I am transfering home movies from my Sony TRV19E Mini DV tape camera to DVD-R.
I want to archive and “future proof” my video files as much as possible and have some questions regarding aspect ratio. I am using Windows Movie maker to capture files to my PC as the CyberLink software (Power Producer 2 Gold) that came with my LG GSA4163B constantly implodes.
To avoid image distortion I take it I must capture to the PC from the camera in the same aspect ratio that was selected in the camera when the tape was shot. Is this true? For example if I shoot with the camera set to 4:3 and capture to the PC at 16:9, will I get a distorted image on any DVD created from the resulting PC file?
Which ratio should I be shooting and capturing in? Will all TV sets in the near future be 16:9, or will 4:3 sets remain? What if I create a DVD from footage shot and captured at 16:9 and play it on a 4:3 TV, will it work without distortion? What about the reverse situation (shot and captured in 4:3 and played on a 16:9 TV)?
Do I get less picture area when I shoot in 16:9 than in 4:3?
I am in Australia (PAL TV system).
Can I count on DVDs I burn now being of use 100 years from now? (if we haven’t destroyed ourselves by then)
Any advice or references to other info sources appreciated.