Panopto Focus 4.3 upgrade

We will be upgrading Panopto Focus to version 4.3 on Wednesday, May 8th. There will be many enhancements that will provide a better user experience as outlined below. The Panopto Recorder installed on your computer will require updating. Upon launching your existing Panopto Recorder, you will be prompted to install the new version. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jamie Newhall

  • Panopto Focus Recorder (Windows)
    • Added fail-safe behaviors to reduce data-loss issues:
      • Automatic repair of faulty WMV recordings
      • Ability to resume a WMV recording that unexpectedly ends including broadcasts
    • Added automatic audio/video stream synchronization.
    • Added a warning dialog when PowerPoint is running in Protected View (which prevents capture).
    • Added a clear message to the user when PowerPoint is not installed on the machine.
    • Improved multi-monitor support:
      • Moving Focus Recorder (Windows) between monitors during recording works much better.
    • Added the number of current viewers during broadcasts to the recording screen.
    • Improved the workflow for audio only + screen sessions resulting in a single video stream at viewing time.
    • Localized the Focus Recorder (Windows) to Thai and Simplified Chinese in addition to the previously supported languages of English, French, Spanish and Korean.
    • Fixed video preview when running with higher than default DPI settings.
  • Panopto Focus Recorder (Mac)
    • Increased robustness during upload and handling of large recordings.
    • Increased upload speeds by 100%.
    • Added upload tracking of Focus Recorder (Mac) uploads to the server.
    • Made the Focus Recorder (Mac) more resilient to buggy device drivers.
    • Added a preference for disabling hot-keys during recording.
    • Improved logging and tools for better diagnosability.
  • Panopto Remote Recorder
    • Added fail-safe behaviors to reduce data-loss issues:
      • Improved automatic repair of faulty WMV recordings
    • Added automatic audio/video stream synchronization.
    • Added a warning dialog when PowerPoint is running in Protected View (which prevents capture).
  • Panopto Video Content Management System (VCMS)
    • Added support for ratings and comments per session.
    • Added personal bookmarks to specific times in a session.
      • Available from the Viewer as well as the Sessions list.
    • Added all new Caption services.
    • Added user-specific analytics – lets you see what one person has been viewing or how much one person’s recordings have been viewed.
    • Added a Request Access workflow for content you don’t have access to.
    • Added support for an optional organization-specified EULA that must be accepted by all Creators before adding content to the system.
    • Added automatic recycling of recorder licenses after 30 days of no use.
    • Added new podcast output resolutions.  If source content is below target resolution, source resolution will be used.
      • Low: 720×480 / 15 fps / 250 kbps (now called SD – 480p Low Quality)
      • Medium: 720×480 / 30 fps / 500 kbps (now called SD – 480p Medium Quality)
      • High: 720×480 / 30 fps / 750 kbps (now called SD 4780p High Quality)
      • HD: – 720p / 30 fps / 1.5 mbps *New
      • HD: 1080p / 30 fps / 2mbps *New
    • Fixed many bugs throughout the web interface.
    • Localized the web interface to Thai and Simplified Chinese in addition to the previously supported languages of English, French, Spanish and Korean.
    • Made many small usability improvements.  Among them are:
      • Email notifications for available sessions only to go Creators that contributed to the session. [Does not apply to sessions with streams from Remote Recorders.]
      • Creators/Videographers/Admins can delete any note or comment.  [Creators are limited to folders they have Creator rights on.]
      • Improved the session thumbnails used throughout the UI
      • Prevent copy/merge/reprocess operations until session is fully uploaded.
      • Prevent deleting sessions that have pending copy operations.
      • Added totals to the Usage page
      • Changed the minimum password length to 8 characters.
  • Editor
    • Added crossfading between edits in final encoded output.
    • Added support for combining audio-only and video sessions through splicing.
    • Improved accuracy and resolution of the audio histogram.
    • Added support for smaller segments – they can be as short as 1 second.
    • Increased encoding speed and reliability of edited sessions.
    • Fixed usability issues with the session list when adding a splice..
    • Fixed buffering issues when not playing content in the editor.
    • Increased podcast encoding speed of Unison imports by 100%.
    • Increased re-encoding speeds of Unison sessions with edits by 100%.
    • Improved playback quality.
    • Additional file formats supported:
      • .wma
      • .mpeg
      • .ps
      • .ts
      • .qt
      • .mp2
      • .m2a
      • m2v
      • m4a
      • m4v
  • Viewer
    • Added ratings, comments and bookmarks
    • Improved playback quality for Smooth Streaming sessions.
    • Added detection and user notification for plugin issues with Firefox on Mac.
  • Server
    • Added auto-detection and removal of abandoned sessions from 4.3 Focus Recorder (Windows) and 4.3 Remote Recorder clients.
    • Added email alerts for upcoming at-risk Remote Recorder scheduled recordings.
      • An alert is sent to all admins if the Remote Recorder scheduled to record hasn’t successfully communicated with the server within 30 minutes (configurable with the AtRiskRecordingWarningInterval setting).
    • Improved broadcast startup time and reliability and resiliency across the board.
    • Improved fault tolerance of all backend processes.
    • Increased performance of Smooth Streaming encoder.
    • Fixed a large number of Unison, encoder and podcast failure scenarios.
    • Added caching of original Unison imported files.
      • Allows for reprocessing at a later time.
    • Added several new settings:
      • ArchiveInsteadOfDeleteSessions – causes the server to archive a session before deleting it from the database.
      • MacApplicationWhitelist – allows the server to allow the use of older Mac clients while all clients are upgraded to the MacApplicationVersion.
      • EmbedImagesAlternateUrl – allows the branding of the embedded session player
      • FeedbackEmailAddress – Allows the email of the feedback option to be changed (previously always went to feedback@panopto.com
  • Integrations
    • Made the Web CT and Angel integrations available through open source.
    • Streamlined the BLTI provisioning workflow, allowing students to be the first participants to click through to a course.
  • Panopto Hosted
    • Added better real-time health monitoring and reporting.
    • Implemented automatic scaling to handle higher processing loads.
    • Added a Contract Usage page for Panopto Hosted customers.
    • Improved search indexing and results performance.

 

 

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