About Panopto recording and webcasting

Pearl supports scheduled, recurring, and unscheduled multiple source ad hoc recordings and webcasts. Each Pearl channel is treated as a separate video source that Panopto users can select when scheduling an event in Panopto.

Scheduled events start and end automatically. No manual intervention is required. After the event ends, recorded files automatically upload to the event owner's folder in Panopto. Back up recordings for each channel are also saved locally on Pearl. If the network connection or the CMS goes down during an event, Pearl continues to record locally and uploads the recording when network connectivity resumes.

You can start and stop events earlier than the scheduled time using either the Admin panel or the touch screen on Pearl, as well as create ad hoc events.

Starting or stopping a scheduled VOD event before the scheduled start or stop time does not change the event into an ad hoc event.

Using multiple Pearl channels is how you get multiple views for a Panopto event. Each channel is treated as a separate video source. Using the Admin panel, Pearl administrators can configure up to up to four channels on Pearl for multiple source recordings and up to three separate channels for webcasts.

For example, if you have a main camera and a presentation laptop that you want to capture as a multiple source recording, you'd create two channels on Pearl: one for the main camera and another one for the presentation laptop. To learn how to create a channel or to use the Auto channels, see Channel configuration.

For ad hoc events, the default name of the multi-view file includes the date and start time of the event. For example: 2019-07-15 08:00. A more intuitive name can be entered when the ad hoc event is created.

Pearl administrators can:

Pearl administrators and operators can use the Admin panel to:

To use the touchscreen on Pearl to start, stop, and create events, see CMS event controls using the touch screen.

Panopto users select the channel resolution in Panopto when creating a new scheduled or recurring session. The Panopto encoding settings are applied automatically to the channel and overrides the channel encoding settings made using the Admin panel.

Important considerations:

  • Pearl must be registered with Panopto to record and stream Panopto events, see Enable CMS and register with Panopto.
  • You can configure up to up to four channels on Pearl for multiple source recordings and up to three separate channels for webcasts.
  • If you choose more than four Pearl channels for a webcast in Panopto, then Panopto arbitrarily chooses a maximum of four channels to webcast.
  • For VOD recordings, Pearl doubles the bitrate that is set in Panopto to create a better quality recording. For example, when creating a scheduled VOD event in Panopto, if you set the target resolution to a quality of 1920 x 1080 60 fps Bitrate: 4000 kbps, Pearl records the event at a bitrate of 8000 kbps.
  • The maximum allowed bitrate for webcasts in Panopto is 2.5 Mbps, regardless of what bitrate is actually set as the target resolution for the remote recorder in Panopto. For example, when creating a scheduled webcasting event in Panopto, if you set the target resolution to a quality of 1920 x 1080 60 fps Bitrate: 4000 kbps, Pearl streams the event at the maximum bitrate of 2500 kbps.
  • For webcasts, we recommend setting a target resolution quality of 1280 x 720 30 fps Bitrate: 1500 kbps in Panopto. Pearl automatically increases the bitrate to the maximum allowed bitrate of 2.5 Mbps for a better quality live stream. If a lower quality setting is selected, Pearl doubles the bitrate set in Panopto up to the maximum of 2.5 Mbps. You can stream at 1920x1080; however, due to the bitrate limitation of 2.5 Mbps in Panopto, some artifacts are visible in the stream.
  • Scheduled events have priority over ad hoc events. If an ad hoc event is still in progress when it's time to start a scheduled event, the ad hoc event is stopped and the scheduled event starts.
  • Scheduled VOD events automatically start recording locally on Pearl even If the network is down or Panopto is unavailable. After the session ends, the locally recorded files upload automatically to your folder in Panopto when the network link to Panopto is re-established.
  • Scheduled webcasting events do not start if Pearl's connection to the CMS is not available.
  • If the network connection is lost during a file upload to Panopto, the transfer automatically restarts when the network connection re-establishes.
  • If Pearl loses power while a scheduled event is being recorded, the recording stops. If Pearl is powered back on before the scheduled end time for the event, recording of the scheduled event restarts automatically and a second set of files are created. When the event ends, both sets of files are uploaded to Panopto.
  • If Pearl was unavailable on the network or powered down and misses a scheduled event, the status of that event appears as Skipped on the Events page in the Admin panel.
  • For recurring events with more sessions than can be displayed at any one time on the CMS Events page in the Admin panel, upcoming events are added as room becomes available and the list automatically refreshes once every six hours.
  • Do not use the One Touch recording control, AFU, or configure recording file size, type and other channel recording settings when CMS is enabled on Pearl.
  • Do not schedule recordings that are longer than the capacity of Pearl to store the recording on the local drive.
  • Channel encoding settings you make on Pearl are overridden by the default encoding settings the system uses to record to Panopto.
  • To monitor the health of the video and audio, you can go to the Channel view using the touch screen, see Channel monitoring using the touch screen or monitor channels using the Admin panel. Thumbnails of your video sources display on the Events screen so you can see the status of your video sources from the touch screen, see View scheduled events and history. It's also possible to see a live preview of the channels and the audio level from the remote recorder page in Panopto.
  • For multiple-source Panopto events that are manually stopped or have ended, if you use the Admin panel to delete a locally saved recording for any channel on Pearl that hasn't yet uploaded to Panopto as part of the multiple-source event, that event remains in the In Progress state indefinitely in Panopto.

For Panopto VOD events, if you manually stop a scheduled VOD event before the scheduled end time when Pearl doesn't have network connectivity, Pearl uploads the completed event's recording when network connectivity resumes. However, Panopto does not recognize that the event has ended. The event remains in the In Progress state in Panopto and you must wait until the original event's scheduled end time before creating a new event using that Pearl.