30 September 2014
Footage.net enhances stock footage discovery platform with Solr search technology, greatly expediting the footage search process and giving footage users enhanced ability to filter and refine search results.
New York – September 30, 2014 - Footage.net announced today that it has adopted Solr search technology to power its online stock footage search and screening platform. The newly deployed search engine allows Footage.net to better manage huge datasets, organize diverse metadata fields, perform a vast number of simultaneous searches and filter search results dynamically. It’s also extremely fast, significantly expediting the footage search and discovery process for Footage.net’s global user base.
An open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Luceneproject, Solr powers the search and navigation features of many of the world's largest internet sites including Netflix, eBay, eHarmony, WhiteHouse.gov and AOL. Its major features include powerful full-text search, hit highlighting, faceted search, near real-time indexing, dynamic clustering, database integration, rich document handling, and geospatial search.
“The Solr integration significantly improves the search experience for our users,” said David Seevers, Footage.net Chief Marketing Officer. “With nearly 10 million records now in the Footage.net database, we needed a search engine that could scour a huge volume of diverse records and deliver results to our users quickly and efficiently.”
In addition to delivering fast search results, Solr enables users to filter search results by keywords, categories, dates and content partners. Known as “faceted search,” this is a critical feature for most footage users, who are typically looking for very specific shots and need a way to plow through a huge volume of search results to get to the shot they need.
“The ability to narrow a search down is critical,” said Seevers. “Solr allows for the application of multiple filters, and for applying and removing them dynamically. This lets users slice and dice search results in wide variety of useful ways.”
A vibrant and growing developer community supports Solr’s open-source platform. As such, Solr is highly configurable, scalable and extensible. Going forward, Solr will allow Footage.net to scale and incorporate future capabilities such as related searches (‘more like this’) and auto-suggest (‘did you mean?’).
Footage.net is the world’s premier online resource for stock footage research. Since 1994, Footage.net has focused on meeting the needs of both footage users and footage providers. Today, Footage.net remains committed to helping users find the best footage as quickly and easily as possible; generating new leads and licensing opportunities for our member archives; and strengthening the footage licensing industry as a whole. Our dedicated footage search engine makes it easy for creative professionals to search 40 world-class footage collections simultaneously and view over 3.5 million clips, many of which are available for download. Our Global Search partners include some of the best-known companies in the stock footage industry, including AP Archive, Getty Images, ITN Source, FootageBank, Framepool, Historic Films and NBC News Archives, as well as some exciting new specialist collections, such as Skyworks, Critical Past and Celebrity Footage. Footage.net is also home to the Zap Email, used every day by creative professionals to send footage requests instantly to over 50 top footage providers.
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