WeatherVideoHD.TV: A New Visual Library and Marketplace for Educators and Researchers
More recently, as the collection of assets has grown to nearly ten thousand entries, covering an increasingly wider range of atmospheric science topics, it became clear that WVHD also represents a significant repository of visuals of educational value. With the visuals easily discoverable using powerful search functions, WVHD provides educators with rapid access to tutorial materials. In conjunction with the American Meteorological Society, we have also added illustrations from both the AMS Weather Book and Midlatitude Synoptic Meteorology. To promote accessibility to educators (and weathercasters), we have created a two-tiered pricing structure, one for standard commercial licensing at industry standard rates, and a second tier, which is essentially a nominal processing and service fee. Over 5000 assets, each available at a variety of resolutions, have been made available for classroom, public lecture and weathercaster use.
However, if a user wishes to obtain a standard commercial license from WVHD, that provides the added benefits of permitting the full spectrum of potential uses. Full WVHD licenses permit use for distance learning, podcasts, streaming video, print, Internet, mobile, broadcast…almost any conceivable use. It must be remembered that while visuals obtained from other Internet sources can (usually) be used in a classroom lecture under the “fair use” provisions of copyright law, once other distribution means are employed (podcasts, streaming video, CDs, closed circuit TV, etc.) formal licenses are essential to avoid running afoul of costly copyright infringement penalties. All WVHD assets are curated, checked for accuracy, and fully licensed for the use(s) selected.
WVHD also provides a no-cost platform for institutions and researchers to distribute, and if they so desire, monetize, their visual intellectual property. We actively seek investigators, and also those creating educational visuals, to consider using our service to streamline their media distribution. WVHD can handle video content from SD through HD and now also 4K.