How do I record PowerPoint and video with Panopto?

Incorporating a PowerPoint presentation in your Panopto video is an engaging way to fulfill your video task's multimedia component. A key function of the Panopto recorder is its ability to capture video and PowerPoint during recording, then synchronize the streams during processing. The result is a video presentation to submit for your capstone or communications task.


Note: If the PowerPoint capture feature is not working properly, or you are using a web version presentation (Office 365, Google Slides) or Keynote slides for Mac, the screen capture option needs to be used instead. Please review the article How do I record screen and video with Panopto?  


Quick Steps for Recording with PowerPoint slides:

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation file. This should be a file already saved to the computer using the desktop PowerPoint program. Note: If the PowerPoint was opened from an email attachment, save the file to the computer before continuing.
  2. Launch the Panopto recorder.
  3. Select primary video and audio sources.
  4. Select “Capture PowerPoint” (Windows) or “Record PowerPoint” (Mac).
  5. Click RECORD (recommend minimizing the recorder at this point, but this is preference).
  6. Pull up the PowerPoint presentation already open (see Step 1) and play in presenter mode. Click “Slide Show” on the PowerPoint tool ribbon, then select “Play from Start” or “Play from Beginning”. Note: At this point, you will not see yourself on camera; however, video is still recording. This is a normal feature of the recorder. 
  7. Go through the PowerPoint (advance slides with mouse or keyboard).
  8. Exit the PowerPoint and go back to the Panopto recorder. Note: Pull up from bottom toolbar, or dock.
  9. Click STOP.
  10. Select UPLOAD. Note: At this step, you have an opportunity to name the session and provide a description.
  11. The session will begin uploading and processing. When complete, a Ready to View email will arrive in your WGU student email inbox.
  12. Open the email. Click the first link listed, the viewing link, to watch your video. This is important so that you can see how the primary and secondary streams are in sync.
  13. If satisfied, copy the viewing link from the email, or from the web address bar in your browser.
  14. Submit the link with your task.

 For detailed tutorials, please see the tutorial attached at the bottom of this article, and click the download icon.

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