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My Pitt Video: Windows Basic Recording


The My Pitt Video (Panopto) Recorder allows a lot of flexibility in how and what you can record. A presenter may wish to record alone (with one computer) or with a videographer using a separate computer. This section will cover all aspects of recording with one computer. In this recording scenario, all presentation content (PowerPoint and/or screen capture) and video/audio is recorded from one computer.

Installation & Setup

The My Pitt Video (Panopto) Recorder is very small and very easy to install. It can only be installed on computers using Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (32- and 64-bit). Your computer should also have a large amount of free drive space to capture your video/recording. Visit the help sheet My Pitt Video Installing the Windows Recorder for more detailed information on installation.


The first time you run the recorder, you will be required to log in. Visit the help sheet My Pitt Video Windows Recorder Configuration for more detailed information on logging in.

Choosing a folder

Once the Recorder opens, you will be taken to the "Create New Recording" tab.


Set the destination for this new recording by clicking the  icon. You can also create a new folder from here. This part is not required as you can record offline and select the destination folder after you have created the recording.

Choosing Primary Input

Once you have chosen your folder or are just recording offline, you must next choose exactly what you would like to record. You can select a video capture device such as a webcam or video camera. After that, you can also choose what you want to use to record your audio. This could be a microphone or even the same device as your video if it has a built-in mic.

Note: You must select at least audio or video in order for the recording to be complete and usable without additional recordings.

Screen Capture and PowerPoint

After you have selected your video and audio inputs, you can choose to also capture what is displayed on your screen and/or PowerPoint presentation.

You can also add an additional video source here if you have more than one camera plugged into your computer.

Note: In order to properly record PowerPoint presentations, after you have launched PowerPoint, you must have it in full screen presentation mode.

To adjust screen capture resolution, simply click the drop-down menu to the right of "Resolution" and choose the setting you desire. You can adjust the bit rate by sliding the "kbps" slider (stands for kilobytes per second) You can adjust the frame rate by moving the "fps" slider (stands for frames per second). Click Apply to save changes.

Starting, Stopping, and Pausing

Once you have everything set, you can begin recording. This is done by clicking on the RECORD icon to start recording. Once your recording has started, that icon will change into PAUSE and STOP.

Clicking the “Stop” button will stop the recording and close it out. If you had picked a folder before you started, it will then begin to upload the recording to whatever folder you had chosen.

The Pause button will, in a sense, Pause your recording. However, everything My Pitt Video (Panopto) does is non-destructive. This means that, even though you’ve paused your video, it will continue to record, but will not show up in the final version on the Web site. You can, however, go into the editor and get this recorded time back if you, for example, forgot to un-pause and didn’t get the end of your recording.

Recording Status

Once everything has been recorded and you have stopped your recording, you will be taken to the recording status page which will show you something that looks like:

Offline Recordings are recordings that you have not yet picked a folder for, so they are stored locally on your computer.

Currently Uploading Recordings will show the video that you just completed and its status.

Uploaded Recordings will show the recordings that you have already recorded, picked a folder for, and uploaded to the server.

You can see that it is possible to delete recordings. If they have been uploaded already, you can delete locally and the recording will still be located on the server. If you delete a recording that has not yet been uploaded, that recording will be lost.