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1. What is your returns policy ?
2. What formats do you supply the clips in ?
3. What pixel resolution are our HD clips ?
4. How are the lower resolution MPEGs encoded ?
5. Do you offer HTTP or FTP download of purchased clips ?
6. Why does my order take up to 1 business day to process ?
7. Can I reuse the material I have paid for ?
8. Does the purchased version have a watermark ?
9. Public domain footage is free right? So why do you charge for it ?
10. NASA and other space agencies have their own media centers to supply material for free. So why use Footagevault ?
11. Do you offer bulk discounts ?
12. I’m editing at final resolution and don’t have any time after picture lock for a traditional conform and online, so can you send me the clean full resolution footage in advance to achieve picture lock before our bill is settled ?
13. Where does the footage come from ?
14. How are the clips priced ?
15. What subjects are covered in your collection ?
16. What is public domain or royalty free material ?
17. Can I sell my own archive through your web site ?
18. What are the copyright guidelines for NASA footage ?
19. Why does some footage have an interlacing property ?
20. How do I download my files ?
21. How long will it take to download my files ?
22. Do you do discounts for school teachers ?
23. Are there any limitations to your schools service ?
24. What other services do you offer ?

1. What is your returns policy ?

Due to the nature of the product, all sales must be final. We cannot accept returns except in the case of media with defects, which will be replaced at our expense. Please ensure you have requested the correct clip when ordering, the clip number can be found on the clip preview page.

2. What formats do you supply the clips in ?

We provide the Standard Definition clips in Broadcast Quality NTSC (720×486 29.97fps 8 Bit Uncompressed 4:2:2) and PAL (720×576 25fps 8 Bit Uncompressed 4:2:2). For use in your edit you can also download high quality watermarked H.264 encoded m4v’s (640×480 25fps) straight from the clips play pages. To use on an Avid or FCP timeline they might need transcoding to DV-PAL (720×576) or whatever format your project is working in. We also sell these H.264 encoded m4v files without the watermarks for multimedia or podcast presentations.

3. What pixel resolution are our HD clips ?

We use a DVC-PRO HD 1080 codec for our HD footage in both progressive and interlaced formats. The actual resolution of these HD clips is 1888 x 1062, rather than the full 1080 number of horizontal lines. This is an industry standard for HD-Cam as a 1888 x 1062 rectangle is contained within a 1920 x 1080 frame and will maintain compatibility with analogue signals, which can often become distorted close to the edge of the frame. It also increases the chance that a digital signal being played on over-scan enabled equipment will display the entire picture visibly. For more information consult Wikipedia.

4. How are the lower resolution MPEGs encoded ?

Our lower resolution clips are currently encoded using the high quality H.264 codec commonly used for iPod media and can also be played using a standard media player such as QuickTime.

5. Do you offer HTTP or FTP download of purchased clips ?

Yes, all purchased clips will be made available for download via HTTP / FTP. However since broadcast quality and HD clips can be extremely large, this option is only recommended if you have a reliable, high-speed Internet connection available.

If you have problems downloading large files from the Internet, the clips can be burnt to DVD and sent to any address supplied (note, there will be additional costs involved for this option, postage & packing plus materials to cover additional work). Please contact us with any questions before making a purchase.

6. Why does my order take up to 1 business day to process ?

Your order may take up to 24 hours before it will be automatically available to you to dowload from our download server. This is due to order and payment verification, and the time it takes to upload your order to our order download server. Broadcast quality clips are very large, thus expect an order containing these to take longer than an order without them.

7. Can I reuse the material I have paid for ?

You are free to use the material you acquire from us as many times as you like. Once it is downloaded you are free to keep it and re-use it in future projects in all media throughout the known Universe. We only charge for the handling and delivery. If you need to download it again within a week you are free to do this. If you have then deleted the media and need it again for a future project you will need to pay our download fees again.

8. Does the purchased version have a watermark ?

No, Watermarks are only present on the free to download preview .flv and .m4v files. All purchased material is clean.

9. Public domain footage is free right? So why do you charge for it ?

Footagevault is proud to partner with film archives to digitise and distribute public domain footage to make it more widely accessible. Public domain footage belongs to the public and we are merely its custodian. Nevertheless, this work is expensive. Even though we are an internet-based company, real people at our labs in the UK do most of the work in acquiring and curating these collections of film and video and in answering your questions and processing and delivering your orders.

Our charges cover the real costs associated with all this work, both in human terms and in the costs of bandwidth, storage and other technology. So in order to keep providing this resource, we need to charge for supplying the high resolution copies of these media files to other commercial publishers, such as film and video producers and directors. We have partnered with NASA’s Apollo Flight Journal to share some of this media more widely without charge.

We are committed to keeping our prices for the full resolution media as low as possible to ensure this historic footage is accessible to everyone, and we regularly supply footage at heavily discounted prices and sometimes without charging through our programme of philanthropy.

10. NASA and other space agencies have their own media centers to supply material for free. So why use Footagevault ?

We have worked with NASA’s film archives for over a decade now on various film and television projects and have a lot of knowledge about the range of footage acquired and held at the different NASA centers which covers their immense range of manned space flights and robotic missions. So we might know of material that is hard to locate through the main NASA media centers.

Important to remember:
When you order footage from NASA they send you tapes. You pay for the FedEx bills, the stock and copying costs for material before returning it. There might be further costs for digitizing it and maybe even standards conversion costs from NTSC to PAL. The clips you download from us save you money on all these extra costs, and can be instantly imported into any Quicktime based editing platform (Final Cut Pro, Avid, Premiere Pro, iMovie, After Effects, etc).

Footagevault strives to keep its carbon footprint as low as possible. We ship the tapes to our offices and upload the clips to our server for you to browse so you don’t have to ship anything. Where possible we encourage all our customers to download the media rather than posting it out to them on magnetic tape and plastic optical discs which can’t be easily recycled. Our invoicing and data storage is all electronic and our electricity used in our main office is currently supplied by Ecotricity and comes from 100% renewable resources.

11. Do you offer bulk discounts ?

Yes, please contact us with your requests for specific details.

12. I’m editing at final resolution and don’t have any time after picture lock for a traditional conform and online, so can you send me the clean full resolution footage in advance to achieve picture lock before our bill is settled ?

Due to the public domain nature of our archive, our policy is to receive payment for the footage before releasing it to a customer. But we appreciate that you might in some circumstances need to work with the clean full resolution material before picture lock and might end up not using a clip which you have purchased. If you have purchased more than ten clips from us for your project we will be happy to refund you for any clips which fail to make it into your final cut as long as this good will gesture is not abused. Please contact us in advance if you think that this situation is likely to occur during your edit.

13. Where does the footage come from ?

Our public domain footage has been collected over the years from archives in the United States of America, housed at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, the Jet Propulsion Labs, in Pasadena, Los Angeles, and at other NASA centers around the country.

14. How are the clips priced ?

The prices quoted on this site are for a complete clip. You buy an entire clip whether you use just one second of it or the entire clip. We have worked out the price of each clip based on its duration. Prices currently range from $8.00 per second to less than 10 cents per second. The rate is based on the quality and rarity of the material. We try to be cheaper than most of our competitors as we feel that this material should be as accessible and affordable as possible. Our charges are therefore kept to a minimum to cover our server and traffic costs and the time it has taken us to create and maintain this web site.

15. What subjects are covered in your collection ?

Our archives currently cover robotic and human spaceflight stories, and mostly span the last half of the 20th Century and the first decade of this Century.

Only around 20% of our collection is currently on-line, so if you can’t find what you need after searching here then contact us to tell us what you are looking for and we can advise you if we hold it in our archives, or if not how you might be able to acquire it from NASA yourself.

16. What is public domain or royalty free material ?

Public Domain footage is material that is not in copyright and is not subject to licensing restrictions. There are a variety of reasons for this special status: 1. The copyright on the work has expired and was not renewed; 2. The work was never copyrighted; 3. The work was donated to the Public Domain by the copyright holder. Most of the material we currently hold has been produced by American government agencies, such as NASA or the US Air Force, which is not generally eligible for copyright protection and therefore in the Public Domain.

Public Domain footage can be used in its entirety or in part to inform, educate and entertain, through broadcasts and other forms of re-distribution. But there are some third party issues such as advertising of products and services to be aware of. For example it is fine to use footage of an astronaut in a documentary or news programme for educational or entertainment purposes, but not for a commercial which sells or endorses a particular product. For the later you would need to get further clearance from the individual person or people seen in the footage and from the agency who produced the material. For more information on NASA’s own guidelines for use of their material featured in our collection please see FAQ 18 below.

Most countries that are members of the Berne Convention (international copyright consortium) accept that if a work is considered to be in the U.S. Public Domain then it is also considered Public Domain in the member country. Upon request, for “Errors & Omissions” (E&O;) insurance policy requirements made by broadcasters and distributors, Footagevault will provide you with a written assurance of the origin and Berne Convention status for any Public Domain footage we supply.

Whatever your use, remember that you are responsible for ensuring that what you are doing is legal. Do not assume that just because we believe a film is in the public domain for users in the United States, that the work is also in the public domain for users in other countries. Whether a film is still in copyright varies from country to country, and we can’t offer guidance on whether any specific use of any specific film footage is allowed. Please do not assume that a film clip’s listing as ‘public domain’ on a Footagevault search means it can be used in any manner anywhere in the world. Copyright infringement liability can be quite severe.

Please note that any fees we charge for providing access to the media on this site are only taken as payment for research and supply of the footage and does not imply ownership or copyrights to the material by Footagevault.

Once you have received the footage from us you are free to make further uses of it as often as you like, within the guidelines of Public Domain law outlined above.

For non-US government agency space footage, from for example the European and Russian Space Agencies, please contact us for further advice.

17. Can I sell my own archive through your web site ?

Yes. Currently all of the material Footagevault distributes is from our own archive, but we are happy to host other archive material through this site too. If you are looking to unlock the value of your own film or video footage you can read more about our media management services here.

18. What are the copyright guidelines for NASA footage ?

The NASA guidelines on copyright can be found in NASA’s policy guidelines.

19. Why does some footage have an interlacing property ?

Where the standard definition footage has been converted originally from NTSC to PAL, it has an interlacing property. You can de-interlace it using one of the Avid’s video filters or by manually removing a single field. If you are working in a progressive AVID project you will need to import the clips into a new interlaced AVID project first to achieve the best de-interlacing results. Then export the clip as a Quicktime file again before re-importing it back into your progressive project. In a Final Cut Pro project you should be able to de-interlace the clip on the timeline in any project by applying a de-interlacing filter.

20. How do I download my files ?

To download your files, you need to right click each file if you are using a PC. This might differ if you are using a Mac.

21. How long will it take to download my files ?

The download time will depend on the speed of your Internet connection; for example if you have a 2Mbps connection then we estimate 1 GigaByte will take about 90 minutes.

22. Do you do discounts for school teachers ?

For UK schools (pre-tertiary education), we offer an educational licence for teachers to access our film collection for use in lessons, projects and presentations. The service costs £129 per year* for each school for access to our collection of mpeg m4v quality media clips. For more information please contact us and mark your enquiry subject “School Licence Enquiry”.
(* If you have used a special offer code your discount will be applied at the billing point.)

23. Are there any limitations to your schools service ?

If you register for our schools service, downloading will be limited from the school’s registered IP address that you provide to us on the application form. If you need to download clips from a different IP address please contact us for further access.

24. What other services do you offer ?

Media Management – If you are a company or agency with a private film and video archive which you’d like like to provide controlled access to, or a media professional with a film archive you’d like to exploit more widely, then please contact us to see how we can help you further.

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