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The students usually know of good clips available on YouTube. I watch with them to advise on whether the clip has features that will work well for the assignment (lots of dramatic physical motions in our case). We happen to block student access to You Tube, so I get the clips for them. A convenient way to do this is via http://www.keepvid.com, which lets you download the clips. I have to do this at home, as keepvid is blocked here at school. Alternately, they can bring in a DVD and we can import a segment into a video-editing program.
It’s important to note that because we’re using short (ca. 2:00) segments for educational purposes, there is no violation of copyright law with this project.