I purchased Magic Video Converter as "You Tube" suggested, so that I could take this 18 gig, uncompressed .avi and covert it to Mpeg 4 which they said they prefer.
After using the program, I only saw an option for Mpeg 2, so I tried that, but it won't work with my .avi. I tried other .avi's and it worked, so it must be either the size of the .avi, or, that's it's unmcompressed.
Thier tech support sent me an automated, "form" email without reading the specs I gave them already.
My goal is to get this video on You Tube in the highest quality possible, AND, to get this video on my own personal website, also at the highest quality possible, but am still lost in this process.