Camtasia (Mac) Audio Recorder vs Hijack Pro, Audacity, Others

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I am setting up to create multiple narrations using a Blue Yeti on my Mac. Occasionally, some will also include video and screen shots. I've never questioned using the built-in Camtasia audio narration, but I'm wondering what settings are considered best for balancing quality and playback access? I'm currently using Camtasia Mac 2018 and will eventually switch to my upgrade for Camtasia 2019. FYI I also have Snagit 2019 in case the audio recording for that differs.
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Bruce Gale

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Carlos Muiña

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I'm having problems syncing audio with video. Lips keep moving when audio stops and vice-versa on Camtasia 2018 for Mac. This same thing happened a while back. They need to fix this. Do you have the same problem?
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Hi Carlos,

Not exactly the response I'd hoped for but.. okay. I created and tested two videos. The first had a momentary "freeze" about 3 seconds into it. The second time, it crashed Camtasia, but had saved the file. I am using an external Logitech camera. That video was fine with no syncing problems as was the case with the first. See the linked PNG for the settings I used (mostly defaults).https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/camtasia-mac-audio-recorder-vs-hijack-pro-audacity-others?utm_source=notification&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_reply&utm_content=reply_button&reply[id]=20144978 Hope this helps. Bruce

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I'm wondering what settings are considered best for balancing quality and playback access?
It depends on your intended player. If you are producing for online delivery through YouTube or Vimeo, I strongly recommend dragging those data rate sliders all the way to the right and using 30 FPS. The resulting file size will be large, but YouTube and Vimeo will do a better job compressing to multiple output resolutions than you can. If you don't believe me, upload a 10-second test to either site, then download the results at multiple resolutions when they are ready. You'll be amazed how good they look and sound.

Years ago we used to endlessly tweak compression settings, attempting to prevent YouTube from further compressing our videos. However, they do a better job than we can hope to do these days. Google money applied for the greater good.

And if you have a choice, use Vimeo for maximum player configurability.