Video viewing of graduate courses has a new look along with extended functionality with Panopto capture and delivery technology:

LIVE STREAMING is available via Canvas on your desktop or mobile device for your enrolled course(s)

VIDEO ON DEMAND (VOD) is available typically 20-30 minutes after class end time

DOWNLOAD files to your desktop to view videos without an Internet connection for enrolled course(s)

SPEED through content at your own pace with variable speed playback

VIEW on all major browsers – Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer

SMART SEARCH uses optical character recognition and automated speech recognition to index lecture videos enabling you to search for any word that is spoken, shows up in a slide or is legibly written on a white boa

Setting Up Your Computer and Viewing Graduate Courses

Through the Teach Act, video lectures for your enrolled course(s) are now available for download.  Downloads are only available to desktops/laptops, not mobile devices. Technical problems can be avoided by ensuring that you are using the most up-to-date version of a supported browser or device.

Please note the following system requirements:


  • Operating System: Windows 7+
  • Supported Browsers: HTML5 supported web browsers, most recent versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer (11), Edge
  • Internet Connection: requires a reliable high-speed connection


  • Operating System: Mac OS X version 10.11+, iOS 6+, PPC-based NOT supported
  • Supported Browsers: HTML5 supported web browsers, most recent versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari
  • Internet Connection: requires a reliable high-speed connection


Demos and previews may be accessed without a login. All graduate courses require that you have an active SUNet ID.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions:

What's is available for instant playback and download?

Lectures are available for playback and download approx. 20-30 minutes after class end time.

When downloading how much space will videos / lectures take up on my device(s)?

This will vary depending on the length of the lecture. The HI (720) download option will range from 700MB to over 1GB. The LO (540) option will range between 200MB to 600MB for each video.

What can I do with the videos I download?

You can watch the videos within the current academic quarter in which you are enrolled.
When you download the videos/lectures you agree that you WILL NOT:

  • Share
  • Upload to the Internet or anywhere else other than your own device(s) for your own personal use during the current academic quarter in which you are enrolled
  • Sell or distribute
  • Edit or alter the content in any way

Please note that by downloading lecture videos you are agreeing to adhere to the Teach Act and the Stanford Honor Code and at the conclusion of the academic quarter you are required to delete all downloaded videos. Distribution of this content is a major violation of the Stanford Student Honor Code. If found in violation of copyright law penalties can reach fines up to $150,000.

Can I watch my course lecture live?

Live lectures are only accessible for those enrolled in a course via

How can I improve video buffering issues?

Your lecture videos use adaptive bitrate streaming which detects a users bandwidth and CPU capacity in real-time to adjust the quality of the lecture video stream accordingly. This should result in very little buffering.

Clear Browser's Cache & Cookies

(Note: This will clear cookies from all sites)

Find your browser from the list below and follow the instructions. Be sure to exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser before attempting to access the site again. If you do not see instructions below for your specific version or browser, search your browser's Help menu for "clear cache" or "clear cookies." If you are using an older browser, updating your browser may help resolve your technical issues.

Google Chrome:

  • At the top right, click More 
  • Click More tools > Clear browsing data (Ctrl+Shift+Del)
  • At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time
  • Next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files," check the boxes
  • Click Clear data


  • Select History from the browser menu, click on Clear Recent History (Ctrl + Shift + Del).
  • In the dialog that appears, select only the options for Cookies and Cache.
  • In the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select Everything.
  • Click the Clear Now button.


  • Click on the Safari menu, select Preferences, and then select the Advanced tab.
  • Select: Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  • Now from the Develop menu, select Empty Caches.
  • Click on the Safari menu, select Preferences, and then select the Privacy tab.
  • Click the Manage Website Data option below the Cookies and website data section.
  • Search for any Stanford related cookies (Canvas,, and then click
  • Remove or Remove All to delete all stored cookies.
  • Click Done to save the changes.


Technical Support

Phone: 650.741.1542