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Streaming Video: Tips for Instructors: AVON

How to make best use of the library's streaming video databases for your courses!


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1. Display the main page for the video you want.

2. Click the Share icon.

Screen capture showing the Share icon.

3. Choose Copy Permalink from the bottom of the screen.

Share options featuring the "Via permalink" box

4. Paste the URL into your web page. 


A correctly formed URL will look something like this: 


If the URL you copied already had the proxy information included, that works too, and you don't need to add anything. Example:

Example: ‚Äč Cyrano de Bergerac


Create Your Clip

To create a clip in AVON, you must first have a personal AVON account. To create one, click the person icon in the upper right corner, then use the option to register as a new user. 
The person icon is next to the Search box.

1. In AVON, navigate to the video you want to use and click Play

2. Make note of the timestamp for the beginning of segment you want to clip, such as 35:46, and its end, such as 41:03.  Timestamps are displayed below the video's timeline.  In the example below, this short video is only two minutes and ten seconds long, but it has been running for 33 seconds.

The start timestamp in this example is 33, the number of seconds the video has been running.

3. You can either click the scissors icon just below the video player or the Clips tab from the menu above it and then the scissors icon Create Clip button that appears in the popup window.

The scissors icon.
Toolbar that appears above the video player with clips highlighted.

4. The "Create a clip" window will appear. Clip Title is required; it will be visible when you share the clip. You may also want to enter a short description.
Create a clip with Title, Description, and start/finish values supplied.

6. Drag the playhead markers to the appropriate start & finish points for your clip. 

7. Change the status, Only visible to you to MAKE THE CLIP VISIBLE WITHIN YOUR INSTITUTION!!! Otherwise your students will not be able to view it.
Visibility window showing options including Visible within your institution.

8. Click the Save Changes button.

Link to Your Clip

1. Once your clip is created, it will appear in your Clips area.

2. Click the 3-dot icon on the clip.
Created clip ready for use showing three dot icon.

3. Chose Share.
Popup window with Share, Edit, Delete, and Copy Clip menu.

4. Choose Copy Permalink and paste the URL into your Web page. (The library does NOT recommend the embed option!)

5. Add the library's proxy prefix to the front of the URL:

6. When your students follow the link to the clip, it will play only the segment you have selected.

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