Finding old news video clips is an awesome way to refresh your reputation as a video sleuth. Many people are familiar with the term “snips” for shortening video clip footage, making it easier to find.
Snipping allows you to save the full length of footage you are looking for, making it easier to locate later. Depending on the genre of news media, you may be able to find old news video clips for a few dollars or less!
Many journalism schools offer graduate school level classes in video snipping and finding old news media, so there is no reason to stop once you have started.
Try using a search engine to look for the exact date of the news clip
If the news clip Klaus is watching is from a long time ago, you can try using a search engine to find similar news clips
to what he is watching today. Some of our top search engines include Wikipedia, YouTube, and Netflix. Use them!
Using a website or site address can be helpful as well
When searching for old video clips, make sure you are not just looking for videos that have pictures on them or that have music playing in them. Those are usually just old movieclips and would be hard to find.
Old video clips can be difficult to find if they have been digitized and put onto the internet or onto youtube and then lost or destroyed.
Look for websites that may have posted the news clip
You can do this by looking for the news clippings website that has the latest video clips online or that has online videos.
Many websites have recent video clips of news reports and interviews. You can find them by going to the website address connected to the report or interview, then clicking on a link that has a video clip attached.
These video clips may be short, just a few seconds, or may be longer due to the reporter or journalist adding some additional notes or follow-up questions. If they had this done, then the clip must be at least a few seconds long due to the time required for it to be uploaded.
Look for any noticeable reaction from people as they view and/or listen to the video clip, such as smiling, crying, laughing, yelling, etc. If those signs are present, then it was probably an old television newscast that someone watched and found valuable information was missed.
Check your old VHS and DVD collections for the clip
If you have old video recordings, you should look for the clip due to two reasons.
The first is that it can be valuable in finding new videos or clips of videos you didn’t know existed. Because they are so rare and expensive, you can save money by finding the correct clip for your event or event series.
The second is that the clip can be valuable in finding new events or events that were never released to the public. If a company releases a similar event to what yours did, find the proper clip to match and add to your collection!
Many companies now offer video clips as an additional service due to this value.
Ask family members if they have the clip
If they do, find out how to legally buy the video
There are several ways to find old video clips. Some people subscribe toYouTube channels and they send you new clips asap, or you can go to their website and purchase a downloadable version.
Most online stores have a rule that you must watch the entire video before you can download it, so make sure you get what you want before the clip is gone!
Before buying a video clip, make sure it is of good quality and does not have any visual damage such as tears or watermarks.
Check old media collections at libraries
New media includes television, Internet-based streaming services, and recently launched mediums like podcasts and TV shows via subscription services.
If you can’t find old media at a library, community center, or specialty store, you can check out old media collection at libraries or community centers. Many large cities have them too!
Old news video clips are a fun way to sample new media. Many TV channels offer old news video clips as free downloads via their website or a mobile app. Try them out!
If you are able to find the original reporter or journalist, ask them if they would like royalties for their hard work. If the answer is no, then take some time to research if there was an error in reporting the event or not.
Contact the television station and see if they have it
If they do, you can contact them to get a link to the video. Most television stations nowadays have digital video record (or DVR) systems, which allows them to store recorded videos for later playback.
Some televisions have an even more advanced feature called the press kit. The press kit allows you to create custom links to past events that are linked to your account, so you can easily find it again.
If the event was recent, the computer-generated ID may be worn off already and cannot be found. If it was a long ago event, the person might no longer be named computer-generated-ID-dear-hart but something more recognizable like hart.
If there is still footage of him, looking for old news video clips may help find him again.
Use a service that scans images for duplicate content
This helps find old video clips that were digitized and then removed due to copyright restrictions. You can use it to find video clip scans of books you loved years ago, or videos of famous people today.
Many online video clip databases have added-on features such as YouTube clips, making it even more accessible to find old video clips.
Using a website that digitizes images is also a good way to find old photos and videos. Many available these days are free, thanks to digital photo management applications.
If the photo or video was taken with a cell phone, then using a service that scans for data on old phones is how to find old photos.
Re-post the video with advertising to find copyright owners
Creating a re-post of an old video with advertising is the best way to find old video clips. Most video websites have a set format you can use to create a re-post, usually with some kind of advertising disclaimer.
It is very rare that a video producer will take the time to get in contact with the copyright owner and ask them if they want their footage re-posted, or would like it removed. If it has been edited or aired, then it may be difficult to determine if the legal rights holder has granted permission for re-publication.
If you are interested in finding old news footage of yourself, try looking at different studios and see if they have any recent programming you can watch! Or look into student film festivals to find filming experiences for yourself.