FAQs


Animated Question Marks on Archival Film

WHAT IS PUBLIC DOMAIN MATERIAL?
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.

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
Our footage is largely acquired from collections in the United States (The National Archives, The Library of Congress and other government sources) but covers worldwide events.

WHAT TYPE OF SUBJECTS
The material spans nearly 100 years (late 19th century and throughout most of the 20th) and covers all walks of life. It contains documentaries, newsreel outtakes and some early fiction.

CAN I RE-USE THE MATERIAL?
Yes. We charge a one-time buy-out fee. Once you have bought the physical tape, it is yours to use and re-use forever, wherever, in all media and in any programme. You will not need to come back to us to renew a contractor to pay any additional fees.

HOW IS IT PRICED?
For easy pricing, our pricing structure parallels the costs at the National Archives in Washington in that our material is sold on a source-reel basis (which tend to run at 6-11 minutes. We do not charge at a per second rate like other stock footage archives. The cost per reel diminishes according to the number you order at any one time. Duplication and stock are additional and are charged at reasonable rates.

I ALREADY USE THE NARA DATABASE why do I need Footage Farm?
Although the National Archives in Washington DC do have a website, only a fraction of their collection actually appears on the site. We have information about the holdings in Washington and in other collections containing public domain material. If you contact us and tell us about the type of material you are looking for, we can send you written descriptions, or previewing files if you wish.

DO YOU HAVE A CATALOGUE?
No. In order to keep our costs low, we ask you to tell us about the type of material you are looking for by phone or email. Within a few hours we can come back to you with the result of our research. There is no charge for this service. When you want to view the material, we can send you mp4 files to preview via FTP at a very reasonable price.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO OBTAIN MATERIAL from you?
We offer a 24-48 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.

WHAT FORMATS do you supply Masters on?
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.