after i save the video, how do i convert the file into a format that microsoft windows can read?
From a console or terminal:
mencoder -ovc lavc -ofps 30 -oac mp3lame -af volnorm=1:0.9 out.ogv -o output.avi
Note: You have to have mencoder installed, and I don't know whether it's available for Windows. I've only done this in Linux. But that's free too.