I had some questions about the H.264. I know if you DL the free QT 7 it comes with it, but as I now understand that QT7 isn't compatible with After Effects. Is there anywhere to get just the 264 codec for free? I want to use it to compress some vids for a web site (they would like it compressed with 264). I don't care too much for the quality and size I'm getting with the standard mpeg4 that comes with Premiere Pro 2 in the media encoder. Any help, thoughts?
If you just want to encode H.264 compatible video, there are a number of options. Assuming you are using a mac, Flip4Mac Episode, Sorenson Squeeze, and even shareware apps like VisualHub can encode H.264. There is also a QT exporter codec called x.264 that I believe works with QT6. As far as playing back H.264 with an app other than QT7, try the latest version of VLC.
The x264 codec is still a good option on the PC. There are also plenty of other H.264 encoders on the PC as well. If you are looking for a professional H.264 encoder with tons of options, then I would suggest the encoder from MainConcept.