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Show or broadcast a documentary film or video


Activity Definition(s)

Humanities professors would like to be able to show or broadcast films/videos in class and would like students to be able to screen this material outside of class. These films/videos may exist in a wide variety of formats, including actual "film," VHS, DVD, BluRay, numerous digital file storage formats, and more. For this definition we assume that the focus will be on digitally stored films and videos. The showing and/or broadcast of the film/video may follow the steps listed below:

  • Access a list of available films/videos via a URL and a web browser. Ideally this would be a federated list of available films/videos, allowing non-local access to a wide variety of content;
  • Content should be searchable and discoverable through keyword or other broad-based searches;
  • The list should note whether content is freely available, requires authentication or authorization, or is available in other methods;
  • A film/video would then be "chosen" from the list and a window would appear noting detailed info about the film/video, the approximate size of the file and estimated display time at a particular transfer rate;
  • Options would be provided to download the film/video locally, based on intellectual privacy laws associated with the film/video;
  • Options would be provided noting which of several media players may be required/used (e.g. QuickTime, MS Media Player, Real Player, etc.);
  • Clicking on the particular media player would start up the film/video, or this could be a more automated process with Bamboo figuring out which media player is appropriate;
  • The film/video is displayed locally on the display device (computer screen, digital projector, etc.).

It may be of interest to supply Web2.0 like capabilities inside the film/video "engine" to allow comments, blogs, ratings, etc. on the films/videos in the collections. This may be useful to scholars who are trying to decide which films/videos may be of use in particular contexts.

Scholars' Stories (scenarios)

University bookstores often refuse to stock DVDs/Videos, etc. professors would like students to screen for class. Professors are then left to work with one or more appropriate departments, such as Media Services (rip and make extra copies), Library Reserves (placing extra copies on Reserve), Technology Services (utilizing for example Blackboard), to be sure students have access to this material. While having students screen a film on their laptop is hardly ideal at least the material becomes available. Professors who have technology in the classrooms are often faced with inadequate-to-the-task digital projectors, screens, speakers, lighting (dark enough to screen=too dark to take notes), playback machines, etc. and the inability to play without difficulties individual sequences. And of course, when it comes to playing DVDs or videos manufactured for foreign audiences (for video: PAL, SECAM, etc) there are even more obstacles to be overcome. Access to large, federated collections of high quality film/videos that are web-accessible/streamable/downloadable and of intellectual value to scholars is essential to modern teaching, learning, and research in the humanities.

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    Notes, comments, related activities, concerns

  • It is suggested that the word "documentary" be removed from the initial activity name. Showing or broadcasting ANY film/video would follow similar standards.

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