Kanopy Streaming Video
À la Carte & Collections
Individual titles and curated collections can be ordered for one and three-year subscription licensing from within an administrative account on the Kanopy platform. A growing number of titles are also available for perpetual access purchase.
Kanopy's Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) model allows participating colleges to curate a collection of films from Kanopy's catalogue while only paying for films triggered by usage.
The alternative Pay Per Use (PPU) acquisition model is no longer available for new customers. (Existing PPU customers have been grandfathered for the time being.)
Kanopy's hosting service is no longer available for new customers, but in accordance with our consortial licence agreement Kanopy will continue to provide this service to the Ontario colleges.
Colleges are responsible for securing streaming rights from the rights holder before asking Kanopy to add the films to their account.
Colleges are also responsible for converting their DVDs to streaming format but, before doing so, it is recommended to contact Kanopy to ask if they have the files already. (For example, Kanopy may have the same title loaded for another college due to the content that OCLS transferred during the VoD-to-Kanopy migration, in which case Kanopy can simply add that title to your site. Hosting fees would still apply, but the upload fee would be waived.)
Long videos can be uploaded as clips if desired, in which case additional metadata outlining the title of the playlist and the order of the clips will be required, as well as an additional upload fee. (Alternatively, clip and playlist creation may be done within the platform post-upload.)
Access authentication Note
Kanopy authenticates access based on IP address as well as proxy prefix.
Chaptering & Playlists
Videos can be broken up into clips and shared with other users. Clips and videos can be combined into playlists and shared with users. These features are only available to users who have created an individual user account in the Kanopy platform. For more information, visit Kanopy's "Creating clips and playlists" help page.
Videos, clips, and playlists can be embedded into your LMS, library website, and elsewhere. Authentication protocols will still apply: "off-campus users will be prompted to log in with their student/staff ID in order to load the film." For more information, visit Kanopy's "Embedding films" help page.
Sourcing & Acquisition of New Titles
Kanopy's "Search & Find" service, which offered dedicated personal support to libraries requesting high priority films, is no longer available. As of August 2020, administrative staff may instead request that new titles are added to Kanopy via the Title Request tool. For more information, sign into your administrative account and visit Kanopy's "Can I submit a search request for a film?" help page. (For assistance with your Kanopy admin account, please contact the vendor directly. Contact information can be found in the Vendors directory in ERMA.)
User Film Requests
The Request for Purchase (RFP) feature allows a college's users to request that their library add a title to their collection. For more information, sign into your administrative account and visit Kanopy's "What is the Request for Purchase (RFP) feature?" help page. (For assistance with your Kanopy admin account, please contact the vendor directly. Contact information can be found in the Vendors directory in ERMA.)
Blacklisting for PDA Subscribers
Colleges who use Kanopy's PDA program and who used to participate in OCLS's Video on Demand (VOD) service may want to use the Title Exclusion Tool to blacklist those titles (migrated from OCLS to Kanopy in 2016) from their PDA collection. For more information, sign into your administrative account and visit Kanopy's "What is the Title Exclusion tool?" help page. (For assistance with your Kanopy admin account, please contact the vendor directly. Contact information can be found in the Vendors directory in ERMA.)
For current information about Kanopy's accessibility features, sign into your administrative account and visit "Accessibility" section of Kanopy's Academic Library Help site. (For assistance with your Kanopy admin account, please contact the vendor directly. Contact information can be found in the Vendors directory in ERMA.)
Accessibility Audit Results (pre-2015)
Platform and video player is WCAG 2.0 AA compatible.
Captions and transcripts are available for most titles; for those that aren't, subscribers can submit a request for captions to be created, which will be fulfilled within 2 to 4 days.
- Pop on method of closing captioning? Yes.
- Upper and lower case as appropriate? Yes.
- White lettering on a black bar or background? Yes. "We use default text display styling; most content management systems can change how captions are displayed, should you wish to do so" (vendor).
- Ability to turn captioning on/off? Yes.
- 26 characters per line with 2 line maximum? No: 32 characters per line with 2 line maximum.
- Identification of different speakers (for example, it is clear when a narrator is speaking vs. when a talking head is speaking)? Yes. From the vendor: "We follow the FCC's mandates to always indicate a change of speaker and add an ID whenever it's not obvious who is talking (ie you can't see the speaker's face)."
Sign into https://www.kanopy.com with your administrative credentials. For more information, see the "MARC Records" section of Kanopy's Academic Library Help site. For assistance, please contact the vendor directly.
MARC records may or may not include proxied URLs. If you would like to add or remove your proxy server prefix from your URLs, please contact the vendor directly, copying our sales rep.
Contact information can be found in the Vendors directory in ERMA.
As of 2020, Kanopy is currently working on a long-term project to improve the quality of their MARC records.