DMS Help – Video Formats in iMovieHD

One of the most complex aspects of video production is the wide variety of video, audio and image formats floating around the Internet.  As a result, one of the most common forms of frustration associated with video assignments is often expressed as “Why won’t it take my video!?”   Well, here’s a solution.  In this … Continue reading “DMS Help – Video Formats in iMovieHD”


One of the most complex aspects of video production is the wide variety of video, audio and image formats floating around the Internet.  As a result, one of the most common forms of frustration associated with video assignments is often expressed as “Why won’t it take my video!?”  

Well, here’s a solution.  In this short tutorial, Lynda.com instructor Max Smith explains which files will work with iMovieHD and which files it will export when you’re done with your movie. 

Media Services Now Has Flip Cams!

That’s right folks, Media Services now lends out FlipCams.  Not just any Flip Cams though, HD FlipCams!    Wanna know just how cool they are?They shoot in a stunning 1280 x 720 video resolution and have a whopping 2 hours of on-board recording time.  To learn more, check the specs. We have four of these … Continue reading “Media Services Now Has Flip Cams!”


That’s right folks, Media Services now lends out FlipCams.  Not just any Flip Cams though, HD FlipCams!    Wanna know just how cool they are?They shoot in a stunning 1280 x 720 video resolution and have a whopping 2 hours of on-board recording time.  To learn more, check the specs.

We have four of these beauties ready for you to check out for three days at a time (no renewals tho).  Just stop by, fill out our quick and easy Borrower’s Agreement and you’re off and shooting.

AU Classroom favorites available to view online at Snag Films

The American Ruling ClassAnatomy of a SpringrollBetween Midnight and the Rooster’s CrowThe Big Buy: Tom Delay’s Stolen CongressBooks not BarsBuena Vista Social ClubDam/AgeFather Roy: Inside the School of the AssassinsThe Future of FoodThe Life and Times of Allen GinsbergThe Life and Times of Hank GreenbergPrison LullabiesProfit Motive and the Whispering Wind – A Must See … Continue reading “AU Classroom favorites available to view online at Snag Films”

The American Ruling Class
Anatomy of a Springroll
Between Midnight and the Rooster’s Crow
The Big Buy: Tom Delay’s Stolen Congress
Books not Bars
Buena Vista Social Club
Dam/Age
Father Roy: Inside the School of the Assassins
The Future of Food
The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
Prison Lullabies
Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind – A Must See for American History Buffs!
Rip! A Remix Manifesto
Sisters of ’77
Super Size Me
T-Shirt Travels
The Times of Harvey Milk
War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death
William Eggleston in the Real World

These examples represent just a few of the Snag Films inventory. There are streaming videos from National Geographic, ITVS, National Film Board of Canada, and others on social problems, anthropology, pop culture, music, contemporary topics,and a vintage interview with Orson Welles. They also have an RSS feed you can use to be notified when new titles are added.


More about the Snag Films mission and how they make it work.

Streaming Video Alert: Ephemeral Films on Archive.org

From their website:Ephemeral films are non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. The two classic ephemeral film collections found on the Archive are the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks. In addition to these classic collections, you may view guidance films from the post-World War II British government, drive-in movie intermission ads, and … Continue reading “Streaming Video Alert: Ephemeral Films on Archive.org”

From their website:
Ephemeral films are non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. The two classic ephemeral film collections found on the Archive are the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks.

In addition to these classic collections, you may view guidance films from the post-World War II British government, drive-in movie intermission ads, and videos documenting the history of San Francisco from 1906 to the early 21st Century. Many of these films are available for free download.

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Films on Demand is Here! 6500 educational programs available for instant viewing online by AU students and faculty

Films-On-Demand is a state-of-the-art streaming video platform that makes it easy for students to instantly view documentaries from Films Media Group (FMG) via the library catalog and for faculty members to incorporate these programs into their Blackboard pages. The database currently contains about 6500 videos and FMG has been adding about 600 new titles per … Continue reading “Films on Demand is Here! 6500 educational programs available for instant viewing online by AU students and faculty”

Films-On-Demand is a state-of-the-art streaming video platform that makes it easy for students to instantly view documentaries from Films Media Group (FMG) via the library catalog and for faculty members to incorporate these programs into their Blackboard pages. The database currently contains about 6500 videos and FMG has been adding about 600 new titles per year. Nearly every FMG title available on the Films.com website can be accessed instantly.

The FMG catalog is strong in the areas of humanities and social sciences, business and economics, science and mathematics, health and medicine, archival films, and WWII-era United News newsreels.

How to access:

There are two methods.

1. To search or browse the collection, look for Films On Demand on the alphabetical list of databases. http://tinyurl.com/2vl2zem

2. All 6500 videos are cataloged in ALADIN. They can be searched by title or, if you are looking for a specific topic, by keyword. For a browse-able list of all titles, search keyword=”films on demand”
http://tinyurl.com/38c3yvk

Here’s an example of an individual record:
http://tinyurl.com/3x6hcx8

The link in the record will prompt a login from those accessing videos from off-campus. Unfortunately this is a system that’s restricted to American University users only.

Remembering Peter Sellers (September 8, 1925 – July 24, 1980)

Peter Sellers is considered one of the finest comedians of all time. He was quite an enigmatic individual off-screen and once said, “I feel ghostly unreal until I become somebody else again on the screen.” Here are some Peter Sellers titles available in Media Services. HU means it’s part of the Home Use Collection, except … Continue reading “Remembering Peter Sellers (September 8, 1925 – July 24, 1980)”

Peter Sellers is considered one of the finest comedians of all time. He was quite an enigmatic individual off-screen and once said, “I feel ghostly unreal until I become somebody else again on the screen.”

Here are some Peter Sellers titles available in Media Services. HU means it’s part of the Home Use Collection, except in the case of Dr. Strangelove, which is being taught in multiple classes this semester. Dr. Strangelove will need to be watched here in Media Services.

The Party – HU DVD 4160
Dr. Strangelove – HU DVD 37 (not Home Use this semester)
Being There – HU DVD 655
Lolita – HU DVD 3273
Ladykillers – VHS 5272

Vintage Rod Serling interview with author James Gunn, circa 1970

The entire run of Twilight Zone is available in Media Services DVD 2671-2698. Also look for Serling interviewed by a young Mike Wallace from 1959 on “The Treasures of the Twilight Zone” DVD 6478.“>

The entire run of Twilight Zone is available in Media Services DVD 2671-2698. Also look for Serling interviewed by a young Mike Wallace from 1959 on “The Treasures of the Twilight Zone” DVD 6478.“>

Selected New Home Use Titles

Youth in Revolt – HU DVD 4468Black Narcissus – HU DVD 7327Awesome I … Shot That! – HU DVD 7329The Four Complete Historic Ed Sullivan Shows Featuring the Beatles – HU DVD 7339The Girl by the Lake – HU DVD 7340Topsy Turvy – HU DVD 7427Flying Down to Rio – HU DVD 7428As Good as … Continue reading “Selected New Home Use Titles”

Youth in Revolt – HU DVD 4468
Black Narcissus – HU DVD 7327
Awesome I … Shot That! – HU DVD 7329
The Four Complete Historic Ed Sullivan Shows Featuring the Beatles – HU DVD 7339
The Girl by the Lake – HU DVD 7340
Topsy Turvy – HU DVD 7427
Flying Down to Rio – HU DVD 7428
As Good as it Gets – HU DVD 7429
Coraline – HU DVD 7449
State of Play – HU DVD 7450
Tommy – HU DVD 7465
Iphigenia – HU DVD 7466
Rancho Notorious – HU DVD 7481
Ride the High Country – HU DVD 7482
Winchester ’73 – HU DVD 7483
Hollywood Shuffle – HU DVD 7484
The Ballad of Little Jo – HU DVD 7485
Chef! et La Tete dans les Nuages – HU DVD 7486

Full Metal Disney

If you liked Full Metal Disney, you may like Pulp Disney. Truthfully, we recommend the actual films, both of which we have here in Media Services in the Home Use Collection! Full Metal Jacket – HU DVD 1886Pulp Fiction – HU DVD 1244

If you liked Full Metal Disney, you may like Pulp Disney.

Truthfully, we recommend the actual films, both of which we have here in Media Services in the Home Use Collection!

Full Metal Jacket – HU DVD 1886
Pulp Fiction – HU DVD 1244