Convera and T-Systems Launch Online Film Distribution Platform

Mar 18, 2003

T-Systems, part of the Deutsche Telekom group, Convera, and Marco Polo Archive have  announced the launch of FootageBox, an Internet platform that enables people in the media industry to search film archives, view materials online, and order and obtain footage electronically. T-Systems' FootageBox allows owners of archived film and video to market their films over the Internet. Marco Polo Archive uses the FootageBox platform to market its source archive of more than 3,000 hours of nature films and documentaries to the media community. Ultimately FootageBox is intended to create additional revenue streams for both small and large players in the media industry by providing access to footage that may otherwise be unavailable. Supported by Convera's RetrievalWare, FootageBox indexes each sequence of a film to enable a rapid and targeted method of retrieving and delivering video footage. Its ability to apply concepts to search words means that, in the case of Marco Polo Archive, animal names can be retrieved on an international basis as the system searches for the associated English, Latin, and German version of the name regardless of the original language used. The concept search functionality also provides users with the ability to start with a frame from one film and search for similar scenes in other films. To deliver such content via the Internet, T-Systems has leveraged its international network infrastructure to deliver HDTV data (High Definition Television) to other continents via satellite links.

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