About C-SPAN Video Library

The C-SPAN Archives records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN Archives. More Info

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“Fast and Furious” in the Video Library

June 22, 2012

As the House prepares to take up the contempt resolution on Attorney General Eric Holder, it is a good time to look back to see how many programs there are in the C-SPAN Video Library on the “Fast and Furious” program. A search shows 164 programs. (Note: to find these search for “Fast and Furious” in quotation marks. This searches for the words exactly as typed and does not search for the single words “fast” or “furious.” )

To refine your search you can always go to the upper left of the search results and add another search term. For example, we can add Eric Holder as person name and find nine programs including many hearings where Eric Holder appeared.

The C-SPAN Video Library has a powerful search engine and many public affairs programs to review. Learn to use it and share these programs with your friends.

Clipping in the Video Library

The C-SPAN Video Library has recently enhanced its clipping tool to make it easier to clip and share C-SPAN videos. First, all clips can now be named and a description added. This is valuable since we allow users to login and keep track of their clips on our site. Clips are shown on your personal page when you log in. You can later purchase the clip or share it with others. You can also choose to be anonymous or allow others to see the clips that you create.

A second new feature we have added is the ability to zoom in while clipping videos. Since many of our videos are hours long, it is difficult to fine tune the clipping to move just a few seconds with the cursor. The zoom feature takes a small section of video and makes it much larger so that one can move just a few seconds with the cursor. Try this feature when working with longer congressional hearings or congressional sessions. The zoom feature appears as an hour glass on the clipping tool.

Over three million clips have already been created by users in the C-SPAN Video Library. Try these new tools and contribute your own clips when you see something of interest. Watch it. Clip it. Share it.

Viewing Clips in the Video Library

June 15, 2012

Since the C-SPAN Video Library was launched, clipping and posting programs has been a popular feature. Users have created over three million clips using the tools in the video player. We now are providing users an opportunity to view the clips created by others.

On the front page of the Video Library you will find a tab, Popular Clips. There is also a drop-down menu that lets you look at these clips by time. You are also able to view the clips made from a program on an individual program page.

There are a lot more features to clips – they can be named, saved, and shared through the login that is now a feature of the Video Library. In future blogs, we will highlight how to use more of these features.

We continue to enhance the C-SPAN Video Library by adding new features and tools.