My university is about to roll-out a Lecture Capture system (Panopto in this case), and I am in the business of promoting and supporting it. In case it makes a difference, I am in the UK. I suppose there might be some degree of cultural specificity here, but my suspicion at this point is that the technical environment is a more significant factor.
In principle (being something of a hardened technophile by nature) I have no problem with championing this kind of system, but I want to be able to anticipate both the opportunities AND the challenges that it represents.
Therefore I am interested in people's direct experience and/or theoretical observations concerning the real-world consequences of adopting such a system, AND in the real enthusiasms and anxieties (even if they are ill-founded) that such an adoption tends to raise. Those will be real and must be managed positively, whether or not they are initially well-informed.
For example, I am pretty sure that such systems can be used poorly, just consuming effort without observable benefit. I can imagine them generating perceived requirements that achieve little, imposed for political reasons by administrators who neither use nor understand them. (I am not at all prejudiced against university administrators as a group: I am a long-time administrator, and only more recently an active teaching academic as well.) In turn this might conceivably increase the pressure of fee-paying student demand ('I want you to do it like this...') perhaps without really benefiting anyone at all.
On the other hand, I can also easily imagine the possibility of enhanced and enriched educational delivery, presumably with a suitably tuned sort of preparation.
Most broadly, my immediate instinct is that use of this kind of system will necessitate at least some extra considerations (and presumably effort) in preparation... but that a well-planned implementation could pay off in terms like scaleability of provision and replicability of material.
Then again, that also seems automatically to raise the idea of maintenance. In a way it's rather lovely to think that a 'captured' lecture could just be presented over and over again... but in practice both the subject matter and the institutional context (course structure, audience, whatever) will change over time. Surely there will be conflicting pressures to create material that will last through many presentations, but also to update it dynamically from one presentation to another. Even if we have the time and resources to do that, how do we do it with credibility, when (for example) I might go grey from one year to the next (that happened), or might simply no longer possess that jacket?
So... As a long-time technogeek (I have built all of my own PCs, for 25 years) I am vividly aware that simply adopting a potentially clever system does not intrinsically produce cleverness, and might in fact produce nothing but headaches. At best, it seems inevitable that niggles like my guesses above will arise. At worst, decommitting from a poorly-conceived implementation and its associated expectations can be costly and even catastrophic.
Pretty much the whole point of asking this group this question is that I am bound to have missed loads of issues or possibilities; and the ones that I have thought of so far might not be the most important ones at all.
Any observations specific to Panopto would be splendid, of course, but I am also interested in the cultural effect (and/or comparisons) of any analogous systems. I will welcome both idealistic and suspicious assessments, anything from hymns of praise to bitter war-stories. In the end, the well-being of thousands of students will depend on us getting this right, so we need to get it right for staff from the beginning as well.