1080p or 720p HD for my tutorial website?

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I'm seeking advice from anyone with experience and knowledge in this area. 

I planning to launch a tutorial website, videos to be hosted either through TechSmith or other using Camtasia for Mac to edit and produce. 

I'm looking for the pros and cons of recording and editing the screencasts at either 1080p or 720p HD. 

Would I have issues with larger files size on the web at 1080p in terms of cost or shear size? 

Would the benefit of higher resolution appeal to people watching the tutorials? 

Is it generally accepted to use 720p?

The videos will be embedded on my website only and not uploaded to Youtube.

I'm interested in hearing any thoughts on the best screen resolution to pick when creating video tutorials for the online market?

Any help or advice would be gratefully received.

Many thanks in advance
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Dazza

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Josh Holnagel, Employee

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Hi Dazza,

You're definitely on the right track. It's a pretty common workflow to record at full screen (typically larger than 720p, but not always 1080p) and then edit to produce a video that is 720p. You asked if it was generally accepted, and I would say absolutely.

You also asked if the higher resolution would benefit your viewers. It could, especially if you don't plan on using editing techniques like Zoom and Pan. (Interestingly enough, with proper editing techniques, we are able to produce our videos at only 480p.)

Does the small increase in file size add up in hosting costs? I don't have any experience with that, so I hope someone else from the community can chime in there. But I would affirm that if you're worried about it, using 720p videos will be just fine in almost all cases. This may be review, but I'm also going to link our Editing Dimensions Tutorial.

Let us know if you have any other questions, and thanks for posting!

-Josh 

  
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Hey Josh, apologies only just responding.  Just wanted to say many thanks for your help it's much appreciated and answers some important questions for me.

Thanks also for the video links they are a great help.

Best regards
Darren
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Glad I could help, Darren. Maybe someone will still jump with with hosting cost experience. 

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