How to Edit a Video


In this article, you will learn the basics of editing a video in Panopto. For our complete guidance on editing videos, please visit Panopto's Edit documentation

1. Open the Video

1.1.  In your video library, hover over the video you want to edit and select the Edit button (Fig. 1).

Video in the video library. It's been hovered over, and the "Edit" button is highlighted by a red box.   Figure 1

1.1.a. If your video is shared and a collaborator has pending edits that have not yet been applied to the video, you may receive a warning message (Fig. 1a). You may take over the edits where the collaborator left off or discard their edits entirely by selecting the related link. 

Screen in Panopto, "This session has pending edits from (User) which were saved at (Date)," with the options to take over or discard the edits.Figure 1a

1.2.  The video will open in the Panopto editor (Fig. 2). Note: If the video is a reference copy,  a warning notice will appear before you proceed to the Panopto editor. For more information, please see Learn about Video Reference Copies

Video open in the Panopto EditorFigure 2


2. Change the Title

2.1.  You can change the title of your video by clicking on the title bar and updating the text. Click Enter when you're finished (Fig. 3).

Title area, Panopto editor. The Title is in the process of being editedFigure 3


3. Timeline

3.1.  The timeline is at the bottom of the editor. It consists of a separate row for each stream recorded in the video (Fig. 4).

Editor. On it, the Streams area in the bottom right corner is highlighted by a red box. Figure 4

3.2.  When you play the video, you will see the red vertical bar move along the timeline (Fig. 5).

Editor. On it, the scrolling red bar (indicating the timestamp at which the video is currently playing) is highlighted by a red box.Figure 5


4. Trim the Video

4.1.  To trim a video, you will select the cut tool (Fig. 6).

Editor toolbar. On it, the Cut tool, which looks like a pair of scissors, is highlighted by a red box. Figure 6

4.2.  When you select the cut tool, you will see a dark gray line appear at the beginning and end of the timeline (Fig. 7).

Streams area, Panopto editor. On it, the grey bars on either side of the timeline are highlighted by a red box, indicating a cut. Figure 7

4.3.  Play your video from the beginning and pause it right before you'd like it to start. Select the cut tool and click and drag the gray line to trim out the section of the video (Fig. 8). Note: The gray line will snap into position with the red one, this will allow you to be more precise with your cuts.

Streams area, Panopto editor.Figure 8

4.4.  You perform the same steps to cut out the end of the video, and you can click and drag in the middle of the timeline to trim those sections as well (Fig. 9).

Greyed out section of the streams area of the Panopto editor Figure 9

4.5.  Cut sections will always appear in the timeline but will not playback in the Panopto viewer once you publish your changes. That is because Panopto's editor is non-destructive, and we always want to make sure you are able to re-add those sections back into your video at any time if necessary.

4.6.  Click Apply when you are done making your changes (Fig. 10).

Upper right corner of the Panopto editor. On it, the Apply button is highlighted by a red box. Figure 10

Note: For more detailed information on trimming a video, such as how to trim individual streams, please visit How to Trim a Video in the Editor.

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