A marvellous Amy Adams has to handle close encounters of a different kind in the intelligent SciFi thriller “Arrival”. This alien invasion story with a difference directed by Denis Villeneuve focuses on a linguist tasked with understanding the language of the invaders. But that isn’t the only mystery… Go to the cinema! You will also enjoy encounters of a more familiar kind: with footage from Framepool.
Many people find themselves in the same situation as our nice little family: old personal films are stored somewhere, but unviewable without the right equipment. Framepool has the solution: we can scan your films and review the material. If our experience tells us it could prove successful on the market, we will incorporate it into our archive and Framepool’s quality keywording will ensure it can be found.
As well as rescuing old films from oblivion, this means that they can, with a bit of luck, also provide you with some extra income.
Discover more about Framepool film rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Pache | | General, Stock Footage Highlights, Technology, Zeitgeist – Vintage Film | archival film, film scan, historical Footage, private film collection, quality keywording, Stock footage | 0 Comments
The end of the year is a time for family. And the perfect time for Framepool to present a new collection of delightful personal family footage: Mom, Pop and two small boys beginning to discover the world around them.
Sometimes our job is like Christmas: a carton of Super8 films labelled “Garden” or “Istanbul, Mexico, America” or “Christmas 1970” turns up. We have no idea what kind of treasure has been entrusted to us until the material is scanned. Only then do we find a small family surrounded by Christmas presents, enjoying winter holidays, hiking on tidal mud flats, celebrating children’s birthdays and Easter. We see the sons as newborn babies and as they take their first steps, splash around in puddles, topple headlong into sand, meet dogs and chickens, squabble and cuddle. This terribly nice family wins over hearts.
We also found titbits like the squirrel using a man as a climbing frame, a home-made animated film with the legendary model railway “Märklin 0 Gauge” and many personal impressions from the world of the 1970s. Finding the right keywords for all this footage and getting it online keeps our keywording department busy.
We wish you a peaceful end to the year with these family images and as much fun as we had discovering this intimate and unusual footage:
Denise Pache | | Stock Footage Highlights, Zeitgeist – Vintage Film | 1970s, Birthday, Christmas, Easter, HD stock footage, historical Footage, Märklin 0 Gauge, private film collection, Stock footage, Super8, vintage, winter holiday | 0 Comments
Founded in 2001, the German stock footage agency is now a global market leader with more than 800K film clips online / Framepool supplies HD / 2K / 4K footage and boasts the second-largest global portfolio of high-quality Rights Managed footage
“As filmmakers, we always found it really frustrating that finding good footage was so hard. That was how we came up with the idea, back in 2001,” CEO Stephan Bleek recalls, “of making work easier for ourselves and our colleagues by setting up an Internet portal to bring people together – the people looking for absolutely excellent film material and the people who have precisely that to offer.” Framepool began work on a visionary database that would draw on the most modern digital technologies to make finding and licensing footage easier and more creative.
Today, 15 years later, Framepool is the largest footage agency in Europe. Its inspiring archive is packed with exciting current, historical and futuristic video and film footage. Simple or opulent, serious or humorous, scientific or creative – we have it all. The ability to license individual still images from every shot (one still per frame) is unique and valuable in the context of the increasing significance of cross-media projects.
“Often five to ten times more material is shot during the making of a film than is ultimately used in the final project. The leftover material is often of excellent quality, and we archive it in our database”, Stephan Bleek explains. Finding stock footage is easy, as shot lists organised by topic can be created for free in the Framepool webshop and a comprehensive research service is available. Customers can directly license the material they require online. Framepool’s customers are filmmakers in the fullest sense of the word: feature film producers, documentary makers, advertising agencies, TV broadcasters, producers of corporate image films, event promoters, and institutions like museums. Stephan Bleek remarks that Framepool stock footage was used “in the most recent James Bond film, for example” and that “our material can be found in television documentaries, award-winning advertising spots and everywhere video is used.”
In addition to 20 employees in Munich, the company also has teams in Paris, London, Zaragoza, New York and Los Angeles as well as distribution partners in all key world markets. The founders are, however, quick to emphasise that Framepool still has a close-knit small-company culture. In the words of Stephan Bleek: “We communicate directly and personally. We process all our material by hand – and our keywording is also performed by people, not by machines that cannot pick up on the emotions images convey. This allows us to offer qualitatively excellent footage that can be found through optimal keywording.” Professional documentalists working in six languages categorise images on the basis of the associations they evoke as well as by their content – and a seventh language will soon be added. The in-house Rights Clearance Department takes care of securing rights of use and third-party rights around the world and for all uses and purposes.
Stephan Bleek has a doctorate in history and curates a special category of historical videos that includes collections occupying a prominent place in film history: the videos of American cinematographer Shirley Clarke, German “Heimatfilms” from the 50s, and rare footage of Adolf Hitler’s personal life shot by Eva Braun. Framepool also has the largest available selection of Unesco World Heritage videos.
“We also have an excellent international network and connections to all the major archives. That means we can get hold of practically any material we don’t already have in our digital library”, Stephan Bleek adds.
“Exclusiveness, legal certainty, customer service, quality and fairness towards our customers and licensor are all top priorities for us at Framepool”, Stephan Bleek stresses. And of course the archive is still forging ahead with new plans even after 15 years: “We want to expand within our industry by also supplying photographs, for example shots taken on set during the making of films. Many of our film suppliers also have very exciting photo collections which we will soon be able to offer to our customers as an additional service.”
Framepool AG was founded in 2001 by filmmakers Ulrike Ziegler and Dr. Stephan Bleek and media lawyer Dr. Jürgen Wente. Today, Framepool employs 27 people from 6 nations and belongs among the leading global providers of digital stock footage.
Framepool boasts an archive containing over 800,000 film clips including HD, 2K and 4K footage, aerials, animal films, cityscapes and landscapes from around the world, news clips, sport and lifestyle footage and historic film material. More than 6,000 hours of footage are available online. Rights Managed (RM) and Royalty Free (RF) footage can be licensed online.
Use of the most modern digital technology for saving and presenting film images has led to the creation of a collection which is continually augmented with fresh new material from around the world by more than 800 filmmakers, media enterprises and film producers.
Susanne Lehnert | | General, Press Area | 2K, 4K, 4K Ultra HD, Europe, footage, Framepool, HD, Munich, New York City, Rights Managed, Royalty Free, Still, stills, Stock footage, Third party rights | 0 Comments
Exclusive Bavarian picture-postcard perfect scenes: Framepool now has footage from the feature films of the 1950s for you. A true treasure trove for creative pros!
The feature film gems produced by “Dörfler Film” in the 1950s all had a winning formula: satisfying the yearnings of a struggling population for an untroubled world in post-war Germany: they show lies and scheming, confusion and cases of mistaken identity, upright farmers and canny parish priests, flirts and fights, hearty dishes and tasty beers – all the perfect ingredients for relaxing cinema evenings offering distraction from the harshness of everyday life.
The grandchildren of the resourceful Ferdinand Dörfler (1903–1965), a tenor, actor, theatre proprietor, director, producer and screenwriter, are now investing considerable time and sensitivity into the restoration and partly also the colouring of the treasures from their grandfather’s legacy. They are having all the films telecined in 2 K and 4K and DVDs produced ( order here contact: email@example.com ). The Heimatfilme offer an amusing take on life in the 1950s in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Their rough charm is served up with a large dollop of Bavarian dialect.
But you won’t need fluent Bavarian to access footage from this exclusive material now being managed by Framepool on behalf of the Dörfler family. The rights for many of the clips have already been cleared and the quirky scenes can be directly licensed online. Film buffs can look forward to encountering old friends that include many German superstars of the era like Johannes Heesters, who even worked with Otto Preminger. We would be happy to clarify the stars’ rights for you on a case-by-case basis.
A real treasure trove full of enchanting clips which the world has not seen yet (apart from back in the day in the cinema). Creative people will find their hearts skipping a beat at the mere titles. Examples include Das sündige Dorf (‘The sinful village’), Die fröhliche Wallfahrt (‘The merry pilgrimage’) and Die Mitternachtsvenus (‘Venus at midnight’). Happy browsing!
You will find the clips from the first of a total of 13 films here:
Denise Pache | | General, Press Area, Zeitgeist – Vintage Film | 1950s comedies, 2K, 4K, 4K Ultra HD, archival film, Bavaria, bavarian dialect, Ferdinand Dörfler, Heimatfilm, historical Footage, Johannes Heesters, Still, Stock footage, vintage cinema | 0 Comments
The UEFA European Championship is over, and fresh footage is now trundling in of the games, the players and… their sponsors.
It is practically impossible to keep the omnipresent logos, slogans and names of advertisers out of the picture. While one might expect companies to be grateful for their valuable advertising receiving an additional airing after the event, it would be unwise to rely on this effect: suing for damages for unauthorized use is the more lucrative option for companies.
Make sure nobody uses you to refinance their investment in advertising by ensuring third-party rights are clarified before footage is used. In addition to the usual rights of persons to their own likeness (players, officials, fans etc.) and event rights, clarifying brand rights is crucial when advertising for companies is visible in images or footage (be it as logos or slogans on perimeter advertising or on jerseys, scoreboards etc.). Note that this also applies to royalty-free footage! But you don’t need to worry: we can take care of this – for our own footage and, on request, for footage from other sources.
Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Pache | | General, Good to know, Legal Matters | Advertising, Brand rights, footage, Football, Right of publicity, Rights clearance, Royalty Free, Soccer, Stock footage, Third party rights | 0 Comments
This question, addressed to Footage “Guru” Jim Pickerel, is of high importance not only to filmmakers, but also to producers looking for exclusive footage material to be used in ambitious projects. On his web portal selling-stock.com, Pickerel recently released a list of the top 10 international stock footage agencies.
Notably, 3 of the 10 named companies do not include footage from other producers in their archive: AP (The Associated Press), ITN (Independent Television News) and INA (Institut national de l’audiovisuel) promote only their own content and news footage.
3 more companies do not offer exclusive rights managed material:
Shutterstock, Videoblocks and Pond5 market only Royalty Free footage, meaning the same clips may be used anytime by anybody else and for any other project.
Whether filmmaker or footage buyer – whoever needs to set setting a standard for exclusivity, legal certainty, service, and quality, is dealing with a smaller range of agencies worldwide. After Corbis was sold in May, theses are the 4 biggest stock footage companies:
|Getty Images||Framepool||Wazee Digital||Dissolve|
|Head Office||USA: Seattle, WA||EU: Munich, GER||USA: Denver, CO||CAN: Calgary|
|Court of Jurisdiction||New York
(Arbitration in 6 nations)
|AMER: New York
|Established / Staff||1995 / ~ 1.600||2001 / 43||2003 / ~ 100||2013 / < 50|
|RM Clips||> 1,5 million||> 700.000||> 350.000||> 160.000|
|Clips total||> 2,6 million||~ 800.000||n.a.||> 1 million|
|Still Photos / licensable stills||
🔵 / 🔴
|🔴 / 🔵||🔴 / 🔴||🔵 / 🔴|
|Offline Research internal / external sources||🔵 / 🔵||🔵 / 🔵||🔵 / 🔵||🔵 / n.a.|
|Rights Clearance internal / external clips||🔵 / n.a.||🔵 / 🔵||🔵 / n.a.||🔵 / 🔴|
To speak plainly:
Framepool’s portfolio of Rights Managed footage is about to be the second largest worldwide and in Europe we are the number one by far.
Compared with our competitors, Framepool offers:
- the biggest share on Rights Managed footage, with approx. 90 % of the total holdings.
- depending on location, the option of concluding a license agreement in Europe or in the US thus providing legal certainty with intercontinental concerns.
- the possibility for individual film shoots by over 800 cinematographers worldwide, as addition to research at external sources
- extensive know-how on media legislation and clearance of footage material from other resources, such as fYouTube or Vimeo, as well as rights negotiations with celebrities , etc.
- the biggest footage supply of Unesco World Cultural Heritage Sites, including close to 6,000 aerial shots.
- a vast category of historic footage material (60% of this is available in HD), curated by historians.
Susanne Lehnert | | Good to know | Aerial, Corbis, Dissolve, Europe, footage, Framepool, Getty Images, HD, historical Footage, Rights, Rights clearance, Rights Managed, Royalty Free, stills, Stock footage, United States of America, USA, Video, Wazee Digital | 0 Comments
This Earth Day, we want the whole world to love Earth even harder.
Using stock footage helps save the environment a vast amount of CO2. And you don’t have to cut back on quality. We have the whole world available from Film, HD to 4K. So you can see Mother Nature like you’ve never seen her before.
Splendidly stage-managed by the agency McKinney, with sexy footage from Framepool:
Susanne Lehnert | | Good to know, Nature films | 2016, 4K, 4K Ultra HD, CO2, environment, film, footage, Framepool, Green Cart, green producing, HD, Landscape, showreel, Space, Stock footage, Video | 0 Comments
The film world is a world of colour – at least since the middle of the last century.
Most stock footage archives offer you a footage search with black & white keywords only. Needless to say, that this complicates the path from your creative idea to the perfect shot.
At Framepool however, patterns and colour contained in an image can now widen the circle where just words reach their limits.
Our new Visual Search for footage extends search capabilities within the Framepool webshop significantly. Find and sort our shots by colour and other visual information and discover similar footage by using a reference image – either from our archive or your own collection. The purely visual structure of a shot can now be used to conduct a more sophisticated conceptual search. Of course, the visual search also works for stills, our new function for still images licensing.
Try for yourself – it’s easy!
To search for shots with a similar tone, click on the “choose a colour” link in your left-hand search filters and choose one (or more) colours from the colour palette.
Find videos that are visually similar to another Framepool clipshot by clicking on the “similar shot” icon.
The motif of the reference shot is then matched with shots of a similar image structure and matching keywords.
Additionally, keyword significance can be increased or decreased.
If you have a picture with just the type of motif you’re looking for in your next video project, you can just drag and drop your inspiration image into the upload panel of our visual search tool or upload it by selecting a file from your local device.
*This option is available to registered users only. Sign up here for a free account!
Framepool.com now offers licensing of still images from its video clip collection
Video technology and photography are constantly changing. Today, modern cameras all record high-definition video and the standard in professional video production is 4K. So if you’re looking to use stills for large format printing there’s now a whole new pool of images for you to tap into!
You can safely print borderless A4 or US Letter size, at 300 dpi, from 4K stills.
And even get high resolution poster prints from 6-8K stills.
Consistent look for your content mix – static and moving
This is especially interesting for overlapping media projects. Choose your still image for a print ad and have a perfectly matching video clip available for other digital content applications, or vice versa.
Get the best image quality for rare motifs
Contrary to the often similar imagery of other photo stock agencies, Framepool features rare shots of subjects and events, otherwise not available as photos.
The original historic footage material is scanned to highest resolution HD or 2K, a quality which you won’t find with conventional photo archives. And if the material is available on 35mm film negative, we can provide you with footage and images in stunning 4K! Contemporary film material of course is readily available in 4K which allows trouble-free high res printing in 300 dpi.
Another improvement in the making: Our webshop will soon feature first film clips in 8K.
You choose the perfect moment
Having the choice of at least 24 frames per second will enable you to choose the picture perfect moment as well as interesting sequences or stroboscopic effects. Features, that are appreciated by your creative team.
Save on licensing
Framepool rates for single stills start at USD 50. Any additional required license for a video may be acquired later at any time, which will help you considerably when budgeting your production.
With our Easy Licenses (covering the most frequently requested license scenarios) for still images and videos you are set to download your fully licensed photo in just a few clicks.
Pay only what you need – If you’re project requires specific licensing, you can use our detailed license calculator for custom pricing.
Revel in a truly great selection
Featuring stock footage material of over 750,000 videos with thousands of subjects, Framepool offers more then 6,000 hours of footage material online. Counting at least 24 licensable frames per second, this stands for a massive pool of fresh and unique still images.
Switch from the Video tab to the Stills tab.
Click on an image to choose one or more of its keyframes to license as still images.
This means we provide you with a still image for every single second of the shot.
And no worries if your desired image might be located just inbetween two selected keyframes – we always deliver all 24 frames of the respective second within the film (half a second before and after your selection will be included in the download).
You can license your images directly or collect them in a project to share with colleagues, to request a specific quote or to save as part of a larger research.