The video format to use for archiving videos for long term storage?


I want to store some videos for long term. But I'm not sure what is the most compatible video format. I don't want to wake up one day in the future when computers use some totally different architecture and realize that a particular codex needed for the video is no longer available for the platform that I'm using.

Best Answer

  • The most wide-spread digital video codec is found in DVDs (MPEG-2). Because it has become so ubiquitous, I would expect the codecs to be available for a very long time. Even as newer formats become available, people will want to be able to access DVD's archival material for the foreseeable future.