Motion Picture Film Median Derivative - HD MP4 50Mbps [MPD-R3]

Record Type Digital Moving Images from Film-based Source Material
Expected Use Reproduction Master
Product Name Motion Picture Film Median Derivative - HD MP4 50Mbps [MPD-R3]
Product Purpose

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

Nature of Source Material

This product is created from HD AVI or other reproduction master files.

File Properties Data Format


  • MPEG-4 MP4
  • Program Stream
  • 4:2:2 Profile, Main Level
  • Closed GOP, I-frame only
Capture Information

Target Total Bitrate: ~50.4Mbps

  • Video data:
    • Video frame size: 1920x1080
    • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (4:3 image with pillarboxes)
    • Video codec: Advanced Video Codec (avc1)
    • Video bitrate: ~50.0Mbps
    • Video mode: CBR
    • Video frame rate: 24 fps
    • High Profile @ Level 4.1
    • Color space: YUV
    • Chroma subsampling: 4:2:0
    • Progressive scan

Single-pass encoding

  • Audio data:
    • Audio channels: 2 (stereo L R)
    • Audio bitrate: 384 Kbps
    • Audio mode: CBR
    • Audio codec: Advanced Audio Codec (AAC)
    • Audio sample rate: 48 kHz
    • Audio sample size: 16 bit

Typical file size: ~350MB/minute or ~21GB/hour

Possible File Derivatives

This product is used to make distribution files.

Other Information
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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