Stock footage resource ITN Source in the UK are online with a handy 2014 Anniversaries and Events calendar with related historical clips.
Building upon the successful legacy of previous editions that took place in New York, Rome, London, and Toronto, IMPACT in Italy is a new take on the established genre and is a must-attend for all serious players in factual content.
From broadcasters, producers, archivists to noted figures in the history, biography and current affairs realm, IMPACT’s attendees are a veritable who’s who of the genre.
Unfolding over the course of two intense and productive days, IMPACT features an agenda crafted by practitioners, including:
• Keynotes, talks and multi-speaker sessions covering the most significant content production and development issues being faced today
• Screenings of the finest content, including a roundup of the best factual content from around the world
• An awards and recognition program that selects and honours the best factual content in the world
• Facilitated one-on-one meetings, enabling content executives to meet, buy, sell and collaborate
• Identification of new opportunities to influence viewers and monetize content in television, film, and digital media
• Stimulating intellectual & cultural performances, presentations, and activities
The early bird booking price is available to Jan 2014 here
UK based independent film library Huntley Film Archives started digitising films providing viewing of exceptional quality through their website. Films with colour correction and simple logo banner were viewable. However, ‘very early on a major broadcaster successfully circumvented our viewing method, zoomed past the banner and running time-code and broadcast one of our films. We never saw a penny.’
Robert Dewar Commercial Director at the company picks up the story: “So, we sadly decided to digitise lower quality viewing copies. Viewing copies are made from our good old Steenbeck viewing tables, but colour correction, scratch reduction and adjustments to tone and scale are no longer carried out. We have protected the middle of the screen with a ghost image of our Huntley Film Archives logo.
What can you expect from a viewing copy, and how does that compare to what you would eventually see at the time of master delivery?
To reassure you, here are a couple of ‘Before’ and ‘After’ examples (above). All versions remain low resolution, and eventual Master quality will be significantly better than that seen on the After version below, but this should give a part-way demonstration of what is achievable.
The techie bit – We currently export our films as MPEG-4 files.
These files are 640×480, which is a relatively low res compared with other websites. With our current software we are unable to customise our export settings, and have to rely on what is standard with each file type, according to our programme. So our finished resolution is set by the parameters we need the file type to meet (ie, aspect ratio, frames per second, etc), It is also limited by what is realistic for us to upload with our current server space and hosting abilities.”
3100 films are digitised to date and with around 75 films being made accessible weekly – ‘another 77000 to go’
↑ Watch the showcase – Instant Middle East Archive
The Associated Press has launch ‘a fully digitized archive of video footage from, about and relevant to the Middle East and North Africa.’
They say: ‘This innovative new product, AP Instant Middle East Archive, includes more than 60,000 news stories from 1900 to the present day sourced from AP Archive, the film and video archive of the AP, as well as from the world-renowned British Movietone News archive. New coverage is added every day from AP’s video newsgathering activities around the world.’
AP Instant Middle East Archive charts the history of the region, documenting such key events as World War I and II, the crisis in Palestine and the founding of Israel, the Arab-Israeli conflict, war in Lebanon, revolution in Iran and both Gulf wars. It also includes more recent footage from the Arab Spring, the upheavals in Egypt and the Syrian civil war. Significant events that took place outside the region are also included, such as the Camp David peace accords, the 1972 Olympics in Munich and the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Among the personalities featured prominently are Lawrence of Arabia, King Idris of Libya, King Faisal of Iraq, Golda Meir, Moammar Gadhafi, Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein and the Shah of Iran. The economy of the region is also covered extensively, as well as the development of the oil industry and the rise of the Gulf States. Other areas of interest include the arts, religion, culture, entertainment and sports.
“This product is simply the finest visual document of the history of the Middle East and North Africa,” said Alwyn Lindsey, AP’s director of international archives. “It is a must for any news organization that is serious about covering the region.”
‘The conference is to bring together Archivists, Academics and Film Makers, Editors, Producers, Directors and so forth to discuss, debate and learn about the indepth revolution that is the transitional period between Film and Digital.
AT-13 will be an outstanding opportunity for all those interested in the fast-moving area of media creation and preservation to mix with experts in the field, exchange experiences and learn about the latest techniques and developments. Participants can also achieve a publication in a professionally produced volume of proceedings.’
Full details here
get a taste of the production ↑
Barcroft TV, the video TV production arm of UK photo agency Barcroft Media are celebrating a record amount of YouTube views through October – 17.96million!
MD at Barcroft Sam Barcroft tweeted: ‘Awesome work by the @Barcroft_TV team, smashing the record for most on-channel YouTube views in a month with 17.96million for October – So proud of our teams – consistent, clever and passionate. Well done and thank you all so much for your excellent work.’
• Barcroft TV are ranked no. 34 in the UK across all [YouTube] categories.
• read the PhotoArchiveNews.com 2009 interview with Sam Barcroft Opening The Manhattan Office
• view all Barcroft Media news articles on PhotoArchiveNews.com
BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has agreed a global five-year partnership with Getty Images in which Getty Images will represent BBC Motion Gallery, BBC Worldwide’s prestigious video clip sales business. The agreement will see the world-renowned BBC Motion Gallery brand continue, with Getty Images as the exclusive global distributor.
They say: Getty Images’ extensive experience as the guardian of its own internationally renowned and historically significant Hulton Archive, as well as distributor to nearly 400 other well-known collections, make the company an ideal partner for BBC Worldwide.
BBC Worldwide customers will be able to access Motion Gallery services through Getty Images’ websites. They can expect the same quality service, but with the key difference being a stronger and wider sales offering, enabling customers to access content online from anywhere in the world 24 hours a day. There are no changes to the service for those customers acquiring content from Education, Sports Events & Live Programming as BBC Worldwide retains these sectors.
Marcus Arthur, Managing Director, BBC Worldwide UK & ANZ said, “Our footage sales business is very successful, with over 100,000 clips available online and innumerable hours of content available through the BBC’s vast and rich catalogue. We now have an opportunity to grow BBC Motion Gallery even further by partnering with a truly international player. The deal with Getty Images allows us to tap into their wealth of experience and global footprint in this sector.”
Lee Martin, Senior Vice President, Sales, Getty Images said: “We are delighted to partner with BBC Worldwide through the representation of BBC Motion Gallery. As a leading global media company, Getty Images has a proven track record of profitability and we are well-placed to grow and expand BBC Motion Gallery’s business internationally.”
Christian Toksvig, Vice President, Business Development, Getty Images said: “BBC Worldwide is a fabulous global brand, recognised and admired throughout the world. With BBC Motion Gallery on the Getty Images platform, we look forward to enriching our own already comprehensive video offering of almost 1.8 million clips, allowing us to greater serve the needs of our customers in over 200 countries worldwide.”
The BBC Motion Gallery collection will be available on the Getty Images website from 1 January 2014.
A quick smash through the decades here from Getty Images footage archives ….with stock music
London, UK – 16th October 2013 – FOCAL International, the Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries, kicked off its nominating period for the eleventh annual FOCAL International Awards, to be presented in association with AP Archive on 30 April, 2014, with a call for creative professionals worldwide to submit their work for consideration in one of 18 award categories by 1 December, 2013. Full details here