Critical Past Makes Historical Footage Accessible

June 17, 2010

12:16 pm

Are you a history buff? Do you love watching old historical footage?  Critical Past may be a service worth checking out. Critical Past is a searchable index of 57,000 pieces of historical footage.  Much of the footage that the service has to offer has never been available online before.

In addition to footage, Critical Past also has an index of 7 million still photos. The startup has created a technology where the stills are created from the footage at a cadence of one per second. Each video clip has a preview page with a description and links to third- party sites like Google maps and Wikipedia to give more background to the video.  The descriptions can also be edited by users of the service.

All of the clips are available to preview for free, and most can be purchased for as little as $1.97 for low resolution clips.  Higher resolution clips start at $30 and go up to $180. For professionals – like documentarians, film and TV producers and media professionals – CriticalPast removes many of the hurdles (such as submitting formal requests, geographic restrictions, waiting times, and inconsistent pricing schemes) associated with sourcing footage and photos for production needs.

Founded by Northern Virginia residents Andy and Jim Erickson, Critical Past will be on site demoing at TECH cocktail DC 9 on June 17th during Digital Capital Week in Washington, D.C.

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Mark Bebawy (@markbebawy) is a Washington, D.C. metro native with a passion for all things web, social media, and startup related. Mark has an extensive background in technology, having worked in the field running his own IT consulting company that catered to small business.

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