British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

OXFORD SCIENTIFIC (OSF) (footage sales via Getty Images)

Mike Hill/Oxford Scientific (OSF)
NB Footage sales are now handled via Getty Images (qv).

Oxford Scientific (OSF) was founded in the early 1960’s and is revered worldwide for being THE natural world specialist. We offer the highest quality available in time-lapse and real-time stock footage imagery. Custom shots for feature films, commercials, music videos and other video projects are also our specialty.

As well as over 350,000 still images the library also consists of over 2000 hours of stock footage and specialises in wildlife, science, special effects, time-lapse, slow-motion, macro and micro cinematography as well as having access to thousands of clips shot by OSF Productions’ award winning cameramen.

Our content covers categories such as clouds, skyscapes of all descriptions, suns, moons, lightning and star fields; landscapes, cityscapes, moving shadows, deserts and mountains, fire and fog; transportation, traffic, crowds, children, international and americana. Major U.S. cities include New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles,
Chicago and San Francisco. Images are added all of the time so check
back often.
Geography; Advertising films; Natural history; Wildlife; Special effects; Time-lapse films; Animals; Birds; Science; High-speed films
By arrangement only.
VHS preview tapes by post. Viewing on site by appointment.
Research, transfer and licence fees payable. Quotations on request.
OSF copyright footage and agent for non-OSF copyright material.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Still Images
Photo LIbrary held.
Video: Stockshots, commercial film, documentary, science and education.
Video components: DigiBeta, D1, Beta SP, I-inch, U-matic, VHS.
Film: 2,000,000 feet. A wide range of stock footage covering natural history, science, worldwide locations, macro, micro, special effects, time-lapse and high-speed. Footage available from both the Oxford Scientific Films archive and represented collections. 100% colour film.
Film components: 16mm, Super 16mm, 35mm, positive film, negative film.


Computerised database
Available on site.
Printed catalogue
Available, indexed.
Card catalogue
Not available.

Main Contact

020 3551 4600
2nd Floor, Kingsbourne House
229-231 High Holborn

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