Best format for video, etc.

I have downloaded videos from my camcorder and have them on the hard drive for editing. I want to make a DVD with them but I also want to have an electronic version of the movie as well to keep on my hard drive, but in a format that is 1) popular (not likely to go out-of-style with changing technology), 2) universal (plays on Mac and PC), and 3) no loss of quality.
First question: Is there such a format?
Second question: If so, what is it? Do I have to download something to convert to it?
Third question: What is a good link that describes the different formats for someone who has limited understanding of such things?
I also have ripped some previously edited home movies from a DVD using MacTheRipper and currently have them as .vob files. They need to be converted into something that can be viewed. What is the best program to do the same things mentioned above (1, 2, and 3) for a hard drive copy and where can I get it?
Thanks!!! Have a great weekend!

currently have them as .vob files. They need to be converted into something that can be viewed.
You need to convert the VOB files back to DV which iMovie is designed to handle. For that you need mpegStreamclip:
http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/video/mpegstreamclip.html
which is free, but you must also have the Apple mpeg2 plugin :
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/mpeg2/
which is a mere $20.
Another possibility is to use DVDxDV:
http://www.dvdxdv.com/NewFolderLookSite/Products/DVDxDV.overview.htm
which costs $25.
Obviously the foregoing only applies to DVDs you have made yourself, or other home-made DVDs that have been given to you. It will NOT work on copy-protected commercial DVDs, which in any case would be illegal.

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    I have downloaded videos from my camcorder and have them on the hard drive for editing. I want to make a DVD with them but I also want to have an electronic version of the movie as well to keep on my hard drive, but in a format that is 1) popular (not likely to go out-of-style with changing technology), 2) universal (plays on Mac and PC), and 3) no loss of quality.
    First question: Is there such a format?
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    Third question: What is a good link that describes the different formats for someone who has limited understanding of such things?
    I also have ripped some previously edited home movies from a DVD using MacTheRipper and currently have them as .vob files. They need to be converted into something that can be viewed. What is the best program to do the same things mentioned above (1, 2, and 3) for a hard drive copy and where can I get it?
    Thanks!!! Have a great weekend!

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