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Capture a region of an screen

Original Post

Carlos Coronel, 6/19/2018 at 2:08 PM

The Windows or Mac recorder should be able to allow the end user to select just a "region" of the screen to capture, instead of the entire screen. Sometimes, we just want to capture an specific program window, and not the entire screen as this could be very distracting for the viewers.


Eric Likness, 9/11/2018 at 2:05 PM

If I had more votes I would add them. Just got a request for this today from a customer already familiar with Camtasia/ScreenFlow. All I could do was recommend "possibly" using a secondary screen and moving his app window to that one and then only on a Windows PC. https://support.panopto.com/s/article/Use-Multiple-Monitors-for-Screen-Capture-for-Windows

Dave Hannan, 12/17/2018 at 3:25 PM

Hi Carlos - Thanks for posting! We are hoping to add this in the first half of next year. We will keep you posted!


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  • This would be a helpful feature. Most other screen recorders have it.

  • It's going to be two years since the original post, what is the status of this request?

    Dave Hannan, 12/17/2018 at 3:25 PM

    Hi Carlos - Thanks for posting! We are hoping to add this in the first half of next year. We will keep you posted!

    @dave Hannan -- please reply.

  • "Hoping"

  • It has been almost two years and still nothing.... Panopto is really slow in coming up with upgrades and new features. I believe their feature update cycle is too slow, don't know the reason why. Meanwhile, companies like Yuja comes up with new features and upgrades every three months like clockwork. For their own sake, they need to start catching up soon or they will be reduce to niche players.

  • Please can we have this basic feature asap. Other recorder software has it. I'm no techie but it really can't be a major technical challenge, surely?

  • As @Carlos Coronel says, the update cycle seems woefully behind other leading companies and the list of outstanding features is getting frustratingly long. Please don't become a Blackboard Inc and get slack just because people are locked into using your product by their institution. It's a fast-moving market out there so it won't last which would be a shame because there's lots to like with Panopto and it could be near perfect with just a few key feature improvements (e.g. captioning engine/accuracy). Now is the time to invest in developer capacity...

  • Agreed. Also, if one could change the application window on the fly while recording, would be great too.

  • edited May 2021

    This would be a helpful feature since more the screen resolutions are getting higher resulting in unnecessarily large video size. Secondly, even less known platforms have such a feature. We just moved to Panopto. I was surprised to find out that Panopto does not.

  • This would come in handy with those giant 36" monitors that are equivalent to two screens but still act as only one screen. The slide show is super tiny when recorded on those.

  • "Panopto Capture can record specific applications and browser tabs."

    But it puts a message that the tab is being shared across the top of the webpage...which is commonly where things I need to click in a demo are located. I can't find a way to get rid of that message other than stopping the share...so this would be really helpful.

  • This is a must-HAVE!!! Please do this.

  • Chaz BarbourChaz Barbour Whiz Kid

    "Dave Hannan, 12/17/2018 at 3:25 PM

    Hi Carlos - Thanks for posting! We are hoping to add this in the first half of next year. We will keep you posted!"

    That would have been the first 1/2 of 2019...

    More than 4 years later we're now halfway through 2023 and we still can't do this.

    The desktop recording clients feel abandoned.

  • @Chaz Barbour you are correct! There are so many feature requests that have fallen through the cracks!!! Hopefully, they will get working on them soon. After all, with the new "licensing model," Panopto is jumping to the list of "most" expensive" software on our campus!!!! They should be working hard in adding and providing value to their customers! Enough said.

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