May 19, 2022

The Wonderful C-SPAN Video Library Releases Enhanced Video Clipping Tool

As we’ve said MANY times, the C-SPAN Video Library is one of the most useful, interesting, important, and in many cases, essential online research resources to be made available in the past several years. It includes just about every minute of programming ever aired on all C-SPAN channels. Access to the database and the video is free.

All of the material is searchable not only with metadata but also using each word spoken during a program. That’s right, transcript search.

Today, the C-SPAN Video Library has announced an enhanced clipping tool for video content you might want to share.

From the C-SPAN Video Library Blog:

First, all clips can now be named and a description added. This is valuable since we allow users to login and keep track of their clips on our site. Clips are shown on your personal page when you log in. You can later purchase the clip or share it with others. You can also choose to be anonymous or allow others to see the clips that you create.

A second new feature we have added is the ability to zoom in while clipping videos. Since many of our videos are hours long, it is difficult to fine tune the clipping to move just a few seconds with the cursor. The zoom feature takes a small section of video and makes it much larger so that one can move just a few seconds with the cursor. Try this feature when working with longer congressional hearings or congressional sessions. The zoom feature appears as an hour glass on the clipping tool.

Direct to C-SPAN Video Library

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.