Video Content Management System

To support video-based teaching, the e-learning group has set up the new web-based video platform Panopto. This is used for video management and provision. However, integrated recorders also facilitate the recording and editing of screen recording videos. The platform can also be used for live streams (called "webcasts" in Panopto) as an alternative to YouTube and Co.

Learn more about Screen Recordings

Campus licence & Moodle connection

Panopto is campus-licensed and available at TU Darmstadt since October 15th, 2020. Panopto is linked to the learning platform Moodle so that a login via TU-ID is possible as well as easy integration of videos into Moodle courses.

Access to Panopto:
(Please note: You can upload, create and manage videos there only after you have got creator rights – for this you need to connect at least one Moodle course with Panopto – see description below)

How does Panopto work?

Connect Moodle course with Panopto and get creator rights in Panopto

To produce videos with Panopto and to be able to store them there, you need creator rights. You can get them by initially connecting at least one Moodle course with Panopto (in Moodle this function is called “Provision course”).

The connection synchronizes the rights for a Moodle course with Panopto so that all roles of a course also get the corresponding rights for Panopto.

The connection should be made with each Moodle course in which you want to make videos from Panopto available.

In this video tutorial 01 (in German) you will learn how to do the connection of a Moodle course with Panopto. (You can switch on English subtitles by clicking on the „CC“ button in the video player at the bottom right.)

If you do not have a central Moodle course (e.g. you use the Moodle of the Department Computer Science) and would still like to upload and manage videos in Panopto, please contact . You must already logged-in to the Panopto plattform once.

In Panopto you can manage videos

  • that you have recorded directly with Panopto. There are two ways to do this:
    • Use the integrated “Panopto Capture” recording function directly on the web platform (make sure you have a stable Internet connection).
    • Use the “Panopto Recorder”, which has to be downloaded initially and installed locally on your computer (How to Record with Panopto for Windows)
  • Or upload your videos from your local computer (e.g. screen recordings created with Camtasia).

Videos to be made available in a specific Moodle course should be placed in the associated Moodle folder on Panopto (which was created by the function “Provision course” – see above “Connect Moodle course with Panopto”).

Important when recording with the Panopto Recorder:
Please make test recordings first before changing the quality settings. High-quality settings (bit rates > 1000 kbps) can lead to asynchrony or system overload depending on the end device used!

Embed videos from Panopto in Moodle

Integrating videos from Panopto into Moodle can be done in several ways:

  1. Via the “Panopto block” in Moodle: There, the videos that are located in the connected Moodle folder on Panopto will be listed automatically. (See also How to Add the Panopto Block to Moodle Courses)
  2. Via editor, in which you'll find a Panopto button: This allows videos to be embedded anywhere in the Moodle course. (See also How to Embed Videos into a Moodle Course)
  3. By using the new Moodle activity “Panopto”: This can be used to link single videos or a whole video list (= all videos from a Panopto folder) in the desired Moodle course sections.

In this video tutorial 02 (in German) you will learn how to implement the different ways. (You can switch on English subtitles by clicking on the „CC“ button in the video player at the bottom right.)

Videos stored on Panopto are usually accessed via Moodle. Depending on which integration option is chosen (see the several ways above), the embedding looks different.

Likewise, if videos are not made available via Moodle, they can be accessed via the platform itself, when they are linked or embedded elsewhere.

What are the advantages of Panopto?

Advantages for lecturers

  • Automatically created account on the platform through TU-ID, no separate registration necessary
  • Any number of devices and operating systems can be used (campus license)
  • Collaborative content creation possible thanks to representative roles (after uploading, representatives can take over editing and publishing in Moodle)
  • Editing afterwards is easily possible thanks to cloud-based editing
  • Automatic subtitling function “Speech-to-text” (optional)

Advantages for students

  • On-demand viewing of lecture recordings and educational videos in rich media (variable video views)
  • Adaptive streaming (quality and data volume automatically adapt to the viewers device and internet connection)
  • Fast and reliable availability of video content through the connection with Moodle
  • Searchability of slides and audio of a video
  • Write public comments or personal notes at specific points in the video

Overview of helpful functions in Panopto for students

Instructions and Tutorials

Besides the video tutorials 01 & 02, you'll also find the video tutorial 03 “How to configure access control to my videos and folders?” in the section “Video tutorials for using Panopto”.