The BBC's film-footage licensing arm, BBC Motion Gallery, has released a Dashboard widget for Mac OS X that lets users search its online film archives without a browser.
BBC Motion Gallery says the release underlines its commitment to providing creatives with fast, simple access to its extensive catalogue of digital assets. The widget is available now for download.
The catalogue includes 300,000 hours of video across a huge range of topics, including natural history, news, art, music and more.
"Apple has built fantastic tools into Tiger, like Spotlight and Dashboard, to expedite production workflow and we intend to take full advantage of these innovations to bring our customers better products and services," said Jan Ross, senior vice president, BBC Motion Gallery.
The widget lets customers quickly search through tens of thousands of video clips. Its features include a search field, clip preview window and the ability to display up to six video-clip thumbnails at a time.
Motion Gallery is also the exclusive global representative of the CBS News Archive, and has global distribution deals with Japan's national broadcaster NHK and ABC.