Streaming and accessing films on the player does not require you to have a Film Platform account. However, to take advantage of some of the features that will allow you to personalize your streaming experience (such as creating bookmarks and playlists and leaving comments) you will need to create an account.
This takes less than a minute to do. Simply click “Sign Up” in the top right-hand corner of the screen. You can then sign up to our site by using your existing Facebook or Google+ account, or by providing some very basic information.
The first icon represents the ability to create bookmarks, to highlight the key moments in the film you might want to share with others or return to later.
Simply toggle the streaming player to the point at the film where you would like your clip to begin. Then click the bookmarking button, which will then show a little red dot, as though it is “recording”. Let the film play until the point that you’d like to clip to end, and then click the bookmarking tool a second time to bring the clip to an end.
The “Add Bookmark” window will then open up for you. Here, you can manually adjust the start point and endpoint of the clip. You can give the clip a name, provide a short description of what it contains or why you are highlighting this section, and add any tags you want to help identify this clip.
You then have the option to keep this clip private (so it is only visible to you) or to open it to other members of your school community who are screening through Film Platform. The last step is clicking “Save to Bookmark” and you are done!
The next button allows you to see all of the bookmarks that have been made for this film, both by you and by other people at your university.
You will also be able to see this and the rest of your bookmarks if you click “My Account” at the top right-hand side of the page and then select “My Bookmarks”. Here, you have the options to view, share or edit your bookmarks.
The linking icon allows you to share the URL of the film with other members of your school community, so they can instantly access the streaming player from both on and off-campus. If you want students be able to view the film from off-campus, you must add the proxy-prefix to the link.
See the example below.
Direct Film Link without Proxy-Prefix:
Direct Film Link with Proxy-Prefix:
You can also use social media to spread the word about the films. The envelope icon allows you to share the film via Facebook, Twitter, email, Google+, Linkedin, Pinterest, and hundreds of additional social networks.
The last button on the streaming page dashboard is the Playlist button. At any point when you are watching a film, you can click on this button to add this film to your playlist. You will have the option of adding this film to an existing playlist or creating a new playlist. Each playlist includes a description and tagging words to give other users an idea of the “theme” of your playlist. However, as with the Bookmarks, you have the option of keeping your playlist private or sharing it with other users from your institution.
To see your playlists, you can click “My Account” in the top right-hand corner and then select “My Playlists”.