Copy recordings

Last updated: March 16, 2023

Effective January 8th, 2022, you can create a reference or full copy of a recording. Both copy types inherit the same permissions as the original recordings. If you are using the recording for a different course, you will need to change who can access it.

Reference copy

A reference copy is not an actual full copy of a recording. Instead, it refers back to the original recording. A reference copy includes video streams, captions, quizzes, timeline edits, and tables of contents, but it does not include an original recording’s viewer-contributed content such as quiz results, comments, and notes. UW-IT encourages creation of reference copies rather than full copies; reference copies incur a lower cost.

To learn how to track reference copies, what happens when an original or reference copy is edited, how the hierarchy of reference copies works, and so on, see the Panopto documentation: Learn About Video Reference Copies page.  See also the Panopto documentation on How to Copy and Move Videos.

Note: Edits to reference copies affect the original and any other reference copies. If you want to edit a recording without changing any of the copies, consider creating a full copy. 

Tip: To allow others to make reference copies of your recordings, give them creator access to the folder where the recordings are located. Anyone with creator access to the folder can create reference copies of the recordings.  

Full copy

A full copy is just what it sounds like, except it does not include viewer-added content.

To minimize usage costs, we generally recommend creating reference copies. However, full copies may be easier to work with if you want to edit a recording without changing other copied recordings. 

Batch copy and move

Panopto allows you to copy or move several recordings at the same time. Any recording that is batch copied will become a reference copy. Only Panopto users with Creator status at the UW can batch copy recordings.

To learn how to batch copy and move recordings, read through Panopto’s detailed instructions on batch copying sessions from one folder to another.

Course copy (new process starting 6/16/22)

Canvas course instructors may manually copy Panopto videos from previous courses into new courses. Recordings in the original course’s folder and any subfolders are copied to a new course folder. Where applicable, embedded videos are updated and linked to the new video copy. The new Panopto course folder is only shared with those enrolled in the new course. 

Each Canvas course has a corresponding Panopto folder, so if you are copying content to another Canvas course you will need to know the name of the Panopto folder for that course.  The name of the Panopto folder usually follows the title the Canvas course was given when it was created, for example,  Autumn 2023 – COM 200 A Au 23: Introduction To Communication.


  • You can bring content from an older course to a new course only once. If you need to move content from other courses or copy the same content more than once, use batch copying.
  • Course copy does not copy recordings from an assignment folder. 
  • Any sub-folder structure that you set up will not be re-created in the copy. Recordings organized in sub-folders in the original course, will be copied into a single folder in the new course.
  • You cannot use course copy to copy recordings from multiple courses into one course.

Copy your course recordings

  • You must be a creator for the original and destination folders.
  • Before copying your course, provision the folder by clicking the Panopto Recordings tab in the left navigation in your new (destination) Canvas course. Provisioning creates a folder in Panopto for your recordings. It also limits recording access to your class list (which is automatically updated when students add and drop your course). 
  • Follow Panopto’s instructions for copying a course in Canvas. Most course copies will be completed within 24 hours.