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RRsat brings British Pathé to YouTube

May 6, 2014

RRsat Global Communications Network has announced the completion of its latest project for British Pathé, the multimedia resource, reformatting and delivering one of the largest archives of historic audiovisual content to YouTube.

Consisting of over 85,000 pieces of video content, the archive contains footage from some of the most significant moments in 20th Century history, including newsreels from the First and Second World Wars, the 1937 Hindenburg disaster and the Titanic. Audiences can now access 3,500 hours of the high-resolution content on any device for free on YouTube, providing an enhanced overall user experience.

Held as both tape and digital formats in the RRsat archive, the team worked alongside British Pathé to reformat the extensive collection so that it is compatible with YouTube. The process involved RRsat creating a complete metadata package for each of the 85,000 clips, digitising the full library, enabling users to access the video content more effectively on YouTube with a simplified search process.

Roger Felber, CEO of British Pathé says: “By working alongside RRsat, the leader in the online video space, we are now able to offer global audiences a glimpse in to 20th Century British History in high  resolution. It has been a trouble free process, with RRsat providing us with the video content conversion transformation expertise to make the archive available for new audiences around the world. “

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