Motion Picture Film Median Capture - HD AVI [MPD-R2]

Record Type Digital Moving Images from Film-based Source Material
Expected Use Reproduction Master
Product Name Motion Picture Film Median Capture - HD AVI [MPD-R2]
Product Purpose

The purpose of this product is to respond to reference and reproduction requests.

Nature of Source Material

All 35mm and 16mm film elements (B&W or color) with or without sound in stable condition as demonstrated by a determination of “Medium” or below on the At Risk Assessment Guide.

File Properties Data Format

Container: AVI (Audio Video Interleaved)

Capture Information

Timecode: Source LTC/VITC

Target Total Bitrate: ~800 Mbps

Video data

  • Frame size: 1920x1080
    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (4:3 image with pillarboxes)
  • Video codec: Uncompressed
  • Video frame rate: 24 fps
  • Color encoding: YUY2
  • Chroma format: 4:2:2
  • Progressive scan

Audio data

  • Audio channels: 2
  • Audio codec: PCM
  • Audio sample rate: 48 KHz
  • Audio sample size: 24 bit

Typical file size: ~ 1200 MB/minute or 72 GB/hour

Possible File Derivatives

This product can be use to make distribution files.

Other Information
Quality Control Quality Assurance and Quality Control for HD AVI Format Products

NARA uses a commercially available, automated batch processing software tool to evaluate specific quality metrics. Below is a outline of our current processes for HD AVI formatted products. The exact aim point values are still in the testing phase. Once these values are confirmed, they will be added to this site. We continue to adjust our benchmarks and workflows as needed.

Embedded metadata compliance: NARA is working with FADGI to develop embedded metadata guidelines for reformatted video. They will be added to this site when complete.
Technical metadata: NARA is working an a schema for HD video technical metadata.

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 Quality Analysis

Using automated batch-processing software tools, test plans are developed for each format and/or each appropriate project. The test plan allows for some characteristics to be evaluated on an actionable basis (warning, fail or pass depending on the defined parameters). Others are logged for internal use but are not actionable as a warning, pass or fail. Aim points for these benchmarks are evaluated against NARA's product specifications as well as NARA defined aim points which may change depending on specific project goals. The following represents the quality test plan technical characteristics for AVI products.

Terms used in the QC protocols are defined in the Glossary of Terms.

Category Technical Characteristic Warning/Pass/Fail or Logged Data
AVI Container Features
  • Video Tracks (number of)
  • Audio Tracks (number of)
  • Mismatch in Audio and Video Duration
  • File Size
  • Content Layout
  • PIDs Allowed for Audio and Video
Logged data
AVI File Format Characteristics OpenDML AVI File Format Extension Warning/Pass/Fail
Uncompressed YUV Video Essence: Video Description Features
  • Chroma Format
  • Frame Rate (Fps)
  • Resolution (Width/Height)
  • Bits Per Pixel (Luma and Chroma)
  • Resolution Change
  • Video Format
  • Average Bitrate (Mbps)
  • Active Pixels (Percentage)
  • Duration
Logged data
Uncompressed YUV Video Essence: Video Quality Features Video Signal Levels (Luma/Chroma) Warning/Pass/Fail
  • Color Bars
  • Black Bars
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • White Point
  • Freeze Frames
  • Cadence Break
  • Upconversion
  • Field Order
Logged data
LPCM Audio Essence: Audio Description Features
  • Sampling Frequency (Hz)
  • Audio Channels (Number)
  • Bits per sample (Number)
  • Duration
  • Bit Rate (Kbps)
  • LFE Channels (Number)
Logged data
LPCM Audio Essence: Audio Quality Features
  • Maximum Level
  • Audio Clipping
LPCM Audio Essence: Audio Quality Features
  • Test Tone
  • Average Level
  • Phase Mismatch
  • Level Mismatch
  • Loudness
  • DialNorm-Loudness Mismatch
  • Misplaced Channels
  • Background Noise
  • Transient Noise
  • Wow and Flutter
  • Jitter Noise
  • High Frequency Noise
  • Overmodulation
Logged Data

One-light color timing will be employed as appropriate during the initial capture process but otherwise, the files are unaltered.

Top of Page

Preservation >

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272