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Streaming Video at the Library: Getting Started: Swank Feature Films

Use this guide to learn more about the streaming videos in the Library's collection and how to use them, including terminology, technical requirements, platforms, packages and more.

Accessing Swank Feature Films Database

   

The collection of streaming feature films available to the Simmons community varies by academic year. Click the link below to see if we have a specific title or contact a librarian to request the streaming version of another feature film.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request a film from Digital Campus?
You can request a streaming feature film via the online Course Reserve system or by contacting your Liaison Librarian.

What are the technical requirements for Digital Campus?
Films streamed on the Digital Campus platform work with all web browsers, including Safari.  However, you may have to install or update the Silverlight plug-in if your browser doesn't include it or install the Google Widevine Video Optimizer for Chrome.

What if I don't have Silverlight or Google Widevine on my computer?
If Silverlight or Google Widevine is not currently installed on your personal computer, a pop-up will appear with installation instructions. After installation, you may have to refresh your browser to access the application. For on-campus computers, you may have to submit a Technology request to have it installed.

Are films with closed captioning available?
Yes, films with closed captioning are available. When you request a title, please let us know that closed captioning is needed.

How long are the films available in the Digital Campus portal?
Films are generally available for one academic year.

What are the audio and video specifications?

  • Video: 720 x 480 aspect ratio with frame rate of 29.97 fps
  • Audio: 128 kbps Stereo CBR
  • Encoding Rate: 1 megabit VBR

Do I have to stream feature films through Digital Campus?
Digital Campus is the main platform the library uses to stream feature films, though some classic and independent films are available on Kanopy.  However, there are many films that are currently in the public domain and freely available online.  These films are no longer protected by copyright and can be linked in Moodle, included in a syllabus or shown in class.

Getting Started with the Swank Feature Films Database

When a feature film is live on the Digital Campus platform a record for it will be available in the library catalog as well as in the Swank Feature Films Database. A librarian can also provide faculty with a link to copy and paste into your Moodle page so students can watch the film at any time via their course page.  Faculty can also request streaming feature films via the online Course Reserves system.  If you want to play the film during class, just click the View Streaming Video button in the library catalog or click on the film in the Swank Feature Films Database and then click the screen size button (see below) to maximize the picture.

Watching Swank Feature Films

Once a link has been added to a Moodle course page or the online Course Reserves system,  just click it to be taken to the Digital Campus player, which operates much like YouTube or other online video platforms.  The film will start to play automatically once the player is open.  Just click the pause button on the bottom left to stop playing. To get to a film from the Swank Feature Films Database, click on the title of the film you want, then click the play button in the pop-up window.



If your browser doesn't have the Google Widevine Video Optimizer, you may receive a message prompting you to download or update it.

 

If your browser doesn't have the Silverlight plug-in or needs an updated version of Silverlight, you may receive a message prompting you to download or update it.