The University of Iowa

On this page, we will go over the process of getting a new video recorded, edited, and posted for students to view. We will also go over the default settings for a folder in UICapture.

  1. UICapture Defaults

  2. Starting in your ICON course

  3. Recording

  4. Editing in Panopto

  5. Sharing in ICON

  6. Recording with Zoom Cloud Recording

What if I need more help?

We are here for you! Please reach out to the ITS Help Desk or your local UICapture support team and we will help get you started!

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UICapture Defaults

Content Retention

Content that remains unused for 4 consecutive years will be cleaned up. You can read more about this process on the page linked above.

Course and Department Folders

Each folder has a default configuration that works for most courses. You may want to turn off the RSS feed if you wish for your students to watch your videos only from within ICON or UICapture. You also may want to turn off the comments if you will be having the students respond via a discussion forum or the like.

Folders in Panopto will be configured as follows:

  • Comments are on

  • Notes can be made public

  • Students/Viewers will not be notified when new content is added.

Screenshot of Panopto Course Folder


Course and Department Folders

All content will be restricted to specific users. This can be made less restrictive if you wish, but only named users will be allowed to watch content by default.

My Folders

You cannot share your entire My Folder with another user, if you need someone to work on content with you, you will need to request a department folder from your local UICapture contact or the ITS Help Desk.

Individual sessions can be shared with users for review, we recommend storing content that will be shared long term within a department/course folder.

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Starting the Panopto Recorder in ICON

  1. Starting in your ICON course, we recommend you turn on the sidebar tool for UICapture. The guide for turning on that tool can be found here:
  2. From within the sidebar tool, select the Create drop-down from the top of the window.
  3. Select Record a New Session from the list in the drop-down.
  4. If a pop-up appears asking for permission to open the Panopto Recorder, select Open Panopto Recorder.

You may want to avoid turning on this tool in these cases:

  • You want to manually control the list of individuals that have access to the folder and its contents.
  • You want to use another folder for the content of this course.
  • You want to use Modules in ICON to release the videos to your students.

If you do not want to use the side-bar tool, you are also able to launch the Panopto Recorder from within the Rich Content Editor and Modules in ICON. The guide for those can be found here by following the Record section:

If you do not want to use the integration between ICON and UICapture to share and manage content, you can do so directly within UICapture using the Create drop-down and the Browse menu available to the left. Contact the ITS Help Desk for a new folder to share with your audience. Everyone has a My Folder within Panopto, but we recommend using that for sessions that have not yet been shared. Storing sessions in collaborative locations can make it clear where materials are coming from and which department they are used in.

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Recording with the Panopto Desktop Recorder

The guides on Recording for Windows and Recording for macOS users are available on the Panopto Support site.

The most common configuration for recording with Panopto is as follows:

Table of Sources in the Panopto Recorder

Where What Why

Primary Audio

A microphone worn by the lecturer is ideal, but some sort of audio source is needed.

Panopto needs an audio source in order to process the final session, this source can be silent, but that is not recommended. If you need to dub a session over down the road, please contact the ITS Help Desk for assistance.

Primary Video

A video feed from in the room pointed at the lecturer.

This helps to connect the person with the material, it is not needed, but it can produce a better video.

Secondary Video

At least a screen capture, if anything is shown on screen. The contents of you PowerPoint can be captured as well if you check that additional box.

We recommend checking both Second Screen and PowerPoint if you are going to be presenting a PowerPoint. This will ensure that the video has a better chance to be recovered if anything goes wrong.


Selecting Sources



Panopto requires at least an audio source to be recorded. Ideally, you would select a headset microphone for this. In classrooms, some will have a USB microphone installed and positioned on the lectern. This device will generally be listed as Microphone (USB audio CODEC). If the room has a lavalier or another type of microphone, you can use that device by selecting it from the Audio drop-down. Below is a list of some of these sorts of devices installed in rooms:

* AV Bridge
* MediaPort
* Vaddio
* There are some other devices available on campus, depending on the space

After you have configured your audio, you can move on to video. In classrooms, you can select the camera that is either wall/ceiling mounted or the USB camera that is mounted to the lecturn. If you do not wish to appear on camera, you can skip "primary video."


Secondary sources are things like your PowerPoint, or if you are sharing something on screen. If you are recording a PowerPoint, we recommend also capturing the screen that the PowerPoint is going to be shown on as well as checking the "Capture PowerPoint" box. This will ensure that everything you are sharing is captured accurately.

You are given the choice of quality for your recording, we recommend using either High or Ultra for the Primary Sources and for the Secondary Sources we recommend a resolution of 1280x720 or above, frames per second (fps) of 15 or above, and a bitrate (kbps) of 1500 as a minimum. The settings for the secondary sources will affect each other, so if you raise one (resolution/fps) you may notice that the other raises automatically.

If you get a notice that your computer is running out of resources or if recordings are choppy, lower some of these settings to see if you are able to record. The secondary sources will also change with the content you are recording. If you are recording things with a lot of motion, raising the frames per second can help the video remain clear at the cost of recording horsepower you need to have when recording and network bandwidth your students need when playing the videos back.

Keyboard Shortcuts: Windows | macOS

When can I close the Panopto Recorder?

While the Panopto Recorder will process in the background, we recommend leaving the recorder open while the line looks like this:

When your recorder says Processing under the Status, you can close your recorder

Note: You can use the four links (Resume, Share, Edit, View) to take you to the location of the session on the web!

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Recording with Zoom Cloud Recording

If you are using Zoom to deliver content to your course synchronously, you are able to record to the cloud and have that recorded lecture automatically moved to UICapture. From there you have a few options, but the below will help you follow where your recording will end up:

Once you have decided you would like to record using the Zoom cloud recording integration with UICapture, there are a few things that can happen. The first split will be if you have logged into UICapture previously. If you have, your recording will be sent to your My Folder within a new folder called Meeting Recordings. If you have not logged into UICapture before, you will receive an email with a link to the recording that you can share. If you have a recording in this latter state and you need to edit/manage it, please contact the ITS Help Desk.

If you did not receive an email with a link to your recording in UICapture, it is likely that this recording will be listed in your Meeting Recordings folder.

If you would like to automatically route this recording to either a course or a department folder you can link a meeting ID to a folder within UICapture so new content is placed in the correct location behind the scenes.

The below image illustrates the process described above:

Illustration of the places a Zoom cloud recording may land

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Building a Session

If the recording is coming from Zoom local recording, you will only have a single video to upload, you can upload that using the bulk upload option, or by building a session. You would use the latter if you intend to add you slide deck into the session.

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Editing in Panopto

Once you have recorded using the Panopto Recorder, your recording has uploaded to your folder, and your recording has finished processing there are a few things you can do to make your recording easier to watch and digest.


The first step in the Panopto Editor is generally to trim sections out that you do not need. If you needed to restart for a section, or if you simply want to remove something, you don't need to scrap the entire recording and start clean. You can use the cut tool to trim either the entire section or only one of the secondary sources. 

Adding ASR Captions

As of spring 2022, the Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) caption provider is being turned on. While the default folder state is not changing, individuals will now be able to see this option and enable the caption provider for their folders/media.

ASR stands for Automated Speech Recognition, meaning that Panopto will pick up what is said in the video and attempt to transcribe recognized words into usable captions. These are disabled by default, but you are able to quickly add them to your finished video after you have added and edited them to ensure that what is presented to your students is accurate to what you said.

These ASR captions are used outside of the captions you can see to expand what users can search for within your videos. If a student wanted to search the course folder for all of the times that a topic was discussed in the lecture videos, they would either be able to look back at their notes or they can search right within your videos!

Adding a Table of Contents

If you need to amend what was captured from your PowerPoint, or if you need to add a Table of Contents manually, that can be done quickly within the Panopto Editor. Simply click where you would like the entry to appear in the timeline and enter the text you would like to be displayed to the left.

Other features

Outside of the standard feature set, there are a few things that can come in handy, but they can be a bit more tricky to get started with. If you would like a consultation over any of the below topics, please reach out to the ITS Help Desk:

Video Quizzes

Adding Web Pages

Adding YouTube Videos

Adding Clips

Merging Sessions - Sessions Recorded at the same time, but on different devices.

Audio Descriptions

Course Copy Guide

Reference Copies

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Sharing Videos in ICON

With the integration between ICON and UICapture, you are able to embed UICapture videos right within Modules, Pages, Discussions, etc.

When the embed tools are used in ICON, as students access locations where materials are shared, they will be given appropriate permissions. This will allow you to use tools within ICON to manage access to the media you share from UICapture into your ICON course.

If these Panotpo sessions include video quizzes you can even use them as assignments in ICON and the grades will be passed back to your ICON gradebook.

If you are using Panopto Video Quizzes, we do not recommend using the Complete/Incomplete grading scheme in your ICON assignment. If the assignment is graded as Complete/Incomplete and the student scores 100% the attempt will be marked as Complete while every other percentage will be marked Incomplete.

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Panopto uses two different players the Viewer and the Embed player.

Standard Player

Panopto's Viewer is used when viewing content within the Panopto website.

If you need to include web pages, YouTube videos, or PDFs within your Panopto sessions, we recommend using a link to the content out on the UICapture website or to direct students to the UICapture navigation bar tool to view the content.

Embed Player

Panopto's Embed player is used by default when content is embedded outside of the UICapture website.

This player is best suited for content that does not need to have web pages and YouTube videos included. Things like the table of contents, comments, and student notes will still be available as will video quizzes.

The embed player can be replaced with the full "standard" player if you need the full Panopto experience within a web page. Please contact the ITS Help Desk if you would like more information on this process.


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Zoom Cloud Recording

Starting in March of 2020, all Zoom Cloud Recordings will be moved to UICapture. Once recordings are in UICapture, they can be edited and shared.

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Training Guides

Getting Started (Windows)uicapture_-_windows_creator_basic_7.0_fall19.pdf

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