There is a little of everything here and most of the films are from the 1920s through the 1960s. If you need atmosphere shots from this period of time this is the place to look because it is easy to find shots of people, streets, cars and trucks, trains and planes, representative of these years. There are lots of industrials and business films produced by the Jam Handy organization, educational films by Coronet, government films, newsreels, commercials and even a section of home movies.
The library is very well indexed and most of the films are available in a variety of download formats.
Every video producer should spend an afternoon browsing this library and making notes of potential footage that would be useful on upcoming projects and that would serve your client base.
The U.S. Government is a huge resource for media clips of all types. Almost all materials produced by the federal government are in the public domain. The only major exception would be a small number of films produced for the government by outside producers. Also, be aware that any persons depicted in films or images probably have privacy rights and thus using those to promote products or services or in a derogatory way is likely prohibited. Also the logos of various agencies are protected by trademark and may not be used in a way that would imply endorsement or involvement of the agency in your production. Make sure you check these permissions on the website that has the clips you wish to use. Many agencies are trying to provide better access to online clips, and the locations often change. I compiled a list of links to media clips available online from the government several years ago and most of those links are no longer valid since many of the online archives are in a state of flux, so it is good …Continue reading →
NASA has assembled a collection of sound effects clips from the space age that are suitable for production use or for ringtones on your cellphone. The .MP3 versions can be used in any audio or video editing software or as a ringtone in Android phones. The .M4R versions must be imported through iTunes and are for ringtones on your iPhone. The collection is available at http://www.nasa.gov/connect/sounds/index.html There are sounds, voice announcements and communications between the spacecraft and mission control. There are sounds from many historic missions, including Mercury, Apollo, the Shuttle and the space station. There are also the electronic sounds recorded in space from various scientific satellites, and the sounds of Sputnik, earth’s first artificial satellite.
Just what is Public Domain media? Public Domain media is video clips, photographs, music, sound effects, graphics and other media on which there are no copyright restrictions. This media is available to use, free of copyright restriction by anyone, for any purpose. But, please realize that restrictions on use may exist in the form of trademark protection and the privacy right of anyone pictured in the video and photographic clips. Also, remember that while a musical recording my be free of copyright restrictions, the words and music my still be protected by a separate copyright. Media can fall into the public domain in several ways. Almost all media published prior to 1923, is in the public domain, although trademark protection may apply in certain cases and privacy rights may be in effect if persons in the video or photograph are still living.