Free Lecture Capture Software Coming to the Mac

Panopto is adding native Mac recording to its lecture capture platform, CourseCast. The new tool, Macintosh Recorder, is currently in private beta and is expected to be released to subscribers of Socrates Premium Services, as well as hosted and corporate subscribers, in May.

CourseCast is designed for capturing, editing, and streaming audio and video from lectures and other presentations over the Web. Captured materials can be searched, linked, and annotated through the software, and recorded materials can be embedded in popular course management systems.

Through Panopto's Socrates program, CourseCast is available to academic institutions for free in exchange for those institutions participating in beta programs aimed at further enhancing the software.

According to Panopto, the forthcoming Macintosh Recorder will provide the same user experience as the Windows version, "which includes automatic capture of course material, start / stop faculty controls, online and offline recording, automatic indexing, encoding and production to student portals and [learning management systems]."

Following May's beta release, the full, commercial release of Macintosh Recorder is expected to be available some time in the summer.

Information on CourseCast and the Socrates Project can be accessed via Panopto's site here.

About the Author

Executive Producer David Nagel heads up the editorial department for 1105 Media's education publications — which include two daily sites, a variety of newsletters and two monthly digital magazines covering technology in both K-12 and higher education.

A 21-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education). A selection of David Nagel's articles can be found on this site.

comments powered by Disqus