Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have xxx clip of xxx doing xxx?
RetroFootage Archive is a discount stock footage house. As such, we do not do custom clip research. This allows us to offer material at lower costs. We do offer a custom movie trailer compilation service.

Can I get a VHS screener before I buy?
No. We do not offer screeners, again so that we can offer material at lower costs instead of charging for film or video tranfer charges, time code burn in, research, etc.

Is your footage royalty free?

Will you imdemnify us?
As we are a discount service, not charging a premium price per minute or second, we do not imdemnify.

Why are your prices so much more reasonable than I would pay from most stock footage houses?
Because of the answers to the first four questions.

I am interested in Titles X, Y, and Z, how much are they?
Call us or fill out the Pre-Order Form. Prices depend on format and running time. Make sure to specify the format you require for each title.

How long does shipping take? What is the shipping cost?
We can ship most titles in 2-3 business days via Federal Express. Cost depends on the size of your order and is based on the Federal Express rates.

What formats are available?
All broadcast video tape formats are available in both NTSC and PAL standards. BetaSp, Digibeta, DVCAM, DVCPRO, 3/4" Umatic, SVHS, and MiniDV are the most commonly requested. If you are part of a production/post production team and you are not sure about format, your colleagues probably want BetaSp.

What about the music?
Any music that accompanies the picture if part of the original program is also clear to use. Legally, this falls into the category of "synchonization rights."

Is your material broadcast quality?
The term broadcast quality is an inexact one. We sell our material to businesses in a broadcast market. Much of the material we sell is vintage or rare and due to the original elements may exibit signs of wear. Much of our material is in tip top broadcast condition. Our movie trailers and cartoons for instance are amongst our best offerings as far as picture quality. We transfer our material either from original archival prints or from BetaSp masters which were transferred from the best available source material.

Do you have a printed catalog of all titles?
All of our offerings are here at

What is the correspondence address?

RetroFootage Vault
Box 1301
Santa Monica, CA 90401

What payment methods are available?
We accept check, money order, wire transfer, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Checks are made payable to RetroFilm.

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