Intrestingly enough, I recorded Brian Wilson the other night on the Jay Leno show - Video & Audio. I used an uncompressed Avi codec. I then processed it & converted the whole thing to a very sharp looking & big sounding DivX;-) file. Absolutely marvelous. But I needed to send it to a friend via email or through Kturn (Dsl/Cable is not available to me - I have a 2 modem multilink setup connecting at 81 kbps) . Believe it or not, after many many encoding sessions with the Xing Encoder (Mpeg1, Mpeg2), & the Windows Media encoder…the file that looked & sounded the best with the smallest file size, strictly for emailing purposes was the 512k Dsl/Cable modem setting inside of “Real Producer Basic” !! I am totally a DivX;-) fan, but when it came down to making a very small file (14 mb) from a very large file (1.6 gig) with acceptable results (remember, only for modem level email) , - the Real Media codec won. I wonder what codec they use? Needless to say, I, personally, was not impressed with the Windows Media Encoder in general.