Well, after spending a lot of time with tech support I have gotten vc driver updates for my pc and laptop, updated quicktime on both machines. and done some other misc. trouble shooting to find-
I should have been viewing the files in Zoom Browser EX to begin with because that's giving me, by far, the best playback. I'm still getting garbage on quicktime and MPC on both machines. I am now able to get a near perfect playback on the laptop using ZB EX but still junk on the PC. I've come to the conclusion that the pc is just not up to speed with 2g hard drive and 1g of ram. Getting blue, pulsating, slow video playback (pc only). Guess I'll have to stick to the laptop. Now I need a good overview of the process of getting the correct vid compression/editing and uploading to the web. Any good book recommendations will be hugely appreciated.
Thanks all for all of your valuable input!