Request Videos, Music, or Media not offered through the Library Databases
The library offers streaming services through a broad selection of streaming databases. To learn more about the resources we already offer, please click here.
To request media that isn't in the library collection, please contact the Media Specialist
Request Kanopy Videos
Kanopy is a streaming media platform offered through the library. Kanopy operates on a request-only model, meaning the Libraries will purchase or renew licenses for Kanopy films specifically requested by faculty or instructors for use in class. Once a license is purchased or renewed, a Kanopy video remains available for one year to the entire Mason community.
If you would like to use a Kanopy video, please follow the instructions on our Kanopy Guide.
If you have a legally purchased DVD (your personal property or checked out from the Library), playing the DVD on your computer and sharing your screen via Zoom falls within copyright Fair Use under the following conditions:
Technical advice for streaming media using Zoom:
Make sure you have the and have to with your Zoom account ID and password at gmu.zoom.us. Open the Zoom desktop client and .
Now that you want to watch. If you want to watch a movie in a streaming service like Netflix, simply open your browser and navigate to the movie. If you have it downloaded or on DVD, launch your favorite media player and load the movie in it.
Now head back to the Zoom desktop client. Once the meeting starts, click on the ‘’ button at the bottom of your Zoom meeting screen.
A pop-up window will now open showing you all the active applications on your system. media player or your browser, depending on the source of your movie that you are watching.
Find and enable the option titled ‘ ’ in the bottom left corner of the pop-up window. This will allow your viewers to get the audio of the movie you are going to play in real-time.
Finally, select ‘ ’ in the bottom right corner of the sub-window to share your selected application with all your meeting participants. Play the movie. You and your meeting members will now be able to watch movies together using Zoom.
If you are on a slow Internet connection or one of your meeting members is facing latency issues, then you can enable the ‘’ in the bottom left corner of the sub-window. See step 3. You can bring the pop-up window back to select the option by clicking on the Screen Share button again.
Optimizing for full-screen video while screen sharing
1. Click “More” in the screen share controls.
2. Click Optimize Share for Full-screen Video Clip to enable.
3. Start playing your video while sharing your screen.
You wlil need to enable sound as well, make sure your volume is an appropriate level.
Place a request for the Libraries to put a media item on hold for a class screening. Media holds can be picked up from the Fenwick Library Information Services Desk.
To place a request fill out the form on the Faculty Classroom Screening Request page 48 hours in advance of the screening.
Place a media item on course reserve for student use. DVDs and VHS tapes on reserve can be checked out of the Fenwick Library Information Desk for four hours at a time.
Faculty can record videos, store them on Blackboard, and use them in their classes through Kaltura. On Blackboard, go to "Tools" > Kaltura MyMedia. If you have not yet downloaded Kaltura, you will be provided with the option to do so. For help using Kaltura, contact Mason Online.
Student Technology Assistance and Resource Lab (STAR), Johnson Center, Room 229
Video production studio and media equipment rentals for faculty and students
For questions concerning fair use and copyright when creating media for the classroom and distance education, please refer here.