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Video Resources

Linking to Films

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  • Search Alexander Street Press for videos or a video track.
  • Below the video player and title, find the </>Embed/Link.
  • In the new window, copy the Permanent link (Permalink) for the video or specific track.  Use this URL in Canvas.

Films on Demand

  • Search Films on Demand for a film or a film segment.
  • Below the video player and title, find the </>Embed/Link
  • Select either the Record URL or the Segment URL and click Copy.  Use this URL in Canvas. 

  • Identify a movie in Kanopy and then click Share.  Scroll down to find the url to the movie.  
  • To create clips, click the More button and then Create Clips/Playlist.  You will need to add a movie to the existing playlist or create a new one and then click Edit Playlist.  After that you will be able to create specific clips.
  • Once you save a playlist with newly created clips, click Share/Embedded button.  You will see a url to the playlist that you can add to Canvas.

Adding Links in Canvas

Title URL

  • To add videos to your course, you need the permalink, Title URL or Segment URL identifying the entire video or a specific segment or track.
  • Using the page editor in Canvas: add the title of the video on your page, highlight that text, and then click the "link icon" in the toolbar.
  • A window will appear with a space to paste the permalink you copied, click "Insert Link".
  • The title will now change color to blue. Click "Save Page" to save your changes.
  • If the video does not appear right away, you might need to refresh the page.
  • See the CTE's instructions on how to Add Media in Canvas

Requesting Video Clips from DVDs

If a video is not included in one of our streaming collections and we own the DVD, we may be able to create a fair use clip that can be put into Canvas.  Canvas provides a password-protected environment to allow posting of video materials for enrolled students, as long as Fair Use practices are followed (typically this means posting excerpts rather than whole videos).

To request a clip of a DVD, faculty should email O'Neill Reserves at oneill.reserves@bc.edu.  We will digitize the DVD and send you a link and instructions on how to create the clip and add it to your Canvas course.

Requesting Streaming Full Length Films

If the film not found in the library catalog or on movies.bc.edu, there are several options for faculty to request streaming video for teaching.

  1. To request that we investigate the availability of streaming rights email O'Neill Reserves at oneill.reserves@bc.edu and we will do a search. There is a minimum of one month turn-around time.
  2. For commercial feature films, search the Swank Motion Picture's Movie Index. Swank movies are available online, by request, for 1-3 months and allow students to legally view course-assigned films outside the classroom.