How to Preview and Download Video Clips

The DIY Podcast Video Clips pages allow you to preview video clips quickly. Scroll through the clip descriptions in the Flash player. As you find clips that interest you, click on the “Play” link, the clip number or the image beside the description to watch the clip. If you want to use the clip in your project, click on the download icon in the Flash player control bar or the “Download” link under the clip description. A compressed ZIP file will download to your computer.

Each ZIP file contains video clips and timed-text transcript files in multiple formats to accommodate Windows and Mac users. Formats of the five files in each clip’s ZIP package are:

•    MPEG-4 video (.mp4)
•    Windows Media Video (.wmv)
•    Text (.txt)
•    Distribution Format Exchange Profile caption (.dfxp.xml)
•    SubRip caption (.srt)

The time-stamped text files make it easier to create a captioned product if you choose to do so. Once you decompress the ZIP files, move the video clips into your video editing software and build your project.

We want to make this activity as simple as possible for you and welcome your comments to let us know if these are the formats you need.

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3 thoughts on “How to Preview and Download Video Clips”

  1. What a fantastic idea! Thank you! Imagine! Students listening, reading, and viewing science comments, and adding their own views! What engagement. Thank you NASA!

  2. How soon will other DIY Podcasts Activity Sets be available? I am currently looking for a set on Mars Exploration appropriate for grade 8 and up. I assume other NASA video clips located using “Find Other Materials” can be used similarly to create podcasts. Are all clips fully editable (for example, may we use only certain portions of the clip, extract audio, etc.)? Thanks for consolidating resources into ready to use but comprehensive collections.

  3. NASA is developing additional topic modules for the DIY Podcast and the next one will be added this month. Sports Demo is the latest module and will feature astronaut Clayton Anderson demonstrating the science of sports and relationships with scientific laws and principles. It's generally OK to edit video clips located by using “Find Teaching Materials” in the education section. Please refer to for details.

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