Monday, August 17, 2015

Video Resource: AP Archives and British Movietone on YouTube

Ponzi scheme head Bernie Madoff in custody, 2009
In June, the Associated Press (AP) launched a YouTube channel of its archival collection, at the same time posting the British Movietone collection. According to the AP press release,
The two channels will act as a view-on-demand visual encyclopedia, offering a unique perspective on the most significant moments of modern history. Available for all to explore, the channels will also be powerful educational tools and a source of inspiration for history enthusiasts and documentary filmmakers. The YouTube channels will include more than 550,000 video stories dating from 1895 to the present day.  
The two collections together bring more than a million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube, and the channels will be continually refreshed with up-to-date contemporary footage. Last year, U.K. newsreel archive company British Pathé uploaded its entire 100-year library of 85,000 historic films in high definition to YouTube, comprising some 3,500 hours of footage.