You can also do this without burning clips onto a separate DVD. Just use
the original discs and a software program like PowerDVD, or even WinDVD
(the latter program is a little less user-friendly though).
You can use the bookmark feature to cue clips on any DVD (including
burned DVDs), and you can capture stills very easily as well. The
bookmarks are saved onto your computer, so they'll be there the next
time you use the disc.
I have had great results with this program. It works very well to play
one clip multiple times from the exact same spot for test situations. It
also allows you to set as many bookmarks as you'd like on a single DVD,
which works wonderfully during lectures and conference presentations. No
wasted time fast forwarding or rewinding--just a click of the mouse and
you can hop all over the DVD.
You can also preset a bookmark at the start of a film, so you never have
to waste lecture time while waiting for the mandatory
ads/previews/menu/etc. to finish.
(I don't know of any Mac versions of these programs, and of course you
do need to have a computer in your classroom or, preferably, your own
laptop computer with DVD drive.)
Dr. Virginia Bonner
Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies
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Subject: [SCREEN-L] a basic question
When I test my undergraduates, I like to show them brief clips of films
and ask them to comment on specific things (editing, lighting, etc).
Cueing was easy enough to do with videotapes, but now that I'm using
DVDs almost exclusively it's becoming a problem.
I was wondering if any of you have any suggestions as to hardware or
software that will enable me to copy these short clips (usually less
than a minute) for testiing purposes.
Dr. Lou Ann Thompson
Professor of English
Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX 76204
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