Using this space to compile documents on the debate/discussion over appropriate formats for digital video preservation of video and film. As of this writing (early 2015) there is little headway on establishing a standard, as there is for audio, due to a number of factors, including the ongoing development of lossless open-source codecs (Motion JPEG, FFV1), the improving state and popularity of proprietary codecs (Apple ProRes), and the costs archives must absorb when attempting to preserve moving image resources with as little generational loss as possible. To this last should be added “within reason,” which because of the space and processing power required by raw video, is really what we’re talking about. What, when we digitally preserve moving images, is a reasonable solution? I think we’ll probably find that this is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. And in “all” I mean either among archives with differing resources or among collections with differing associated values.
Already a classic on digital preservation of video. A defining moment for Library of Congress, but for who else? Super interesting.