Thanks! In the videos for windows compression link it says (#4):
Choose a compressor based on the kind of original images you have and the purpose of the rendered movie (available compressors depend on the Video for Windows codecs installed on your computer).
I'm not really sure what sort of compressor to use. I'm a noob at the AE stuff. Can you suggest something? Trying to make a youtube video, wth the original containing some 3rd party pluggins (effects such as filmdamage, etc.).
If you're encoding for YouTube, check the guidelines on the YouTube site. That's a specific case of a general rule: When you're trying to decided how to encode something, ask the person/site/company that will be receiving and playing it what they want.
The last time that I encoded something for YouTube (the After Effects 1.1 demo reel), I used an F4V container file, which uses the H.264 video codec.
See "Render and export a composition as an FLV or F4V file" for more information.
Thanks! I was able to figure it out and rendered it as an flv - was playing around. Thanks again!!