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Updated August 2018

The Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS) offers duplication of a variety of film, video, and file formats (listed below). In every instance, pre-payment is required. Only credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express), debit cards or direct debit payment through are accepted. Shipping charges for physical media are paid by the customer (if you have a FedEx account, you may include your account number on the Order Form and waive the shipping charge noted in the cost estimate).

All transfer rates have a 30-minute minimum with 15-minute increments thereafter.

Duplication requests must be for an entire reel/tape/file. No individual segments of source material may be requested.

Additional charges may apply to orders:

  • $24 set-up charge on all orders.
  • $20 minimum fee for each litigation order requiring certification. Additional surcharge per item based on the extent of the duplication request.

Cancellation policy

There is a $25 cancellation fee for all orders over $100. Rush orders will have an additional $25 cancellation fee. Standard orders may be canceled within 5 days after an order is submitted for a full refund and rush orders may be canceled within 24 hours after an order is submitted for a full refund.

Estimated completion times begin when all requested items have been delivered to the film and/or video labs. All source material must be retrieved from cold vaults and acclimatized for 1 to 2 days before transfers can be made.


All 16mm and 35mm films are scanned full frame at 2K resolution (2048x1556 pixels). Scans are overall one-lite with no color correction.

Standard Delivery: approximately 3-6 weeks
No rush service available

  • $18 surcharge for all reel changes
  • $18 gate change surcharge for orders with both 35mm and 16mm reels.


Standard Delivery: 5-7 business days
*Rush Delivery: 1-4 business days

  • $252/hour for RUSH orders. Rush service not guaranteed, but considered on a case-by-case basis depending on volume of orders already received.
  • $7.50 surcharge for all tape/file changes
  • $18 format change surcharge for orders with multiple video formats


The Library only provides digital files in the formats listed below.

Please be as specific as possible when ordering, including any necessary details for our video technicians (bitrate, wrapper, etc.).

We do not offer upconversion from standard definition.

Format Options:

2K Resolution:

  • 2K ProRes 4:2:2 HQ
  • 2K 10-bit RGB DPX Files (for new film scans only)

High Definition (1080p, 24 fps):

  • ProRes 4:2:2 (MOV wrapper) – standard or HQ
  • DNxHD (MXF op-1a wrapper) – 175 mbps (10-bit) or 115 mbps (8-bit)
  • H.264 – 6 mbps

Standard Definition:

  • ProRes 4:2:2 (MOV wrapper) – standard or HQ
  • MPEG-2 Program Stream - DVD quality (5 mbps VBR, 9 mbps peak)
  • H.264 – 1.5 mbps

Delivery Options:

  • Direct download from online Signiant Media Exchange server. Download links are distributed via e-mail. Some restrictions apply, depending on file sizes.
  • Hard drive purchased from the Library (see stock prices below). Drives are external USB and formatted for PC.
  • Flash drive purchased from the Library (see stock prices below).

MEDIA FORMATS with stock charges

Digital Download

No Charge

Hard Drive

1 TB $ 55.00

USB 3.0 Flash Drives

Flash Drive 64GB $ 21.00
Flash Drive 128GB $ 40.00

For additional information about obtaining copies of moving image materials, please contact the Moving Image Research Center:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (202) 707-8572

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