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Producers Library Produces New Stock Footage Website
Producers Library’s new and completely upgraded website offers unparalleled ease of use to search, view and licence stock footage. New Pay Per Second (PPS) feature will benefit tight budgets.
From the original creators of pay-per-second technology, the most powerful and accurate per-second-slicing feature is now available with high resolution download, a first among stock archives on-line. Productions pay for only the portion of a clip to be used in their final cut, a welcome cost saving measure in post-production budgets.
The newly-redesigned website, built in conjunction with Bold Endeavour’s Big Easy Software platform, premieres a unique feature called Pay Per Second (PPS). For the first time, producers and editors can choose the exact portion of a clip displayed on-line, pick in and out points, pay by credit card and directly download master HD or SD video files to their desktop. 4K content orders can be arranged on-line as well.
Researchers will find improved advanced search capability, batch download and clip-bin management. According to Producers Library owner Jeff Goodman, “The new web-site with its PPS feature will offer a break-through process in obtaining hi-res stock footage clips. Really this is just a step forward from some twelve years ago with our first website that offered the capability of choosing in and out points but only sending an e-mail order to be fulfilled manually. Now it all works seamlessly on-line.”
Located in North Hollywood, CA, Producers Library has provided contemporary and historical footage to the entertainment industry since 1957. One of the largest continuously operating stock footage houses in the United States, its collection of 16mm and 35mm film, high definition and 4K video footage, and photos, amassed over 60 years, includes locations around the world, out-takes from features and TV, newsreels, movie clips, and more. Additionally, the archive features a unique speciality of entertainment history.
A giant manta ray was recorded appearing to seek help from a snorkeller in Australia to remove metal hooks from her face in some extraordinary footage of human-animal interaction.
The video shows the 10-foot sea creature attempt to get the attention of the snorkelling instructor, Jake Wilton, in Ningaloo Coast reef near Western Australia, on Friday.
The manta ray, a familiar animal known by locals as Freckles, had large fishing hooks lodged close to her right eye.
“It’s very rare for an animal to turn and come back over to you and present themselves,” Wilton told journalists. “So I knew as soon as she started to interact with us, it was something very special.”
Wilton said he quickly realised that the sea creature was in need of help — and removed the hooks.
“I wasn’t really thinking about anything else except trying to get them out,” he said. “I really didn’t want to mess it up.” The manta ray seemed to know that the diver was trying to help her. The video was produced by Seadog TV & Film Productions and Tourism Western.
footageMarketplace and imageMarketplace Capture the Big Apple
You know what they say - if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere...this two-day event bringing together image and footage agencies with buyers of creative content went down exceptionally well.
The great Midtown Loft venue was filled with 400 visitors over the two days, meeting over 40 suppliers of content covering still images and footage. It has been a while since an event of this sort was available for the North American market, and the enthusiasm of participants was evident.
The seminars were packed, with many industry experts talking on a wide range of subjects, from rights and legal issues, to how to find the best material, to Vimeo’s Vision for the Future.
Many participants said that they liked the opportunity to meet existing and potential new clients face to face.
Tim Fortuna, Senior Media Acquisition Specialist at Watchtower Publications, said: "The business of stills and footage is always a personal one – it is essential to have face-to-face contact for good business relationships, and I was pleased to meet with various suppliers and renew my contacts with people from other agencies.” He added: “The seminars were great to have an understanding of where the industry is heading. I particularly liked the ones by Mariola C. Kalinska on Rights and Licensing; How to Knock the Ball out of the Park, was also very good." He took two junior colleagues along, and they found the breadth of information in the seminars tremendously valuable.
Morgan Schofield, Director of Footage and Photo Sales, was on the Global ImageWorks’ stand and found some useful leads for potential projects. "It is good to catch up with existing clients and show people our new collections, including our archive of still photos which not everybody knows about. The venue was very pretty and had a nice view from the Roof Terrace.”
Elizabeth Klinck, Archive Producer and Copyright Specialist, is a very experienced researcher who delivered a seminar drawing on her own expertise in copyright clearance and acted as a panellist/moderator on two others. She said: "The event was extremely productive, with a lot of top-drawer agencies present – it was well worth attending. The venue was good and access great." She liked the food and thought the socialising at the end of day at ACSIL’s Happy Hour on the roof terrace a wonderful end of great industry event.
Bobby Dicks, Senior Director of Sales & Licensing, found himself very busy on the CNN table, so didn’t have time for more than a glimpse of the seminars. He thought that the ACSIL networking party at the end was an excellent opportunity to circulate and talk with people. "I’m really looking forward to doing it again next year.” he said.
One issue beyond the control of all was the temperature hitting a high of 91°.
Bob Prior, organiser, says, "This event went extremely well, and our team put a lot of effort into making it a success. We were delighted with the feedback, which was really positive. We will be doing it again next year, although we are looking at Spring or Fall to avoid the sweltering weather."
Apollo 11 - Fifty Years Since the Iconic Moon Mission
Global ImageWorks celebrates the dawn of the American space age with HD footage of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, which had historic, global significance as men reached the moon’s surface.
Fifty years ago this month, three brave astronauts stepped aboard the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket and launched into space. In just a few short days, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to descend in the Lunar Lander module and set foot on the moon, while crew member Michael Collins kept the command module Columbia in its lunar orbit above the surface.
Americans crowded around their televisions and watched in amazement as humans made that giant leap for mankind by setting foot on another world. Spectators flocked to Cocoa Beach near the launch site Cape Canaveral to experience this landmark moment - lift-off of Apollo 11.
The Global ImageWorks Apollo 11 collection features over 200 clips masterfully transferred from well preserved film to HD. Their HD NASA collection includes other missions and space related footage from the 1960s-1990s.
StormStock to Offer Spectacular 35mm Content on 4K
Prairie Pictures announced today that it will release a landmark collection of Super 35mm to 4K video content exclusively through its StormStock brand later this summer.
The material features ten years of exceptional weather footage shot by StormStock founder and cinematographer Martin Lisius. Topping the list are his dramatic shots of Hurricane Katrina, Gustav, Dennis and Ike, cinematic quality storm clouds, lightning and Kansas tornadoes. Colorlab of Rockville, Maryland performed the 35mm negative to 4K video transfer. The content will be available for rights-managed licencing to feature film, commercial, and other media productions.
Image: Hurricane Gustav; reached 155 mph winds in 2008.