Panopto Reviews

Panopto

Enterprise video platform

4.67/5 (46 reviews)

Pros
  • From my first video, it was simple to get started and I was impressed at how good the quality was, especially for recording myself as well as capturing what I was trying to show on my screen.Joshua H.Read the full review
  • It can be used as a lecture capture system or a desktop recorder. There are more advanced features like quizzing, basic editing tools and the ability to insert external media like YouTube.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
  • Easy to use, create, and share content with others. Also love that it has the ability to live stream presentations.Wade H.Read the full review
Cons
  • Major inconvenience and this makes the service useless.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
  • The only problem I had in the beginning was navigation and figuring out how to use each tool for editing videos.Soleil M.Read the full review
  • It could use a more modern look and feel. The software does give our end users some trouble - but not the service or website itself.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
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Jonathan DeGroot

Panopto has met all of my needs and then some and the support is phenomenal.

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-11-10
Review Source: Capterra

We were able to give faculty one tool for all of their video creation and editing and storing needs instead of all the various tools they had to use previously to accomplish the same thing. All of the content is now stored on our server so we don't lose access to it if an employee leaves the college. We can live stream our events with it. We can manage all of our video and caption it as well. It provides us a secure way to stream 3rd party video we have an agreement with to share with specific users. Allows for adding quizzes in the video.

Pros
I love how it manages our video content. The ability to manage 1000's of videos with ease and update user permissions or move content around all without breaking the link to the video was the biggest selling point for me. Other products I've evaluated managed video very differently and left things more up to the user. If the user were to leave their content would be difficult to hand over to the next person that may need it. The LMS Integration is excellent. Biggest workflow saver is when an instructor makes a recording in class the hit stop and upload and the video automatically goes into the course it needs to be in and even gives students a progress bar for it. Other products required the instructor to go in after they made the recording and move the video into the course manually or move it into a specific playlist. When an instructor finishes class they don't have time to go moving their recordings around. They need to finish up and leave before the next class starts coming in. It has so many bells and whistles. Live broadcasting, quizzing that integrates with the LMS Gradebook, scheduled recordings, so many great video player features, the mobile app. It's overall an excellent product and I couldn't find anything else that checked all my boxes.

Cons
The recorder has a lot of options in regards to setting the quality when we always encourage our faculty to set it at the highest possible. I wish the recorder could be streamlined so I could start up recordings faster and have a share link go right to my clipboard so I could send it out like how Jing does it. There is value to all of the options on the recorder but I wish they had a lighter weight version.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Frank J. Fedel

Panopto provides me with a reliable, flexible venue for documenting and assessing my students' progress.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-01-30
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
There are many features that I like about Panopto; ease of use is near the top of the list. I have been using it for several years and it is comforting to know how reliable and simple it is to get a recording completed. I have had situations where an opportunity arose and I wanted to capture it for my students to see later, and I simply pulled out my phone and recorded and uploaded it to the Cloud with a few simple clicks. My students love it because regardless of their hardware (PC, phone, iOS device), they can record their assignments and get feedback almost as if they were in front of me. The simple-to-use editing features allow me to update/enhance legacy content enabling me to leverage existing resources. I could go on and on...

Cons
Some of the more advanced features are a bit more challenging for some of my students to understand; however, the good news is that the basic features provide more than enough opportunity for successful resource generation.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Graham Robinson

Coming up to our 9th year with Panopto

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-03-01
Review Source: GetApp

Over nine years we have gone from a couple of technically leading academics promoting its use to a large scale rollout with half the University asking staff to use it. Almost immediately students asked for it to be mandated.

Pros
The software is easy to roll out across a large campus due to its software-only focus and the need for just a microphone. Most steps can be automated and the integration with Blackboard (in our case) allows videos to be secured to classes/modules with no additional steps.

Cons
Moving to a fully automated recording workflow requires heavy integration with your timetable system.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Wade Helm

Panopto

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-01-30
Review Source: Capterra

We had a need for an easy way to capture our Grand Rounds weekly meetings for medical staff. Panopto was the perfect solution. The videos can be shared later with medical staff here as well at other locations. We have also utilized the live streaming feature to push out content to our 20,000+ employees.

Pros
Easy to use, create, and share content with others. Also love that it has the ability to live stream presentations.

Cons
I really don't have any negative issues. We have been using for Panopto for over 6 years and continue to uttilize it more.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Freezing

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-05-04
Review Source: GetApp

University Student, it is vital for my studies and revision so when it fails it is hugely disappointing and a major inconvenience.

Pros
Good when working, I can watch clearly and sound is good.

Cons
When something that causes the replay to stop, e.g I lose internet connection, I can never reload the replay video. After this occurrence whenever I click on the replay, all I get is a black screen and the video will never load again. This is infuriating as the replay is then lost to me forever. Major inconvenience and this makes the service useless. I try everything to reload the video replay, signing in and out, turning off computer, but still when I load the replay I only get a black screen that never loads. Major bug that needs to be fixed.

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Likelihood to recommend: 0/10

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Diego Yanez

Panopto is very easy to use and has many great features.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-10-13
Review Source: Capterra

The ability to make instructional videos and to share them with others.

Pros
What I like most about Panopto is how easy it is to choose what you want to record, with what source of audio you want to use, and where to save it. Another good thing is that when your video is all done, there is the ability to edit the video down in case you want to cut out some parts.

Cons
The only thing I noticed was that when you would start the recording and then decide to switch to a different audio source, the program would freeze and would have to be restarted.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Simon Tapper

Great user experience and excellent support

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-03-04
Review Source: GetApp

In terms of experience, we've had a really good one. The learning resource it provides and enhancement to our student's experience.

Pros
Panopto is reliable and easy to use. Well featured and flexible, Panopto is integrated into our VLE, and used thoughout our institution. Panopto's personal capture tools make it easy to get started creating educational video resources.

Cons
Automatic captioning could work better - and transcripts need a fair amount of editing. But hope this will improve as Panopto update their software.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Malcolm Elliott

Phenomenal partner, robust product

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-11-02
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
Panopto's ease of use combined with the rich feature set make it one of the best tools out there for large-scale recording capture and viewing. Users can bring in multiple cameras, mics, screens and applications with just a few clicks and create content that they can share with a chosen group.

Cons
The one drawback I have encountered is using the advanced editor as opposed to the basic editor. The advanced version can only be accessed using Internet Explorer.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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John Penderville

Excellent Security, UI, and file management

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-10-30
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Panopto's integration with our university's LMS is vital to keeping our video lectures secure, but also easily accessible to viewers who are enrolled in a course. The UI is also highly favored by viewers.

Cons
Small learning curve/training for new admins or instructors who have no background in video. Support documents on the Panopto site are great, but it would help to have one-on-one training for new admin users.

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Soleil Moatz

Good Software for Dual-Screen Videos

Used monthly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-12-10
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, I enjoy using this program and would definitely recommend it to anyone who makes videos for any purpose.

Pros
I always wondered how people created videos that allowed a secondary screen, so I was very happy when I came across this program. It was introduced to me in my graduate course, but of course I explored to see what I could use for my students. It is incredibly helpful for me to show students how to complete certain tasks like formatting for a particular writing program. I can verbally explain the steps but also show them on my screen. This is also nice for presentations, as the video can switch between the primary screen of someone speaking to a secondary screen of pictures, charts, or graphs.

Cons
The only problem I had in the beginning was navigation and figuring out how to use each tool for editing videos. I did eventually figure it out but maybe the layout of the tools could be improved or a tutorial could be included in some format.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Simple but Powerful Video Capture and Video Management Tool

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-02-14
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Pros
Panopto integrates with our LMS, D2L quite well. It makes the process very simple for our instructors and students to record and watch videos. It does not require any plugins or software to watch videos, as they load up in a web browser. The videos work on mobile and embed easily in courses or on websites. We also enjoy the easy sharing of videos and simplified management in the web portal.

Cons
The Panopto Recorder software can be a little bit buggy and simplified. It could use a more modern look and feel. The software does give our end users some trouble - but not the service or website itself. If a student or instructor has an issue with the software, luckily any .mp4 video file can be easily uploaded to Panopto.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Matthew Bates

All round best value for money

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-11-01
Review Source: Capterra

Ease of use, Unlimited Cloud Storage for our content, fantastic customer service and support

Pros
Panopto has so many useful features such as embedding Youtube videos, Websites, PDFs right into your recorded sessions. This has allowed us to create a learning experience for our students like they haven't seen before. Cloud hosted makes it easy to configure who can see what and when. It has also helped us with CPD training, the ability for a member of staff to record something just once and allow all staff to view it in their own time with quiz questions throughout to check their understanding.

Cons
Its great for multiple video feeds at one time but to be able to select mulitple audio source (say several microphones in a conference room) would be benifical. The length of time between updates varies and can be lengthy in between but then they do arrive they don't dissapoint.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Elora Marston

Wide ranging benefits for teaching and learning

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-03-06
Review Source: GetApp

Panopto is available to use by the whole organisation and there are more and more staff who are taking up the opportunity to use it for recording lectures and short videos for students. We often have quite dispersed student groups over different campuses and out most watched videos are often of assignment information and difficult teaching concepts that they need to come back to for clarity.

Pros
The software is easy to use and intuitive to find your way around. As the system is software based it is available for staff to use on many devices and students to access content online. Its really flexible to suit the needs of users so that can be recording large lectures or multiple short student uploads.

Cons
Captions are always a problem for us we would like to caption all our videos and currently the automatic captioning is not very good. You can send away for captions but there is a high cost if we want lots of content captioned.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Anonymous

Simple yet robust video capture software/service

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-11-03
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
Using the integration with our LMS, D2L has been a life saver. It simplifies the process for our instructors to record videos and share them with their students. Additionally, students can record back for public speaking classes. We also really appreciate the automatic closed captioning service. While it is not 100% accurate, it does encourage the use of the captions, which is a nice feature.

Cons
The recorder can be buggy at times. Some of our users have difficulty installing it. We would love to see a web based advanced editor as well. Right now there is one, but it only works in Internet Explorer.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Anonymous

Education Software through Videos

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-02-07
Review Source: Capterra

Education at Loma Linda University through Videos . LLU online video storage and delivery service. Integrated with Canvas.

Pros
Provides great info and you can replay it many times. They have a greally great support team to answer any questions . Education through videos can be very chalenging because interfacing , however Panopto is really great on presenting and being a great tool for education .

Cons
Sometimes can be slow . Not sure is because of internet connection or to many users ?

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Helen Song

Panopto Review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-07-26
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
I like how we can listen to past lectures at our own leisure and also be able to listen to it at our own speed. It really helps with studying for exams. Also being able to use it on my phone, ipad, and computer is great, especially when I am driving, I can listen to lectures through my phone app.

Cons
When I download the videos, the fast rate has a squeal sound compared to when I listen to it on the app or the site. Sometimes the recording uploads are delayed.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Anonymous

Simple and effective lecture capture soution

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-02-15
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
Panopto is a very user friendly tool which scales well and provides a wide range of facilities to capture educational content. Having rolled this solution out across the enterprise it has performed exceptionally well and has met our expectations. The ability to share content simply is a key selling point for our users.

Cons
Nothing negative, the system is user friendly, scales very well meets the expectation of boht staff and students.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Gemma Witton

Panopto is changing the way we teach and learn

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-01-30
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
It is easy to record, edit and share video The integration with our VLE Canvas is very good Panopto is very well received by students

Cons
We have very occasional issues with videos not getting up to the cloud correctly but these are always swiftly investigated and resolved by Panopto support.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Derek Horton

Great Application and Great Support

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-02-18
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
The ease of use. Once it is setup in a room, there are pretty much three steps to use it. Choose recording location, start recording, stop recording, done.

Cons
The admin reports could be more robust, but I know that is on their roadmap of things to come in the future.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Amber Orquiz

Panopto is easy to use and reliable.

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2017-10-18
Review Source: Capterra

I benefit from this software because it stores all the recordings in one place and makes it easy to find if misplaced. For example, if a recording is placed in the wrong folder I can locate it by using the date it was recorded and then move it into the correct folder.

Pros
I like that I can check on recordings through a website on my desktop. I also like that the editing feature is easy to use and edits quickly.

Cons
I don't like that I can only start recordings on the computer that is doing the recording. I think it would be beneficial to create a step that allows you to start/stop recordings from your desktop. Set up kind of like the editing tool.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Great!

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-11-04
Review Source: Capterra

Has made my work-life easier.

Pros
The support has been very good. Not only when there has been an issue but also when trying to find answers and just cannot find the correct article, they have been excellent at pointing me in the right direction.

Cons
I am normally in Chrome throughout the day, so when I need to use the Advanced Editor, I have to change over to IE. It is not a real problem, just an inconvenience

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Jack H

Useful for e-learning

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-02-20
Review Source: Capterra

Very useful within the educational environment.

Pros
I use Panopto to show academics how to use a flipped classroom approach to teaching. The app is useful because they are familiar with using their phones to film/take photos so it simplifies the process of making quick online learning videos.

Cons
I love the app for the simplicity but the desktop site is harder to navigate. However due to me using it within a large organisation this may be to do with the volume of videos we are producing.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Melissa López Juliao

OF GREAT HELP

Used daily for free trial
Reviewed 2018-12-05
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
I am studying a master and we use panoptom, we are all hallucinated, they record the classes in an interactive way and then we can review them at home when we want, see the power points in detail, choose which camera we can see on the screen; teacher, blackboard, P, Point, youtube, videos. To review doubts or prepare exams is like returning to receive the class for you only when it is best for you, and also write a word or text said during the class and you will be immediately looking for it.

Cons
Nothing negative I can say. It seems an incredible tool for all students

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Michael Cosgrave

Panopto Is Awesome

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2016-10-06
Review Source: Capterra

Easy to use and very cost effective. This VCMS is the best in the Biz. Sales enablement has never been so easy

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Jason Hill

Panopto Creates a Seamless Experience to Create, Distribute, and View Course Lectures

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2017-11-16
Review Source: Capterra

The auto-scheduling and auto-publishing of videos to specific Canvas courses is extremely valuable. Other players in this space currently require manually publishing.

Pros
Panopto is tightly integrated with the Canvas LMS. We have been piloting this product for four months. We are able to schedule the lecture captures, associate each video with the instructor and appropriate Canvas course, and automatically publish the videos, so that students can review the course content at a later time on nearly any type of device.

Cons
There is a cost associated with piloting this software, but it's not too excessive. Many companies offer a completely free trial period. It would be nice to check it out for free.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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