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September 2005, Week 1


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"Delwiche, Aaron" <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 7 Sep 2005 11:07:01 -0500
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A few weeks ago, I asked if people had strong opinions about film
viewing attendance policies in undergraduate courses. The feedback to
this question was fantastic, and I just wanted to thank everyone who
took time to reply.

I am writing with another question: Does anyone know of any software
that makes it possible to jump to a specific moment in time on a DVD?
For example, imagine that I'm reviewing scenes from the film "Annie
Hall" in a lecture on "the long take." I would love to be able to jump
to the sidewalk scene with Rob (5:00), the Allison/Alvie bedroom scene
(14:25), and the first visit to Annie's apartment (29:21). The
chapter/scene menu is only of limited use in such a situation.

I've consulted the manual for the DVD player, and there doesn't seem to
be a way of doing this. However, the computer in the classroom does have
a DVD ROM drive. I'm currently using a piece of software called VL
Player that allows me to move through the disc using a slider bar. This
is a reasonably workable solution, but it isn't very precise.

Has anyone else come up with solutions to this problem?

Thanks in advance for your time,

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