BBC Creative Archive Licence Trial

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ChrisH
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bbc.co.uk/calc/radio1/index.shtml

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For the first time in our history the BBC is opening its video archives to the UK public. Download nearly 100 clips especially chosen with VJ's in mind. We've scoured the archives for skylines, sunsets, seascapes, wildlife, time-lapse photography & retro gadgets. We will be adding new clips/programmes and launching a major VJ based competition over the next few months so keep coming back for the latest updates.

Alan Roberts
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I just signed up for it, awaiting the confirming email.

Get my test cards document, and cards for 625, 525, 720 and 1080. Thanks to Gavin Gration for hosting them.
Camera settings documents are held by Daniel Browning and at the EBU
My book, 'Circles of Confusion' is available here.
Also EBU Tech.3335 tells how to test cameras, and R.118 tells how to use the results.

PaulD
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Hi
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"...you can't sell or profit financially in any way from the use of the Creative Archive content...using a patented Video Watermarking technology...".
That's a pretty explicit final No, in my case :(

bcrabtree
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Rather daft that there's no information given about the resolution of the clips you can download - though I guess that, since they all seem to be 384x288, someone might have judged that information as surplus to requirements.

Trouble is, that resolution doesn't do much for the footage - it's just not detailed enough.

Bob C

Gavin Gration
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Just signed up too.

I looked on the BBC Three site and was gutted that they use Real Player - what a waste - utterly useless.

bcrabtree
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Gavin Gration wrote:
Just signed up too.

I looked on the BBC Three site and was gutted that they use Real Player - what a waste - utterly useless.

Gavin,

I think the business with Real is simply a legacy - the BBC, it seems to me, is very keen to support alternatives and is, as I'm sure you know, looking to introduce, with the aid of open source programmers, an alternative open-source Codec (Dirac) which it invented and still works on.

Bob C

Alan Roberts
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Hang on, the site offered me a choice of Real, QT and MPEG1.

Get my test cards document, and cards for 625, 525, 720 and 1080. Thanks to Gavin Gration for hosting them.
Camera settings documents are held by Daniel Browning and at the EBU
My book, 'Circles of Confusion' is available here.
Also EBU Tech.3335 tells how to test cameras, and R.118 tells how to use the results.

ChrisH
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Vj

The trial is intended for VJ's, who use visual synth software and usually play the clips with midi triggers, so the size of the files needs to be around 320 x 240, so they can play them with the music.

So for VJ's with an pretty expensive set up... a laptop, editing software, Visual Syth software, midi device, projector etc playing in a club or gig, the licence makes no sense ...

"you may use the Creative Archive content for your own personal use and for not-for-profit educational use but you can't sell or profit financially in any way from the use of the Creative Archive content"

Maybe the BBC were thinking School Discos?

DVdoctor
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Sounds like another well thought out project. ;-(

As I said when they made the big announcement re their "new great we are going to save a fortune in license fees" when you really look at the whole picture it simply does not make sense.

For dance work usually you are using a projector, most of the latest setups are using dual DVD players that are controlled via a hardware interface similar to a DJ cd player so the better distrubution method would have been dvd

John

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Its a shame that the footage is only available for download in the U.K. (my i.p. addy gave me away) there's some great stuff available!

Andrew Hamilton

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