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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 8:29 am
Alexander Street Press Ethnographic Video Online - Free Access
Posted by: Sue Polanka

Alexander Street Press is offering free access to it's Ethnographic Video Online collection.  The collection contains more than 1,000 of the most frequently used films in anthropology courses.  Classic works from the pioneers of ethnographic film, including Robert Flaherty, Timothy Asch, John Marshall, Robert Gardner, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, Jean Rouch, and many more—together with contemporary works by innovative filmmakers from around the world are included.

I watched a video called El Sebou' : Egyptian Birth Ritual.  While watching and listening (video non-english with sub-titles, narrator in english) the text the narrator was reading was highlighted in yellow in the transcript.  This adjusted as the text was read through the sync feature, which could be disabled.  ASP also offers the option to make clips of the movies.  It is so easy, just click and drag a green arrow to start the clip and a red arrow to end the clip.  Each clip can be saved with a specific title and be made viewable by the individual user, everyone, or just those from my institution.

Free access is available until May 31st.  Register online for an immediate username/password.  Make sure you have lots of time, because it's quite addicting.


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