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Because of the vast size of our collection, not all of our shots are online. The only way to view non-digitized material is to order a timecoded screener for a minimum charge of $75 (up to one hour of footage). To limit your search to digitized footage only, go to Advanced Search and select View Online.
We have a wide variety of licence options. Please contact us for our rate card.
For shots available on 16 mm and 35 mm, we can do custom HD transfers to your specifications. For material available on video, we can deliver NTSC or PAL, SD or HD, depending on the masters available for the selected shots (Upres and frame rate conversion costs extra). We can provide QuickTime Pro Res and other file formats digitally, or on tape if preferred.
PLEASE NOTE: Some of the SD material on our site runs at 23.976fps, but is only available in High Res in 29.97. Please contact us before ordering if this is problematic for you.
This depends on the shots ordered and the format they’re available in. Please contact us for more information.
This depends on the shots ordered and the format they’re available in. Please contact us for a precise quote.
You can place an order by emailing us your list of shots and timecodes, or by creating an account and passing the selected shots through your shopping cart, specifying the desired format.
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Please note that the NFB Archives site specializes in licensing the use of stock footage, offering a wealth of archival material such as film clips, stock photos, and more. For general information on the contents of the NFB archival holdings (other than archival footage), please contact the Archives Department by email (email@example.com).
However, please contact the Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator if you wish to remain anonymous for the purposes of making a request under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.
In fact, if you wish to consult the documents of the Archives Department that are not accessible to the public, we invite you to visit the NFB’s Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) page to learn more about the process and procedures.
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