For Vimeo or other online showing, I'd recommend either Share/Personal Computer as a WMV or MOV.
These formats are designed for online streaming and optimized file size.
I have never gotten Xvid Export/Share to work. It always hangs. Now, I also have the commercial version, DivX, and it works fine.
Still, I would go with Steve's suggestions. You have great control over the bit-rate in each of those formats/CODEC's, and with just a bit of experimentation can probably find one that spits the differences between quality and file size. Only you will be able to make that final decision, so it might take a few trials to determine the best.
Thanks for the replies, but to me it's still confusing - simply because there are so many settings, if I go to Share/Personal Computer I'm then presented with a whole load of settings
NTSC Flash Video
and under each of those is a lot more advanced settings?
I'm guessing I wouldn't use flash or quicktime, so which of the others would I use and what are the advanced settings to use as I can't find anything that is .wmv or .mov
What I've done with other videos that I've exported from PrE as dvavi is then to put it through Windows Movie Maker, Publish Movie, This Computer, then put the settings to Windows Media DVD Quality (PAL) (3.0 Mps) - this seemed to be the only setting that reduced the file size considerably but still had good quality, but it's still about twice the original file size?
This all seems long winded to me, open original file, convert original file, output another file, then output the file again in something else which then results in loss of quality and a larger file than the original? I'm ending up with lots of files, was hoping just to edit in Premiere then export/publish that edited clip and that would be it, then upload to the net.
Is it not possible to just edit my original footage and save it, just like you would with something like a word document, should I be using something else and not Premiere?
Actually, after some searching on the web I found AVS Video Editor, downloaded the demo version and it works a treat, no problems at all, quick and easy, imported my original footage, edited it, added text and sound and saved the movie and output it as xvidmpeg4 and the edit file has no loss of quality and comes up as 98.3mb ... think I'll be using this in the future ... anybody want to purchase my Premiere Elements