I have watched Aahrons DVD and read many links about compressing for web delivery, but I haven't found any good guidelines for compressing for local Flash playback on Macs in grade schools and middle schools (which is a pretty broad range of machines I am sure!) Before we ship I will probably have to go to a compatibility testing facility, but it would be good to have some real world guidance before I sink the time into compressing all our footage.
Our project will feature about 50 minutes of 1024 x 768 live action footage. We are making a Flash app that will play the video in 2-3 minute segments using the flvplayback component. All the footage will be installed on the local drive, so I have to make sure I don't leave a huge footprint. But the footage features dancers doing cool movements so I need smooth playback. We have an installer for the app so we can make sure every machine has an up to date Flash player.
I have the latest version of Squeeze so I have a lot of flexibility on setting rates. Thanks for any experience you have to share on preparing assets for the school market.