What is the best format to save your taped videos long term?
Our recommendation is to use the MP4 or MPEG 4 compression technology on your taped videos. As an example, YouTube uses MP4 and the creators of YouTube are industry experts at providing the highest quality content available to their viewers. Using DV or MiniDV tapes as an example, if you visually compare the original DV files from the tapes, and the same files compressed with MP4, they are indistinguishable, but the file size is 1/10 smaller. I have uploaded a DV file and a MP4 compressed file for you to compare the two. See examples here