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Archive for July, 2009

BFI Screenonline: what’s new July 2009

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 29 July 2009

BFI ScreenonlineBFI Screenonline this month takes a look at British gangsters, from Richard Attenborough’s memorable Pinkie in 1947’s Brighton Rock to equally vivid portrayals from the likes of Stanley Baker, Michael Caine, James Fox, Bob Hoskins, Richard Burton and Ben Kingsley. Meanwhile, focus is also on the centenaries of André Morell, the definitive Professor Quatermass, and Tommy Trinder, music hall star, comic actor and TV entertainer.

Highlights of this month’s updates can be found on the BFI Screenonline home page.

See all 33 new additions and updates on the What’s New page.

Pidgeon Digital

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 28 July 2009

Pidgeon DigitalThe Library has a trial for Pidgeon Digital until the end of September.  Pidgeon Digital is a collection of illustrated talks by architects and related designers. The collection was founded in 1979 by Monica Pidgeon (long-time editor of the magazine Architectural Design).

The trial is only available onsite or if logged into WTS remotely.

VideoSurf video search engine

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 27 July 2009

VideoSurfVideoSurf is another search engine dedicated to finding moving image content on the web. The results show a still shot along with a ‘highlights’ reel that allows you to jump into the video at a spot that looks interesting or relevant.  Includes, for example, footage of a steel band playing Joy Division as part of Jeremy Deller’s recent Manchester Procession.

blinkx: video search engine

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 27 July 2009

blinkxFounded in 2004, blinkx claims to be the largest and most advanced video search engine, including over 35 million hours of searchable video from more than 530 media partnerships, including national broadcasters, commercial media giants, and private video libraries. Its search technology was conceived at Cambridge University and the results include an active thumbnail showing the first few seconds of the video. Blinkx is useful for searching for artists’ film on the web.