Video Database FAQs

What are the System Requirements?

Audio and video resources are accessible with Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher.

Alexander Street Press recommends that each computer accessing the service has at least a high-speed internet connection with minimum 400 kbps connection to the internet.

Windows: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, Firefox 3.0 or higher, and Google Chrome 1.0 or higher.

Mac OS X: Safari 1.0 or higher, Firefox 3.0 or higher, and Google Chrome 1.0 or higher.


What is the quality of the streaming video content?

The default playback will always display the standard 400kbps(400X308 pixels) version. You can click the 'larger' link at the top right hand corner of the player window to start streaming the 800kbps (640X480 pixels) version.

Video playback requires your computer to 'stream' the video files. This is where a file is sent from our servers to your computer bit-by-bit. The file is temporary, meaning that you are not downloading a copy to keep. In order to achieve this, we encode 2 versions of each video at separate bit-rates. The 'bit-rate' is the amount of data we send to your computer each second. The higher the bit-rate, the higher the quality, and the greater bandwidth is required.

The standard video display is 400X308 pixels, at 400kbps. Clicking on the 'larger' link at the top right hand corner of the video display will open the large screen view, which is 640X480 pixels, at 800kbps. These are our 2 video display formats. Please note your bandwidth limitations in deciding to view either the standard or large screen formats.

For more information or trouble shooting, contact the Customer Support team by e-mailing support [at] alexanderstreet [dot] com or by filling out the Customer Support web form.

Can I use Boolean operators?

Yes, you can use Boolean operators in any search field.

  • AND operator

                    The AND operator retrieves all cases where words, phrases, and their variations appear in the same specified context (e.g., church AND state). As you enter more search terms, fewer results will be retrieved but each result will be of higher relevance.

  •   OR operator

                     The OR operator retrieves all instances where individual words or phrases appear (e.g., avarice OR greed, holy ghost OR spirit).

  • NOT operator

                     The NOT operator retrieves instances where one chooses to exclude a word from a search (e.g., church NOT state).
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