Carnegie Mellon Spin-Out Releases Update to Free Lecture Capture Platform



    PITTSBURGH, June 11 /CNW/ -- Panopto, Inc. announced today it is making
the latest version of its free lecture capture software available to Socrates
Project beta participants.
    Version 2.0 of CourseCast introduces several significant new features,
including course-wide search, Podcasting, remote recording, Blackboard
integration and a simplified recording workflow. In addition to recording
video, audio, and presentation materials, users can now choose to record
multiple video streams or skip video entirely and create an audio-only
recording. Lecturers and students can now search for key words in Powerpoint
slides and student notes across multiple recordings simultaneously. CourseCast
v2.0 also automatically discovers any devices connected to each recording
laptop, desktop or smartroom system and generates multiple playable formats
including Podcasts -- greatly simplifying the start-up, session recording and
media distribution process.
    Eric Burns, Panopto's co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, said:
"CourseCast 2.0 is the direct result of feedback from our early Socrates
participants, and we are excited to deliver this new functionality on their
behalf. The new features of this release, especially the flexible capture
options and remote recording support, make the promise of scalable, affordable
lecture capture a growing reality."
    Brad Winney, Panopto's President and CEO, added: "This release
underscores our commitment to the unique needs of the education sector. The
collaboration with our Socrates Project participants is paying real dividends
by increasing our ability to deliver meaningful additions to the lecture
capture market on an accelerated basis."
    Winney stated that the Beta program will continue in June with an
official release scheduled for mid-July. All Socrates Project participants
will have free access to the software. Service subscribers will have priority
access to the beta program and the official upgrade release. The company also
expects to make a fee-based, hosted version of CourseCast available in
mid-July.
    Announced in December 2007, the Socrates Project makes Panopto's
CourseCast lecture-capture software available free to universities, colleges
and K-12 schools.  In exchange for free access to the CourseCast platform,
Socrates Project members participate in beta programs aimed at continually
enhancing the technology.  CourseCast was developed and first deployed at
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
    
    About Panopto, Inc.
    
    Panopto, Inc. is a privately held provider of rich-media knowledge
casting and management solutions to the Education, Corporate, Government and
Healthcare markets.  The company's suite of systems and services capture,
stream, edit and archive rich media content across the enterprise.  More
information about Panopto can be found at http://www.panopto.com.  Socrates
Project enrollment forms are available at http://www.panopto.com/socrates.




For further information:

For further information: Reid Gearhart of Panopto, Inc.,
+1-914-734-1191,  rhgnyc@optonline.net Web Site: http://www.panopto.com      
           http://www.panopto.com/socrates

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