engine - 8:44 am on Jun 19, 2013 (gmt 0)
That's all very helpful.
I admit, at the time of saving, I really didn't think of archiving. But now I am, it's a recovery from the many formats into something which will have some longevity.
The original is on various media, saved at differing times. The oldest are on VHS, which is degrading, so it's a rescue mission there. The newest is on DVD, in DVD format for playing on DVD players.
I tried a few video converters and was surprised at how different they were. Some were sluggish and some were fast, despite setting the same quality of conversion.
I have yet to find and settle upon a video converter for non-commercial use.
The next challenge is to what media to save the original and converted files. Hard drives, now relatively cheap might be the current best bet, with, of course, multiple copies on other hard drives.
Any other suggestions?