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Films on Demand: FAQ

What is streaming video?

Streaming video is transmitted over the Internet and can be viewed online without having to wait for the entire film to download. (YouTube is an example of streaming video.) Through a license paid for by the library, Films on Demand provides educational videos that are not normally available for free on the Internet.

How can I find Films on Demand?

Look for the Films on Demand link on:

Films on Demand

The Films on Demand home page makes browsing by subject easy, or you can search by Segment name or Title in the search box. Click on any title to view that video, or click on “View segments in this video” to see a list of its segments.

Tips:

  1. Many of the topic menus include subtopics. To access the subtopics, click on the + icon next to any subjects that display it to expand the view.
  2. Refine your search with Advanced Search (see link at top right, below the search bar).

Can I view Films on Demand off campus?

Yes! Foothill students, faculty, and staff can all access videos off campus via the Films on Demand page, but you need to click on the Films on Demand link from the Foothill Library home page. Then you will be prompted to enter your CWID and MyPortal password to log in.

You can also share a link or playlist with other members of the Foothill community; if they are off campus, they will be prompted to log in first.

How do I share videos?

There are several ways to share videos with students, faculty, and staff at Foothill.

  • E-mail
    • From the “Browse” or “Search Results” page, click on the Share icon below the summary to send a link to a specific video via e-mail.
    • Or, from the “View Video” page click on Share icon below the video player to send a link to a specific video or segment via e-mail.
  • Copy and paste
    • From the “View Video” page, simply copy and paste the Title or Segment URL from below the video description onto a secure Web site (e.g. Canvas or MyPortal) to allow students direct access to that video.
  • Create a custom playlist
    • To create a custom playlist you must be logged in as a user. If you do not have a user account, see How do I create an account?
    • Click on the + icon below the thumbnail image of the video on any browse or search results page. Then choose whether to add the specific title or segment to an existing playlist or to create a new one.
    • Or, from the View Video page, use the “Add to Playlist” icon to add videos to a playlist or to create a new one.
    • Once you have created a playlist, you can access and edit it from the “Playlists” tab at the top of the screen.
    • Custom playlists will all have a free-standing, persistent URL that can be shared with students or others at Foothill.

How do I save or organize videos?

Personal folders are a great way to save quick links to frequently used videos for easy access. Once you add a title or segment to a folder, you do not have to browse or search for it in the future. Simply access it through “Favorites.”

First, you’ll need to create an account. See How do I create an account?

To create and add to a personal folder:

  • From the Films on Demand home page, click on the Favorites tab. Now, click on Create a new folder, give it a name and click on Add Folder.
  • From the subject browse or search results page, click on the heart icon below the summary of the video to add a full title or segment(s) to a personal folder. Add to an existing folder, or create a new one in one simple step.
  • Or, from the View Video page, use the “Add to Favorites” icon below the video player.

What is the difference between Playlists and Favorites?

Playlists are the way to combine segments from different videos into one sharable URL. You can create playlists by using the “Playlist” tab on the “View Video” page. A single segment or multiple segments from a video can be selected to create a playlist. Segments from multiple programs can also be combined into a single playlist. Once a playlist has been created, it can be edited by accessing the “My Playlists” tab. Custom playlists will all have a free-standing, persistent URL that can be shared with students or others at Foothill College.

Favorites are the way for you to tag certain videos and/or segments in a personal folder to watch later. Anywhere you see a heart icon, you can tag the video or segment as a Favorite. Once you add a title or segment to a folder, you do not have to browse or search for it in the future. Simply access it through “Favorites.”

How do I create an account?

From the Films on Demand home page, click on Create Account in the upper right-hand corner.

Create Account

Fill in the requested information to create a new user and log in.

Can I show Films on Demand in my classroom?

Yes, our license includes public performance rights, and all videos are closed captioned. If your classroom is equipped with an instructor workstation (i.e. computer connected to the Internet and projection capability), you can show an entire film or just a segment in your classroom. From the Foothill Library web page, click on Films on Demand and select the video or segment you wish to show. When you move your cursor to the bottom of the video screen, a tool bar appears similar to the one on a YouTube video.

Book of Kells

Click on the full screen icon to expand the image to fill the screen and then click on the Play button in the center of the screen or in the bottom left corner. At any time you can press the ESC key on your computer to return to the browser window or you can move your cursor to the bottom of the screen to make the toolbar visible again; then you can pause or adjust the volume.

How can students view Films on Demand in my Canvas class?

Canvas Tips - Films on Demand

Are the films closed captioned?

Yes, captioning is available for all the videos in our collection. From the View Video page, move your cursor onto the video screen. A toolbar appears at the bottom of the screen, and in the upper right you will see “CC is off.”

Inside the Mind of Google

Simply click on  to turn the captioning on.

Should I be concerned about copyright?

No. Our license includes public performance rights as long as you are sharing the videos with Foothill students, faculty, or staff.

Sample instructions for your students in Module Section webpage

Watch this video titled: Dietary Supplements: Health or Hype? (from Films Media Group. Films On Demand ©1994)

  1. Click on https://ezproxy.fhda.edu/login?url=https://fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=237302&xtid=44669
  2. If off-campus, enter your Foothill College Student ID Number
  3. Click on Log in
    • Click on the Expand icon on the lower right-hand corner to expand image to fill the screen.
    • Click on the Play button in the center of the screen or in the bottom left corner.
    • At any time you can press the ESC key on your computer to return to the browser window or you can move your cursor to the bottom of the screen to make the toolbar visible again; then you can pause or adjust the volume.
    • Closed captioning is available for this video. You'll see a CC is off button in the upper right corner of the video player. Click on this button to toggle captions on/off.
      CC on/off