Thank you. I designed/built my site myself and have redesigned and refined it over the years. I like designing it, it's the putting it together and making it work that I don't care for though.
I'm just getting into video--so I'm very much a novice (as in iMovie). I can post the video but I don't know how to implement the controls (play, volume, stop) to make it truly functional. If I was to encode the video as a quicktime movie I wouldn't have to worry about creating/buying a player?
You're videos look great. Is it because of the new Flash update?
Ok, I think you're in good shape.
If you place the quicktime in your layout, you won't need to build a player, but the viewer will need to have the free apple quicktime player installed. I think most who want to video on the web will have done that. Some people put a link to the quicktime download page on the apple web site to help those who haven't yet installed the free player.
iMovie should be good enough for basic video editing, but I'm not sure about making the web compression in iMovie itself. You may need to buy (actually activate) quicktime pro. I think you pay $30 on the apple website for a password to activate quicktime pro.
Once you've done this, export your iMovie clip as quicktime self contained file. Open the file in quicktime and "export" using "quicktime conversion".
In the options choose H.264 compression and in the later options, limit the data rate to 800kbs.
For audio use AAC compression so that the audio doesn't take up too much bandwidth.
Let us know how it works out.
Oh, and my videos are in the quicktime format, not flash. I think you'll need special software to create flash videos, but almost everyone has a flash player...