foot·​age | \ ˈfu̇-tij How to pronounce footage (audio) \

Definition of footage

: length or quantity expressed in feet: such as
b : the total number of running feet of motion-picture film used (as for a scene or subject) also : the material contained on such footage

Examples of footage in a Sentence

Some disturbing footage of the war was shown on the evening news.

Recent Examples on the Web

The aim is to develop systems that can automatically detect first-person violent events without also flagging similar footage from movies and video games. CBS News, "Facebook to train AI systems using police firearms training videos," 17 Sep. 2019 The aim is to develop systems that can automatically detect first-person violent events without also flagging similar footage from movies or video games. Washington Post, "Facebook to train AI systems using police video," 17 Sep. 2019 But police said Aiello’s version of events didn’t square with security footage and data from Navarra’s Fitbit, a wristband device that tracks fitness data such as steps and heart rate. Michael Cabanatuan,, "The Scanner: Oakland police seek help in beloved street food vendor’s killing," 16 Sep. 2019 Multiple witnesses and video footage indicated that Davis had driven into the front of building and backed up to ram it again five times. Jon Kelvey,, "Case of Taneytown man who allegedly rammed truck into City Hall moved to Circuit Court," 16 Sep. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now As Alma begins to move back and forth through time, the show relies on trippy visuals created with rotoscope, a film technique in which animation is layered over live-action footage. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The Creators of Bojack Horseman on Pushing the Limits of Adult Animation Even Further With Undone," 13 Sep. 2019 Investigators are hopeful that nearby surveillance footage will be able to help them piece together what happened Thursday night, Guien said. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Woman killed by hit-and-run pickup driver in Greenspoint," 13 Sep. 2019 Chandler police soon released their own edited footage from officers' body cameras, which showed officers trying to negotiate with the father by phone before the raid. John D'anna, Arizona Republic, "A judge ruled The Republic had violated a court order in a controversial DCS case. Now, he has reversed that ruling," 12 Sep. 2019 At the time this footage was recorded, Dulos is believed to have been lying in wait at 69 Welles Lane for his wife to return home. Rob Frehse And Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "Estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos is set to appear in court on new charges in her disappearance," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of footage

1842, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of footage

: scenes or action recorded on film or video
: the size of something measured in feet

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