This is footage that is not in copyright and is not subject to the usual licensing constrictions and prices. It was produced by American government agencies, or gifted to the American people by producers thereby lifting any existing copyright.
We offer a 24 hour turnaround service for masters we hold in our London office. If we need to duplicate the material from Washington, the delays are similar to those you would incur if you went straight to the source.
We can supply footage in any normal industry format and standard (PAL or NTSC) including: digital QT files [ProRes422HQ; H.264; DNX185 & MXF] and in tapes: DigiBeta, BetaSP, DVCam, etc. Duplication is charged at reasonable rates.
Our footage is mostly acquired from the US National Archives, the Library of Congress and other government agencies but also from private collections.
Our collection spans over 100 years, from the birth of cinema to today and covers a very wide range of subjects, from conflict to culture, educational and science films, newsreels from around the world, sports to travelogues.
Yes. We charge a one-time buy-out fee for our public domain material which once acquired can be reused in any project. Please note that this doesn’t apply to our licensed material.
Our rates are extremely competitive and depend on the number of reels you order from and the length of those clips. Feel free to get in touch for an immediate quote.
Navigating the NARA catalogue is not always straight-forward and we have years of experience making it easy to access public domain material. We can also provide screeners for NARA material not already in our collection and help you with the process of ordering material from them.
Yes, the great majority of collection is searchable online. If you cannot find what you’re looking for, get in touch and we’ll happily do the research for you.