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several USB webcams
Graham Walker Tyro
Has anyone recorded with 3 or more USB webcams? Any processing lag? does it actually work?
Not two webcams, but a webcam and a doc cam both USB. It works, but you need a fast computer/CPU.
We have one lecture space with five cameras (the max in Panopto when using one machine is five secondary and one primary). The setup produces a session that captures video of the instructor, the screen capture, then four views of the students for when they are working on procedures and would need to review later. For what they need, it is perfect.
Another college uses a dedicated appliance in each room with a 4xHDMI capture card recording a doc cam, a room camera, and the output of the room system.
We have several spaces with two cameras and a doc cam that run on our standard 6 core podium build, and they work beautifully.
Two of the takeaways from that five-camera project:
You can combine sessions from multiple computers if you want to have more than six cameras/sources available. I am not sure if there is an actual upper limit, but having one Primary and five Secondary is a struggle to edit and to watch actively. I would say five cameras is probably the point where I would stop, but if there was a need, it could be done with more (in theory).
The best part of the project was that Panopto was there to support us the whole way through.
great info thanks
Panopto seemed reluctant to recommend specific hardware to guarantee success. There are a lot of variables involved that can influence the quality of the recording. Nonetheless, using the best hardware you can obtain, as Michael Espey suggests, goes a long way to guaranteeing a good quality recording.
I just wanted to chime in to say that Panopto has a list of officially endorsed hardware, which can be found in this article: Learn About Officially Endorsed Panopto Hardware.