Audio and Video E-Reserves


Faculty can submit a request to have audio or video materials digitized for use in coursework as electronic "Video Reserves." These videos appear in the Moodle site for the course, and students can watch these videos any time, day or night on their own computer, or on public computers on campus.

Requesting a Video Reserve for a Course

  • Please use our Video Digitization and Streaming Request Form. We also request that faculty review campus Copyright Information
  • The title search feature in our request form only looks for the DVD format of videos that are owned by Amherst College. We cannot digitize personal copies, or videos not belonging to the college.
  • VHS tapes do not digitize well, and should be replaced with a DVD copy by submitting a purchase request to the library. There is a link for this right inside our request form. Please add a note in the purchase request, that “this is for digitizing”, so the Library staff will know that the VHS copy is not adequate and indicate the show-date or date of class assignment.
  • Please submit DVD purchase requests at LEAST 3 weeks in advance of the show-date so that the library has enough time to: order, receive, and catalog the new DVD.
  • Any related materials can be dropped off at Seeley Mudd 110.

In addition to digitizing DVDs owned by the Frost Library, we can:

  • convert CD or cassette tracks to MP3
  • create digital clips from VHS tape or DVD
  • put audio content onto the campus streaming server

Turnaround Times

  • Film title already digitized: posted on Moodle same or next business day
  • Film title owned by Frost library, but not digitized: posted on Moodle within 2 business days
  • Film title not owed by Frost library: please submit a purchase request and allow approx 3 weeks for ordering, deliverly, cataloging and digitizing. 

Non-Curricular and/or Broadcast Materials

  • The curricular digitizing service does not provide for digitizing of research materials, archiving of collections, or any other use which is not clearly curricular and a definitive part of a planned course syllabus.
  • The service also does not include recording of television or other broadcasts, even those that are curricular. However, we can digitize portions of broadcast recordings that you have already made, such as from a VHS tape.
  • If you have any non-curricular materials that need to be digitized or if you need assistance recording broadcasts for your curriculum please contact Academic Technology Services for training and/or advice in finding an appropriate student assistant.

Help Links

Using Digital Video in Instruction

  1. At the end of the semester, video clips longer than 15 minutes will be automatically deleted from the streaming server.
  2. Clips shorter than 15 minutes will be stored in the faculty member’s personal web space with access limited to students enrolled in the course where it is used. Faculty are responsible for removing clips at the end of the semester. Clips may be stored locally on an office computer.
  3. For clips shorter than 15 minutes, faculty are required to post the following copyright notice on the webpage with the link to the video clip (for longer clips, the copyright notice is displayed automatically):
    "Copying, displaying and distributing copyrighted works may infringe the owner's copyright. Any use of computer or duplicating facilities by students, faculty or staff for infringing use of copyrighted works is subject to appropriate disciplinary action as well as those civil remedies and criminal penalties provided by federal law."

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