Footage Access Launched by and Matt White with Pilot Commitments from University of Maryland and NYU

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Blue chip stock & historical footage now available for student download and use through electronic subscription service.

Footage Access, a new video subscription service for Colleges and Universities, is now available widely for the research and creative needs of academic students and faculty. On pilot for three months at the University of Maryland and NYU, the system is now installed at Kenyon College and is on trial at other institutions of higher learning, including Carnegie Mellon University.

This is the first system that allows students and faculty with a license to download and use copyrighted footage in their educational productions and classroom displays.

“To work in a film and video archive is to be surrounded by meaningful educational stimuli,” said Matthew White, President of Footage Access, who has been managing film and video archives since 1986, including strategic senior management positions at the National Geographic Society and the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. “There is knowledge in these archives that has been largely inaccessible to academic communities. Through Footage Access, it is now possible to explore and use our visual expressions going back to 1896.”

Footage Access operates as an annual subscription service. Academic Libraries are charged an annual fee based on their Carnegie Classification, starting at $2000 per year and topping out at $30,000 per year. During the year, students and faculty can research, download, and use the footage in noncommercial, educational settings. If users wish to distribute their programs in a commercial setting, a step-up fee can be negotiated directly with the footage owners.

“We have a wonderful roster of archives in our system with more coming in rapidly as Footage Access builds momentum,” said Domenick Propati, CEO of Footage Access and CEO also of, a federated site of stock and historical archives that has been active for fifteen years. “This includes National Geographic, the WPA Film Library, Mediaburn, the March of Time, Conus, Lolaclips, and many other active sources of outstanding film and video materials, offering a rich mix of history, science, natural history, news, and HD clips.”

Footage Access has commissioned independent filmmaker Malkia Lydia to produce a five minute sampling of Footage Access using the exact processes that would be used by a student or faculty member. She researched all of the shots herself, organizing them into categories, and then downloaded them into her Adobe Premiere system for editing. Her work, which was recently shown at the Heritage Film Festival, is available at this Vimeo link:

Footage Access has presented the system to hundreds of engaged potential users at academic conferences and symposiums, including National Media Market, Consortium of College and University Media Centers, the American Library Association gatherings in Chicago and San Francisco, and the Association of College Research Libraries. Footage Access is also exhibiting at this year’s Charleston Conference.

Footage Access is accessible at The public system does not allow download or organizational functionality. Potential customers may request a trial to the system that will allow full functionality on a limited basis.

About Footage Access
Footage Access is an electronic subscription database for Colleges and Universities featuring high quality film and video content from the major sources of stock and archival footage. Both a research tool for primary source materials and a creative service for student and faculty editing and production, Footage Access is the first service to provide today’s academic communities with the same access to content enjoyed by filmmakers of television, theatrical, and documentary programs. The company was launched by two veterans of the footage industry: Domenick Propati, the CEO of, a federated research database of the footage industry active since the 1990s; and Matthew White, who founded the WPA Film Library in 1986 and who has served in senior management at National Geographic, The Corporation of Public Broadcasting, and ACSIL: the trade association for the footage world.

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