Friday, October 23, 2009

Digital Videos That You Can Download

Did you know that the library's downloadable digital media section has 1,152 videos that you can watch on your computer or a WMV device? Now, these videos are not first-run movies or the latest hot television series, but there are some treasures if you are willing to take the time to look through the various titles available. I have gone through every page and was quite amazed at the variety of stuff available. I found a Japanese anime movie called "Ninja Scroll" a 1993 Citizen Award Winner from the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival, a drama called "Hog Island", about a woman who walks away from a comfortable home and ends up becoming involved with two drifters, and a 1959 horror classic called "House on Haunted Hill" with one of Hollywood's greatest actors, Vincent Price. There are also documentaries such as "An Adventure of a Different Nature" about Gros Morne Mountain in Newfoundland, Canada, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the original "The Fast and the Furious" from 1955 with John Ireland and Dorothy Malone. Who would have thought there would be a female character in a 1950's movie who is driving a muscle car? You will also find comedies, classics, old cartoons, and foreign films. So, for those of you who like to try offbeat videos for free, head on over to the "Featured Video" section and check out some of the titles for download. Or if you have the time, look through every single video like I did and you just might fine a hidden gem.

I have tried the video download, choosing a PBS Nature program and in about fifteen minutes, I was watching a documentary on birds.
If you have the Overdrive Media Console software already installed, the video will download in about ten minutes or so with a high-speed internet connection. I am not sure how it works with most computers, but for mine it opened up in a small window and then I clicked the small Windows Media Player icon on the bottom and the video then displayed in a larger picture through Windows Media Player. If you are not sure if you are able to watch videos on your computer or device, be sure and go to the "
Help" section for answers and troubleshooting if you are having problems.

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