Content Comparison by CCL-EAR Committee
- The review focused on quality and quantity of videos, cost, subject coverage, search options, closed captioning, and customer service as well options for customization, embedding for content management systems and mobile options.
The content of Films on Demand is broad and is relevant for community college use. A very useful feature of the database is the 90,000 clips that can be searched and embedded into courseware. The videos are closed-captioned and the user support services are above average.
Intelecom has several of the same great features as Films on Demand and VAST including embedding and mobile options but their content is not as broad or as commercial as the other two databases. Although they have recently expanded their partnerships with other producers, their strength still remains in their in-house produced video clips. Their videos are designed to support specific curriculum.
VAST has more videos than Films on Demand and Intelecom but instructors might find the quality of these videos to be lacking in terms of video quality. This database would be used primarily by faculty and it would be important when considering this database to review video content for institution’s need. There is a lack of closed captioned materials in VAST but there is the ability to see side by side keyword-transcripts when the video is not in the full screen mode.
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