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CEHHS Faculty - Research Help & Library Services

A guide for faculty in the College of Education, Health & Human Services about requesting research instruction and using library services.

Finding Films on Swank

Creating links from Swank

Please use the following steps to create links that will work both on and off campus:

  • From the Swank portal, navigate to the film you wish to link to
  • Click on the "Copy Direct Link" button in the lower right corner, just below the viewing window
  • Paste the URL into the document, email, etc. where you wish to insert the link
  • Test the link to make sure it copy/pasted correctly

Viewing videos from a laptop or desktop

First, make sure the machine you are viewing videos from meets the minimum technical requirements. Chrome is usually the most compatible browser for PC's (Safari works best for Mac).

To view your video:

  • Click on the link provided by your professor, or click on the link for the Swank portal in the library catalog (Disney films are available by direct link from your professor only)
  • Enter your uniqname and password when prompted by the UM Weblogin page
  • If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your library PIN (more information about setting or re-setting your library PIN can be found here)
  • Logging in to view the portal will take you to a list of available films. Scroll through to find the title you are looking for, or search by title
  • Direct links to videos will take you to the main page for that title. The main page will feature a viewing window with a play button and information related to the video (run time, rating, actors, directors, etc)

    play button

  • Press the play button to start the video. It may take a minute or two to load depending on your internet connection speed
  • Turn on subtitles, adjust the audio, make the viewing window full screen, or advance the film using the controls at the bottom of the viewing window

Viewing videos from a mobile device

First, make sure the device you are viewing videos from meets the minimum technical requirements. Then, download the Swank Media Player in the iTunes or Google Play store. You will also need to install the University VPN software on your device. The ITS HelpDesk can assist you with setting up VPN on your device. Safari is the recommended browser on iOS, Chrome on Android.

To view your video (Android steps may differ slightly):

  • Turn VPN on in your device settings
  • Tap on the link provided by your professor, or tap on the link for the Swank portal in the library catalog (Disney films are available by direct link from your professor only)
  • Enter your uniqname and password when prompted by the UM Weblogin page
  • Logging in to view the portal will take you to a list of available films. Scroll through to find the title you are looking for, or search by title
  • Direct links to videos will take you to the main page for that title. The main page will feature a viewing window with a play button
  • Press the play button. A prompt will pop up asking if you should open the Swank Media Player. Tap "Open"
  • The video should play in the Swank Media Player app

The VPN can be temperamental. If you are having problems, make sure the VPN is still connected.

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