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Lecture Capture

There are different options for recording single lectures or entire courses. While there is overlap with the features, each option has an instructional purpose for which it is best suited.


This is a no-cost service available to instructors that enables them to record their computer screen synchronized with audio or video. Using Panopto involves employing a small application (Mac OSX 10.5 or higher, or Windows), a webcam and microphone to record what is happening on an instructor's computer. The recording is sent to a server where an interface is created and the recording gets distributed to students online. The software uses the computer's camera and microphone, therefore it is not well suited to recording lectures where there is in-class interaction or use of a white board. Panopto is an excellent choice for recording:

  • lectures for flipped classes
  • make-up lectures (such as snow days) where an instructor is seated at their desk
  • lecture follow-ups to go over a topic that was difficult to fully cover in lecture

Examples of Panopto recordings:

To get started with Panopto, visit or contact



MediaSite is hardware based and has a cost associated with using it. The product is often used to record entire courses for distance learning efforts and produces high quality recordings in a Cornell-branded interface. MediaSite uses a camera in the classroom, so it is well suited for capturing interactions and/or use of a white board. MediaSite requires AV staff, as well as time to set up and therefore needs to be scheduled before a semester starts. To get started with MediaSite contact campus Video Collaboration Services.


VideoNote is an outside vendor that will record lectures in a course and post them on the internet. There is a fee associated with the service. A subsidy, sponsored by The Office of the Provost, of $2500/course for up to 20 courses/semester is available. If VideoNote has previously recorded your course and you are re-using these recordings, the subsidy covers the entire cost for a semester. If VideoNote needs to record your course, you, your department, and/or college need to contribute an additional $2500. The 20 subsidies are given on a first-come basis. Sign up for the subsidy is closed for Spring 2016, watch for details on sign-ups for Fall 2016.

VideoNote can also be contracted to record one-time events (no subsidy is available for this service).