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Add text, annotation, and graphic overlay ability to the editor

Caitlin McCabeCaitlin McCabe Administrator
edited May 2021 in Feature Requests

Original Post

Gemma Witton, 3/13/2018 at 9:29 AM

Being able to add a title, either spliced inline or overlaid would be cool. Especially if it also populated the contents. Particularly useful for content without slides.

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  • DAve,

    You are correct, overlaying TEXT on top of the video when editing should be a function of the editor. This is a very useful feature. I will also add, the ability to add call outs or add shaped overlays (circle, rectangle, or even emojis - to make it fun). Most of the top competitors in your area have this feature, i will suggest adding it. This and recording a area or window on the screen instead of all the screen.

    BTW, the new WEB Recorder has some of these features, but i see having a different recorder will cause a lot of pain for our users. Panopto should have ONE fully featured recorders instead of two different recorders.

  • We would like the ability to add text and/or graphics to recorded videos - much like YouTube.

  • Absolutely, we have faculty who want to add small text boxes to a video and the process of having to download a video from Panopto to use another video editor, and the to repeat the upload process is just tedious.

  • We have requested this in the past, and also the ability to overlay text with hyperlinks to websites or other videos within Panopto

  • I like this idea. We have been using Adobe Spark to create short title sequences etc. and then splicing them into a Panopto video as a clip using the editor.

  • This would be a helpful feature.

  • Are there any updates on timeline for this sort of functionality?

  • Ditto Carlos' suggestions. This is essential for us to go from merely recording a lecture to making it stand out. Is this on the roadmap?

  • @Dave Hannan will this be something that is only available with Camtasia, I would hope the intent to have a native tool for adding overlays, call to action buttons, etc. so existing content is also in the fold.

    Thank you!


  • If the only milestone on the roadmap for this functionality is via the Camtasia integration, that will be a huge disappointment.

  • Another way this feature could be useful is for video security at a company. We often put confidentiality text on videos, but it would be nice to also have "variables" that are interpreted on the fly.

    For example, if we had a text overlay that said "Video streamed by John Doe on 9/16/21 19:02:00 UTC from", where the source of that overlay would be "Video streamed by {{userFullName}} on {{dateTimeStreamingStarted}} from {{IP Address}}" or similar. This would give us a huge leg up in preventing leaked videos for confidential material (like someone recording their screen with their phone).

  • Has this feature been implemented yet? I've have several requests for "lower third" titles during seminar presentations where it would be good to overlay a name and title during an event. Any update on this request?

  • Any timeline on implementing this? It is really necessary for courses where certain components need to hidden such as the recording date on the users computer clock etc.

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