Panopto: Get started

What is Panopto?

Bryn Mawr College subscribes to Panopto, an online lecture-capture and video-streaming service that current faculty, staff and students can use to create, edit, and host streaming video for academic and college business purposes(Community members looking for a place to store and stream personal videos should explore alternative platforms such as YouTube.) 

When do I need a Panopto account?

  • You DO NOT need an account to view publicly available Panopto videos. Simply click on the link or hover over an embedded video and press play to view it. See Panopto: Share recordings for more information.
  • You DO need an account to: 
    • View videos shared through Moodle, but one will automatically be created for you if you are enrolled in a Moodle course with a Panopto block.
    • View videos shared only with BMC Panopto account holders
    • Record or host your own streaming videos 

Get and access your Panopto account

Attention: Are you not a BMC student but you are enrolled in a Bryn Mawr course? 

  1. Go to 
  2. Choose SAML from the drop-down menu  
  3. Click Sign In  
  4. If you aren’t already signed in with your BMC credentials in another web browser, you will be prompted to enter them and authenticate through Duo 
  5. Once you are logged in, you will see your Home page in Panopto 

Learn more:

Record on Panopto

Instructors can log into Panopto via desktop app or online platform on a computer to start and stop the recording, and Panopto does the rest. Panopto can simultaneously record a screencast (e.g., of slides presented on computer and/or projected during a talk), audio, and (optionally) video. 

  • Many lecture-style classrooms are equipped to record Panopto. To find one, go to the Technology Enhanced Classrooms webpage, find your building, and look for “lecture capture” in the listing.
  • With sufficient notice (at least 2 business days), Multimedia Services can set up other classrooms for recording. Request this when you reserve the room under “A/V Notes” on the Details tab in Virtual EMS, or contact Multimedia directly.
  • You can also record from any computer with a high-speed internet connection, webcam, and microphone.

Help for recorders

Help for viewers

If you’re having playback issues, you can check to see if your computer meets Panopto’s system requirements and whether you need to update anything. (For macOS. For Windows.)


If you have any additional questions or problems, don't hesitate to reach out to the Help Desk!

Phone: 610-526-7440 | Library and Help Desk hours
Email: help@brynmawr.eduService catalog
Location: Canaday Library 1st floor