Panopto Releases Focus 3.1 with Blackboard Course Management Integration, Video Podcast Embedding and Boosted Screen Capture Performance

By Panopto Inc., PRNE
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Release Improves Rich Media Video Capture and Search Experience for Educational Institutions, Corporations, Healthcare and Government Services

PITTSBURGH, January 20, 2011 - Panopto, Inc., a leading provider of multimedia knowledge capture and
search solutions for corporations and educational institutions, today
announced the release of Panopto Focus 3.1, an update to its software
solution. Panopto Focus is the award winning software that allows anyone from
anywhere to capture knowledge and make it universally accessible and

"We're extremely excited to extend a technology that was developed for
and proven in education with functionality that addresses universal pain
points in knowledge-intensive industries," said Eric Burns, founder and Chief
Technology Officer. "High frame-rate screen capture of product
demonstrations, complex animations and on-screen video now makes Panopto the
ideal tool for capturing demanding presentations and creating immersive,
engaging content. Combined with Panopto's new picture-in-picture format for
smartphones, tablets and embedded web video, Panopto Focus 3.1 is a seamless
and easy-to-use platform that helps your employees create, share and discover
dynamic video in more ways and on more devices than ever before."

The release provides time saving benefits to Blackboard Angel and
Blackboard Campus Edition customers, who with Focus 3.1, will have integrated
single sign on, provisioning and publishing. "As Panopto's strategic partner
supporting the higher education community, Focus 3.1's new functionality
helps administrators and faculty more seamlessly integrate Panopto into their
campus environments," said Sarah Martin, director of marketing for
Macmillan's new venture group. "We are happy to be able to respond to our
customer's needs with Panopto's easy-to-use and affordable solution."

Enhancements have also been made to the video creation and viewing
experience. Content creators can now embed videos into blogs and web pages.
These videos, along with all the video and audio in a Panopto library, are
searchable and playable as picture-in-picture or full screen on all desktop
browsers and on mobile Safari (iOS). In addition, Focus 3.1 provides a huge
boost to screen capture performance, now recording on-screen video at up to
30 frames per second.

Other new features of Focus 3.1 include:

    - Active Directory Group support
    - Editor enhancements based on customer feedback
    - System disk space usage monitoring and filtering lists by date range
    - Mac Snow Leopard support

"The release contains stand-out features," said Graham Robinson, Learning
Resources Technician at University of Southampton. "The new editor is now
very easy to use and includes the ability to add events and bookmarks into
even non-PowerPoint presentations and searchable keywords into any
presentation. This should mean that students can find a specific part of any
presentation from hundreds of hours of lectures. As an IT administrator, the
second great addition is the usage screen. This overview of disc usage,
recording hours and lists of creators and their individual usage gives us
great information on who are our power users and who we need to help or gain
feedback from."

Focus 3.1 is now available worldwide. All Panopto hosted customers were
upgraded to Focus 3.1 on January 17. Customers with a local installation will
receive instructions on obtaining installation files. A free webinar, open to
all customers, will be held on January 26 at 1PM Eastern Standard Time.

About Panopto

Panopto, Inc. is a leading provider of media-rich knowledge casting and
management solutions for the corporate, education, government and healthcare
markets. Founded in 2007 by professors at Carnegie Mellon University,
Panopto's innovative solutions are the result of years of advanced research
in scalable media systems that harness the advantages of today's video,
capture, stream, search and archival technologies. Its flagship product,
Panopto Focus, is used by thousands of students across the globe, while its
Panopto Hosted solutions provide users with a cost-effective option for
streaming and recorded video capture. For additional information about
Panopto and its comprehensive suite of video capture solutions, please visit

Alex Hart, +1-206-321-0496, ahart at

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