British Universities Film & Video Council

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Here are 5 more BUFVC Moving Image Gateway entries that we entered or edited in the last week.
A site that searches the web, indexing and linking to videos that are captioned or subtitled. It was originally designed for users who are unable to hear hear, understand, or enable the audio content of videos, but it is increasingly being used as a site for learning English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL). Videos can be browsed by category and those with an ESL icon are available for viewing both inside and outside the US. Specific features, such as common mispronunciations and slang phrases, are being developed for English learning and teaching in response to users’ feedback.Updates are available on Facebook and Twitter.

A collaborative online pronunciation guide for any language in the world. Users post words or names they wish to be able to pronounce and native-speaking members of the community upload recordings of themselves saying the word or rate other people’s pronunciations. These recordings are then archived and are available by searching on topic, language or part of speech.

Devoted to the art of the steadicam, a stabilising rig introduced in the 1970s to allow shots photographed with a handheld camera to appear as smooth as if they were filmed on a dolly. It focuses in particular on the efforts of the camera operators and their crews. Starting with extracts from 1976 right up to the present day, along with all the relevant clips (there are hundreds) displayed in full, there are commentaries from those who photographed the shots. The site can be searched by production title (including feature films, television shows, commercials and music videos), date and by the name of the camera operator.

Thinkbox is the marketing body for commercial TV in the UK, in all its forms. The attractive website provides a cornucopia of information on an extremely wide range of topics relating to television viewing habits including articles, statistics, case studies and research on TV effectiveness, new TV technologies and services, and programming information with links to broadcasters’ own sites. They also hold free training workshops and presentations around the country on topics such as the latest research on how our brains process TV and online experiences and what this means for creativity and planning, and the emerging platforms for distribution of TV content and how these are affecting the nature of TV viewing and advertising. Many of these events are streamed as live webcasts and then made available later for viewing on-demand. A separate section of the website provides a gallery of recent television adverts and older classic ones by theme. Most of the content of the website is available on open access, and other areas after free registration. Its shareholders are Channel 4, Five, GMTV, ITV, Sky Media and Turner Media Innovations.

Woodstock 1969: How it Looked to Us
This site from the Department of Film Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontaria, Canada shows six QuickTime movie clips of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. These unique clips are taken from original 8mm movie footage and audio cassette recordings made at the festival by Derek Redmond and Paul Campbell, and have not been seen since 1969. The clips are unusual as they show Woodstock from the perspective of someone in the crowd, rather than the usual footage from beside the stage. This is also reflected in the sound clips which differ from the familiar excerpts from the Woodstock movie and record albums.

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