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Panopto is the primary media management tool for video at WWU. Panopto is an easy-to-use, centralized media/video management application that is integrated directly in Canvas to provide video recording, editing, uploads, streaming playback, automated video captioning, and interactive quizzing in one searchable location. Panopto works in tandem with other video tools at Western such as Zoom to improve the user experience.

Q & A

Can I access Panopto now?

Yes, Panopto is available in all Western Canvas courses.  See "Accessing Panopto" below for more details.

Does Panopto do captions?

Yes, automatic captioning occurs when videos are created or placed into your Panopto account and instantly become available for all viewers. Caption files can also be uploaded by you or Disability Access Services.

With Panopto, will Western be phasing out Screencast-O-Matic? 

Screencast-o-matic will not be renewed after the end of Spring quarter.  For additional information and details, please see "Screencast-O-Matic Help."

Will I be able to move my videos from Screencast-O-Matic or Stream to Panopto?

Yes, video files can be exported or downloaded from other places and easily uploaded to Panopto. See:

Accessing Panopto

Panopto manages user permissions via Canvas. When accessing through Canvas, instructors will be "Creators" and students will be "Viewers." If an instructor logs into the Panopto for Western portal prior to activating Panopto Video in any Canvas course, they, too, will be "Viewers." 

For faculty to become Creators: 1. Enable the Panopto Video navigation item in any Canvas course via Settings. Thereafter, they will be able to access Panopto via the course or via the Panopto for Western portal.

See video: Accessing Panopto in Canvas


More than 70 faculty and staff at Western participated in a pilot test of Panopto during the Fall 2020 Quarter. Feedback and survey results were very favorable.

Learning Panopto 

All of the following as well as recordings of and live links for training are available on the ATUS-CIIA ProDev self-enroll Canvas course.

Panopto Help Documentation

Panopto Help Documentation related to the Canvas Integration

Tutorial list - This resource contains the essentials of using Panopto, including how to view, create, edit, and share videos.

Panopto video tutorials 

Featured videos

Pre-recorded "Basic Training" webinar

Canvas-specific resources:

For an overview of Panopto's Canvas integration with clickable bookmarks to various features, please view the following video:
How to Use Panopto with Canvas video


See also:

How to Access Panopto in a Canvas Course - see also Video by Kevin Dixey

How to Embed Panopto Videos in a Canvas Course 

How to Find and View Panopto Recordings in Canvas 

How to Create a Video Assignment in Canvas 

How to Submit a Video Assignment in Canvas 

How to Use a Panopto Quiz as a Canvas Assessment