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You can allow students to download your videos as .mp4 files

To allow your students to download your recordings, you will have to permit them to download the videos from the Panopto viewer. You will be able to enable this at the folder level, meaning all the recordings within a folder or a subfolder will be available for students to download. The second option will be to enable the downloading at the session level, meaning only that video will be made available to students for downloading. 

It is important to note that if downloads are enabled within a parent folder, and the sub- folder inherits permissions from the course parent folder that all content within the sub- folder will be available for download. This may not be desirable, especially if the content was recorded prior to Michaelmas 2020 and under a different Lecture Capture user agreement where the content owner may not want the materials available for download. This can be disabled by changing the sub-folder settings to disable downloads. within the sub folder settings. 

As a creator, you can also download your videos for offline viewing, archiving locally on your computer, uploading to other online platforms, and for editing using third-party software.  

Please follow the steps below to enable the downloading of podcasts as .mp4 files using the folder or session settings. 

There are a number ofseveral options for how the content streams are presented in podcast format. Thefor Creators can change the viewing of the video podcasts, for viewers the podcasts are Picture in Picture format to the following .formats: 

  • Primary video
  • Secondary video
  • Picture in picture (default) 
  • Side by side 
  • Tile all streams 

For more information on formatting options visit the Panopto support pages here 

Creators can also download the video as an Adio Podcast. 

Enable podcast downloads at the folder level 

 You will require Creator level access to the content or greater 

  • Access the Panopto cloud dashboard using this link and log in with your Raven account or access via the associated Moodle course from 'course settings' in the Panopto block. 
  • Locate the course folder or a subfolder you want to enable podcast downloads. 
  • Click on the Settings icon from the right-hand side of the dashboard. 



  • Click ’Settings Tab from the top left-hand side of the screen


  •  From the download section dropdown list select 'Authenticated users with access'



  • Panopto will automatically save the changes as you close the settings 'Overview' window. 

Enable podcast downloads at the session (recording) level 

  • Log into the Panopto cloud dashboard. 
  • Locate the video you want to enable podcast download. 
  • Hover over the video and click ‘Settings’
  • The settings ‘Overview’ window will open. Under the ‘Session Information’, navigate to the Downloads section and click the arrow pointing down for a dropdown list. (Depending on the size of your screen, you may need to scroll down.) 
  • From the list select 'Authenticated users with access'. 


Panopto will automatically Save the changes as you close the settings 'Overview' window. 

Download your podcast as a creator 

  • Log into the Panopto cloud dashboard. 
  • Navigate to the course folder and find the video you would like to download. 
  • Hover over the video and select ‘Settings’ 
  • From the top left-hand corner of the settings window select ‘Outputs’ 


  • From the Video Podcast, you can click the ‘Download Podcast’ to download a .mp4 version of the video. 

How to view or download Panopto video podcast (.mp4) 

To view or download a video podcast, follow the steps below:

  • You can change the format of the video podcast by clicking the arrow  pointing down beside the title ‘Type’ and selecting the appropriate option from the dropdown menu. The default video podcast format is ‘Picture-in-Picture’ which displays the video in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen capture. Other formats available to you are ‘Secondary Video Only’, ‘Side-by-Side’, and ‘Tile All Streams’. If you wish, you can also change the picture quality using the arrow pointing down beside the title ‘Quality’ and selecting the options from the dropdown list. 
  • Click the Apply button and wait for the recording to reprocess. 
  • Click on View Podcast or Download Podcast if you want to view or download the mp4. 


Video podcast formatting options: 

  • Primary video only: Displays the primary video source only. 
  • Secondary video only: This only displays the secondary video source. In the absence of a secondary video, the recorded audio will be downloaded. 
  • Picture-in-picture: This will display screen/slide capture as the main view with a small primary video feed in the bottom, right-hand corner. 
  • Side-by-side: Will display the screen/slide capture as the main view with the primary video source as a separate smaller screen on the side. 
  • Tile All Streams: This will display small views of each feed on one screen. The size of the tiles will be determined by the number of feeds, the greater number of feeds the size of the tiles will get smaller. 

Please note, when embedding Panopto videos in Moodle, the embed code links to the podcast version of the video. Therefore, if you change the podcast format of a video in Panopto, it will change the format of the embedded video in Moodle. 


Audio podcasts 

As a creator, if you wish to play or download the video as an audio podcast, you can do so from the outputs tab. Scroll to the bottom of the Outputs Window and under the 'Audio Podcast' section you will see the options to ‘Play Audio Podcast or ‘Download Audio Podcast’. 

  • If you wish to download an audio version of the podcast, you can do so from the Audio Podcast section by clicking the ‘Download Audio Podcast’


How students can download your podcasts 

Once you have authorised users to download your recordings as a Podcast. Students will be able to download it by clicking the download icon from the top right-hand corner of the Panopto viewer.