Camtasia, question about best production setting for detailed software training

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Hello, I am working on a video with some detailed screen capture. My captured video is at 1280 x 720 and looks fine when I play it back in preview mode, see second screen shot below.

The problem is that when I produce it the quality becomes unacceptable. Here is a screen shot showing a user interface, with the grid lines blown out and text gone fuzzy. This particular sample is from AVI file, compression turned off, which I expected to match the quality in preview.


Thanks for any suggestions for reconfiguring my production.
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if you capture at 1280x720, produce and view at that dimension

what is the native dimension of your screen?

it looks like you are maybe displaying at full screen larger than 1280x720?

best practice when capturing busy software UIs, is to capture, edit, produce at the same dimensions, preferably 1920x1080 [HD]

try custom producing to MP4 with controller, set quality to 60 - 70 %, H264 high; view in a browser by launching with the xxx_player.html file

does that help

you did not say what dimension was your AVI, but if you reduce size, quality will suffer
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Thank you. All production is also at 1280x720. This is the size of the AVI file. I did some tests with MP4 and just repeated that using your settings. Output looks marginally better but still not good enough for my needs.

My screens are much higher resolution than 1280x720 but since the capture look just fine in preview it seems to me that the problem is in the production, is this flawed logic somehow?

I will take your suggestion of going with 1920x1080 instead. My video is only a few minutes long and I could reshoot if I need to.
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I just ran a quick test at 1920x1080 and the results are quite acceptable. I'll reshoot. Thanks a lot.