Trial access to March of Time Newsreels

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Alexander St. Press is providing trial access to UMass Lowell for its March of Time newsreel collection from April 4 to June 2, 2012.

The March of Time newsreel collection contains the full run of the series, 415 videos in total, digitally remastered by HBO Archives, with searchable transcripts.These films, produced from 1935 to 1967 and in theaters until 1951, are arguably the most important U.S. newsreels created and have the highest production values. The subjects were at times controversial (e.g. racism, poverty, fascism), and so were some of March of Time’s filming methods. The films sometimes interspersed simulations of events within the real news footage to recreate events more vividly for their audiences. Actors who appeared in these simulations included well known celebrities such as Agnes Moorehead, Art Carney, and Orson Welles.March of Time lost out to television programming in the 1950s and aired its last program in 1967.

The March of Time videos have been Semantically Indexed by Alexander St. Press, and users can search by people, places, historical events, and topics.

Key content includes:

  • Huey Long – (Volume 1, Episode 3) – April 19, 1935
  • The Presidency – (Volume 3, Episode 3) – November 6, 1936
  • The Supreme Court – (Volume 3, Episode 9) – April 16, 1937
  • Inside Nazi Germany – (Volume 4, Episode 6) – January 18, 1938
  • On Foreign News Fronts – (Volume 7, Episode 1) – September 1940
  • Atomic Power – (Volume 12, Episode 13) – August 9, 194
  • We are the Marines (Feature Film – Released December 1942)

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

Films on Demand Releases New Enhancements

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Films On Demand, the streaming-video documentary web site, has been redesigned. The platform is now simpler to navigate and use and easier to find the videos you need.

Films on Demand offers over 6,000 free streaming documentary videos available to all UMass Lowell students, faculty, and staff, with unlimited simultaneous viewing available everywhere 24/7 on campus and off campus over the web. And now with its new enhanced features it should be more functional and user friendly than ever.

Redesigned Interface

The new streamlined interface includes a revised home page that features a drop-down dynamic list of all of the individual subjects to which UMass Lowell subscribes, showcasing recently added videos for each. In addition, each subject now has a unique landing page with an authenticated page link. To access a subject page, you can click on the new “Subjects” drop-down menu at the top of any page. To view a complete index of all of the subjects in your institution’s collection, click on the new “Index” link at the bottom of any page.

New Video Player

Also featured is a new video player that provides dynamic bit-rate switching for the optimum viewing experience, automatically adjusting within a 200K-through-1.5mb-bit-rate range depending on the type of device being used and your available bandwidth; users no longer need to select their target bandwidth themselves from a drop-down menu. As a result of this new player, the Windows Media format is no longer available. Any users with Windows Media as their default setting will be automatically converted to the new embedded player.

Now iPad Friendly

All of the Films On Demand videos have been re-encoded in H.264 format to allow playback on any iOS device. With the new video player, users can now watch any titles in the UMass Lowell 6,000+ Films On Demand collection on an iPad, iTouch, or iPhone. The new design is optimized to allow easy navigation of the Films On Demand platform from either a computer or an iPad with an Internet connection.

New Special Collections from Key Producers

Another new feature is an additional way to easily browse titles from some of the most popular producers of videos in Films On Demand. The “Special Collections” tab at the top of every screen lists these producers; just click on any producer’s logo to access a list of all their titles in the collection, organized by subject category.

Improved Search Options

The basic search has been enhanced with a new Search Assist autocomplete feature: when users type a keyword in the search box, suggested full titles or segment titles that contain that keyword appear. Users can now also cross-search multiple subjects and Special Collections using the Advanced Search options.

Access Films On Demand now and begin enjoying it’s superb educational offerings!