Merging Sessions in Panopto


Panopto allows you to merge any two sessions together. This is often necessary when recordings are made using two different computers to capture audio, video, powerpoint and screen capture, but the recordings are not recorded in the same session.

How to combine separated recordings


  1. Go to your Panopto website and log in with an account that has access to the folder where the content has been recorded.
  2. Once you have found the folder, hover over the first session to reveal the settings icon.
  3. On the settings page, click Manage.
  4. The first drop down selection box allows you to select the folder where the other price of the session is located. The second drop down selection box is where you would select the other session name that you want to merge this recording with.
  5. After you have selected the folder and session to merge with, click the merge button. The session will re-encode and be synchronised as one recording.


Copying can be a useful way to move a session to a new or additional folder while preserving the original session location.

  1. Go to your Panopto website and log in with an account that has access to the folder containing the session to copy.
  2. Once you have found the folder, hover over the session to reveal the settings icon.
  3. Click manage and locate the copy session selection, simply name your new session and click copy.

Using additional monitors to record in Panopto

How to install an additional monitor:

  • To add a second monitor to your computer, you’ll need to make sure that you either have a video card that supports multiple monitors, or that your computer has more than one video card.
    • Once you have made sure that your video card can support a second monitor, turn off your computer and monitor. Next, locate the video ports on your computer.
  • Connect the second monitor to the unused video port. Plug the second monitor into an electrical power source and turn it on.
  • Turn on your original monitor. Next, turn on your computer. Windows should recognize the monitor once the computer has started. If you are prompted to install driver software, see the instructions that came with the monitor. When you have confirmed the second monitor is functioning properly, you are now ready to begin screen capturing with multiple monitors.

Capturing on multiple monitors

  1. Open the Panopto recorder. In the secondary sources area of the recorder screen, click the checkbox next to capture second screen and/or capture third screen.
  2. A new tab labelled second screen will appear, displaying the output of the second monitor.
  3. If you only want to capture the output from the secondary monitor, be sure to uncheck capture primary screen. After naming your session and selecting a folder, hit the large record button to begin your recording.


Equipment recommended by Panopto

1.1 HDMI Connection

All cameras that output an HDMI stream can be captured by Panopto when using a capture card. Below are examples of different cameras that have been used with Panopto.

  • Video Cameras – point-and-shoot 
    • Canon VIXIA HF R600
    • Sony HDR-PJ540
  • DSLR – high quality, interchangeable optics
    • Panasonic Lumix GH4
    • Nikon D800
    • Sony A99
  • Professional
    • Canon XF200 HD
    • Canon XA25
    • Sony HXR-NX100
    • Sony PXW-X70
    • Sony PXW-X200
    • Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ)
    • Sony SRG-120DH
    • Sony SRG-300H
  • Pan-Tilt-Zoom
    • (PTZ) Sony SRG-120DH
    • Sony SRG-300H

1.2 USB Connection

Most USB cameras work with Panopto and UVC (generic) webcams always work. Below are examples of different cameras that have been used with Panopto.

  • Webcam
    • Microsoft LifeCam Studio
    • Microsoft LifeCam Cinema
    • Logitech C920
    • Logitech C930
  • Pan-Tilt-Zoom
    • HuddleCamHD 30X
    • Vaddio ClearVIEW HD‑USB
    • VDO VPTZH-01
    • Panasonic HE-40
  • Visualizer / Document camera 
    • WolfVision VZ-8plus

1.3 Lecturer Tracking Cameras

Face and motion detection tracking technology to precisely lock and track lecturer. Currently supported via SDI connection in combination with recommended SDI capture device below:

. iSmart LTC-A2001N
. iSmart LTC-S2007N

Capture Cards

2.1 PCI-Express card

Internal PCI-Express capture cards that are recognized as streaming devices can be used by Panopto. The following list contains capture cards that have been tested successfully.

* Datpath VisionAV-HD
* Datpath VisionAV
* Datapath RGB-E2
* Avermedia C727 PCI

2.2 USB Connection

USB capture cards that are recognized as streaming devices in Windows and Mac can be used by Panopto. The following list contains capture cards that have been tested successfully.

* Magewell (HDMI to USB)
* Epiphan HD
* Avermedia Dongle C039M
* Inogeni HDMI/DVI to USB3


3.1 USB Connection

* Blue Microphones Yeti
* Blue Microphones Snowball USB
* HuddlePod Air
* CAD U37 USB Studio Condenser Recording Microphone
* MXL AC-404
* Revolabs xTag Wireless Microphone System
* Samson Meteor Mic

3.2 Audio Mixers


3.3 Analog Microphones



4.1 USB Connection

*  Delcom USB Visual Signal Indicator

4.2 HDMI Connection

* HDMI splitters
* Video switchers

Equipment that is not recommended by Panopto:

  • BlackMagic capture cards: Customers have reported these devices to be unstable and unreliable.
  • BlackMagic capture cards: Customers have reported these devices to be unstable and unreliable.
  • Microsoft Lifecam HD-3000: Customers have reported these devices to be unstable and unreliable with the current driver.
  • Razer Kiyo: These devices have proven to be unstable and unreliable at some quality levels.
  • Logitech C615 USB webcam – Unstable and unreliable with the current driver

Students Using Panopto

Panopto is primarily a way for faculty to share content with students, but, many faculty are finding success in also using it as a way for students to submit video content for your course.

You will need to enable Panopto in the course.  You will need to go to the settings gear and “Overview” to create the assignments folder.

Students can then follow the instructions in the step sheet, click to download and distribute student instructions


Instructions for Students using Panopto:

Copyright, Fair Use, and Media

In 2016, CFC was tasked with making certain that WCU’s media streaming practices were up to date in relation to current laws, ordinances, and policies.  WCU has paid out thousands of dollars to settle copyright infringement cases related to accidental copyright infringement, and copyright laws and the capability of electronic “big-data” discovery mechanisms have improved in ways that make this a prudent time to reflect upon our collective use of the intellectual property of others.  As such, we have been instructed by university counsel to inform faculty of copyright issues and to be careful about any storage or streaming of materials under copyright.

As such, we cannot extend the availability of any media for which we do not have an explicit waiver of copyright from the copyright holder and/or permission granted through the copyright clearinghouse for the use of the media for a particular period of time. 

Following is the information we had cause to deliver to everyone migrating media from one form to another.  You may or may not find it of use in guiding your own reflections upon the academic use of materials falling under copyright: 

The migration process is a good time to review your course resources to determine whether it complies fully with federal copyright law and related policies at WCU

Generally speaking, it is never permissible to store or disseminate copyrighted materials (including feature films) for which you do not have explicit written permission from the copyright holder.  

The Coulter Faculty Commons staff and student workers cannot at this time aid in the conversion, transfer or upload of copyrighted materials without the express and written consent of the copyright holder.  

For more help in determining your rights and responsibilities under copyright law, please consult the resources below: 

WCU Copyright Policies and Related Law  

The WCU library has constructed the WCU Copyright Resources Page as a guide to issues of copyright generally.  Make certain to check the “Compliance Guidelines for Faculty” tab in the center of the page. The library can help you through the process of gaining copyright clearance from the copyright holder on a course by course fee basis.  (The Provost’s office has set aside a limited amount of money to help defray some of these costs for the remainder of the 2015-16 budget year.) 

Please note that there are still some irregularities in the laws and in the protections provided for instructional uses.  Of particular note is the way that the law treats face to face courses differently than online courses in regard to the use of copyright protected media. 

The CFC has been advised by university counsel that fair use is only a legal defense.  It is not a shield from litigation.   We would like to pass that advice on to our faculty members, and will do what we can to help you adapt your teaching practices for the additional challenges and opportunities offered by the increased speed and reach and discoverability of online learning and its underlying digital architecture. 

Note that many recent movies are available for paid and legal streaming for less than $5.00 through Amazon, ITunes, The Google Play Store, and Hulu.  In the event that you cannot obtain copyright permission, you can assign students to purchase viewing rights to the movies from theses sources. 

The TEACH Act provides some protections for instructors capturing and using clips from copyright protected materials, but they are limited to the instructor and are in addition to fair use.  For a more detailed description of appropriate use, you may find the Copyright Crash Course created by the University of Texas to be of great assistance.  Note that the TEACH Act provides no legal protection to non-instructional staff or student workers, only to the instructor of a course, and only under very specific circumstances. 

At this point in time it has been determined that directing students to clips on YouTube is a safe practice, acknowledging that Alphabet (Google) is practicing safe and legal takedown procedures. (Note that these links cannot be judged to be permanent in any sense and a good practice for using them would be to check them on or near the dates of presumed student use). 

Note that if you need or want to show videos to distance education students who are local, the library can and will schedule screenings of reserve materials for specific groups of students in a viewing room. 

Some other useful sites to consult to see if you may have a reasonable claim of fair use or TEACH Act or other acceptable justification are below.    

 Center for Media and Social Impact:  Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video  

Copyright Advisory Network Interactive Guidance Services  

The information provided above should not be considered to be a substitute for explicit legal counsel on this topic.  It is intended for educational purposes only.  For explicit and exact interpretation, please contact legal counsel.