to Unzip Downloaded Movie Files


1. Our Downloaded Movies are Zipped...
When you click a download button for either a batch of movies or an individual file from our Download Movies Page, you are getting a "zipped" or compressed package. This prevents a movie from accidently trying to be played by an application on your computer, when all you really want is the file to be copied to your computer or device.

What happens next will depend on several factors: which web browser you’re using, how that browser handles .zip files, and how your computer is set up to handle downloads.

Usually a request to download a zipped file will store that file in your computer's "Downloads" folder. Some web browsers may also ask you to specify a folder or directory where you prefer to store your downloaded files.

2. Extract Zipped Movies...
Now that you have the .zip file on your local drive or device, you need a software program that allows you to open .zip archives. If you don’t already have a program, you can download for FREE one called StuffIt Expander from SmithMicro using the links listed below. Be sure and download SmithMicro's FREE version of StuffIt Expander. You do not need to purchase their full StuffIt suite of software...

Expander for Windows
Expander for Mac

Sometimes, an error occurs when attempting to unzip a file. Most of the time, just double-clicking a .zip file will launch the extractor. Occassionally, some computers will display an error message. The solution that has worked is as follows:

3. Password Needed to Unzip a Downloaded Movie...
When you "unzip" or extract one of our .zip archive files that you have downloaded, a dialog box appears, asking you to enter a password. Once you enter our password and save the movie file, you can play the clip directly from your local hard drive and re-use the movie (with attribution...see our Creative Commons License) in lectures, PowerPoint or Keynote presentations, quizzes, exams, problem-based learning cases, or multimedia learning objects. We request that you do not re-post our movies to YouTube or other similar video distribution services. Movies that you re-use in your own applications do not have to be password protected. Our password is good for all downloaded movies you need to unzip.

To receive our password via e-mail, we ask you to fill out a form. Within 24 hours (usually faster), we will send you a message with the password and a review of our re-use guidelines. Here is the link to the Password Form:


Request the Password to Unzip Downloaded Movie Files



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