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About this Guide

This LibGuide provides basic information on streaming video resources available at National University Library. The Library subscribes to two major vendors:

  •    Films on Demand (also known as FMG)
  •    Alexander Street Press

Also included are Internet links to streaming videos sources commonly used  by faculty.

Directions on creating playlists for Films on Demand and Alexander Street Press are provided.

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What is Streaming Video?

Streaming video is a means of delivering video content to computer desktops via an Internet connection, without requiring any additional equipment for decoding or downloading.  Multiple users can view the same video at the same time from different locations.

Streaming video differs from downloads in that no copy of the file is stored on the end-user's computer, so files remain relatively secure.

Playback requires receiving computers to have appropriate software installed.  Commonly used streaming frameworks include: Windows Media, RealVideo, QuickTime, and Flash.  Some streaming services provide files in the end-user's choice of formats.

Because of the large file size for visual data streaming videos usually employ file compression.  This compression usually negatively effects image quality when played full-screen or projected.  Even with compression, effective use of streaming video requires a robust, high-speed Internet connection.  Dial-up connections generally are too slow to adequately deliver streaming videos.