Ok, found the preset for 640 x 480 @ 30 fps with the On2 codec and am trying that. Still wouldn't mind an answer to previous question if it's obvious. May fire up PrE 8 again in the hopes it can render my project with a better codec. Can' remember if that was one of the new features.
Well, there's no point in trying to load a hi-def video frame if your original video is standard DV. And it's not going to fix the quality problems you'll have when you display your videos on YouTube. Whatever you put on YouTube, YouTube will re-encode it an crappify it so that it looks pretty lousy. That's the only way they can host billions of videos with millions of up and downloads a day.
That said, the FAQs to the right of this forum offer suggestions for making the best possible out of your YouTube experience.
I'm getting acceptable results with a 640x480 .flv file uploaded to YouTube.
In search of better quality, I followed the FAQ suggestions for AVI -> WMV -> YouTube but run into the non-square pixel problem. What I mean is, I "shared" the video to a DV-AVI file at 720 x 480. I then chose the Windows Media DVD quality (3.0 Mbps) and exported my AVI file from Windows Movie Maker as suggested by the FAQ, again at 720 x 480 resolution.
I then uploaded to YouTube. But in viewing the file, it is apparent that the video gets uploaded at 720 x 480 with square pixels. This makes the video look squashed. I could not find anywhere in the FAQ process to resize to 640 x 480.
This square vs. non-square pixel thing has always made my head hurt but I think I am understanding this correctly. Let me know if there are any suggestions or if I am missing some setting somewhere.