08 June 2015

2. ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE

With a few pleasant exceptions, the following services do not abundantly share their content online. At least, not with everyone (many are catering to professional content buyers and media researchers, and require a registration/subscription). But their file descriptions are an invaluable source when it comes to complete information about artists' lives, itineraries and gigs. They frequently also entail interviews with artists. Often, a small but interesting part of the content is available in watermarked or time-coded thumbnail videos. There may well be local 'versions' of the services listed here in your market.

2.1. TV Show & Radio Content

INA, INA MediaPro, Inathèque TIP!
France's biggest gift to the media world: by far the best and most expansive source for streaming audio and video content, conserving 12,000,000 hours of French national and regional TV and radio programs (from 1949 to now), including enormous amounts of music. The public website, Ina.fr, gives direct access to a respectable 43,000 hours, mostly for free; InaMediaPro gives access to an incredible 1,000,000 hours of streaming content, most of it digitized. The catalog of the complete collection can be searched at the Inathèque website.
Genres: All
Depth: 9
Breadth: 9
File Quality: 9
Accessibility: 7
Database: 8
Search Engine: 9
Writing: NA
Interface: 8
Accuracy: 7
Entertainment: 9
Regions: France, Global
Media: Audio, Video
Period: 1940 - Now

Historic Films
Describes 50,000 hours of music show footage. Most of it is about American music and comes from U.S. TV stations, the rest is from European broadcasters. To view any of it, you'll have to subscribe as a pro stock buyer (be it, that a lot of the content has leaked to YouTube).
Genres: Blues, Country, Gospel, Jazz, Pop, Rap, Rock, Soul
Depth: 6
Breadth: 6
File Quality: 7
Accessibility: 5
Database: 5
Search Engine: 5
Writing: NA
Interface: 5
Accuracy: 6
Entertainment: 6
Regions: Global, USA, UK, Europe
Media: Text (describing video)
Period: 1940 - Now

Reelin' In The Years
Database describing 20,000 hours of  quality music footage, including concerts, news reels and e.g. The Merv Griffin Show collection, The Sir David Frost Archive, and The Rona Barrett Archive. Some of the Griffin files can be viewed on YouTube.
Genres: All
Depth: 6
Breadth: 6
File Quality: 6
Accessibility: 7
Database: 6
Search Engine: 6
Writing: NA
Interface: 6
Accuracy: 7
Entertainment: 7
Regions: USA
Media: Text (referring to video)
Period: 1920 - Now

Video Beat
Rare out-of-print and public domain youth culture films and documentaries from the 1950s & 1960s, for sale on DVD.
Genres: Pop, Rock, Blues, Soul, Jazz
Depth: 6
Breadth: 6
File Quality: 7
Accessibility: 6
Database: 6
Search Engine: 6
Writing: NA
Interface: 6
Accuracy: 6
Entertainment: 7
Regions: USA, Rock
Media: Text (describing video content)
Period: 1950 - 1970

Global ImageWorks
GIW offers footage from many sources, including entertainment and variety TV shows. Their portfolio includes Soul Train (1971-2006), with over 1100 hours of music programming and Omnibus, the cultural arts series (1952-1961). Some of the content can be previewed.
Genres: All, Soul
Depth: 7
Breadth: 6
File Quality: 7
Accessibility: 7
Database: 6
Search Engine: 6
Writing: NA
Interface: 6
Accuracy: 6
Entertainment: 6
Regions: USA
Media: Text (decribing video footage)
Period: 1920 - Now

HBO Archives
Archive of HBO programs (music shows, concerts, documentaries), often offered at the level of pre-edit rushes.
Genres: All
Depth: 5
Breadth: 5
File Quality: 6
Accessibility: 6
Database: 6
Search Engine: 6
Writing: NA
Interface: 6
Accuracy: 6
Entertainment: 7
Regions: USA
Media: Text (describing video)
Period: 1970 - Now

Soul!
Several episodes from Channel 13's legendary music program (also cf. YouTube for more shows).
Genres: Soul
Depth: 4
Breadth: 4
File Quality: 7
Accessibility: 7
Database: 5
Search Engine: 5
Writing: NA
Interface: 6
Accuracy: 5
Entertainment: 7
Regions: USA
Media: Video
Period: 1970s

Association For Cultural Equity (ACE) TIP!
Founded by Alan Lomax, stimulating cultural equity through preservation, research, and dissemination of the world's traditional music. Also cf. their YouTube video channel.
Genres: Blues, Folk, Roots, World
Depth: 7
Breadth: 7
File Quality: 8
Accessibility: 7
Database: 8
Search Engine: 7
Writing: 6
Interface: 5
Accuracy: 8
Entertainment: 8
Regions: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, LatAm, USA
Media: Audio, Video
Period: 1930 - Now


2.2. News Footage

ITN Source 
Meta-search for third party (Reuters, Fox News, Fox Movietone, Granada, Gaumont, British Paramount a.o.) stock content, with lots of music and music related news items. A small portion of the clips can be previewed.
Genres: All
Depth: 7
Breadth: 7
File Quality: 6
Accessibility: 7
Database: 7
Search Engine: 7
Writing: NA
Interface: 7
Accuracy: 6
Entertainment: 6
Regions: Global, USA, UK
Media: Text (referring to videos)
Period: 1896 - Now.

Footage.net
Offers metasearch results (including a fair number of time-coded video clips) from a number of good sources for stock, archival and news footage.
Genres: All
Depth: 7
Breadth: 7
File Quality: 7
Accessibility: 7
Database: 7
Search Engine: 7
Writing: NA
Interface: 7
Accuracy: 7
Entertainment: 7
Regions: Global
Media: Text (decribing video footage)
Period: 1930 - Now

ABC News Video Source
ABC news database with fair amount of documentary footage of musicians and music events. A fair amount of the clips can be previewed by everyone, other footage can be screened by pro subscribers on request.
Genres: All
Depth: 6
Breadth: 6
File Quality: 6
Accessibility: 6
Database: 6
Search Engine: 6
Writing: NA
Interface: 6
Accuracy: 6
Entertainment: 6
Regions: USA
Media: Text (describing video)
Period: 1949 - Now

NBC Universal Archives
Catalog of music related stock footage with interviews, documentaries, news reports and entertainment stories. With a small percentage of time-coded thumbnail previews.
Genres: All
Depth: 5
Breadth: 5
File Quality: 6
Accessibility: 6
Database: 6
Search Engine: 6
Writing: NA
Interface: 6
Accuracy: 6
Entertainment: 6
Regions: USA
Media: Text (decribing video)
Period: Late 1940s - Now

AP Archive
Associated Press' film and video archive, encompassing 1.7 M news and entertainment stories, including lots of music related footage.
Genres: All
Depth: 6
Breadth: 5
File Quality: 5
Accessibility: 6
Database: 7
Search Engine: 7
Writing: NA
Interface: 6
Accuracy: 5
Entertainment: 5
Regions: Global
Media: Video
Period: 1895 - Now

F.I.L.M. Archives
Database describing vintage news content, TV shows, commercials, including music-relevant footage.
Genres: All
Depth: 6
Breadth: 5
File Quality: 6
Accessibility: 6
Database: 6
Search Engine: 6
Writing: NA
Interface: 6
Accuracy: 7
Entertainment: 6
Regions: USA
Media: Text (referring to video)
Period: 1910 - Now

WPA Film Library
Database describing archival TV and film content, including classic pre-MTV music television shows like Hullabaloo and Music Scene, music news and music documentary footage.
Genres: All
Depth: 6
Breadth: 6
File Quality: 6
Accessibility: 6
Database: 6
Search Engine: 6
Writing: NA
Interface: 6
Accuracy: 6
Entertainment: 7
Regions: USA
Media: Text (decribing video)
Period: 1890 - Now


2.3. Footage Databases

Paley Center
Their permanent media collection contains over 160,000 vintage television and radio programs (many of them extremely rare) and advertisements, available both in New York and Los Angeles. The online database offers (often rudimentary) synopses and production credits.
Genres: All
Depth: 7
Breadth: 6
File Quality: 6
Accessibility: 7
Database: 7
Search Engine: 6
Writing: NA
Interface: 6
Accuracy: 6
Entertainment: 7
Regions: USA
Media: Text (referring to video)
Period: 1920 - Now

IMDb
User curated film and TV database, often paying attention to music scores and sound tracks, and listing artists' cameos and music guests. None of the content can be trusted to be accurate. Quite a lot of the films are presented with their original trailers.
Genres: All
Depth: 8
Breadth: 8
File Quality: 6
Accessibility: 7
Database: 7
Search Engine: 5
Writing: 6
Interface: 5
Accuracy: 5
Entertainment: 8
Regions: Global, USA, UK
Media: Text (describing film, video)
Period: 1910 - Now

TV.com
One of many user generated databases describing TV shows and episodes. The problems (incomplete, inaccurate) are even bigger than with IMDb, but they sometimes offer valuable additions.

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