Blurry Videos

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I read the blog/article labeled, "Why is my Camtasia Video so Blurry?", read the linked documents and watched the video. YET, I continue to create blurry videos despite trying every option I can think of under format and screen size combinations and am now only more confused (I am in overload mode). 

They are clear during the creation stage and even after I produce them - watching them on my computer.  The best quality has been AVI files so far.  However, our company's version of SharePoint does not support AVI files; so, I am stuck with MP4, Media Player, etc. which display blurry when watched in SharePoint.  I could provide links to the clear videos in my Box account (where I worked on/saved them); however, company policy says I must store completed projects on the SharePoint drive for employees to access. (Sigh)  

For more complication, I use a docked Dell laptop with attached monitors.  The monitors I have been provided in the office are square 15" monitors (don't ask - hate them). So, I work from home while creating videos because I have 2, 27" flat screen monitors - with a third one available if needed (MUCH easier for editing).  

Here are my questions:
1) Which monitor screen size am I supposed to be using as my base to decide the correct video size for clear video (laptop, work monitors, home 27" monitors?  
2) Which format would you then recommend me using to ensure I post a clear video on SharePoint?
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Hi Robin

Basically what you want to do is target a couple of things. Primarily, pixel size and something called Aspect Ratio.

I'd ask around and see what the common monitor is that your users (the video consumers) have available. This should reveal the Aspect Ratio. It will be either 4x3 (Four units wide by three units tall) or 16x9 (16 units wide by 9 units tall)

Once you know the common aspect ratio, you then want to know what the common pixel resolution is. And that should be your guiding factor in development moving forward.

This video seems to do a fair job of explaining things.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npbsI...

Cheers... Rick :)
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OK Rick, dueling keyboards here; you beat me by 45 sec :)
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Thank you.  I already understand aspect ratio and psi.  But, will get ask our IT Admin for the most common sizes of our end users instead of my monitors and go from there (I am the only one still using the square monitors - long story (sighhhh) and why I work from home :0).  Again - thank you for the quick reply.
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what is the resolution of the square 15" monitor?

what dimensions are you using for the project [source file dimensions, editing dimensions, production dimensions]

if you will have to be viewing on the 15" office monitors, you might need to do everything at 1280x720 or 1280x1024

if you are making large dimension projects, displaying a production on a small monitor can result in blurry details
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Hello,

AVI is uncompressed, everything else is compressed. You can exert control over mp4 quality. It doesn't sound like you're fully aware of the video quality settings, so here's a map so you can find and experiment. Your quality slider is probably sitting @ 50% and you should raise this to 75-80% (opinions vary as you will see) But try this first and see how you do...


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definitely a foot race :)
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That is what I have been using, except had it at 100%.  After finding out the aspect ratio and psi of most end-users here from our IT Admin, the issue is that there are two standards. So, I now know I need to create a high res and low res version from now on.  Thank you for the reminders of what to look at.