions:
  • Record and webcast: capture presentations, online training, product demos, meetings, lectures and more from any laptop, iPhone, or iPad.
  • Share and manage: upload your recordings to a secure video portal for sharing with anyone inside or outside your organization.
  • Search and view: search across your video library and inside your videos for any spoken word. Then watch your recordings on any device.
By focusing on video, Panopto is able to offer much more video solutions than many online training platforms. They specialize in the following features:
  • Record and live stream video presentations, online training, product demos, lectures, class assignments, meetings, and more.
  • Store and manage all of your videos using their secure video portal that can be hosted in the cloud or deployed onsite.
  • Search across video library and inside your videos for any spoken word. Then watch your recordings on any device.
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.

The Bad

  • Limited solutions
  • Silverlight
  • Transparency
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.

The Bottom Line

Panopto is definitely not your all all-in-one online training platform. They offer no features such as quizzes and exams, games, certifications, course-building, eCommerce, etc.; however, they've made those concessions to focus on one niche-video instruction. Panopto works to cover basically every need you'll have in live and video recorded material. Everything is recorded and stored in 1080p. It's viewable on a computer, phone, or tablet. Videos can be edited, integrated onto your site, customized and analyzed. The material can even be transcoded so that users can search by keyword and find a video with the information they need. Many competitors do not offer much in the way of live video instruction, so if you're looking for a complete solution, it may mean using Panopto in addition to a more general online training platform. While they aren't forthcoming with pricing, the free trial is a generous offer, so you can see if Panopto works for you without any commitment.
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Gary Gilbert Baltimore, MD

The ability to upload both PDF prior, and PowerPoint with tmiing on recording is extremely valuable. Our customers have found the transcription search method is amazing. We have over 1500 webcasts dating back to 2001 we have ported to Panopto for this reason. The search capabilities are superior to others. We were also able to tie into our Institute security systems for authentication. Public downloading of links via RSS in MP4 is valuable for archiving. No need for Flash - HTTP streaming allows all users on desktop and mobile devices to get the webcast or archives.

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Jon DeGroot Wausau, WI

Panopto is a company that believes in their product and shows it with the incredible support they provide. The Software has a ton of functionality and checks a lot of boxes for what we were looking for in a video creation and management tool. It has also fulfilled our live streaming needs and video quizzing integrated into our Canvas LMS grades. Where it struggles is in making itself intuitive to the end user. The Recorder has incredible capabilities built in but makes it difficult for a first time user or someone that is coming back to it after awhile to record a simple webcam only video. They have made some improvements with a guided tour the first time you open the application and are aware of the issue and given their passion for their product I know they will only improve this piece. Overall I highly recommend the tool as it has provided us with a lot of benefits and they have been a pleasure to work with.

2 years ago

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Panopto is integrated into our VLE and used thoughout our institution. It is also easy to get started creating educational video resources with Panopto's personal capture tools. We have found it to be very reliable and the learning resource it provides and enhancement to our student's experience is invaluable.

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Travis Fayette, IA

We primarily use Panopto for lecture capture and distance learning. Using Panopto for training and meeting recordings is something that we are just starting to leverage. Having a place to centrally store, share and search through videos has been a great value to our institution. Our integration with Panopto to D2L has provided a simple solution for instructors and students to interact 'face-to-face', even if they are located around the world.

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M Newcombe

Panopto is a very effective and expandable solution for lecture capture within Higher education. We have used it to provide an automated capture solution across our enterprise and feedback from users has been extremely positive.

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Derek H Omaha, NE

Panopto has been a great partner to work with. The software is very easy to use and reliable. If an issue ever arises, their support is top notch.

2 years ago

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