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  • OT: public domain / royalty free footage

  • ralph bertini

    June 26, 2006 at 2:41 pm


    Working on a spot to promote our colleges annual foundation fund raiser. The theme is the 1950’s. Been looking for public domain / royalty free video of 50’s stuff, cars, sockhop type stuff. I only need about 20 seconds total. The rest, I’ll “invent something” as our dean aptly put it. My budget is next to zero. I could go to the purveyors of images like Getty and others but is there a way of accessing directly from the gov’t sources?


  • Kevin Monahan

    June 26, 2006 at 2:45 pm

    check out

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  • walter biscardi

    June 26, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    VideoTraxx series is very inexpensive and totals over 6,000 royalty free clips.

    Walter Biscardi, Jr.

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  • Michael Kellam

    June 26, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    If you can use stills, try going to . They license most stills in video resolution for $1.00 each. I discovered them while working for a place with “next to zero” budgets.


  • Kevin Monahan

    June 27, 2006 at 4:35 am

    The only problem with is that you’ll have to demux MPEG footage, but other than that, I don’t know of any other free public sources for video. Maybe someone on the board will come through for you. Hope so. 😉

    Kevin Monahan
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  • Jerry Hofmann

    June 27, 2006 at 12:38 pm

    If you’re anywhere near Washington DC… you can get footage from the National Archives for the cost of the dub…


  • ralph bertini

    June 27, 2006 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks to everyone who responded. I wish I was near DC. The site is great! Coronet films are the best worst I’ve ever seen. I downloaded a couple of things but they’re 320×240. Is there any way to resize in FCP. I’ll check out the photo website. If only fair use wasn’t such a gray area. I found a 10 sec clip of Bill Haley doing the open to “rock around the clock” that would be perfect but why court disaster.

  • Jerry Hofmann

    June 28, 2006 at 11:32 am

    You can resize the movies in FCP, but I’ll bet they’ll look pretty soft… the way to do it is in the Scale parameter in the Motion tab.


  • ralph bertini

    June 28, 2006 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks, I tried that but it increases the size of the image within the smaller frame. I am curious what kevin means by demuxing the stuff.

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