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AP unveils digital archive of Middle East footage
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.
“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.”
AP Instant Middle East Archive is part of a suite of new products that have emerged from the AP’s efforts to digitize its vast news archive and enhance a platform that allows easy viewing and downloading of AP’s footage in broadcast quality. Other new offerings include, AP Instant Library, Instant AP News and AP Instant British Movietone Archive.
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.
The AP Instant Middle East Archive, available via the AP Archive website, is offered on an annual subscription basis and aimed mainly at broadcast and online news producers. Traditionally, archive footage is licensed on a per use basis, but uniquely, subscribers to the AP Instant Middle East Archive pay one fixed annual fee with no cap on usage.
“We think this groundbreaking approach will prove attractive to news organizations that need fixed-cost content solutions,” Lindsey said.
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Absolutely Wild Visuals appointed as exclusive distributor in Australasia
Sydney-based Absolutely Wild Visuals will combine its natural history library, with the iconic British Movietone archive, together with AP's vast film and video archive creating an unrivaled offering of news, entertainment, sports and wildlife footage spanning the period 1895 to the present day.
Absolutely Wild Visuals will market AP’s archive content in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia where it plans to secure business from the broadcast, online, educational and corporate markets. For AP the deal forms part of an overall expansion strategy under which it is fast becoming the world's prominent source for buyers of historic and news-related footage.
AP Director of International Archives Alwyn Lindsey said: "The Australasian market is a natural one for AP’s archive content, but to fast-track our business there it makes sense to work with a leading player that already has a strong foothold in that market and one with a reputation for great customer service. Absolutely Wild Visuals ticks all the boxes for us and we're delighted that they'll be marketing our footage in the region."
Matthew Miranda, newly appointed CEO of Absolutely Wild Visuals, added: "AP has arguably the world's finest film and video news archive and we feel that it has huge potential in the Australasian market, especially when combined with the British Movietone and Absolutely Wild Visuals Library. Putting these three incredible collections together completely changes the dynamic of the Australasian news and historic footage market."
Vast video archive to be digitised with CLEAR™ from Prime Focus Technologies
The project is part of AP’s multimillion-dollar upgrade to its video business which will see AP switch its entire newsgathering, production and distribution systems to HD to continue to meet the technical, editorial and business needs of its customers in the digital age.
AP Director of International Archives Alwyn Lindsey said: “A legacy of being on the frontline of breaking news for more than 160 years is a fantastic archive. Ours is one of the finest visual documents of the events and people that have shaped the modern era. Today’s market is driven by giving customers breadth of content, ease of access, and value for money. While we have already digitized around 10% of our archive, it has been a top priority to get all of our most saleable archive footage online and make it available to our customers, wherever in the world they may be. To make this happen, we needed a partner who could handle our global business needs and a project of this scale, and for that reason, we chose Prime Focus Technologies”.
PFT will use the unique skillsets of its global organization to digitize AP’s film and tape archive, then catalogue, manage, transcode and deliver AP’s content to a multi-media audience. PFT has decades of experience in digitizing archive content, partnering with organisations such as the British Movietone Library, British Film Institute, Imperial War Museum, IMG, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Eros International.
The project will be driven by CLEAR™, PFT’s award-winning content operations platform and supporting services. PFT has a large team of developers writing bespoke scripts to support the innovative workflows required by this project, and utilizes its own cloud technology for supporting services.
PFT is delivering this project in an unprecedented timescale, creating nearly 4 million new assets in just 18 months, including:
· 3,000 hours of film with an average of 60 news stories per hour - creating a total of 900,000 files
· 29,000 hours of video with an average of 20 news stories per hour - creating a total of 2,900,000 files
Newly digitized content will appear every day on AP Archive’s website, thanks to dedicated connectivity between PFT and AP.
Vice President and Head of PFT UK Aine Healy said: “PFT is delighted to be working closely with AP to make its valuable archive of footage available to the world, and to preserve it for generations to come.”
The Associated Press to market British Movietone News archive
Bettina Dalton, MD of Newsreel Archive and Absolutely Wild Visuals, said, “British Movietone is arguably the world’s finest newsreel collection, and certainly the best British newsreel archive. Partnering with AP’s more contemporary footage makes for a truly comprehensive news and historical resource”.
British Movietone has been in the same private ownership since 1929 but the collection was recently purchased by Newsreel Archive PTY to be managed by Absolutely Wild Visuals, Australia.
The British Movietone Newsreel archive presents some of the most memorable images of the 20th Century in a fully digitized library of more than 2,000 hours and 48,000 remarkable international newsreel clips from 1895 – 1986 categorized and fully searchable in the genres of significant historical events, war, political figures, royalty, celebrities, sport, transport, places, culture and lifestyle.
From the Hindenburg disaster to the attack on Pearl Harbour, footage of both World Wars, Nazi Germany, the Great Depression, the Korean and Vietnam wars, the Suez Crisis and the Cold War. The events, the people and the politics. Vast and valuable celebrity coverage includes iconic figures from Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. The British Royal Family is an obvious strength of the collection with incredible footage appropriate for the upcoming Diamond Jubilee, including four coronations, with Queen Elizabeth’s having been shot on 35mm colour film, making it ideal for high definition use.
A prominent collection of sports from a British and international perspective – cricket, football, soccer and boxing -- British Movietone is perhaps best known for its colour footage of the 1966 World Cup Soccer Final and the Donald Bradman collection. Social history is another prevalent theme with the archive documenting the socio-economic changes and trends that have shaped the modern era.
AP is also proud to offer access to the huge vault of British Movietone outtakes and unissued stories which have lain dormant in deep storage for decades, with most being unseen since the day they were created. which swells the collection to more than 6,000 hours, making it the UK’s largest single newsreel collection.
The collection originates on 35mm film and AP will be offering customers full HD transfers. AP plans to add the digital archive to its own website in due course and will offer British Movietone footage alongside its own and that of its other 19 content partners, which include ABC News VideoSource, Press Association, KRT (North Korea), RTR (Russia), and CCTV (China).
Speaking of the deal, AP’s director of international archives, Alwyn Lindsey said, “Today’s market is driven by giving customers breadth of content, ease of access, and value for money. Adding this incredible archive to the AP Archive portfolio ticks all three boxes and we believe that this deal changes the landscape of the news footage market.”
The British Movietone archive is available from AP Archive from today.