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Jack Midnight
Best choice for downloading archival footage?
on Nov 14, 2018 at 11:33:43 pm

Hello clever people - I want to download some copyright-free archival footage from Prelinger to use in a short piece I'm editing in Premiere and I'm not sure what to do with all these download options they list:
256kb real media
512kb MPEG4
64kb real media
Cinepack
H.264
Hires MPEG4
Item tile
MP3
MPEG2
OGG video
Subrip
Torrent

In the past I had just used H.264, but now I'm wondering if a different choice would be better image quality or play more nicely with premiere.
Any thoughts?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Best choice for downloading archival footage?
on Nov 15, 2018 at 12:29:05 am
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Nov 15, 2018 at 12:29:57 am

Hires MPEG4, probably.
The variant of the clip with the largest file size is a good bet to be best, so just download all the different kinds of the same short clip and find out.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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John Heiser
Re: Best choice for downloading archival footage?
on Nov 15, 2018 at 3:41:54 pm

Then you may want to transcode to Cineform, ProRes or DNx for smoother editing. Long-GOP codecs like h264 take a lot of processing to edit and play back, so if you're going to use a lot of them, making new files for editing might be worth checking out.

John Heiser
Senior Editor
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Jack Midnight
Re: Best choice for downloading archival footage?
on Nov 15, 2018 at 4:11:32 pm

Thanks! Very helpful- much appreciated.


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Shane Ross
Re: Best choice for downloading archival footage?
on Nov 15, 2018 at 8:04:34 pm

Whoever the "archivist" is, isn't that good at archiving. Those are all HORRIBLE formats...not one is a "mastering" format. High Res H.264...OK, that sounds the best, hope it is. But good lord, so many of those other options..."Real media," "OGG Video?" CINEPACK? It's like they are living in the 1990s.

Shane
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