Combination of settings/editing rules that will give a clear exported mp4, please.

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Is there somewhere an overview that shows the combination/editing rules of Camtasia settings needed to get a clear exported mp4 file? I wasted so much time in finding settings/testing and checking exports that give me quality exports, but non of them result in pro looking videos. All of them are blurry.

Like anybody else, I do not have that much free time and really need to knock out demonstration videos for software fast, and not use my precious time to fix issues that the screen recording software should do for me. Please make it easier for users to get clear exports. 
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André

One reason for the lack of simple answers is the lack of common target players: Where do you plan to play your videos?

  • If you are going to upload to YouTube or Vimeo, then consider outputting a huge file at maximum quality, then letting Google's multi-billion dollar technology compress your videos to multiple optimized streaming resolutions. Ten years ago we avoided this, preferring to compress video ourselves. Now Google and Vimeo do the best compression.
  • Are you streaming on your company's internal network? Discuss bandwidth with IT. Optimize a player size and resolution for what your internal servers are capable of.
Give us some information about your environment, we'll tell you what we do.






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Hi, Dave,
I am uploading the videos to my Youtube channel. 

thanks for helping.
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Then my recommendation stands: Produce the highest possible quality file, let YouTube compress it to 6 delivery resolutions. They spent billions on their render and server farms, we should take full advantage of their generosity.

I use Vimeo, which is a superior platform and well worth the tiny annual fee. Two reasons: 
  • No ads before, during or after
  • Total control over player appearance
  • They let me download all the compressed versions (480, 720, 1080, etc). Clients love getting smaller files they can easily insert into PowerPoint, lobby screens, etc.
Of course you may still want to upload to YouTube for the SEO and discovery opportunities. YouTube may even suggest one of your videos after somebody watches your competitor's video. 
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What I don't understand is why the image quality in the project is so much better than in the exported video. Here is a before and after. All done with highest quality settings:



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Andre, you are comparing an uncompressed graphic with a compressed video screen capture. MP4 compression is difficult, computationally intensive, and always lossy by the definition of the standard. This is not a Camtasia issue but an MP4 issue.

This is why I recommend you export your video at maximum quality, then let Google/YouTube compress it. Even then, your before and after comparison will always show a difference, particularly in text sharpness and color saturation. That's what "lossy compression" means. Here's a Wikipedia article on the topic.
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