Online Delivery HD MP4 2Mbps

Record Type Digital Moving Images from Film-based Source Material
Expected Use Distribution Copy
Product Name Online Delivery Film WMV [MPD-D1]
Product Purpose

This option can be used when the file is expected to be used primarily in an online access capacity such as through ARC.

Nature of Source Material

Any digital reproduction master file from film-based source material.

File Properties Data Format


  • MPEG-4 MP4
Capture Information

Target Total Bitrate: ~2.2Mbps

  • Video data:
    • Video frame size: 1920x1080
    • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (4:3 image with pillarboxes)
    • Video codec: Advanced Video Codec (avc1)
    • Video bitrate: ~2.0Mbps
    • Video mode: CBR
    • Video frame rate: 24 fps
    • High Profile @ Level 4.0
    • Color space: YUV
    • Chroma subsampling: 4:2:0
    • Progressive scan
    • Single-pass encoding
  • Audio data:
    • Audio channels: 2 (stereo L R)
    • Audio bitrate: 192 Kbps
    • Audio mode: CBR
    • Audio codec: Advanced Audio Codec (AAC)
    • Audio sample rate: 48 kHz
    • Audio sample size: 16 bit

Typical file size: ~15.8MB/minute or ~0.95GB/hour

Possible File Derivatives

Other distribution copies would be created from the higher quality reproduction master.

Other Information

Previously the Motion Picture Preservation Lab created Windows Media (WMV) files for ARC/OPA.

Quality Control Quality Assurance and Quality Control for Digital Imaging Products

The Digitization Services Branch’s Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QA) program is evolving as new tools and resources are acquired and implemented. We are moving towards more automated and integrated systems to assure the products we make meet the specifications outlined. Digital products created by the Digitization Services Branch are validated against standardized format specifications and signature files when possible. We use a variety of format specific batch evaluation and validation tools both open source and vendor supplied, to assure technical quality level specifications are met. All files, but especially distribution system specific files, are inspected for successful playback in a variety of tools and environments. Additional quality control workflows are in development.

Equipment/System Evaluation
NARA implements scheduled service and calibration protocols according to manufacturer recommendations as well as on an "as needed" basis.

Embedded metadata: NARA is working on embedded metadata guidelines for all file types.
Technical metadata: NARA is finalizing technical metadata schemas for all file types.

Customer Level Evaluation / Order Completeness

NARA is developing an in house job tracking order system to better coordinate work at the Branch level.

Item Level Evaluation: Automated File Characteristics Analysis
Fixity: NARA is evaluating workflows to create and validate checksums for each digital file.

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