Best Camtasia Settings for Training and Marketing Videos

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Hi,

We are instructional designers. A Marketing person in the company we're working with wants us to change the aspect ratio of the  Camtasia videos we use in Training. She says when she uses our videos they don't look good in their iMovie format.  

We are using aspect ratios which work well for the Articulate tools (AC 360) we use in Training. When we created the videos for Training, we didn't know that Marketing would be using our videos to create iMovies. 

We also don't know which videos Marketing may want, so we don't want to have to create and keep two sets of videos. 

Is there a middle ground of aspect ratios and other settings that will satisfy both formats?  

I have attached the settings we use when we produce our .mp4 files in Camtasia. We are not movie producers, so we need all the help and advice we can get. 

Thanks in advance. 

Ollie


  

 
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Rick Stone

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Seems to me that Marketing should be looking into what settings they can change on their end instead of disrupting an existing workflow. But that's just my own view from my little rowboat on the vast ocean.

Since money talks, perhaps you can construct an estimate of time it would take to retrofit everything and explore what you would need to change to accommodate this. Then multiply these hours by the salaries involved in the work. That's often generally enough to dissuade such disruptions.

Cheers... Rick :)
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ollie.faison

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lol...thanks Rick. That sounds good, but did I mention I'm a contractor?

Also, I did some research and I think another part of the problem is that we create our videos using Camtasia 9.1 (Windows) and Marketing is using a Mac.  
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Well that makes it even sweeter, doesn't it? All those nice contracting rates you get to collect? ;)
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Even though you are a contractor, what you tell them really should have some margin of influence. I mean, after all, it's not like the dimensions that were selected for use with the LMS were just arbitrary. Likely there was testing involved to arrive at those settings. As the primary use for the videos appears to be training and Marketing seems to want to capitalize on work already done, they really should be more flexible about looking into whatever settings are available for iMovie and try to adapt their iMovie to your format.
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Since you don't mention what/how they "don't look good in their iMovie format" entails it's hard to say what would be the best settings for what they need.

Do they need a 16:9 ratio, 4:3, 1:1 (square) ?
Right now your aspect ratio is 1:2
What do they not like?

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They want to use a 16:9 aspect ratio. We just got out of a meeting and that's what we are going with from now on. 

Thanks for all your feedback.  We will make it work (we always do). :-)

I just wanted input from some other folks. They agreed not to redo what we have, but just use this going forward, so that helps.