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NHPRC Digitizing Historical Records

Digital Audio and Video FAQ

This FAQ is provided to Federal agencies to assist them in meeting their records management responsibilities under 44 U.S.C. ch. 31. Agency records officers can use this FAQ as a technical resource in working with staff that create and manage digital audio and video records.

NARA recommends MJPEG 2000 for a codec but suggests MPEG2, MPEG4, or DV as alternatives. They also accept AVI, MOV, or MXF wrappers.

For audio they prefer WAV, but also recommend AIFF, BWF, FLAC, AU, or MPEG4-ALS, does not take mp3

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