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Films, DVDs and Videos: FAQs

Guidance on finding and using films in the library collections

FAQs

Where can I watch a film in the Forum Library?

There are Forum Library Viewing Stations on level +1 and Level -1 near the PC clusters. Please ask at the Forum Library Help Point and we can show you where they are and lend you a remote control if required.  Please use your own headphones.

Can I borrow an External DVD drive?

You can borrow a USB external DVD drive to use with an Open Access PC or with your own laptop or USB enabled device.  Just ask at the Forum Library Enquiry Desk during staffed hours, 8.00-8.00 Mon-Sat and 10.00-6.00 at weekends.

Where else can I watch a DVD

You can borrow and then watch a DVD on PCs in the Old Library and Amory Study Centre.

What is a Cage video?

Cage videos are recordings of British TV programmes on VHS tape.

What is an Offair DVD?

Offair DVDs are recordings of TV programmes on DVD.

I want a copy of a programme that is not available via BoB or currently available in the Offair DVD collection.  How can I arrange a copy?

The BUFVC offers a backup service for missed recordings. Email library@exeter.ac.uk if you wish to request a missed recordings and the Library Team will advise on availability and timescales.

There is a "Not for Loan" sticker on the DVD case - can I still borrow it?

Yes - these stickers are no longer relevant and are gradually being removed from the Library stock.

The video is very scratched - can we make a DVD copy?

We can make a DVD copy - however, all scratches etc which appear on the VHS tape will also appear on the DVD copy.

How can we make sure that a film has English subtitles?

Generally, Offair DVD recordings have been made from British TV and will have subtitles. However, material purchased from the film's country of origin will not always have subtitles - please check the box for details.

The DVD or video I have borrowed will not play properly

Please return the material to Library staff. We will endeavour to clean and check the film before returning it to you. If we are unable to fix the problem, we will recommend that a replacement copy is purchased if available.

I cannot play a DVD on my machine

Please check that the DVD is the right region for your player. Most modern DVD players, including all of those in our Multi Media Suite, are multi-region, meaning that they will play all DVDs.

The film I have is not the right version

Always check the director and year of the film - there can be more than one version of the same title, particularly if you are talking about a popular film, for example King Kong.

What is the EDA Collection?

The Exeter Digital Archives are an international moving image resource for Performance Practice research.
More details can be found here.

What is BoB?

BoB or Box of Broadcasts is an off-air recording and media archive service. This TV scheduling service allows you to record TV and radio programmes that are scheduled to be broadcast over the next seven days as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days from UK freeview channels. The MyBoB feature allows you to create playlists and clips from broadcasts. All content can be used for educational purposes and can be embedded in the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE). 

Can I play Blu-ray discs?

The library does not have Blu-ry playing facilities.   There are Blu-ray playing facilities in Large Seminar rooms, Small lecture theatres and Large lecture theatres.  More details can be found on the AV support webpages.

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