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The Films on Demand subscription of Atkins library

  1. Benefits:
    1. provides access to over ten thousand streaming videos.
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    3. including world languages: image
  2. Remaining Problems:
    1. 741 titles for World languages is not a lot (additional materials may be applicable to language learning, but I do not see the most commonly  requested foreign language films used in the department which we are currently trying to rescue across the demise of VHS). Any particular silo of information is not comprehensive (given the power of the network effect, YouTube wins hands-down most if the times),
    2. any content is difficult to integrate into a language skill curriculum,
    3. any added interface  restrictions may make it more difficult, not more stable,
    4. not unlike YouTube, files you may have used, even linked, can get removed.
    5. the website seems to be available only on campus – even if you are logged into your campus account  (university VPN will likely help, and not, given that it has video throughput issues).

LRC Clinic on Video: In PowerPoint, embed from file or web

How to speed up jumping around YouTube videos in class with YouTubeCenter

  1. Problem: When you use – that is to say: analyze – YouTube video clips in a classroom setting – whether in Film studies or second language acquisition classes –, you will find yourself jumping around a lot in these clips. This can be slow and enter a lot of undesirable little interruptions into your teaching (or learning) flow.
  2. Root cause: Since pedagogical use is not the primary use case for YouTube videos, their download configuration defaults to streaming, which preloads the video only a few seconds ahead of the cursor or playhead.
  3. Solution:
      1. If you want to buffer or preload the entire YouTbue video clip before examining it in your class, you can install a browser add-on called YouTubeCenter.
      2. Here is more on how to install YouTubeCenter.
      3. No configuration necessary, ”Dash Playback” which buffers videos completely locally, is the default setting.

YouTube Center, a power user extension for your video usage in class

  1. YouTubeCenter comes for a variety of browsers, but note that Firefox seems the only practically supportable browser in our campus computing environment.
  2. To download and install, go to : and click on:image
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  6. There is not shortage of settings (e.g. preselected is the Dash Playback, useful to speed up jumping around a video, by disabling streaming):  image
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How to start YouTube videos from the middle

  1. To avoid having to manually find a segment of a YouTube video clip during presentations, or worse, downloading the video clips from YouTube before the presentation, to edit them into shape,
  2. try using the “&t=”(for “time(line)”, I presume) query parameter, followed by “#m” (for minutes) and "##s” (for seconds) where the segment you want to show starts.
  3. Example links that you can try inserting into your PowerPoint Slide deck:
    1. starts the movie clip Aicha part 1/10 from the beginning;
    2. starts Aicha at 1 minute and 10 seconds;
    3. starts Aicha at 5 minutes and 10 seconds.

How to download videos from, and other video sites

  1. Don’t know what this institution recommends – here is a list of software that I have accumulated over time  – I stopped a while ago, since there is always something newer coming out -  try googling what is currently most popular.
    1. You have to click on download, and save the file with the name you want and in the end you have to add .flv that its the video format. Then when the video has been saved to your PC you have to convert the video in a comercial format like wmv, mpg, etc. or download a flv player to be able to see the videos.
    2. Youtube Catcher can download videos from Youtube, Google Video, Myspace Video, Yahoo video Dailymotion Stage6 Veoh. The downloaded videos can be exported to various formats like MPG,AVI, MP4,3GP, 3G2, WMV, PSP, MOV, FLV with the quality you choose:
    6. MPEG Streamclip can download YouTube files. They  are always opened or downloaded in MP4 (MPEG-4) format, so they can be used in MPEG Streamclip.
    7. this works well as of 8/17/2009 1.Go to . You will see the words ""download script"" (in blue – a hyperlink). Right click on that text and then on ""Bookmark this link"" (at least that’s what it says using Mozilla Firefox as a browser). You can move this bookmark within your Bookmarks or Favorites Folder wherever you want. 2.Go to YouTube and locate a video you want to save. While the video is actually playing, go to your Bookmarks Folder and click on the ""download script"" link you saved there.3.Next look in the right hand column on the screen – to the right of the video playing. Just below the section that says URL, and EMBED (right below URL) you will see a text that says download as MP4. 4.Right click on that text and then click on SAVE LINK AS. You can choose where you want the file to be saved and you can even rename the file (for me the default name is ""video""). Just to be sure I’d let the video play to the end before checking to see if it actually where you put it.
      1. if (document.getElementById(‘download-youtube-video’)==null && !!(document.location.href.match(/http:\/\/[a-zA-Z\.]*youtube\.com\/watch/))) {var yt_mp4_path=’’+swfArgs%5B‘video_id’%5D+’&t=’+swfArgs%5B‘t’%5D; var div_embed=document.getElementById(‘watch-embed-div’);if(div_embed){var div_download=document.createElement(‘div’);div_download.innerHTML=’ <br /><span id="\’download-youtube-video\’"><a href="\”+yt_mp4_path+’\’">Download as MP4</a> ‘+ ((navigator.userAgent.indexOf(‘Safari’)!=-1)?'(control-click and select <i>Download linked file as</i>)’:(‘(right-click and select <i>Save ‘+ (navigator.appName==’Microsoft Internet Explorer’?’target’:’link’) +’ as)</i>’))+’</span>’;div_embed.appendChild(div_download);}}void(0)

    8. Updates for the the 2013/4 academic year:
      1. YouTube Center, includes download functionality, more on YouTube center here.
      2. Orbit downloader:
        1. Claims to be a generic downloader, and looks complicated enough to convince me of that Smile .
        2. However, I did not have any luck here, at least I did not find a practical (=automated) way to cobbling these clips together (are media outlets, even if they are under non-US legislation and trying so hard, still bound by the fair use legislation?): image
        3. Also changes your browser home page without asking – I can’t say I like the territory I get myself into with these teacher download requests.

Downloading Internet Video for Language Instruction

A common request in second language teaching institutions is persisting internet-based streaming video for instructional (re-)use (during exercises and assessments, which then makes greater time investments into pedagogical additions viable).

Even though we found a different (built-in) solution for the European parliament video clips, I am still experimenting with downloading interpreting and subtitling exam or exercise video clips from other, not as instruction-friendly internet sites.

Many instructors use which does not provide such a download option out of the box.

We would have to carefully consider copyright and licensing issues for subtitling movies, however, news items like in the example seem less problematic. UK educational institutions have the right to record and archive, for teaching use on premises, public over-the-air broadcasts – including of movie materials. However, to set up such a Freeview/Satellite-TV recording and archiving solution this would require a considerably higher initial investment.

Here are the most commonly recommended software solutions for downloading:

  1. Replay Media Catcher can record flash video, .FLV streams and audio, as well as .MP3 streams through the RTMP and HTTP protocol, also " QuickTime (HTTP).
  2. WM-recorder can record windows media streams.
  3. Nettransport has some batch functionality (download all on page instead of finding hidden urls)

I am still having best results with WM-recorder, which I first saw in action at the SEALLT in Dallas 2006. I am still using the demo version of 1.1 which comes with restrictions (5-minute recording limit? The recorder asks regularly for being restarted, but I seem to manage to record longer clips within one session, see example?).

Start wm-recorder, open a video in Internet Explorer, wm-recorder automatically starts recording to a FLV file (flash video – you may need a media player, VideoLan should help). Default output directory is in a subfolder "Recordings" under the program installation folder. You may want to alter the defaults under the "settings" menu.

Entering a youtube-URL and filename manually and pressing "record" button in the wm-recorder interface strangely enough fails.

Group members can access an uploaded output sample in the!150  (Interested parties who still have no access can log-in with the windows live account and ask for an invitation). 

You can compare the (apparently equivalent) source quality here: