Recording Lectures, Presentations and Events

All staff at AU are able to make recordings of their lectures, presentations etc using Panopto; help is available on getting started with Panopto.

Panopto allows you to make a recording of an event such as a lecture and captures any PowerPoint slides, or other media displayed on the screen (for example, Web pages). The finished recording synchronises the information from the screen and the audio, enabling viewers to see the presentation slides and hear the lecture at the same time. This allows students to view sections of the lecture by slide or search for key words in the slides themselves.

Panopto is installed on the teaching computers in all centrally-timetabled teaching rooms. All these rooms have microphones to record the audio and, in addition, a number of rooms have facilities for video recording.

The Panopto software can also be downloaded and installed on individual machines, enabling staff to make recordings from their own offices, as well as recording formally organised lectures and presentations. Information about installing the software can be found on the IS FAQ Web site.

The recordings can be delivered through Blackboard, and access to material is controlled through the pre-existing Blackboard module sites. (How do I do that?) Alternatively, publicly shared recordings can be made available externally via links on Web sites etc.

Staff in Information Services can provide advice and support on a variety of aspects relating to Panopto:

  • Installation, configuration and basic use of the software.  You will also find much of this information on the IS FAQ Web site. For additional support please email
  • Departmental introductions and training. Staff from Information Services are happy to provide basic introductions to Panopto for departments or small groups. Please contact to discuss your requirements.
  • Enhancing teaching and learning through audio and video recordings. E-learning Support staff can offer advice on a wide range of issues relating to integrating recordings into learning and teaching. As part of this support, a course on using lecture capture is offered through the Centre for the Development of Staff and Academic Practice. For more information email
  • A good practice guide on integrating lecture capture into teaching can be found here
  • Reporting faults. Should you experience any issues with either the recorder software or the hardware installed in rooms (microphones etc), please contact Information Services

As well as dealing with your queries, we are happy to receive any suggestions and feedback from users of Panopto. Your feedback helps us to improve the service we offer.