AMC Filmsite's Film Posters

AMC's collection of classic and vintage film posters offers users images of film posters, organized alphabetically. However, the site is peppered with advertisements for sites when one can buy film poster, so please be aware that clicking on anything but the alphabetical browsing will bring you to another site. The image quality and size varies greatly, with some posters not even being rotated appropriately.

Moving Image Collections

Sponsered by the Library of Congress, "MIC is a collaboration of organizations and individuals in moving image archives, information technology, and digital education. MIC documents moving image collections around the world through a catalog of titles and directory of repositories, providing a window to the world’s moving image collections for discovery, access and preservation.MIC lets you discover, locate, and even (in some cases) view moving images from around the world. MIC’s two databases can be searched from anywhere on the site. Use Collection Explore to search the MIC Union Catalog, listing moving images collected and managed by MIC participating organizations." The site is extensive and can be confusing to look at. Uses can look at the site through two portals: a general users portal and a science educators portal. It is difficult to fine actual moving images from this site. More information will be available soon, as there was a problem with the website at the time of writing this annotation.

Motion Picture and Television Reading Room (LOC)

Several hundred early motion pictures are viewable in the Library's American Memory collections, from topics ranging from Vaudeville to Teddy Roosevelt. Once users have chosen a collection, the movies can be both searched and browsed from within that collection.

Moving Image Archive

The Internet Archive's Moving Images library contains free movies, films, and videos. Thousands of digital movies, uploaded by Archive users, range from classic full-length films to cartoons and concerts. Many of the videos are available for free download. Movies are organized by sub collections, which are organized by theme. Movies are further subdivided within those collections by program. Once you click on a program, you can either search or browse movies from that program, view recently reviewed items, recently added videos, or join in a discussion forum. This collection is vast, and is best viewed when you have some extra time.

National Film Preservation Foundation

"The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) is the nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America's film heritage." The website contains a few video clips the the "DVD collections" part of the site, in addition to valuable information about film preservation, and are free to use.

UbuWeb

UbuWeb originally started as a repositoey for visual, concrete, and sound poetry, but has later come to embrace all forms of avante-garde art. The site can be overwhelming to look at, as the home page is filled with information on recent additions to the site, featured resources, and current projects that are underway. The films and video are organized by artist, so you should know what you're looking for if it is something speicific. UbuWeb also contains an audio section of the website, as well as numerous other forms of avante-gaurde art.

Youtube

Since 2005, Youtube has been the most popular video hosting and sharing site on the internet. Almost any video or film clip can be found here, making it an invaluable resource for scholars teaching or studying media such as film, dance, music, and theater. The copyright policies depend on the user, so please check with him or her before using any video. Youtube official copyright policy can be found here, though it pertains mostly to those who want to use parts of videos found on Youtube for their own videos. Youtube has its own channel where tips on how to use the site can be found. Read more about Youtube here. Youtube can easily be inserted into a Powerpoint. How it is inserted depends on whether you have a Mac or a PC, and whether you will have a reliable internet connection or not.

For a PC:
With an internet connection:
The easiest approach is to embed the video directly into the powerpoint, provided that you will have an internet connection. To do this, download the Youtube Plug-in Wizard from skp.mvps.org. Once it is installed, a new "insert Youtube video" button will appear in your toolbar. Simply type in the URL of the video, and follow the instructions of the wizard.

For a Mac/PC
Without an internet connection:
If you don't have an internet connection, you'll need to download the video and convert it to a file format that Powerpoint recognizes. I like to use MPEG Streamclip,, but you can also use Zamzar,, and online file converter that you don't need to download. The only drawback with this is that Zamzar emails you a link where you can download your converted video, and this can be a slow process. In addition, the conversion has failed for me several times. With both sites, you can copy and paste the URL for the Youtube video into the designated field, choose which format you would like it to be converted into, and then download it. Make sure that whichever file format you choose is supported by the Powerpoint version you will be using. I have Powerpoint 2004, and MP4 worked for me. You can find this information in your Powerpoint help section. You also need to make sure that your movie and your Powerpoint presentation are saved in the same folder, as Powerpoint does not save the movie file all together. There are many ways to do this, but this is simple what worked best for me after a lot of trial and error. You can read more about this process at Digital Inspiration , the Laundry Room, and the Powerpoint Team Blog.