Video Content Management System

The web-based video platform Panopto 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.

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Campus Licence & Moodle Connection

Panopto is campus-licensed and available at the 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 at TU Darmstadt

Access to Panopto:

Please note: In order to upload, create, and manage videos on the Panopto platform, you must have the instructor or assistant/tutor role in at least one course on the central Moodle platform that is linked to Panopto.

How does Panopto work?

Tutorial for lecturers (people with the instructor role in the associated Moodle course): You will learn which settings can be made in a (linked) Panopto folder and how you can create or upload your videos there. (You can switch on English subtitles by clicking on the „CC“ button in the video player at the bottom right.)

As soon as new courses are created on the central learning platform Moodle (which is usually done via TUCaN-Moodle interface ), they are automatically linked to Panopto.

Linking creates a folder on the Panopto platform that is associated with the Moodle course. This linked folder has the same name as the associated Moodle course. Through the linkage, all roles of a Moodle course receive the corresponding rights in the associated Panopto folder:

  • All persons who have the instructor, assistant, and tutor roles are given rights to create and upload videos. (Persons in the instructor role can also make administrative settings to the Panopto folder).
  • All persons who have the student role are given spectator rights.

In addition, all persons who hold the instructor, assistant, or tutor role in a Moodle course will receive a personal “My Folder.”

Note on automatic linkage:

The automatic linkage of Moodle courses with Panopto is active since 7th February 2022. All Moodle courses created before this date must be linked manually.

If you have any questions about this, please contact .

If you do not have a course on the central Moodle platform (e.g., because you use the Moodle Computer Science) and still want to upload and manage videos in Panopto, please contact .

Please note that you must have already logged in to the Panopto platform 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 provided in a specific Moodle course should be placed in the associated Moodle folder on Panopto created by the linkage (see above section “Linkage of Moodle courses with Panopto and Associated Rights Transfer”).

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!

This tutorial shows you how to create or upload videos in Panopto and what options you have to embed your videos from the linked Panopto folder in the associated Moodle course. (You can switch on English subtitles by clicking on the „CC“ button in the video player at the bottom right.)

Embedding videos from Panopto can be done in the Moodle course in several ways:

  1. via the Panopto block in the Moodle course, which automatically lists the videos that are in the linked Moodle folder on Panopto,
  2. via editor, whereby videos can be embedded at the desired destination in the Moodle course (e.g., using Moodle material “Text field”),
  3. By using the Moodle activity “Panopto”, whereby single videos or the whole video list can be linked in the desired Moodle course sections.


The Panopto block must be added manually.


Embed your videos with the Moodle activity “Panopto” in your Moodle course if you want to continue using it including videos via course import in further semesters.

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 Academic Staff

  • 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