A resource of free coral reef video clips for educational use
Whether you're talking to scientists or school children, nothing animates a presentation more than video of the subject. With support from The Royal Society, I've acquired video footage of a variety of reef-related phenomena during research trips. The full database of over 500 clips is provided here and is freely available for educational and research use. Simply select clips, download them to your hard disk, and insert them in PowerPoint or other presentation software.
Prof. Peter J Mumby
ARC Laureate Fellow & Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, University of Queensland (Australia)
E-mail: p.j.mumby@uq.edu.au
Tel: + 61 (0)7 3365 1686
Research link: Marine Spatial Ecology Lab
Go Straight To The Clips
How It Works
1) Browse for clips by location, species or topic, or find clips using the search tool.
2) The first time you attempt to download a clip you will be prompted to login using your email address. There are no usernames or passwords - it just helps me keep track of the site's uptake and use.
3) Once logged in, you will be able to download clips or view them directly if you have a movie plug-in for your browser. Note that some files take a while to download and Windows Media Player may say 'done' before this process has completed. Firefox users should open files using Windows Media Player rather than Quicktime.
Inserting Clips In PowerPoint
1) Download the clip to your hard disk.
2) In PowerPoint, go to Insert > Movies and Sounds > Movie from File.
3) Select the file.
4) The clip will either start automatically or when you double-click on the thumbnail.
5) I have experienced no problems using PowerPoint 97, 2000 or PowerPoint XP.
6) To ensure clips play in PowerPoint, check the full PowerPoint application and all Microsoft Graphics Convertors have been installed from the MS Office disk (or reinstall these files if necessary). Additional problem-solving steps are (i) download the latest version of DirectX or (ii) in PowerPoint, go Insert > Objects > Create New > and select the Windows Media Player .exe file.
7) Apple Mac users have several options for playing the AVI film clips:
(i) download the free DivX codec.
(ii) use the open-source (i.e. free) player VLC Media Player.
(iii) install the free 3ivxD4 codec.
(iv) convert AVIs to QuickTime movies.
For further details of the compatibility issues of playing AVI files under OS X see here.
Editing Clips
1) Clips can be edited using simple freeware such as Windows Movie Maker.
2) Custom editing can be undertaken on request. Contact p.j.mumby@ex.ac.uk.
Full-quality DV footage is available for educational or commercial purposes and is distributed on mini-DV tapes, DVD, or DVD-ROM. Video was recorded in PAL format but can be converted to NTSC. Contact p.j.mumby@ex.ac.uk.
Technical Specifications
Video footage was acquired using either Hi-Definition Sony FX1 (in a Gates Housing) or Digital Video using a Sony PC100E inside a Sea & Sea VX100D housing (with wide-angle port).
Files are in AVI format with MPEG-4 compression (framesize 384 x 288, frame rate 25 fps/PAL).
1) All video photographed and edited by Peter Mumby.
2) Website and database design by John Hedley.
3) Funding generously provided by The Royal Society, World Bank/GEF Targeted Research for Coral Reefs, Natural Environment Research Council, US National Science Foundation, Australian Research Council, Pew Fellows Programme, National Geographic Society, & Khalid bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.
Terms And Conditions
1) Clips may be used for educational and research purposes without additional permission.
2) Individual permission is required to use clips for commercial purposes.
3) Please do not undertake a block-download of video clips.
4) If clips or images from this site are used on other websites please credit with a link to http://www.reefvid.org