Notes for Panopto Demo April 19, 2016
Presenters – Jeff Davis and Andy Tumas from Panopto
Project: Video Streaming Service
Student presentations, screen and lecture capture, academic assignment, videos from Communications to promote Middlebury, Athletics events, live streams
Accounts & Access
1) How are accounts created when we have SSO? Are accounts pre-created in bulk, are they created when a user signs in, some other else model?
- We can discuss in more detail, but since Middlebury uses Canvas ( Moodle as well?), if possible, it makes sense to provision access control from Canvas.
2) Can your solution restrict access to content based on Groups in Active Directory or LDAP?
3) How are personal or shared quotas handled?
- Panopto does not enforce a limit on storage so there should be no need to apply quotas.
4) Can we programmatically provision shared-spaces with a quota?
- Panopto does not enforce a limit on storage so there should be no need to apply quotas.
5) Does this application or service PROCESS, STORE, or TRANSMIT any REGULATED DATA?
- No. However, we would have liked to clarified a bit more with a text box. Panopto only stores a user’s first name, last name, e-mail address (Directory Information) and is not considered PII.
- If adopted, Panopto would need to integrate with both Moodle and Canvas for one year.
- Supports CAS, AD, and SAML 2.0
- A brief look at their API documentation suggests that we should be able to provision accounts and course-groups on request via the Course Hub as we do with Canvas, Moodle, SANSSpace, etc.
- Either CAS or SAML 2.0 (ADFS) for SSO authentication in combination with this provisioning via their API.
1) Is it possible to have a hybrid solution where some content is served from your cloud solution but you have a locally hosted content on our campus for other data? How does that change pricing?
- Panopto does not offer a hybrid solution, either hosted or cloud based or we Panopto can be deployed on-premise. However, when we host, there are no storage charges, so hoping this helps with the discussion.
2) What are the maximum file-size/length/quality limits for upload? Can multi-hour videos be ingested?
- There are no size limits, and yes, multi-hour videos can be uploaded.
3) Can individuals have their own space?
- Panopto is managed through a folder structure, and yes, Faculty, Staff, and Students can have their own folders.
4) Is there the concept of quotas? Can we programmatically create shared spaces with specific quota? E.g. Create 12 shared spaces with each having 10GB of quota?
- No concept of quotas since storage is unlimited.
1) Does your solution support closed-captioning files?
- Yes, we provide Closed Captioning as a Service, or Middlebury can partner with one of 3 integrated partners, including: 3Play Media, Automatic Sync Technologies, and Cielo 24.
2) Can it create closed-captioning files?
- When one of the services mentioned above is utilized, Panopto provides the ability to download the caption files that have been generated
3) What other accessibility features does it have?
- Panopto’s student-facing interfaces (viewer, embedded viewer and folders, session list view) Support 508 and WCAG 2.0 accessibility. Panopto provides keyboard navigation and compatibility with NVDA, JAWS, and Voiceover screen readers. 508 compliant captioning also supported.
- Search occurs within a recording and across multiple recordings.
- Search will include captioning and transcriptions of audio, character recognition in video, and notes (See answer to “What kind of metadata does your platform support?” below.
- Text must be present in video for a while to be recognized.
- Captioning uses speech recognition
- Captioning displayed on side of video, working to overly captioning on video playback.
- Captioning in English, only.
- Can ingest captioning files.
- Uses adaptive streaming, will adjust the quality based on connection speed of viewer.
1) Does integration with Moodle & Canvas cost extra?
- No, the cost of Panopto includes support and integrations.
2) Can you describe the integration process for Moodle and Canvas?
- Panopto supports the majority of higher education LMS platforms, including a feature rich integrations with Canvas and Moodle. Both integrations includes SSO, ability to provision access control, controlled publishing to Canvas or Moodle, and rolling course synchronization for enrolled students. Please see links to integration overview videos below:
3) Do you have an API that we can use to pull lists of videos to which a user has access to provide browsing interface from within our web applications (Moodle, WordPress, Drupal, etc)?
- Users may use Moodle or Canvas to access Panopto, or they may access Panopto directly.
- Faculty and students may add Panopto videos/presentations via a button in the WYSIWYG editor.
- Uses embedded iFrame.
1) How does asset management work in your platform?
- Panopto organizes recordings into a Parent/Child Folder structure. Recordings are uploaded to folders. User roles, individual accounts, or groups will have access to these folders and, in turn, access to the recordings within those folders.
2) Can lots of people manage a particular group of videos?
- Yes, there is no limit here.
3) What is the process for a professor to upload a video on your system and embed it in the LMS?
- If created with the Panopto client, the professor would simply choose the Folder that is associated with their LMS course. The Canvas/Moodle integrations will embed the recording in a list view automatically. If created elsewhere and uploaded to Panopto, the professor would simply upload to the associated Folder. Panopto can also provide embed codes for individual recordings.
- Video can be captured from multiple devices: Windows, Mac and mobile devices.
- Video and slides from multiple devices can be captured and synced for playback.
- All streams recorded, viewer may choose which stream they view.
- Titles of slides (powerpoint or Keynote) become a timestamped table of contents that can be clicked to bring viewer to a point in the timeline.
- Slides presented as jpg thumbnails to move to point in timeline.
- Notes can be added to a table of contents
- May be public or private
- Many students can contribute notes to same video
- Student notes can be marked private globally
- Synced videos may be presented as picture-in-picture
- Presentations may be embedded in other web sites.
- A Dropbox folder is available for student assignments, only faculty and student may see content.
- Homepage of Panopto can be curated or display most popular, recently added, etc.
1) Is there a browseable view (a “library”) where users can search across all files available to them?
- Yes, Panopto provides a searchable library portal.
2) How are videos served/streamed? Is HTML5 video markup supported or is a plugin (Flash, Silverlight, etc) required for playback?
- Adaptive playback with HTML5 support. The viewer will default to use Flash if available. If not, it will play in HTML5.
3) How do you support live event streaming?
- Any recording can be live streamed by using the Panopto client for Windows or Mac.
- Url can be set in advance
4) What are your value added services, if any?
- Panopto offers Emerald Support, which includes 365 x 24 x 7 end user support, as well as one(1) day on-site training.
5) What kind of metadata does your platform support?
- Panopto indexes video in a number of ways: Contents (automated contents generated PowerPoint and Keynote slides), Slide text (fully searchable), Notes, Discussion, Captioning, Smart Search (OCR and ASR). Contents although automated, can be edited. The Panopto Editor provides for manual entry of metadata/tags/topics at any time stamp in the video timeline.
6) What options are available for content creation and interactivity?
- During a live webcast viewers can interact through a discussion panel which is similar to a chat window. They can ask questions to the presenter. After a recording is completed, Panopto allows for 3rd party web sites to be embedded in its Viewer as a secondary source. This allows you to use your existing polling/quizzing tools within Panopto.
7) Unicode support?
- Does not support right-to-left text.
- Exit strategy – all content is obtainable (video, presentations, captioning, notes, etc.) Presentation+video playback experience cannot be captured unless saved as an .mp4 (separately or picture-in-picture).
- Still some questions on editing, usability, scalability, collection management.
- More project documentation available in the Streaming Video Project folder – https://drive.google.com/a/middlebury.edu/folderview?id=0B_yW_eeeL6uTN3ZTV01DWEN6YXc&usp=sharing
Additional notes from Panopto after the meeting:
- Panopto is a video platform, that can potentially unify capture, streaming, and video management at Middlebury College. An end to end solution for All video assets, whether captured natively with Panopto, or uploaded 3rd party video assets.
- Ease of Use and Scalability– although we discussed many aspects of Panopto’s robust platform, at our core we offer a light weight scalable solution, that can be managed and supported with minimal resources. Record to a provisioned Canvas course folder, and automate or with a few clicks control publishing to Canvas.
- The video platform, based on FTE provides unlimited Recording and Media import licenses, so all Faculty, Staff, and Students are licensed for personal/flipped capture, and Middlebury would be able to capture and broadcast from any classroom, auditorium, sporting event, etc.
- Canvas Integration – http://support.panopto.com/documentation/admin-and-setup/integrations/instructure-canvas . Panopto supports the majority of higher education LMS platforms, including a feature rich integration with Canvas. Features include SSO, ability to provision access control, controlled publishing to Canvas, and rolling course synchronization for enrolled students. And we can integrate with Moodle until the transition is complete.
- Smart Search– combination of optical character recognition (OCR) and automated speech recognition (ASR). We also index and make searchable Slides, Notes, Comments, Questions, and Captioning. Users can search within recording, or across the library based on credentialed access. As institutions transition to thousands of video recordings(video more pervasive by the semester), search plays an increasing role in importance for faculty, staff, and students.
- Notes – on demand or live.. searchable and tied to end user through credentialed access. Channels include Student(private or public), Faculty, or Collaborative. Notes are searchable.
- Editing– editing is web based, and nondestructive. Faculty always retain the original recording.
- Remote recorder – can automate scheduling for the semester.
- Remote Control – Panopto just released the ability to start ad-hoc recordings with iOS and Android, self-serve for faculty.
- Share and Manage – when a faculty member, takes the time to invest in flipping or personal capture, they need to be able to easily leverage the recordings from semester to semester. Panopto provides the ability to quickly manage recordings from folder to folder, change the name, keep multiple copies or variations of the same recording in different folders. Order the recordings within a course folder and embed.
- Bulk Copy or Share– another feature to allow for quick management of recordings from semester to semester
- Webcasting or Live Broadcast– one click live broadcast, offers remote users the ability to take live notes, and ask live questions to the presenter. Webcasting is integrated into the recording clients for Windows and Mac recoding.. And with Panopto, there is no need to purchase expensive appliances to provide webcasting. Another differentiating aspect of Webcasting for Panopto, is the ability to broad multiple HD streams from any PC or Mac.
- Mobile Apps – iOS, Android, for recording, viewing, and remote control.
- Captioning – Four(4) options for captioning: 1) As a service(click link to left), 2) Middlebury can leverage existing caption relationships with Automatic Synch Technologies, or 3Play Media, or Cielo 24, 3) Captions can be edited or typed in Panopto Editor 4) SRT or DFXP caption files can be uploaded to a video. Also, as we discussed, the 2016 roadmap for Panopto includes a transcription API, the goal being to provide a tool for our customers to pursue and integrate with any desired caption vendors.
- Advance Podcasting different options for customizing the mobile playback
- Analytics – offer at System, Folder/Course, Recording, and User Centric