Using the Panopto Recorder: Screen Capture with Webcam

Recording your screen and webcam can provide students with important information, as well as a personal connection to you. As long as you plan properly, it is no more complex than creating any other type of recording.

The Digital Media Lab has PowerPoint templates for Faculty Video Creation available that designate space for the webcam. If you plan to have a webcam visible throughout a narrated PowerPoint, we recommend using them so the webcam doesn’t obscure content the students will need to see.

If you want to narrate a PowerPoint and only have a webcam visible at the beginning or end, that is also possible. In this case, you can use any PowerPoint template you like and simply move the webcam off screen after you are finished with it.

For a more professional look, you can even edit out the move so students see only a seamless transition.

If you are wanting to perform a traditional screen capture with the webcam, consider what parts of the screen you’ll need before you start recording. Avoid placing the webcam preview anywhere that you will need for the demonstration, or plan a few less frequently used areas where you can park the webcam to avoid moving it constantly.

Watch this short demonstration from Xavier's Digital Media Lab on how we recommend you capture a PowerPoint presentation with your webcam and your voice as a VidGrid video. This will cover the recommended workflow for having yourself visible the entire time (picture-in-picture).

As you create your content, make sure to leave room at the bottom of your video for the captions. To meet ADA requirements, the captions cannot overlay other text or crucial visual information.

One of the Digital Media Lab's Faculty Video Content PowerPoint Templates can be used to help you make sure the appropriate amount of room is left at the bottom.