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How to Find Videos

How to find streaming videos and DVDs, create playlists and clips, and more

What it is

The Films on Demand: Master Academic Collection is offered to our campus through NC Live and contains over 46,000 streaming videos with nearly 343,000 video clips; the titles are educational in nature and cover a wide variety of topics in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. This collection also includes archival films and newsreels featuring the Great Speeches Series. Producers include CNBC, ARTE France, Bill Moyers, NewsHour Productions, BBC.

Popular Categories include:

  • Environmental Issues
  • Events in History
  • Great Documentaries
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

...and more!

Public performance rights are included with this subscription.

Link to specific videos or clips

Each video and segment has a unique, stable URL. The url appears below the video or clip; look for the phrase "Share", and then "Embed/Link". Be sure to use this URL rather than the temporary URL in your browser's address bar.

Closed Caption Settings

To adjust these settings, you must be logged in with a personal user account.

  • Click on your name in the header and click on My Account Settings;
  • Scroll down to the middle of this page to the Caption Settings section.

You can control the way captions display in the video player in the following ways:

  • Font Size: choose between small, medium or large
  • Font Family: choose from a variety of common font families, such as Verdana and Fixed Width
  • Font Color: choose from a variety of color options
  • Background Color: choose from a variety of color options

You also have the option to turn on closed captions by default by checking the "Always start my videos with closed captions enabled" check box.

Once you are satisfied with your settings, click the Save button.

Search Films on Demand

You can search the site using the search box at the top of the homepage, or use the Advanced Search option.

By Subject:

Scrolling the homepage will allow you to see titles by subject, you can also go to the Menu option in the top left for a dropdown to view all subjects.

By Producer:

The menu option in the top left will also allow you to see Featured Producers, or opt to View All.

By Category:

The menu option will allow you to see Popular Categories, or option to View all.


This menu option allows you to view videos related to important events for each day of the month.

You can preview video content directly from search and browse results by clicking on the Preview button that displays along side the page tools. This will open up a player that will play the particular title or segment.

Create playlists in Films on Demand

Create a custom playlist to share specific videos and clips with others on campus. You can also create playlists and then link to them in Moodle.

It's easy to do!

  1. Sign in to your personal Films on Demand account. Setting up your account as a Teacher or Librarian allows you to view YouTube content to add to your playlists.
    In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, click on "Sign in" or, if you haven't created a personal account yet, click on "Create Account."
    Note: we recommend that you choose a password that differs from your Davidson network password.
  2. Search Films on Demand to find a video clip that you want to use.
  3. Click on the "+ Add to" sign that appears near the thumbnail image of the video. This will allow you to create a new playlist or add your film to an existing playlist.
  4. Each playlist will have a unique, stable URL that you can share with others on campus. Adding or removing from the playlist will not change the stable URL.
    You can view all of your playlists by clicking on the "Playlist" menu at the top of the screen.

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