bill - 12:59 am on Sep 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
- country of origination?
Japan and China
- where will the primary audience probably live?
Very global, but almost no distribution in SECAM countries. The Chinese versions will be done in PAL and the Japanese in NTSC. It's the English disks that will be going worldwide.
- what are the videos for? Eg, is definition of tiny detail important (as might be, say, with screen capture of an interface)? Or, are these general purpose videos?
These are essentially mini-documentary commercials for an industrial firm. It's promotional, not instructional, so the fine detail wouldn't matter as much as the overall image.
- hi-def or standard-def?
I'm not sure. I'll need to inquire about that.
I'm assuming that playback will be done mostly on laptops or PCs, but there may occasionally be a dumb old DVD standalone player involved.
From what you've said and what I can glean from online, it looks like NTSC would be the most universal format I could use.