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Faculty Guide to Streaming Video

Answers to common questions about streaming video.


Video clips can enrich your pedagogical practice and course content. Clipping is generally the safest way to incorporate copyrighted video into your online course. 

Note: Refer to the Copyright section of this guide for more information on fair use and exemptions for instructors.

Why should I use video clips?
  • Conserve class time by focusing on specific segments of a film.
  • Provide visual prompts for class discussion and dialogue.
  • Provide compelling visual examples of key concepts.
How do I use video clips?
  • Be strategic and focus on how clips will enhance specific course content.
  • Keep clips short and only use as much is needed.

How do I create clips?

Films on Demand provides predefined segmentation for the majority of their videos. You can also create and store custom segments within your personal account. You must be logged in to your personal account to access this feature.

Create a custom segment

  1. Go to Films on Demand and log in to your personal account under Your Profile.
  2. Search for a video and click on Segments under the video player.
  3. Cue the video to where your custom segment should begin and click on Set Start Time. 
  4. Play the video to where your custom segment should end and click on Set End Time.
  5. Enter a title for your custom segment and click on the Create Segment button.
  6. Go to My Content to view a list of your custom segments. See also Custom Segments in the record for the full title.

Note: Refer to the Embedding Videos section of this guide to learn how to embed custom segments in Canvas.

Swank does not provide a clipping tool due to licensing and usage restrictions. 

Contact Michele McKenzie for assistance.

Lumière includes a clipping tool that allows you to create private custom clips under 5 minutes in length. 

Log in to your account and select the Help tab to access a "How to" video on creating private custom clips.

Your private custom clips should be processed and available in Lumière within a few hours.

Unique links are generated for custom clips.

Note: Refer to the Embedding Videos section of this guide to learn how to embed Lumiere links in Canvas.

You must be logged into your Kanopy account to access the clipping and playlist tool. Unique links and embed codes are generated for custom clips and playlists.

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