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Video Editing

A LibGuide on how to use iMovie to create your own videos


Panopto is a free online recording software Dominican University uses that is compatible with Canvas. If you ever watched a recording of a lecture on Canvas, it was probably recorded through Panopto. Panopto is distinct from iMovie and Adobe Premiere Pro most notably by its ability to search for specific words and phrases in videos. Panopto is extremely easy to use, and while you can use it for free, it limits you to 5 hours of online video storage and 100 hours of streaming per month. Paying $14.99 per month boosts the online storage to 50 hours with unlimited streaming and also adds online and email support as well.

Dominican provides you with Panopto accounts, and you just need to sign in with your Dominican email ( Panopto can be used as a desktop app or through your web browser. This guide will focus on using Panopto through your browser due to its convenience. Panopto is currently not compatible with Safari or iPhone and it can only be used on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Firefox. That being said, this may change in the future as they claim they are working on making Panopto compatible. You can find the website here. First sign in and then go to "Record" to begin recording.


Once you select the record tab, you should come to a dark screen with the camera footage in the center, options on the top, and the record and setting icons on the bottom.

  • The "audio" and "video" options allow you to adjust what microphone and camera you want to use to record as well as the video quality of the recording.
  • A standout feature is the "screens and apps" option. With this, you can designate what to share, whether that means the entire screen, a tab, or a PowerPoint presentation. You can even share multiple things at a time, such as a PowerPoint slide along with a tab from a web browser.

The "settings" indicator in the bottom right also adjusts the recording settings.

  • "Recording options" is one option, adjusting the resolution of the recording to SD, HD, or Ultra HD.
  • There is also a toggle to have a 5 second countdown before the recording begins.
  • "Video layout" allows you to adjust where you want the camera footage to be positioned relative to any screen share footage. For example, the camera footage in a Picture in Picture setting would be in front of the screen share in one of the corners. If it was in a tile setting, the camera and the screen share would each take up half of the screen.
  • The "background" option is in its beta stages, but it allows you to adjust the background behind you when recording, either blurring it, turning it off, or setting a default background.
  • Finally, there is the "smart camera," a feature that automatically centers the video frame and can be adjusted for a single person or a group.

The record screen in Panopto

  • After you adjust the settings to your liking, press the read button to begin recording.
  • After recording, you get pulled to a new screen. If you are not satisfied with the recording, you can hit "record new" in the upper right corner.
  • If you are satisfied, you can either download it, select "View on Panopto" to save it to your account's storage (make sure you set your account up before!) and you can also send it to YouTube or Google Classroom too.
  • Assuming you want to edit the video, either download it or select "View on Panopto" to do so.

After recording is finished, save it somewhere

There have been problems with Panopto displaying pop-up menus if you select just one screen to record (ex. If you just record from PowerPoint, you cannot display any pop-up menus). The solution to this would be to record the entire screen if pop-ups are necessary to display.


To begin editing, sign in to go to your account and then navigate over to the "my folder" menu where all of your videos are displayed. Hover your mouse over the video you want to edit and there should be several options that pop up.

The options displayed when hovering over the video

Clicking on "edit," you should see a screen with three main parts. The timeline is located at the bottom right corner with the program monitor at the top right, allowing you to see your changes.

  • Starting with the timeline, there are three main icons: cut, add content, and set preview image.
  • There are also "preview cuts during playback" which allows you to see cut clips when you play the video, and "normalize" audio which makes the audio more consistent.
  • To cut out portions of the video, make sure the "cut" icon is highlighted green (the scissors icon) and then highlight the section you want to cut by selecting where you want to begin on the timeline and then dragging the bar across the part you want to cut. Then go to the upper right corner and hit "apply" to cut the part. It will need time to process the changes, so there will be a delay depending on the size of the cut.
  • "Add content" allows you to add a stream, clip, quiz, a YouTube video, or a webpage to the video. This helps with either integrating outside media or methods of assessing viewers.
  • Meanwhile, the "set preview image" makes it so that either the primary image is displayed or you can upload a custom image to be displayed.

The edit screen

The left is split into eight different sections.

  • "Details" lets you adjust the name of the video as well as give it a description.
  • "Contents" allows you to make a table of contents with timestamps, allowing viewers to navigate the video more easily.
  • "Captions" is where you can make captions, whether relying on the system or manually entering them.
  • "Audio description" allows you to insert an audio description to accompany the video by writing the description.
  • "Slides" is the next part where you can insert slides of a presentation into the video if you did not record the video with a PowerPoint as the screen share.
  • "Quizzes" lets you can add quizzes for use in the video.
  • "Cuts" i displays all of the clips you have cut up to that point, making it easy to recover and keep track of what you have cut.
  • "Streams" keeps track of what streams you have inserted into the video as well.

Going back to "My Folders," the other options outside of edits are "settings," "share," "stats," and "delete." Delete is pretty self-explanatory while stats pull up various statistics about how many viewed the video, quiz results, and more. "Settings" and "share" just both lead to the same series of menus, so I will cover both.

  • Firstly, there is the overview which provides all of the metadata of the video and lets you adjust them like the link, preview image, the folder it is a part of, description, and availability. Play around with the settings to your liking, though most of these can be adjusted in other ways too, but this is good as a central location to make these adjustments.
  • The next part is "share" which allows you to share the video with specific people by entering their emails as well as allowing you to share it publicly if you want.
  • The "outputs" tab follows up on this by allowing you to either pull up your online video via the "Panopto Web Viewer" option or export it with the "Video Podcast" or "Audio Podcast" options.
  • The "Video Podcast" allows you to download the video with custom settings, such as quality (resolution and frames-per-second [fps]) and what you want displayed (primary video only, secondary video only, picture-in-picture, side-by-side, tile all streams).
  • Finally, you can download it as an "Audio Podcast" which just means the audio file. Choose which option you think best fits your needs.

The outputs page under "share"

Other options on the screen include:

  • "Quiz Results" displays how viewers answered your quizzes. 
  • "Streams" displays all of the streams and other media you put in such as presentation or PDF documents.
  • "References" would display if this video has been used, whether through clips or reference copies.
  • "Search" displays whether or not you can use specific types of searches, most notably speech and text search. You and others can use these searches to find specific content within the video, or even to find the video itself.
  • "Captions" display the current settings regarding captions and related settings, such as setting captions automatically, what language the captions are, or uploading captions manually.
  • "Audio descriptions" is similar, albeit with fewer settings and for audio descriptions.
  • "Manage" displays more detailed metadata as well as adjusting some settings such as "Merge into another session" through selecting a folder and then a specific video, creating a copy of the video, and "disable seek and variable speed playback."
  • Finally, "Log" provides all the code for the video and the tasks executed.

This summarizes all of the basic functions of Panopto on the web. Within the application it should be similar, and several of the videos attached deal with the Panopto app, but the web browser is perfectly functional and more accessible and would probably be the version you would interact with.

Desktop Panopto

To download the desktop version, you will have to be signed in with the online version of Panopto. After signing in, click on the "Create" icon and then  click on the first option (for Mac users this is "Panopto for Mac") to pull up a menu that has "Open Panopto" if you already have Panopto downloaded as well as "Download Panopto."

After you install and try to open Panopto, you will have to sign in again, but then you will be pulled to a screen that displays all of your recordings (or says "You currently have no recordings on this system" if you don't). If you wish to look over your recordings, click on the session you want and the details should be pulled up in the bottom left corner while you can play the video in the bottom right. Otherwise, click "Create New Recording" to set up a new recording.


Firstly, at the top you can select which folder the video will save in as well as what you want to name the session. These steps are important to do to ensure you will be able to find your video. You also do have the option to do a live webcast, and selecting the box displays a link once the recording begins that you can share so that others can join in. If you are recording for yourself, this should not be necessary.

For the recording itself, there are the "Primary Source" and "Secondary Source" options. The Primary Source deals with the webcam and microphone portions of the recording, and you have options that allows you to select how you want to capture your video and audio (or disable if you want) in the recording. The options "Record PowerPoint" and "Record Keynote" allows you to record a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation using the secondary source, but this is optional if you are not giving a presentation.

For the Secondary Source, there are not as many options, but you can have up to two of these screens. This most often takes the form of either recording a presentation or using the "Built-in Display" option that captures the whole screen.

When you are ready to record, select the "Record" icon at the top left of the screen. After finished, stop the recording and then you can give it a name (if you haven't already) as well as a description. Then, click "upload" to save the recording and wait for it to finish. You cannot edit recordings on the desktop application, so consult the earlier sections to go over how to edit in the web browser.