REPLAY/Panopto – How to capture and switch focus from desktop to webcam

Panopto options for including a video of the presenter

The picture in picture and side by side features of Panopto allow you to show a video of yourself alongside the audio and presentation or whatever you’re showing on the desktop of your computer. For more information, click here

However, if you would prefer a captured session to alternate between showing the presenter and whatever is visible on the desktop, this too is now possible following a recent Panopto update. To do this, you will need to download the primary and secondary videos once the session has been captured and use the Build a session feature.  This tutorial takes you through the steps required to do this:

Setting up your recording

  1. Make sure a webcam is connected to your computer or laptop
  2. Launch the Panopto desktop recorder and login via LearningSpace
  3. Session folder –  click the folder icon and select a folder to store your recorded session
  1. Session name – enter a name for your session
  2. Primary sources: Video – select your webcam, Audio – select Desktop microphone, Quality – select High
  3. Secondary Sources – select Capture PowerPoint or Main Screen
  4. Click the ‘open a presentation’ button and navigate to your presentation
  5. When you are ready to begin recording, click ‘Yes’ to begin recording after PowerPoint opens
  6. To end the recording, press F10 on your keyboard, then click ‘Upload’
  7. Click ‘Manage My Recordings’ to access your uploaded session

Downloading Primary and Secondary videos

When your session has captured and processed, you will need to access it to download the Primary video (desktop footage) and Secondary video (webcam footage)

  1. Go to (login with LearningSpace) and locate the session
  2. Click the Outputs tab
  3. Go to the video podcast section, click the down arrow next to Type and select Primary Video Only
  4. Click the down arrow next to quality and make a selection (720p – 30 fps will be suitable in most cases)
  5. Click Apply, then OK (note: it will take several minutes for the podcast to process)
  6. When processed, go back to Outputs and click the Download Podcast option
  7. Repeat steps to download Secondary Video Only

Build a session

Once both videos have downloaded:

    1. Go to (login with LearningSpace)
    2. Click Create and select Build a session
    1. Enter a name for your session and click the down arrow to select the folder you want to save it in
    2. Enter a description (optional)
    3. Click the Save and Edit button

Adding your desktop and webcam videos

  1. Drag and drop the video of your desktop (or click and navigate to your file)
  2. Drag and drop (or navigate to and select) your webcam video as another Primary video file

Depending on the size of your video files, this can take several minutes

  1. Once processed the two videos will display in the timeline

Switching focus between desktop and webcam videos

  1. Click the play button to play through the video
  2. Pause when you reach a point that you want to switch the focus from desktop to webcam video of presenter
  3. Click the focus icon

  4. Click the webcam video in the timeline at the point you want the focus to switch and drag out for the duration that you want the focus to be on the webcam footage
  5. Repeat the above steps at points that you want the focus to change
  6. When finished, click Publish
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Tracey Eaton

Digital Innovation Technologist

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