Naxos Video Library brings culture to your couch

Would you like to enjoy an opera or a concert, or maybe even watch theatre at home, but there is none of that on TV at the moment? And what if the nearby library is closed? Fortunately, there is a new alternative. You can watch online videos via Helmet.fi. Why not take the chance to immerse yourself in Swan Lake!

What is available?

Naxos Video Library offers nearly 3000 videos and the collection is growing continuously. The service features opera, ballet, theatre, concerts, documentaries, and educational material. Most of the music content is currently classical, but there are also some jazz and world music performances and documentaries from various subjects other than music.

Interested? Here is how to get on board

You log in to Naxos Music Library with your library card number. If you are using library computers, you do not need to log in.

NVL videos are compatible with both PC and Mac computers. The service works on updated Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers which support Flash. Watching videos via smart phones or tablets is not currently possible.

You can find further information on the technical requirements in the service’s FAQ section.

Find and browse the video library content

It is easy to search for videos in Naxos Video Library. You can use the basic keyword search or advanced search, but also browse collections e.g. by genre, artist or composer.

You have two viewing options: videos stream at 700 Kbps (standard quality) and 2 Mbps (high quality). The choice is made by marking the desired option below the video window.

Some of the videos have subtitle options. Many videos also come with a full libretto text. If subtitles and librettos are available, you can find them on the right hand side of the video window. You can find subtitles both on the Libretto/Text tab and from the drop-down menu below the video. The subtitle languages vary according to performances. The Cast tab provides the link to the whole libretto in Naxos site and also to the downloadable PDF-file.

Check out and enjoy!

Log in to Naxos Video Library and enjoy! Don't forget to try out Helmet libraries other Naxos music services.

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