Answers to common questions about streaming video.

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How to Create Custom Segments in Films on Demand (2 mins)

Clip Example

Clips can be helpful for

  • faculty to point students to a specific part of a film. It saves the student time in having to watch a complete segment or full title to get the the part you wish to highlight. 
  • students to use in presentations, they can link to a clip or embed a clip in a presentation or speech. 


Video clips can enrich your pedagogical practice and course content. Clipping is generally the safest way to incorporate copyrighted video into your online course.

Note: Refer to Copyright section of this guide for more information on fair use and exemptions for instructors. 

Why should I use video clips?

  • Conserve class time by focusing on specific segments of a film. 
  • Provide visual prompts for class discussion and dialogue.
  • Provide compelling visual examples of key concepts. 

How should I use video clips? 

  • Be strategic and focus on how clips enhance specific course content.
  • Keep clips short and only use as much is needed. 

How do I create clips?

Films on Demand provides predefined segmentation for the majority of their videos. You can also create and store segments within your personal account. You must be logged in to your personal account to access this feature. 

Create a custom segment

1. Go to Films on Demand and log in to your personal account under Your Profile. 

2. Search for a video and click on Segments under the video player. 

3. Cue the video to where your custom segment should begin and click on Set Start Time. 

4. Play the video to where your custom segment should end and click on Set End Time. 

5. Enter a title for your custom segment and click on the Create Custom Segment button. 

6. Go to My Content to view a list of your custom segments. See also Custom Segments in the record for the full title. 

Note: Refer to Embedding Videos section of this guide to learn how to embed custom segments in Canvas. 


Swank does not provide a clipping tool due to licensing and usage restrictions. 

You must be logged into your Kanopy account to access the clipping and playlist tool. Unique links and embed codes are generated for custom clips and playlists. 

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