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Video Editing: After editing, which file type should I use to archive the movies?

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Hello,

I have to admit that so far I don't know much about video editing or archiving movies after they've been edited.

Over the years I've accumulated a good number of movies all archived in the .VOB format (VIDEO_TS) and I never had a reason to use anything else but .VOB.

I now want to start editing some of my movies using 'AVS Video Editor', which means that the .VOB files will be converted, at least temporarily, to the .VEP format.

When I'm done editing, 'AVS Video Editor' wants to know which format I intend to convert the .VEP file to. The options I can choose from are:

AVI
DVD
MOV
MP4
MPEG
WMV
MKV
M2TS
TS
GIF

An if I select WMV for example, I am being confronted with even more choices:

Windows Media Video 9 High Quality
Windows Media Video 9 Standard Quality
HD Video 1080p: WMV 9,  9000kbps,   Audio: WMA Pro, 384kbps
HD Video   720p: WMV 9,  7000kbps,   Audio: WMA Pro, 384kbps


Which format should I choose?

I don't want to choose a format where people ask me in 10 years why I didn't choose a different format (a better format for archiving).

Here's what's important to me:

- I don't want to deal with a lot of different file formats in the future. I like to keep things as simple as I possibly can. Ideally I want to choose one file format (e.g. H.264 or WMV) and stick with it. In other words it should be a commonly used file format that will be around for many years to come and should be as compatible with other software and devices.

- I don't mind if better file formats become available, I just want to stick with the one I'm picking now for as long as possible. The quality of formats like H.264 is good enough and I don't need High Definition or similar.

- At the moment I will be watching the edited movies on my Windows 8.1 PC and on my iPod Classic (320x240 pixels). But in the future I might want to watch them on other devices. Whichever file format I decide on, it should be suitable to convert that file format to other file formats such as .M4V for my iPod Classic.

Many thanks in advance for your help,

H.A.
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