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

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When choosing your tools, remember that the best tool for your course is generally

  • What you and your students are most familiar with.
  • What ensures all students have a way to participate.
  • What's doable.
  • What's supported by the university (you're going to need support).

Kaltura Zoom Panopto VoiceThread
Ease of use
Somewhat cumbersome Easy user interface; not much setup Somewhat cumbersome Easy user interface; not much setup
Editing capabilities Yes--extensive editing capabilities Yes, but highly limited Yes Yes, but limited
Sharing recordings Yes--via UVACollab (even across multiple sites) Yes--via Online Meetings in UVACollab Yes--via UVACollab Yes--via UVACollab
Screencasting Yes Yes
Yes No--can only share individual images, videos, and presentations
Student video creation Yes Yes Yes--via an assignment folder Yes
Upload time Short upload time (but can be up to 30 minute during peak times) Potentially long upload wait times Potentially long upload wait times Very short upload wait time
Captions Yes--free auto-captions that you will need to clean up Yes--free automatic captions with cloud recordings Yes--free automatic captions Yes--free auto captions (ready in 4 days)



  • 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?


  • 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)



  • Easier user interface, not a lot of setup
  • Videos can be set to auto-upload


  • 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)


  • 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
  • Students can also use it to upload or create videos (See How to Allow Viewers to Record Videos Using Assignment Folders)


  • 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. 


  • Available for students and faculty to create (See Getting Started Guide)
  • Also a possible alternative to some filedrop 


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


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