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Streaming Video at Milne Library

How to find and use streaming video resources for classes and other educational purposes.

FOD header image

Films On Demand is a database of documentaries, educational videos, and news footage. Examples of desirable items include the works of Bill Moyers and Ken Burns as well as PBS programs, selected TED talks, CNBC political footage, the Biography Channel and films from the American Museum of Natural History.

How to access Films on Demand

Access SUNY Oneonta's Films on Demand (FOD) subscription through Milne Library's A-Z Database list. Depending on where you access the service (on or off campus) you may have to log in with your SUNY Oneonta credentials.  

Create a profile

If you want to create and save playlists or segments from FOD films, you must create a profile first. Click on the Your Profile icon at the top of FOD pages (see image at right) and follow the instructions to create your username and password. 

Find content

Browse Subjects

From the FOD homepage, click on the dropdown menu icon at the top left of the screen (see image below). Browse by Subject areas (click View All for more), Popular Categories, and Producers. 


FOD browse dropdown


Use Search Terms 

Looking for something specific? From the FOD homepage, use the Search box at the top search exact terms. Within your search results, you can further filter by Subject or Content Type. 

Use the Segments feature

Films on Demand (FOD) has a great feature called Segments, which function like clips but are automatically created by the platform for all users. You can also create your own Segments (clips).

Use FOD Segments

Every FOD video is playable as the full feature, but you can also skip to automatically created Segments that appear in a box to the right of the film player (see image below). Segments are like clips that FOD has created for you. To see the Segments offered for each film, navigate to the FOD video you want and make sure the right-side box is clicked into the "Segments" tab (the other option is "Transcript").

FOD segments 

Create your own Segments

When signed into you FOD profile, navigate to the film in FOD you want. Click on the "Segments" button listed below the video player and follow the instructions to create your own Segments. 

Link and embed FOD videos in Blackboard

Instructors can share or embed Films on Demand videos directly into Blackboard to share with a class. Embedding is recommended because it displays the video player and film clip directly in the Blackboard course content. One Oneonta instructor told us, "students are more apt to watch a little of the video if it is directly in front of them [and] students that struggle with technology... really appreciate it when I embed videos."

TIP: To make sure your off-campus students can access links and embedded videos, we recommend creating the links while off campus so they include the appropriate EZ Proxy language.

Share a film link

In your internet browser, navigate to the FOD video you want. Below the film player and description, click on the SHARE option.

FOD share add cite segments icons

A dialog box will appear with options. Click over to the Embed/Link tab (see image below). Under the Record URL option, click "Copy." 

Now navigate to your Blackboard course, click on "Build Content" and choose "Web Link." Create a name for the link, paste the permalink into the URL box, and submit.  


FOD embed link tab


Embed a FOD film in a Blackboard course  

In your internet browser, navigate to the FOD video you want. At the top of the page, click on the SHARE option.

A dialog box will appear with options. Click over to the Embed/Link tab (see image above). Under the Embed Code option, click "Copy." 

Now navigate to your Blackboard course, click on "Build Content," and then "Add Item." Name the Item and click on the Source Code option in the Tools (see image below). 

Blackboard New Item Source Code option

In the Blackboard Source Code screen, paste the embed code you copied from FOD. Save your new item in Blackboard. The embedded video will be visible and play directly in the Blackboard course content list.