I have dozens of DV tapes that I am uploading from my video camera that I want to archive until some time in the future when I will make some nice DVD videos (or whatever the current video format is in the future). I don’t entirely trust that these DV tapes will remain usable or readable 5+ years from now, so I want to back them up to an alternative media.
After doing a firewire upload of a DV tape each tape (60minutes) consumes at least 12 gigabytes of disk space. I tried encoding as DivX files and at the best quality setting I am happy with the size reduction but I quickly learned that the DV tapes were interlaced and even after encoding were not ideal for display on a computer.
Should I deinterlace these tapes before archiving for future use years from now? Is DivX indeed the most ideal format for archiving a huge amount of raw footage such that I a can edit in the future and write out DVD videos (or whatever future format replaces DVD) ? What would be the ideal DivX parameters for archiving?