What are my software options for recording my lecture? (Zoom vs Panopto vs Kaltura vs Voicethread)


  • Upsides:

    • Possible to share across multiple sites

    • ‘Personal capture’ includes a screencasting tool, which can also be used to edit videos (vs. Zoom's more limited editing)

    • Students can also use it to upload or create videos (individually)

    • You can request FREE auto-captions in several languages (but have to clean them up). A video owner or editor can request automatic captions for their video, edit the captions, and enable them in the player by following the steps in the Help article: How do I automatically generate and edit captions in My Media?
  • Downsides:

    • Requires download/updates (may require administrator password if using a department-provided computer)

    • Can be very clunky and not intuitive for new users

    • Settings for sharing videos can be confusing (see here for details)


  • Upsides:   
    • Easier user interface, not a lot of setup

    • Videos can be set to auto-upload
  • Downsides:
    • Very limited editing capabilities (can only trim the start/end of a video)

    • Meetings scheduled on your Collab site could be interrupted by a student clicking on the ‘join’ button--meaning they could interrupt you while making your video recordings. Still, this does provide a simple route for students to access your recordings

    • Potential for a long upload wait time (not immediately available to students)

Lecture Capture (Formerly Panopto)

  • Upsides:
    • As an asynchronous recording space, students can not accidentally wander in as you’re mid-recording (which can happen in a zoom meeting you set to auto-record to Collab)

    • You can edit your recording with the Panopto editor

  • Downsides:
    • Setup is a bit cumbersome

    • Panopto sometimes requires update downloads that need to be installed (may require administrator password)
    • Sharing can be counter-intuitive (see Panopto Sharing Publicly)
    • Potential for a long upload wait time (i.e., videos not immediately available to students)


  • Use VoiceThread to present, discuss, and annotate student- and instructor-created media, asynchronously.
  • Both students and instructors can create, share, discuss, and annotate media (images, documents, and videos) in VoiceThread. It is commonly used for both students and instructors to present slideshows, assign asynchronous student discussion or conversational practice, and even to provide feedback on student work that is submitted as a PDF or image. Students and instructors can record audio, video, and textual comments directly into VoiceThread, and moderate privacy of material they share.
  • VoiceThread is added to Collab by installing the Lessons tool and then adding External Tool. Read full setup instructions.


  • Upsides:

    • Available for students and faculty to create
    • Easy to share content with class
    • Easy to create assignments for students to watch, comment on, or create new threads (i.e., presentations)
    • Audio or video can be recorded slide-by-slide, or accompany a series of slides
  • Downsides:

    • VT is not a 'screencast' tool--you are not able to share a screen. Rather, you share individual images, slides, videos, and other media, as you would in a PowerPoint slide show
    • Limited drawing/annotation tools.



  • Zoom
  • Kaltura
  • recording
  • lecture
  • VoiceThread