National Geographic to Expand HD-Format Archives

The National Geographic Film Library (NGTL) has contracted with Minneapolis-based post production firm HI-WIRE to convert its existing film archives to the high-definition format. HI-WIRE will also handle conversion of current programming and specific customer-requested films. NGTL is making the switch as a response to increasing requests from clients for HD-format content.

National Geographic will provide HI-WIRE with more than 500 hours of footage for conversion, including new and archived content. National Geographic will be adding its 2002 and post-2002 films to the HD list. It is also considering productions that date from 1995 and were shot in a 16 x 9 format.

HI-WIRE will also convert current National Geographic Television & Film productions and other films not serviced under the original contract on a client-requested basis.