There are a few different ways to view Panopto recordings. The most common is via the browser-based Panopto Viewer, which is what happens when a Panopto course link is clicked or the URL of a recording is shared with viewers (and the appropriate authentication takes place). A second way to view a recording is via the Panopto app on iOS or Droid. A third way to view a Panopto recording is via a single, downloadable or viewable file that Panopto calls a “podcast.” This file can be formatted in the session settings (after a recording is made and/or uploaded) and then made available as a URL for either direct viewing or direct downloading. The same can be done with the audio-only version of the Panopto recording, in the form of an MP3 file.
To format and make available the podcast version of a Panopto recording:
Access the Settings for the recording you wish to make available as a “podcast” file.
On the Overview page, click on Outputs.
On the Outputs page, scroll down to the Video Podcast section.
Select the type of podcast layout you want. The layout is the arrangement of video streams within the viewscreen, because unlike with the regular Panopto viewer, users won’t be able to change the size or visibility of any of the elements in the podcast view. Those elements are controlled and locked in by this step.
Primary Video Only: This selection will only display the primary video source of your recording. (Most often, this is the webcam.) If this podcast mode is selected, the output will use the input resolution (set at the time of recording) instead of the podcast resolution, chosen in the step below.
Secondary Video Only: This selection will only display the secondary video source of your session. (Typically a Power Point presentation or a screen capture recording.)
Picture in Picture: This format will always display the primary video feed in the bottom right corner of the podcast and the screen capture feed as the main view.
Side by Side: Almost the same as picture in picture, except the primary stream doesn’t block a portion of the secondary stream, and it’s in the upper right instead of the lower right.
Tile All Streams: Tile Streams does not show PowerPoint slides. However, the view will accept and display up to three other secondary sources at once. (To include a Power Point presentation, it would have to be recorded as a desktop screen share.) This podcast feature adapts to the current amount of streams available. For instance, one feed will take up the entire window. Two video sources will split the view in half, with one stream on each side. Adding a third source will yet again split the view so that all three are spread evenly, and likewise, a fourth stream will completely fill the window.
Click the drop down menu labeled “Quality” and select the desired frame height and frame rate. For recordings with relatively simple video content (webcam and/or Power Point presentations), the 576p setting is perfectly adequate. If your video contains high-resolution images, complex images, or needs to be displayed on a TV, then 720 or 1080p might be appropriate.
Be sure to click “Apply” when finished.
Wait for the session to re-encode podcasts. This time will vary depending on your server and session length.
View or Download your mp4 file.