DVD Output [VID-D2]

Record Type Digital Moving Images from Video Source Material
Expected Use Distribution Copy
Product Name DVD Output [VID-D2]
Product Purpose

This option is used to out an MPEG-2 reproduction master to an authored DVD.

Nature of Source Material

Any MPEG-2 digital reproduction master file.

File Properties Data Format


  • VOB (Video Object files) for Video and Audio Data

Essence Data:

  • MPEG-2
  • Program Stream
  • Main Profile Main Level
  • Top field first
Capture Information

Video data:

  • Video frame size: 720x480
  • Video mode: CBR
  • Video frame rate: 29.97
  • Interlaced scan
  • Single-pass encoding

Audio data:

  • Audio channels: 2 (stereo L R)
  • Audio bitrate: 256 Kbps
  • Audio mode: CBR
  • Audio codec: AC-3
  • Audio sample rate: 48 KHz
  • Audio sample size: 16 bits

Typical file size: 60 MB/minute or 3.6 GB/hour

Possible File Derivatives


Other Information

This is the current delivery mechanism for the Reference Rooms for all digital moving images.

Audio and video levels may be adjusted as appropriate during the initial capture process but otherwise, the preservation files are unaltered. Reproduction and distribution files may have additional image improvements such as minimal color correction if necessary.

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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