Panopto Announces Updates to Enterprise Video Platform

May 31, 2018

Panopto announced the latest update to its enterprise video platform. The release continues Panopto's focus on making it easy to centralize, search, and manage video content. As part of this update, Panopto has announced a new public specification that enables organizations to consolidate disparate video collections into secure, centralized repositories. Panopto has also further enhanced its video content management system with new features focused on video curation and interactivity.

In recent years, businesses and universities have amassed vast quantities of video content from recorded online meetings, webinars, lectures, training videos, product demos, marketing videos, and more. Yet in most of these organizations, video assets are scattered across employee hard drives, file shares, general-purpose content management systems, and other web portals. As a result, they often remain undiscoverable and yield little value to the organization.

To address this challenge, Panopto is introducing the Universal Content Library Specification (UCLS). The UCLS is an open, XML-based format for describing collections of videos so that they can be imported into a central repository and streamed securely to any device. It is the first open format for describing large, organized media collections of heterogeneous video file types, library metadata, and rich media presentations.

During import, Panopto validates video collections for missing files and individual video files for corruption. Once imported, videos are then indexed for search and transcoded for playback on any device using the HLS protocol.

The UCLS builds on the Universal Capture Spec, which provides an open format for describing individual media files and their associated metadata (audio, video, slides, attachments, captions, timeline events, and metadata). The specifications are published to Github and available to developers at no cost.

As part of its continuing efforts to simplify content curation and enable users to actively engage with video, Panopto is introducing a range of additional updates to its video content management system.

In large businesses and universities, multi-departmental use of Panopto is driving demand for video management at the business unit level. To address this need, Panopto is introducing departmental home pages. This enables individual departments to curate their own YouTube-like landing pages that highlight featured and new videos.

Panopto is also expanding the ways in which customers can interact with videos during playback.

First, Panopto's video quizzes are now supported in the embeddable video player. This enables users to take quizzes directly from within their learning management systems (LMS), content management systems (CMS), and other web portals. The embeddable video player can be accessed from desktop web browsers and mobile devices.

In addition, Panopto now supports threaded discussions with moderation in the interactive video player. When users reply to a video comment, Panopto will automatically create a "thread", or a visual grouping of the comment and its replies. Video creators can moderate discussions and delete off-topic or inappropriate comments.

All of the updates in today's release will be available to existing Panopto customers at no additional cost.