Animation file compression for web or cd-rom

Blender animation files are huge! What is a good program for compressing them so they can be viewed via the web or played smoothly from a cd-rom? It does not have to be a free program. A common format that does not require a special plug-in would be nice.

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Windows Media Encoder is also an excellent tool for compressing video.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/9series/encoder/default.aspx

I find that Windows (XP) “Movie Maker” is my favorite choice. The quality is very good. I use that 768kbps resolution and that’s it! The audio is good too.

You get about a 10 to 1 compression ratio or better, so a 100MB video will be compressed to a 10MB video.

The current industry “default” is Quicktime .mov with the Sorenson 3 Codec. This is what you’ll find most often times used in the Apple movie trailer section. People will argue this with me, but that is what we use at our company. (Doesn’t hurt were a Mac shop either)

Blender can render to this format and codec on any windows or Macintosh machine.

Although buying Apple QuickTime Pro (USD 30) is great because it becomes the swiss army knife of video converters. Rule of thumb: if QT Pro can’t convert, you shouldn’t be using it!

Divx offers good compression, but users will have to download the codec and Divx and Macs do not always play nice with each other. So if your going to be sending it to anyone that possibly uses Macintosh, I recommend avoiding.

Likewise, Windows Media Player usually will play on a Macintosh, but MS as dropped support on the Mac platform. A third party is now providing a Quicktime plugin for Mac that actually performs better than MS media player for Mac did. So, yes, this is a possible choice, but I still like the quicktime wrapper and Sorenson 3 Codec options better.