Free Access to America History in Video


The America History in Video from the Alexander Street Press is freely available until the end of April. The collection includes "thousands of rare newsreels from 1929 through the 1960s, including the entire series of both Universal and United ... the historic Longine Chronoscope broadcasts and hundreds of hours of documentaries from leading producers such as The History Channel®. "

More importantly, transcripts of the entire video collection are available in text format. Which means you can perform keyword search through the transcripts and easily find the video clip you need. The video viewing window comes with the transcript window and the video clips and transcripts are synchronized. When you play a clip, the transcripts will be scrolling alongside the video, highlighting the segment. Also browsing the transcripts, you can move directly to a specific part of the clip.

In addition, you can extract a segment of, for example, a documentary and save it as a separate clip which would be helpful for the classroom use. Other interesting features include, thumbnail view of the clip, creating your own playlist, embedding the clip into your web page or blog.

The collection will be available for free until the end of April from below URL. No username and password required. Please check this and let me know what you think about this source.


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