Character position definition and scope:

A one-character alphabetic code that indicates the technique used in creating motion in the motion picture or videorecording.  If no information is found in the cataloging record and accompanying material that indicates otherwise, it is assumed that the motion picture or videorecording is live action (code l).  A fill character ( | ) is used when no attempt has been made to code this 008 position.

Record requirements for National-level records:  Mandatory; for Minimal-level records:  Optional.

Guidelines for applying content designators:






Animation and live action


Live action


Not applicable  The technique used in creating motion is not applicable because the item is not a motion picture or videorecording.


Unknown  The technique for creating motion is unknown.


Other technique


No attempt to code

Content designator history:

Code # (Not applicable) is obsolete.  The codes defined for this character position were applicable only to motion pictures until the definition was expanded to include videorecordings in 1980.  At that time, code n was defined for items other than motion pictures and videorecordings, and # was made obsolete.

See also:

006 and 008:  Visual Materials

006 and 008:  Cross Reference Tables by Type of Material

006/01-17:  Character Positions by Type of Material

006  Fixed-Length Data Elements - Additional Material Characteristics

008/00-39:  Character Positions by Type of Material

008  Fixed-Length Data Elements