Academic Video Online: Premium

Academic Video Online: Premium

Academic Video Online: Premium is Alexander Street’s most comprehensive video subscription, an ever-growing resource that comprises content from 42 full video collections and 8 bonus discipline clusters. Academic Video Online: Premium currently contains more than 40,000 full video titles (not just clips) and well over 20,000 hours of content.

Academic Video Online: Premium is designed to bring the highest-quality video content to the broadest range of subject areas. The collection builds off of the multidisciplinary focus of VAST: Academic Video Online, Alexander Street’s flagship video product that provides a selection of key video content from more than two dozen best-selling collections. Academic Video Online: Premium takes scholarship one step further by providing access to almost all of the video content from each of these collections.

Collections included in Academic Video Online: Premium are:

*Content not available in all territories
**Video content only

For more information about the available add on to this collection, please click here.

On top of the full content of these databases, Academic Video Online: Premium contains eight academic clusters—more than 3,000 hours of content—that are available exclusively to Premium and VAST subscribers. These include:

  • Area Studies Video Online
  • Ethnic Studies Video Online
  • Humanities Video Online
  • Psychology Video Online
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies in Video
  • Science Video Online
  • Women’s and Gender Studies Video Online
  • World Languages and Literature in Video

Titles in every collection and cluster within Academic Video Online: Premium have been carefully selected to meet departmental needs and include documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. You’ll find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy® and Emmy® winners, the most frequently used films for classroom instruction, newly released films, and archival material previously unavailable.

Many of our collections have been acknowledged as among the best in their field. In recent years, Alexander Street video collections have received Library Journal’s 2011 and 2012 “Best Reference” awards; the 2011 Booklist Editors’ Choice award; and dozens of “recommended” and “highly recommended” reviews from publications including Choice, Library Journal, Library Media Connection, and Notes.



Academic Video Online: Premium's  interface comes equipped with an array of tools to enhance research, teaching, and learning.

Key features include:

  • Mobile access: Stream videos instantly to your mobile device.
  • Transcripts: View searchable, scrolling transcripts alongside a majority of titles.
  • Thumbnail view: Use the visual table of contents to scan hours of video in seconds.
  • Deep semantic indexing: Content is deeply indexed by discipline-relevant fields—facets including things like composer, performer, place discussed, and therapy type.
  • Clipping functionality: Users can easily create, annotate, and share video clips and playlists, and can embed them in third-party sites.
  • Permanent URLs: All videos, clips and playlists can be cited at permanent URLs, making integration with any learning management system easy.
  • HD-quality player: A video player with a 16:9 aspect ratio that streams up to 2.5 mbps allows for optimized high-definition viewing.
  • Cross-search: All videos within Academic Video Online are cross-searchable through one easy-to-use portal.
  • Comprehensive permissions cover in-class, on-campus, and remote viewing.

Academic Video Online: Premium is available on Alexander Street’s new enhanced interface. For more information on the dozens of new features—including semantic facet browsing, in-depth library usage statistics, translation into 65 languages, discipline-specific landing pages, and customizable learning objects—visit our new feature overview.


How does Academic Video Online: Premium stack up?

 Academic Video Online: PremiumLeading Competitor’s Product
Number of Titles 40,000+19,000+
Full-length Titles in Humanities and Social Sciences30,000+8,000+
Publishers Found in One Not Other
Asia Pacific Films, DER, Dramatists Guild, Educational Activities, Fanlight Productions, Filmakers Library, First Run Features, Healthy Learning, Kino Lorber, Landmark Media, Learning Seed, Microtraining Associates,, Royal Anthropological Institute, Videofashion LibraryShopware, TED Talks, Wide Angle
Video Streaming Rates Up to 2.5 mbpsUp to 1.5 mbps
Segments?Select titlesAll titles
Scrolling Transcripts?All titlesAll titles
Playlists?YesYes (limited sharing options)
Admin/Stats PortalYesYes
MARC RecordsBrief/Full records for all titlesBrief records for all titles
Semantic IndexingYesNo
Semantic Facet BrowsingYesNo
Cross-searchable with Other CollectionsYesNo
Availability of Audio and Text CollectionsYesNo
Compatibility with Video Hosting ServiceYesNo


A sampling of the dozens of high-caliber content partners included in Academic Video Online: Premium*


*Partner content not available in all territories.


Product Information

Academic Video Online: Premium is available by subscription to academic libraries worldwide.  For more information about curating your own multidisciplinary collection, please visit our evidence-based acquisition page.