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Digital Media Overview
Curriculum Video On Demand is a state-of-the-art streaming video platform that makes it easier than ever to incorporate outstanding educational programs from Facts On File and Films Media Group into your classroom or library.
The ability to view digital video in real time provides instant access to your entire video collection from any computer with a high-speed Internet connection. There's no need to track down borrowed or misplaced VHS tapes or DVDs. And the Curriculum Video On Demand interface provides access to enhanced functionality that allows you to take complete control of your video content and your students' viewing experience. You can use Curriculum Video On Demand to search for specific video segments, organize videos into folders, and create personal playlists for others to view. You can also integrate videos directly into online card catalog systems and distance learning courseware. And by using Curriculum Video On Demand, you will have access to usage reports that provide you with valuable information about which videos are being watched and how often.
Streaming technology allows you to access high quality video content via the Internet. Instead of downloading an entire video file before viewing it, streaming allows you to begin viewing the video immediately while the rest of the program downloads in the background. Using a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, you can stream videos from any location.
Curriculum Video On Demand Video Programming
Curriculum Video On Demand provides videos as Flash Video streams with Windows Media also available for most titles. Flash Videos can be streamed at 400k, 700k, or 1500k bitrates. Windows Media streams are 300k. Higher bitrates deliver excellent resolution when video is viewed in full-screen mode or projected. Lower bitrates may be better choices in limited-bandwidth environments.
Curriculum Video On Demand combines our newest videos with many of our best-selling programs to provide you with an up-to-date, cross-curricular digital library that spans high school, advanced placement and college needs. With more than 5,000 available titles, Curriculum Video On Demand allows you to provide a comprehensive video collection for your school or library.
To view a list of available individual titles included in Curriculum Video On Demand, click here to download an excel document. To view a list of available individual titles included in the Career and Technical Education collection for Curriculum Video On Demand, click here.
Curriculum Video On Demand Functionality
On average, 400 new programs are digitized, segmented and made available via Curriculum Video On Demand every year. The appropriate new programs are automatically added to your account every month and you will receive an email notifying you of the new titles as they become available.
Once you subscribe to Curriculum Video On Demand you will be able to access your programs directly from http://streaming.factsonfile.com. Simply log in with your user name and password and you will be able to immediately view any programs in your digital collection. Additional authentication options are also available. To learn more about the supported authentication methods, download the Curriculum Video On Demand Authentication Options PDF.
The Curriculum Video On Demand platform provides you with features that allow you to control how the video content is used and viewed within your school or library.
Some of the basic functionality of Curriculum Video On Demand includes the ability to:
- Access your digital content, anytime and anywhere you need it
- View full-length video programs in your digital collection
- View pre-defined learning objects for each program
- Create personal playlists to assemble full-length videos and/or segments into a classroom presentation or to share with students for out-of-class viewing
- Integrate videos into electronic card catalog systems or distance learning course
- Search your digital video library by title or segment using keywords, subjects, and other criteria
- Browse your digital video library using a curriculum-based taxonomy
- Organize your digital videos into custom folders for quick and easy access to your favorite titles and segments
Clicking on a category in the View By Subject box displays the subjects and topics associated with that category. The adjacent numbers indicate the number of video titles associated with each subject and topic. Please note that many videos and segments are appropriate for use in multiple subject categories, so the total numbers displayed at one level may not equal the sum displayed at all the sublevels.
Full-screen support is available when using Windows Media Player and Flash Video. To enter full-screen mode in Windows Media, please follow these steps:
1. Start playing the video in Windows Media Player
2. Right-click anywhere within the player
3. Select the "Zoom" option
4. Select the "Full Screen" option
5. To exit, right-click anywhere within the player, and select "Exit Full Screen"
To enter full-screen mode in Flash, click the “window extend” icon on the right of the Flash video player.
Yes, many of our titles support closed captioning. Closed captioning is available using Windows Media Player and Flash Player. For Windows Media, if the "CC" icon appears below the video window, simply click on it to activate captions. For Flash Video, click the “chat bubble” icon embedded in the right side of the Flash player to toggle the captions on or off. You may configure your default caption settings using the “My Preferences” page.
Title URLs are free-standing, persistent URLs of for specific videos that can be shared within your institution, integrated into an electronic card catalog system, or placed in any course management system. Every title in your Curriculum Video On Demand collection comes with a pre-configured Title URL. These can be found on the “View Video” page in the “Details” tab.
Playlists are customized links that can consist of any combination of segments and/or full videos. Users 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 in your institution.
Playlists can be accessed via a playlist code or a playlist link. To use a playlist code, students can access a specific playlist by entering the code into the playlist login box on the Curriculum Video On Demand home page. To find the code for a playlist that you have created, log into the “My Playlist” tab in Curriculum Video On Demand. To use playlist links, your collection will need to be configured for proxy server authentication. With authentication, a secure page listing all your collection's playlists can be easily accessed by your students. Please contact Facts On File’s technical support team (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or your school’s administrator for more information.
Curriculum Video On Demand Technical Questions
Customers may make videos, segments, or playlists freely available for viewing by authorized users within a secure environment using approved authentication procedures. Links may be posted on a course management system, institutional web site, or online card catalog, provided these are accessible only to authorized users. Customers or users are prohibited from making a video or any part thereof available to any person or organization that is not an authorized user. This includes web sites such as YouTube and other publicly-accessible electronic networks, blogs, forums, and social networking services. Links to Curriculum Video On Demand content that are posted on information services such as OCLC’s WorldCat must require logging in by an authorized user to view the video. Other permitted and prohibited uses are described in the Digital License Agreement.
Curriculum Video On Demand supports most Windows and Macintosh operating systems. High-speed Internet access is required with a minimum of 380 kbps DSL, or 500 kbps Cable Modem connectivity. Because Curriculum Video On Demand provides the opportunity to view videos at different bitrates, users can select the option that best fits their bandwidth needs. For additional technical information, download the Curriculum Video On Demand Technical Requirements PDF.
Curriculum Video On Demand can be accessed from anywhere, anytime. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection and a computer that meets the minimum technical requirements. Depending on the authentication options you select, remote access will be possible for educators and students. To learn more about the supported authentication methods, download the Curriculum Video On Demand Authentication Options PDF.
If you have administrative permission, you will be able to access meta-data information, view title and collection status, view playlist URLs, manage users, and view usage statistics for every title and segment in your Curriculum Video On Demand collection. The Administrator options are found within the “My Preferences” tab.
Curriculum Video On Demand supports both IP and Proxy authentication. We can provide a specific Curriculum Video On Demand URL that is authenticated to the on-campus IP ranges of your institution. Similarly, we can provide a Curriculum Video On Demand URL that is authenticated to the IP address of your proxy server for off-campus use. This options works well for any institution wishing to utilize their EzProxy access. To learn more about the supported authentication methods, download the Curriculum Video On Demand Authentication Options PDF.
The following meta-data is available for every Curriculum Video On Demand title and segment: Title, Description, Copyright Date, and Run-Time. All of the available meta-data can be printed or exported as a Microsoft Excel document. The meta-data is available for Administrators within the “My Preferences” tab.
Films On Demand provides MARC Records for all of our titles. These records can be easily integrated into your library's catalogue system by downloading our prepared MARC record files. Each record contains an authenticated Title URL that will link users directly into your Films On Demand account. MARC records are currently available to Administrator accounts only and must be accessed via the Administration Portal.
Yes, titles in Curriculum Video On Demand can be added to an online card catalog system. Using the available meta-data and the Title URL link, a card catalog entry can be created. If the card catalog is accessible to people outside of the purchasing institution, the Title URLs must be authenticated to prevent unauthorized access.
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The current version of Curriculum Video On Demand does not allow individual users to download video files to their computers or mobile devices.
Can I try Curriculum Video On Demand for free?
Curriculum Video On Demand can be previewed for free by qualified librarians and educators. To see if you are eligible for trial access to Curriculum Video On Demand, contact one of our online sales reps at 888-744-6398.
If you have any questions about Curriculum Video On Demand, please don't hesitate to call 1-800-322-8755 for an online sales rep to assist you. If you require technical support, please contact us at 1-800-322-8755 x. 4230 or via email at email@example.com.