Transition to Panopto: FAQ

What should I use for streaming video, Panopto or Median?

We recommend that you start using Panopto. No time like the present!

If Median is going away, what’s going to happen to all my files in Median?

You will have to backup your files.

Can you help me?

Yes! If you would like to transfer your videos to Panopto, ITG is dedicating its Fridays to new Panopto users. We will also hold a week of Median backup parties in November. If Fridays or November don’t work, contact us at or (617) 824-8090 to schedule a time.

 How much time do I have before Median is shut down?

Uploading to Median will be disabled after winter break but you’ll be able to view and download until the end of the Spring semester.

Why are we shutting Median down?

Median was built in 2008 because there were no products available that did exactly what Emerson needed. It no longer meets the growing demands of Emerson users, so we decided to invest in a more powerful tool.

What can Panopto do that Median couldn’t?

Plenty! Panopto can be used for screencasting, collecting analytics, making video quizzes and adding captions and transcripts to videos. It has a mobile app and is fully integrated with Canvas. What’s more, Panopto has a team of software designers and engineers constantly updating it (Median hasn’t been updated since 2014).

Uploading Videos into Your Canvas Course

When you want to upload pre-recorded videos into your Canvas course, you can do it following these steps:

In Canvas, choose Panopto in the Navigation Tool

Click on the ‘Create’ button and select ‘Upload media’


Drag your files over and don’t close that window until they are all in processing mode

After you close out that window you can rename your video by clicking on ‘Edit’

You can also record directly into Panopto using your iPad




Submitting a Video Assignment in Canvas

If your Professor asks you to submit a time-based media assignment in Canvas (video or audio file), you can do it by following this workflow:


  • Choose to submit your assignment as a ‘Text Entry



  • Click on the green Panopto icon



  • Choose ‘Record’ or ‘Upload’




  • You will have the option to upload or record into your personal Panopto folder or possibly into other course folders. Make sure you’re entering your submission into the right course folder


  • Once your video is uploaded and you see it’s processing, you can click ‘Insert’


  • Your video will be embedded. You can click ‘Submit Assignment’ and let it process in the background



If you have any questions, please contact:


Recording Student Presentations on your iPad with Panopto

If the Panopto app isn’t installed on your iPad, please go to the App store and download it



When you sign into Panopto for the first time, it will prompt you to enter the following URL:



Sign in through EmersonDUO using your Emerson login



When you’re ready to record click ‘Record & upload’ and choose the course folder for your section



Give your video a name and click ‘Start recording’ (or ‘Choose a video’ if you previously recorded the video on your iPad). Two messages will pop-up asking for permission to use your iPad’s camera and microphone. Click OK




Once you’re done recording you can preview the video and choose to ‘Use Video’ or ‘Retake’


If you chose to use the video, click ‘Upload’ and the video will upload into your Panopto course folder in Canvas



All your students will have viewing privileges for all the videos in that folder


Your students can view the videos in Canvas when they click on Panopto



Note: If you previously recorded videos on your iPad and would like to upload them to Panopto, it might be faster to use a computer for that. For help, please contact: