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Today we’re rolling out a number of new features to our video platform. Just a few short months after our March release added Smart Search, Branding, and an Android app, our new update adds a host of improvements suggested by our customers, including new video workflow functionality, updates to our API, the ability to run Panopto from an external USB drive, and improved integration with Instructure Canvas.
Let’s take a look into what’s new with Panopto’s video platform today:
Scheduled Availability Windows
When you finish a Panopto recording or upload pre-recorded videos into a folder on your Panopto server, the default behavior is for those recordings to automatically become immediately available to anyone with viewing access to the folder.
Now Panopto also includes the ability to set availability windows both for folders and for individual videos. Availability windows are accessed through the settings dialog box, and allow video creators and administrators to specify dates and times for when sessions become available for viewing, and how long they remain available.
Custom Video Sorting
Panopto allows you to sort videos based on their name, creation date, duration, folder location, and rating. Now you can also drag-and-drop videos in any folder to create a custom sort order. This is helpful when recordings are meant to be watched in a particular order, as is often the case with training courses and lecture series.
Panopto on a USB Drive
There are times when you want to record a video presentation using Panopto, but the person giving the presentation doesn’t have Panopto installed on their laptop. This often happens with guest lectures and with some corporate events.
Now you can run Panopto from an external USB drive. This update includes a self-contained version of the Panopto client software that can be copied to a USB drive. When the drive is plugged into your speaker’s laptop, they can run Panopto directly from the drive without installing any software onto their laptop.
Panopto supports the ability to batch upload large quantities of video by simply dragging and dropping files into a web-based upload tool. In today’s release, we’re adding the ability to programmatically upload videos using a new upload API.
The new REST-based API makes it easy to import existing collections of video into Panopto. It also enables organizations to upload recordings into Panopto as part of an existing video content workflow.
Improved Instructure Canvas Integration
If you’ve ever wanted to embed a Panopto video into Instructure Canvas assignments, announcements, discussions, quiz questions, and more, it’s never been easier.
The May 2014 Panopto update includes an improved Canvas integration that allows you to embed a video nearly anywhere in Canvas simply by clicking on a Panopto icon in the Canvas editor and selecting the video.