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Kanopy Cinema Series and Upcoming Event!

One of the many resources available to faculty and students through the American University library is Kanopy, a streaming video platform primarily for educational and academic content. Kanopy offers a rotating collection of media with access to over 10,000 titles and it’s completely free to use with your AU library account! One of Kanopy’s newest […]

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What is a Mirrorless Camera?

As the name suggests, mirrorless cameras capture frames without the use of a mirror in the camera body. This is different to DSLR cameras, which use a mirror to reflect incoming light from the shutter onto the the image sensor. Mirrorless cameras let incoming light hit the image sensor directly, resulting in a faster image […]

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Did You Know?: Every AU Student and Staff Member Has Access to Free Language Learning Videos

The university gives everyone with an AU email access to Films on Demand (FOD). Included in their library is a large number of language learning videos on Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Sign Language, and Spanish. We at Media Services are most excited about the American Sign Language (ASL) learning videos […]

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What you can and cannot do on a Chromebook

Introduction  As you may know, the American University Library has a collection of Chromebooks for students whose personal laptops are temporarily out-of-order and have been sent for repairs. A student has to fill up the Chromebook Request Form with a proof of repair order, and the Media Services department can issue a Chromebook and charger to […]

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Why We Buy DVDs

Yes, I know it’s 2020, but when I’m looking to buy a movie, I opt to buy the DVD, even if it’s slightly more expensive than a digital copy. This is primarily because I’m paranoid — my computer may crash, the file type may be phased out, a company’s server may crash, the company may […]

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The Myth of Kanopy

We here at Media Services recently changed our Kanopy subscription. Before this semester, library users could watch any Kanopy film at any time, no questions asked. Though Kanopy looks (and markets itself) as the educational equivalent of Netflix or Amazon Prime, instead of paying a flat fee of x dollars/month, the library paid $150 per […]

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The Art of the Title

Have you ever noticed the main titles and credits of movies and tv shows? Maybe you haven’t, but the folks over at The Art of thhe Title certainly have. They’d created a beautifully curated website devoted to the title sequences that open and close movies. Billing itself as “the definitive resource for title sequence design, […]

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