Best export settings for Facebook video?

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I am uploading short talking head videos to Facebook. When I edit them in Camtasia they look really crisp. 
I export them in MP4, quality 60%, highest profile. They look good o my PC at fullscreen. 

But then, after uploading to FB, they look like this: https://business.facebook.com/italianindie/videos/990990647770225/

As you can see, even enabling HD, they don't look HD at all. 

What am I doing wrong?
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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Hi ragdoll;
Here are a few screenshots of the video that you've sent me:




These videos look quite nice on my screen with the HD setting turned on (note, we do not have anything to compare them against, perhaps you could upload a screenshot of the original source material, as well as its dimensions?). One thing you will want to make sure you are doing is recording, editing, and producing to Facebook's recommended resolution. This means that you will want to record the original source content (camera footage and any particular screen recordings you might have) at 1280x720, then you will want to make sure the Project Settings in Camtasia are set to 1280x720, and finally you will want to produce to the 720p option in the Share menu.
What settings are you using?
-Robert
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Naomi Skarzinski

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Hi Ragdoll:  Your video came up in FB for me quite sharp and clear. No blur at all. Did you enable HD for the video only, or did you go into Facebook, under settings, and enable HD for all videos?  Some years ago I found I had to set it in my default settings in order for it to stick.
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Thank you for the replies. @Naomi, yes I set Facebook to always play HD videos if available.

These is what I see when I play my video in Chrome on Windows:


This is from another video

https://www.facebook.com/montemagno/videos/1825787797489029/

Except for the shallower depth of field, it's much "crispier".


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Maybe I'm not fully understanding the question; however, if you are asking why one video is sharper than the other, this is not related to FB.  (I may be misunderstanding your question.)  Your settings on your camera need to change dependent on your environment. My guess is the ISO, Aperture, speed, and possibly focus were a little off on the first screenshot (green shirt). That is why it looks softer.
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Thank you, but the original recording is far better. 
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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Hi Ragdoll;

If you produce directly to MP4 from Camtasia, how does the video look? Would it be possible for you to take a screenshot of the video prior to uploading it to Facebook?
-Robert
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I always produce to MP4 from Camtasia. 

However, I found out that the original video already has small artifacts. Maybe it's the camera's fault