Edit a recording

When should you edit

It is always a good idea to have a look at your recordings before making them available to students, particularly the start and end. Remember that the recordings of a lecture don’t need to be perfect; they are intended to support students’ learning and will only be available to students studying that module. However there may be times when you need to edit the recordings, for example if you accidentally record a personal conversation or individual student questions at the end of a lecture.

If you have recorded something other than a lecture or made a recording at your desk then you are likely to want to tidy it up, particularly the start and end.

Usually you would only need to remove sections at the start and end, but it is also possible to cut out sections in the middle. Editing hides sections rather than actually deleting them so you can always go back to the original version.

You should not edit a recording after it's been published.  Students may have already watched the recording and added bookmarks and notes to it. If you remove a section on which they have made notes then the notes in that section will be hidden from them.


Open the recording for editing

When your recording has been uploaded and processed you will receive an email to let you know that it's ready.  You can click the Edit link in this email to open the recording for editing.

You can also edit recordings from your Blackboard course site:

  1. Login to Blackboard and open the relevant course site. This must be the Blackboard course that you selected when you made your recording.
  2. Click the 'Reflect' Recordings link in the course menu on the left
  3. Move your mouse over a recording and click Edit on the options that appear
    Edit option

Alternatively you can login to Panopto at https://leicester.cloud.panopto.eu, find your recording and click the Edit option.

View your recording

  1. Click the Play button above the timeline on the bottom right
    Play button
  2. You will see the video on the left of the screen and the recording of the screen on the right. If you have recorded more than one thing, for example both the screen and your PowerPoint slides, you can switch between them:
    Screen and slides tab

Trim the start and end

Click on the scissors above the timeline to start editing.


Click and drag on a section of the recording to hide this from viewers. For example, if you want to hide a portion at the start of a recording when you were setting up, click on the far left of the recording and drag the grey area to the point where you want the recording to start. The area shaded in grey will not be visible to people watching the recording.

Edit start

Remove a section from the middle

  1. Click on the scissors above the timeline
  2. Click and drag to select the portion of the recording that you want to remove.
  3. The section to be removed will be shown in grey

If you change your mind…

  1. Click on the edge of the grey area and drag it to change the portion of the recording that is hidden..
  2. To abandon all your edits, click the Revert button at the top of the screen. This will reverse all edits since the last time you published your recording.

Save your changes

  1. Your changes are saved automatically, but are not visible to viewers until you click the Apply button at the top of the screen.
    Apply button
  2. The edited video will now be processed and you will receive an email when it is available for use

More information

For more information on editing your recordings, see Panopto’s help page on Basic Editing

For information on more advanced editing, such as combining recordings together or adding new slides, see the Advanced editing page.

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Need help with Reflect?

For urgent help, when equipment is not working in a teaching room, call Teaching Room Support on 0116 252 2919.

Contact the IT Service Desk for all other technical problems, such as issues with Reflect recordings. Make sure you provide the module code and start/end times of the teaching event.

Phone: 0116 252 2253
Email: ithelp@le.ac.uk

For general Reflect enquiries about the use of Reflect in your teaching, email lli@le.ac.uk