Just joined the forum, but I did perform a search to see if this question has been answered and did not find an answer.
I enjoy shooting short films with some friends, but once I'm done editing, I'm always at a loss for how to export my film. I got my M.A. in History this year and a lot of my friends are archivists, but the field is still struggling mightily ("change" and "archivists" are sort of like matter and antimatter) and there is as of yet no universally accepted standards of digital formatting. I have determined the most archive-friendly formats for text, documents, photos, and sound files, but videos are my sticking point at the moment.
What I am looking for is a format that is 1) lossless 2) relatively popular and 3) fairly easy to convert into future lossless formats. Whether this means using a certain codec at 99% or leaving it uncompressed, I do not know at the moment.
I shoot my footage with a Nikon D7000 (I love 24p) and do my editing in Final Cut Pro 7.0.
Any help, suggestions, or feedback will be greatly appreciated. Now I'm off to browse the forum some more!