WASHINGTON (June 10, 2008)—National Geographic Digital Motion, the digital film archive containing moving images from more than 40 years of National Geographic Television and documentary film production, today unveiled an enhanced Web site, www.ngdigitalmotion.com, making it even easier for users to search, select, share and download footage from National Geographic’s vast library. This expansion follows the recent announcement that National Geographic Digital Motion added a significant amount of High Definition footage to its digital library, ranging from nature and wildlife to science and the environment.
“Our goal is to make the world’s most captivating archive even more accessible and to grant unprecedented access to footage on a platform that is simple to search and download,” said Jocelyn Shearer, vice president, video licensing and archive management, National Geographic Digital Media. “New features — which include speed-view video thumbnails and the ability to share playlists and download clips — are the vital tools for customers looking for great content in an easy-to-use format.”
New Digital Motion site features and functionality include:
- Convenient Search and Select Tools — Digital Motion is utilizing Speedview Technology developed by Thought Equity to enable users to view video thumbnails with a simple scrollover with their mouse, making the collection of tens of thousands of video footage clips readily available for searching, viewing and selecting.
- Playlists and Faster Download — Ngdigitalmotion.com’s new download functionality provides users the ability to make and share playlists quickly and to download individual clips within minutes.
- Optimal Formatting — The new site features tens of thousands of clips that exist in uncompressed digital form, which can be transcoded to any file specification.
- Experienced Customer Support — The National Geographic Digital Motion research team is readily available to use its expertise to find the perfect shot clients require if the self-search functionality doesn’t meet their immediate needs; there is no charge for this service for all but the largest projects.
Digital Motion’s original Web site launched in 2006; it recently won a 2008 Codie Award for Best Video Content Aggregation Service. The National Geographic digital footage archive consists of the world of nature and wildlife, history and archaeology, adventure and exploration, science and technology, Earth and environment, news and events, and a variety of destinations, people and cultural footage from around the world. Content will be added to the site on a weekly basis.
National Geographic Digital Media (NGDM) is the multimedia division of National Geographic Ventures, the wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest educational and scientific nonprofit organizations. At the forefront of the digital media revolution, NGDM publishes Nationalgeographic.com; delivers multimedia content to digital consumers; manages content partnerships across broadband, mobile, gaming and other consumer digital platforms; and provides video and film footage to commercial, theatrical, education and other digital footage markets.
National Geographic Digital Motion (formerly National Geographic Film Library) is the stock footage service of National Geographic Digital Media. This service licenses the Emmy Award-winning National Geographic Television programming. In addition, Digital Motion agents represent peer-level archives, including Australian Broadcasting Corporation, INA of France, National Film Board of Canada, the White House Historical Association, ZDF Enterprises of Germany and the World Bank, in select territories around the world. The Digital Motion searchable video archive database is at www.ngdigitalmotion.com.