Bitrate video Quality

Hello, I'm broadcasting live video using FMS , what bitrate should I use to broadcast in low or medium or high video quality, I'm using this AS3 code:
camera.setMode(250, 180, 15, false);
camera.setQuality(350, 50);
camera.setKeyFrameInterval(30);
microphone.rate = 11;
microphone.setSilenceLevel(0);
Thanks

There is a tutorial on the proper settings for AC3 encoding at; http://www.kenstone.net/fcphomepage/a_packwarmouth.html
The tutorial is on A.Pack, which has been since folded into Compressor, but the settings are the same. If its done right, the ac3 file will sound identical to the PCM file.
BTW when you provided audio samples for the client to listen to did you tell them, "This is the compressed ac3 file, and this is the PCM file." Or did you correctly tell them, "Listen to these two files, sample A and sample B, and tell me which sounds better, or do they sound the same." And obviously you cannot have them look at the files because one will be significantly smaller than the other.

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    Thank You, Brad, for responding;  glad to hear I'm not the only one having similar Compressor issues.  
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