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What is the "CNN Collection"?

CNN Collection is the go to source for licensing CNN footage for use in any video, film, or multimedia production. Storytellers license CNN Collection footage to help frame their narrative. Example projects that utilize our footage include: video games, advertising campaigns, museum displays, documentaries, reality tv shows, television shows, blogs, newscasts, theatrical and corporate/institutional productions...just to name a few.

What can I find on the CNN Collection website?

We have selected the best and most popular items from the CNN archives (which spans 35 years) and housed it in the CNN Collection web experience, where you can search, preview, and license with just your credit card.

In addition, the most current, newsworthy and compelling footage from CNN's global news-gathering resources is added on a daily basis.

Can I get a volume or bulk discount?

You bet! While we have made sure that our footage pricing is very competitive we recognize that high volume purchases on a particular project or over a period of time deserves a discount. We will work with you to find the best rate structure to meet your needs. In addition to our favorable pricing, your volume discount deal, minimum guarantee deal, or subscription deal will also get you access to over 500,000 assets in the CNN archive through the use of our video archive researchers. Please contact us at licensing@cnn.com or call us at (404) 827-3326, and we’ll be happy to go over the details with you.

Can I license CNN Branded Footage?

Well, maybe. It depends on your usage. Let's discuss your needs and we can work with you to find the right content, as well as making sure it fits within CNN's standards and practices. Please contact us at (404) 827-3326 or at licensing@cnn.com, and let’s talk about it.

Can I search CNN and HLN transcripts?

Yes! CNN has made it convenient for you to search by day, breaking news, category, anchor, or show. Please visit the CNN Transcripts page for your CNN and HLN transcript needs.

How can I get a comp without a watermark?

When you license a clip you have the option to download clips in any number of formats -- all without a watermark.

How many assets are in the CNN Collection?

CNN Collection Assets

How quickly does CNN TV footage make it to the website?

After seeing current events on one of CNN's domestic or global networks, footage can often been seen on the CNN Collection website the same day. You can can find and license much of that content, quickly and easily.

If you are unable to find the footage on the CNN Collection website but able to reference the clip using outside sources, please email the URL to licensing@cnn.com and one of our agents will discuss licensing options with you.

What digital video formats does the website support?

You can license and download videos in the following formats:

All output files are wrapped as Quicktime (.mov) except for Flash (.flv) and Windows Media Video (.wmv). If the source file is an MXF, it is delivered as such.

For Standard Definition NTSC 4:3 clips, the following delivery options are available:

  • - Native Format
  • - Conversion to Photo-JPEG PAL
  • - Conversion to DV NTSC
  • - Conversion to DV PAL
  • - Down-Conversion to Photo-JPEG [640x480]
  • - Down-Conversion Photo-JPEG [480x360]
  • - Down-Conversion Windows Media [640x480]
  • - Down-Conversion Windows Media [480x360]
  • - Down-Conversion Flash [640x480]
  • - Down-Conversion Flash [480x360]
  • - Conversion to Photo-JPEG SD
  • - Conversion to H.264 SD
  • - Conversion to ProRes 422 SD
  • - Conversion to ProRes 422 PAL
  • - Up-Conversion to ProRes 422 1080p24 Pillarboxed
  • - Up-Conversion to ProRes 422 1080p24 Scaled
  • - Up-Conversion to ProRes 422 1080p24 Stretched
  • - Up-Conversion to DNxHD 1080p24 Pillarboxed
  • - Up-Conversion to DNxHD 1080i25 Pillarboxed
  • - Up-Conversion to DNxHD 1080i30 Pillarboxed

For High Definition 60i 16:9 clips, the following delivery options are available:

  • - Native Format
  • - Down-Conversion to Photo-JPEG NTSC
  • - Down-Conversion to Photo-JPEG PAL
  • - Down-Conversion to Photo-JPEG [640x360]
  • - Down-Conversion Photo-JPEG [480x270]
  • - Down-Conversion Windows Media [640x360]
  • - Down-Conversion Windows Media [480x270]
  • - Down-Conversion Flash [640x360]
  • - Down-Conversion Flash [480x270]
  • - Conversion to Photo-JPEG HD
  • - Conversion to H.264 HD
  • - Conversion to ProRes 422 HD
  • - Conversion to DNxHD
  • - Down-Conversion to ProRes 422 NTSC
  • - Down-Conversion to ProRes 422 PAL
  • - Conversion to ProRes 422 1080p24

What is stock footage?

Wikipedia (CC) asnwers this best: "Stock footage, and similarly, archive footage, library pictures and file footage is film or video footage that can be used in other films. Stock footage is beneficial to filmmakers as it saves shooting new material. A single piece of stock footage is called a "stock shot" or a "library shot". Stock footage may have appeared in previous productions but may also be outtakes or footage shot for previous productions and not used. Examples of stock footage which might be utilized are moving images of cities and landmarks, wildlife in their natural environments and historical footage. Suppliers of stock footage may be either rights-managed or royalty-free. Many websites offer direct downloads of clips in various formats."

Which forms of payment can I use to purchase footage online?

We accept all major credit cards including: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Why should I register this website?

After you complete the registration process, there are a number of features and benefits you can enjoy, including:
  • - Download frame-accurate video comps
  • - Purchase and download high-resolution masters online
  • - Create, edit, and email your custom clips or clip bins
  • - Purchase clips instantly using your credit card
  • - Be the first to know about new footage and special footage collections