I am capturing home video from a MiniDV Tape camera using Windows Movie Maker via Firewire. When the software asks me which format I want to save the captured video in, there are a plethora of choices. It seems that AVI format takes up the most space (about 10GB per hour), therefore I assume this format retains the greatest amount of original data from the tape in the camera.
Based on this I'm assuming that to archive my raw tapes for editing and burning back to various media in various formats in the future, that AVI is the best format in which to save my files. Does this make sense? I don't want to archive all my footage in a format that limits me in the future or loses quality.