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Using Videos for Remote Teaching and Learning

Best practices for incorporating videos into remote teaching.

Show Clips in Class

Film clips can be embedded into the Canvas LMS or shared on a variety of platforms. When you are teaching in Zoom, you can have your students all access the list of clips and prompt them to watch the clips on their own with their microphones muted and then discuss as a group.  These clips can also be watched outside of class time along with a Zoom recording of the class for asynchronous instruction.

Film clips can be created and shared in a number of ways:

  • Create a link to a clip from one of the Libraries streaming services.
  • Submit a request to the Libraries to create clips from a DVD in the collection that will be posted on PrattTalks for a limited amount of time.
  • Create your own clips and post them to Canvas, Pratt Talks, or another clip sharing platform. For assistance with this process, please contact the service desk at
  • Many existing clips can be found on YouTube, Vimeo, and Internet Archive.

Creating Links to Clips From A Streaming Service



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  • At this time it is not possible to create clips in Swank.  Students can be directed to the timestamp in the video and navigate to it manually.

Submit a Request to Create Clips From a DVD in the Library's Collection

If no streaming clips are available for the film you which to use, but a DVD exists of the film, it may be possible to rip the DVD to create and locally host a clip on Pratt Talks. Professors attempting to use clips in class can search the library's catalog at to check our availability. If the library owns a copy of the film on DVD, professors can submit a clip request by emailing with the following information, allowing at least 10 days for processing:

The title of the film along with a link to the catalog record.

The start and end time of the clip you need; the more precise, the better.

The date on which you will need the clip.  We currently need 10-14 days to complete requests for clips.

The date on which the clip can be taken down.

When the clip has been made, we will email you a link to the Pratt Talks video, which can then be sent directly to your students via email or embedded into your LMS.

Create Your Own Clips From a DVD

If the library does not own a copy of the film on DVD, but you have a DVD in your personal collection, you may be able to create and upload a clip to Pratt Talks yourself, bearing in mind the core principles of Fair Use, the TEACH Act, the most recent exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. 

Creating Your Clip

We recommend using the free software Handbrake. You can find tutorials on how to download and use Handbrake on YouTube, as well as how to compress the file if your clip is large.

Uploading Your Clip Using Canvas

Once your clip has been created, you can upload and share it directly using Canvas. You can find tutorial videos for how to do this on YouTube:

Uploading Your Clip to Pratt Talks

If you are not using Canvas for your courses, you can upload it to Pratt Talks using the following steps:

  1. visit and login with your OneKey
  2. Click ADD NEW in the upper right and choose MEDIA UPLOAD
  3. select and upload file
  4. enter in relevant information
  5. Select "unlisted" under Publishing Status (screenshot below)
  6. Copy the URL from MY MEDIA or SHARE when viewing the item

The URL can than either be sent directly to students or embedded to your Moodle LMS. The clips should be removed from Pratt Talks when they are no longer being used. For issues related to Pratt Talks, please contact the Technology Service Desk at 


Is there a limit to the length of a clip or how many clips can be made from one film?

There are no hard and fast guidelines dictating how long or what percentage of a film can be shown in a clip.  A rule of thumb to follow is that a clip should only be as long as is needed to convey a specific idea or interpretation to students enrolled in your course. In addition access to clips should be password protected and only available for as long as is necessary to meet the educational needs of the course.

What about copyright? Is circumventing technologically-protected physical media legal?

The short answer is yes for educational purposes such as face-to-face teaching. The long answer is it depends. To learn more about using clips in face-to-face and remote instruction, you should familiarize yourself with the core principles of Fair Use, the TEACH Act, the most recent exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The Society for Cinema & Media Studies has also developed a best practices document specifically geared toward educators teaching with film and other media.