Best share option for embedding into PowerPoint?

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I have a great Camtasia video demoing my product at 1080p.  Now I want to also use PowerPoint as a sales tool and embed this video.   The file size is too large, and the video playback is not reliable - clunky at times.   

I've tried taking it down to 720p.   

What is a best export/share option for this?   Any suggestions?

Thank you, JK
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james.settle

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Naomi Skarzinski

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You may want to try compressing it further in Camtasia or with HandBrake (https://handbrake.fr/). You did not mention how long your video is, embedding it in PowerPoint may not be the best option if it is a long video.
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Hello- and thank you-
It is 4-mins long.   I thought about taking the MP4 file into Compressor but that would double compress it and crunch quality.

Even the 720p file is 34mb.   Is there a way to run the browser locally framed inside PPT then export the package folders and place them in the same local drive as the PPT?  This would use Camtasia's share function.

Thanks
JK 
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Hello James,
I have done this a number of times. The best way that I have found to do this is to upload it somewhere else and link it in the PPT presentations. I understand there are times where this isn't ideal, but would it be possible for you this time?   The advantage to this is you wouldn't need to compress.

If that doesn't work the smallest file size I found was under custom production settings and selecting WMV.

Good Luck!
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I have a workflow that is decent but not ideal.

I need both a 1080p mp4 video, and a PowerPoint deck version with text on the margins, etc.

1. export my 1080p screen video as mp4 from Camtasia.
2. export my PPT as a mp4 from PowerPoint
3. bring both into a new 1080p file / timeline into Camtasia
4. size my screen video so that it nests inside the PPT track

This is not the ideal approach but it works.  I need this video to play continuously.  Playing a mp4 isn't the problem, it's playing the mp4 inside of PPT that is the problem.   The major downside of this is that I lose adaptability and agility for text changes.  Each text change is a new video.

I think I'll export the PPT slides as individual images and make the transitions inside of Camtasia.   
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James,
I see what you're saying, and personally I recomend what you just said, export the slides and do the transitions in Camtasia. I have don that a number of times as well and it works.

Best to you!
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Thanks All-
I'll work this approach and report back any key findings or learning.

Regards,
jk