British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Recent additions to the Moving Image Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 1,600 websites relating to video, multimedia and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas. To suggest new entries or amendments, please contact us by email, telephone or visit the Gateway at

The new EUscreen portal features content from over twenty archives and broadcasters across Europe, bringing together videos, stills, text and audio that provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic events that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries. The content is freely available and offers researchers and academics the chance to study and compare the development of European television history across national borders. Much of the content on the new site is organised by series entry, allowing users to more easily trace not only the progress of historical events but also the changing modes of television production across the decades. A unified metadata schema unites Europe’s heterogenous audiovisual collections and provides a rich and detailed level of description which will enable researchers to contextualise the material and place it in its proper historical, social and technological environment. The new version of the portal supports html5 playout which allows the content to be viewed on mobile devices and tablets. The site is still in a state of development and new content is being added all the time. An exhibition builder will soon be made available which will allow users to create virtual exhibitions and facilitate the use of videos, photos and audio material. The site also features a blog and is linked to the VIEW journal, the the first peer-reviewed, multi-media, open access e-journal in the field of European television history and culture.

This resource is the television channel of a San Francisco science musuem called the Exploratorium, and features hundreds of webcasts, video clips, and podcasts on astronomy, chemistry, psychology, earth science, life science, medicine and physics.

Globe Player
This Video on Demand platform offers full length HD films of over fifty Shakespeare productions at the Globe to rent or buy. Shakespeare’s Globe is the first theatre in the world to offer this kind of on-demand platform for digital content. Every foreign-language production from the 2012 ‘Globe to Globe’ festival of international Shakespeare has been made available on film, alongside main productions from the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 summer seasons, including Twelfth Night with Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry, and Much Ado About Nothing with Eve Best. The main 2013 titles including Dominic Dromgoole’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Eve Best’s directorial debut Macbeth will be made available soon. The site has some free content including the Sonnet Project NYC, which involves each of the 154 sonnets being read by a different actor in a different location in New York. The Muse of Fire features conversations with notable actors and scholars – including Judi Dench, James Earl Jones, Harold Bloom and Fiona Shaw – talking about Shakespeare’s place in the modern world.

Vet Channel Media
This company produces a range of informative videos about pet and animal health which are intended for display in the waiting rooms of veterinary practices. All the videos are freely available to preview on the Vet Channel website. The videos are short, visually attractive and designed to appeal to pet-owners, offering advice on nutrition, vaccinations, grooming, dental health, diabetes, administering medicine and other aspects of caring for domestic animals.

Philosopher’s Pipe
This website aggregates philosophy podcasts from various sources and organises them to make a wide range of content more easily accessible to interested listeners. The site has seven broad subject categories: Ethics, Mind, Science, History, Political, Religion and Continental. The contents of nearly twenty podcasts are arranged according to these subject areas. Alternatively, listeners can simply follow the links to the original podcasts themselves.

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