Panopto News and Updates
On Saturday, January 8th 2022, Panopto will be updated with the latest features and improvements. These updates will require downtime. Expect up to 4 hours of downtime, with a target start time of 9:00 pm EST.
During the downtime, you will not be able to access Panopto content including the GU Panopto website, any recordings linked/embedded within Canvas, and any attempts to upload from recording clients will result in a “Server unable to connect” message.
Home Page Improvements
The update will include slight changes to the Panopto home page. Panopto has added support for navigating video carousels on whatever device you maybe using. Also, Panopto videos that appear on the home page will now display the folder name to help identify where they are stored. See our FAQ on Panopto Folders for more information about the different types of folders in Panopto.
All notification settings in Panopto will be reset to their default setting. This is an attempt to ensure you receive email alerts if/when a discussion comment or reply is created within the Panopto playback window. You can change or manage your Panopto notification preferences either via your Georgetown Panopto account settings, or through a link in any email notification you receive.
When you copy a Panopto video a new icon appears next to the copied video. This icon appears next to the video thumbnail and indicates that it is a “Reference copy” of the original or source video.
Reference copies can have settings that are independent from the original video, and they will be cleared of any viewer-contributed data from previous courses, such as notes, discussions, quiz results, and viewing statistics.
Any edits made to the original video will also be applied to any reference copies. However, reference copies can be “unlinked” from the original video and turned into totally unique versions. This can be accomplished when editing a reference copy– or through the ‘Settings’ page of a video.
The video ‘Settings’ page now includes a tab called ‘References’ that appears when a video has a reference copy. This tab is available on both the original and reference copy versions of the video. The information displayed on this tab will show you the title and folder name (location) the original video. It will also offer you the ability to “unlink” the reference copy from the original video.
Audio descriptions provide visually impaired viewers with visual context of what is being presented in a Panopto video. These descriptions will be read out loud during the video’s playback. Audio descriptions can be uploaded (.vtt file type) or manually created in the Panopto editor.
Note: Panopto supports extended audio descriptions. For more information on writing audio descriptions, please visit the W3C: Web Accessibility Initiative’s article, Audio Description of Visual Information (new window).
To use the “automatic import” option you must first create a .vtt file type. The audio descriptions can be written in a regular text editor, such as TextEdit or Notepad. These files can be formatted in the following manner. Note: WEBVTT must be on the first line of the .vtt file. Once complete, open the Panopto editor to upload the file. Please see How to add Audio Descriptions to Panopto Videos for more information.
To manually create audio descriptions, in the Panopto editor, select the Audio Descriptions tab from the left-hand navigation. Select the point in the timeline where you want it to be read. Then, enter the audio description in the textbox that states Enter an audio description and hit enter. Learn more about how to manually create audio descriptions.