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FAQs for students

Below are a list of common questions and answers relating to the use of Panopto within the university.

What types of recordings can my lecturers produce using Panopto?
Panopto can record the computer screen, audio and video. The system is used to record live lectures, special events, tutorials and much more.

Some of my lectures aren't recorded. Why is this?
The use of Panopto within the University is now opt-out, and some lecturers have requested that some, or all of their lectures are not recorded. This may be a personal choice, and it may also be due to content taught within the course not being suitable for recording, amongst other reasons.  You can speak to your lecturer to find out whether they are planning to record lectures in future.

Which lecture theatres have Panopto installed?
Please see the information on Panopto enabled rooms.

Is Panopto available university-wide?
Panopto has now been installed in all lecture theatres and classrooms at all campuses.

One of the most common problems is audio quality or no audio on a recording. Why does this happen?
Users have been advised to use wireless microphones.  Sometimes users forget to wear these and use the desk microphones instead.  These are not as reliable as they only work when you are close to them.  We have also found that users occasionally mute microphones by accident.

Can the university add better quality video cameras so that I can see the chalk or white board through the video?
The current video quality is standard composite video which was chosen to match the current room infrastructure. The university will look into high definition video in the future, should the trial be successful, but this will take time and funding.

Where do I get access to my recordings?
Most recordings will be posted on the Virtual Learning Environment (normally Moodle).

I can't view a Panopto video. Who can I talk to provide me with access?
If you cannot access a recording you must talk to your tutor. He or she can provide you with access through the VLE (Moodle).