I MARKED MY FIRST day creating content with Pantopto and wish to confirm two things: (1) it is as simple as pressing the big red button and (2) you can fill the entire screen with your face if you wish.
I normally avoid full frontal HD webcam appearances because I don't like my face as the centre of attention. But I need my Logitech C910 webcam as a full screen rostrum camera so it was important to prove the concept by having the camera put me in full frame.
I created my four minute clip about getting Panopto into full screen mode with my webcam so I could test the program's ease of use. I believe Panopto is as easy as using its big red button to start and stop recording. It's well-engineered with a very robust cloud service behind its easy-to-use browser interface.
I used my Logitech C910 webcam connected to a Dell Latitude 5480 running Windows 10. I can zoom and pan the webcam and that is very helpful. The webcam also follows my face if I decide to let it track me in a limited field of view.
I recorded my Panopto clip simultaneously by using Anchor, a free podcast production tool. I have an account on Anchor.fm/topgold where I practice extemporaneous speaking.
I appreciate the advice I've received over the years from Joe Garde (formerly OnlineMeetingRooms.com) and Tom Merritt (Daily Tech News Show). I know there are thousands of high quality Panopto tutorials that I should watch and hundreds of pages of related material that I should read. I'm glad that my first experience with Panopto reinforced the idea that it will be very straightforward to record, share and syndicate a wide cross-section of my learning materials.
Previously on Insideview.ie:
"Webcam Visualiser", April 18, 2011
"Content Voices on Anchor", November 14, 2017
[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business in the Limerick Institute of Technology.]