well, i will have to talk to the director properly about presentation, but it will need to be submited for examination. last time we discused it, we decided on 4x3, more than likely PAL. but my confusion comes in at the point after transfer to telecine, when transfering say to miniDV, how much information is lost? and after it is on miniDV tapes, we then take that to edit, then colour correction? what are the different options available (for inbetween and finished product)?
Depends on how you finish the project. Will the original transfers to Mini-DV be used as the masters for the final video image? A professional production might, for example, transfer to Digital Betacam and make a Mini-DV copy to edit from, then take the final EDL to an online bay and conform from the Digital Betacam originals to create a final edited master. Then there might be a tape-to-tape color-correction session in a DaVinci suite to create a color-corrected master.
That's one method among many... you could all of the work using the Mini-DV transfers, digitize at full resolution into your editing system, color-correct in the editing system, and output a finished master to whatever tape format you want to hook-up to the computer, maybe Mini-DV again.
Either way, with Digital Betacam or Mini-DV, you are talking about finishing to PAL? 4x3 PAL or 16x9 PAL?
Mini-DV is fairly compressed with 4:2:0 color-subsampling in PAL, compared to Digital Betacam, which is 4:2:2 with less compression.
You could also cut the 16mm negative using the EDL as a guide, answer print, make an timed IP or low-con print or fine-grain (if b&w) and then do a final telecine session from that to whatever format you want, including HD.