Once 10 bit, always 10 bit – once 12 bit, always 12 bit
We store footage uncompressed in its original resolution with no scrimping on bits and bytes! We are the only stock footage provider in the world to use the chroma subsampling scheme 4:4:4 when the original footage was shot in RAW or 4:4:4. This means our archive workflow preserves the full fidelity of the colour information in each clip and delivers it to you in our master play-out process. If a clip has been filmed in top quality on Red or Alexa, you can be sure we will provide it to you in exactly the same stunning quality. We also archive the uncorrected raw files along with our colour-corrected ProRes footage masters to ensure we will be able to meet the specific requirements of all our clients.
Professional options you won’t pay extra for Many options available for selection in our master playout process are included in our handling fees. These include: • framerate conversion • delivery in the original resolution • additional options for common post codecs like Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD.
Expertise on demand
We find material – even on rolls of film in historical archives.
We find professionals – even camera teams in far-flung corners of the globe.
We clarify rights – even for third-party footage from video platforms or other archives.
Benefit from our years of expert experience in every area of motion picture production, research, and rights clearance and from our network of specialists around the world.
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Keywording with added value
Many photography and video archives force or permit their suppliers to determine the keywords that will be used to find their footage. Or automatic image recognition software is deployed. Both options cut down on manpower requirements in the archives, but often lead to poor-quality search results that frustrate customers who end up wasting time on fruitless searches and not being able to find what they need.
We have been refining our very own keywording tool for 15 years now to incorporate our experience, feedback from our partners and customers, and a generous dose of intuition. This “dictionary” grows bigger by the day and now contains well over 80,000 keywords that are hierarchically structured and have been translated into six languages. Queries are also possible in an additional language, Latin, when scientifically accurate results for flora and fauna are required.
Free of charge online Research
With us, you aren’t limited to the material in our webshop (search tips) – we can also draw on other resources to find the most suitable footage for your project:
We dig deep: on top of the footage available online, we have quite a bit of treasure offline in our archive. We know where to find what you are looking for and would be happy to create shot lists for you. Free of charge!
We make enquiries: Our global network is getting bigger all the time and already encompasses more than 800 footage contributors. We know who the specialists in your particular area are, and we can make targeted enquiries. Free of charge!
We research: even with thousands of hours of footage in our shop and even more offline, our material and our contributors cannot cover every request. This is where our specialist tricks come in handy: for historical material, in particular, trawling through the depths of major archives can prove worthwhile. Or casting our dragnet in video platforms around the world. We know where to look and have the specialists and expertise for the job. We invoice this service at a rate of 90 euros per hour.
If we still cannot find exactly what you need, we can put you in touch with skilled cinematographers at locations throughout the world and negotiate optimal terms and conditions on your behalf.
We find quality:
There’s no need to pay for a full scale new film production if you’ve found the perfect image but the quality still leaves a lot to be desired: We can often prepare or arrange for higher quality scans of suitable historical material.
We also have ways and means of identifying the creators and rights holders of footage on YouTube, Vimeo and other online platforms or of finding similar shots.
Send us your enquiry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyrights are included with all our licences. Commercial use of footage can require rights clearance if people or protected objects are depicted, and it may be necessary to secure permission to use it. Yellow marking indicates such footage.
Predicting licensing fees accurately
Talk to us before mentioning figures for third-party rights like talent fees for celebrities! Yours wouldn’t be the first great project to fall through because the actual licensing fees turned out to be much higher than the budgets determined in advance.
We have a comprehensive database chock-full of cost examples for the use of stars and celebrities from every epoch. We also know which celebrities don’t allow their image to be used for commercial purposes at all. In most cases, our experienced team can give you realistic estimates on the feasibility of your project. We provide this service to customers at no charge.
Rights clearance service: clarification of all rights, including YouTube and Vimeo videos
We identify rights holders and conducts negotiations over any usage fees which may be payable. We offer this service both for our own stock footage and for material from other sources such as YouTube or Vimeo.
In order to be able to gauge how recognisable people and/or objects are and to clarify possible third-party claims, we need information on your planned use of footage, ideally accompanied by a layout cut, or, if sequences are to be used, by time codes.
Each individual right to be clarified (personality rights, rights to brands, rights of organizations, audio rights, third party copyrights, panorama rights and more) costs 450 euros, regardless of the complexity of the research or whether the rights clearance is successful. This includes negotiations with rights holders. Commission is only payable when usage rights are successfully secured.
Send enquiries by e-mail to: email@example.com
Stills from all videos
We are the only footage agency to license individual stills from every shot. Professional video is now shot at 4K. This means that stills from 4K footage are eminently suitable for high res printing in 300 DPI at the full-bleed size even when large formats are required. With 6K footage, even posters can be printed in high resolution.
Rare photography subjects, top-quality images In contrast to stock photography agencies, we provide you with access to rare images of subjects and events at which no photographs were taken, as is often the case with historical material. The original historical footage in our archives has been scanned in HD or 2K quality. Such high quality images are rarely available in conventional photo archives. Where original 35 mm negative material is available, we can even provide you with stunning 4K footage and images if you should require them!
How does it work?
- Search: use the search function to find your photo subject, switch from the Video to the Stills tab, and then use the yellow skimmer to browse through the footage: you will see one still for each second of footage.
- Select: click to choose your still.
- Collect: save your selection in a photography shot list. You can request a preview of material on the list, in high-resolution if desired (with a watermark).
- Purchase: or you can license selected material for your project directly, pay for it easily online (prices from 46 euros per photo) and use the images right away.