Confused about recording and rendering sizes for You tube ----HELP!!!!!

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Hi I am relatively new to using Camtasia and although I have looked at countless videos and advice, I cannot fathom this out. I am trying to record a video for production in YouTube. 

It seems that the best size is 1080x720 as I am,recording an application and the lettering comes out blurred with any other setting but it I set the area size to this then I loose half the screen (see screen print below).



If I stretch the window to the size of the monitor then it it changes the dimensions to 1667x886 



But then when I try to render the video in 1080 x 720 I loose the top and bottom of the screen in the playback



Can someone PLEASE help 


BTW this is the the settings that I recorded at to get the recording to fit my screen 


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Good you're new to Camtasia. Try many short test recordings at each of standard frame sizes. For wide (16:9) use 640 x 360, or 853 x 480,  960 x540, 1200x720 , 1920x1080. For 4:3 recordings try 320x240, 480x360, 600x450, 800x600 and 960x720. What short recordings? short duration, 5-15 seconds each of pictures or scans: A mix of low-hi quality pictures, cross hatched thin line patterns, text-use various fonts and sizes.

Once you settle on what media to use, you should be able to record and render all 10 sizes in less than an hour. Upload all to Youtube and compare Youtube's version to your local playback version. You may take an afternoon getting everything  done but you'll save hours and hours of trial and error pain for years to come.


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First off the best sizes to use for Youtube are of a 16:9 ration.

To fit the player perfectly, encode at these resolutions:

    2160p: 3840x2160
    1440p: 2560x1440
    1080p: 1920x1080
    720p: 1280x720
    480p: 854x480
    360p: 640x360
    240p: 426x240

Your dimensions of  1080 x720 is a ratio of 3:2

That will result most likely of the video showing as letter boxed on Youtube (black bars at the top and bottom)

There is two ways I would go at it.

Set the recorder size to 1920 x 1080 and then resize your screen view to windowed and fit the window to fit the recorders size. In other words in your example make Chrome fit the recorder size



Then in the editor set the canvas to 1920 x 1080. Edit and render at 1920 x 1080.




The other option is to record full screen. In your case 1667x886  and in the editor resize the video/recording to fit a 1920 x1080 canvas.

With the video on the timeline selected you should see the edge grab handles of the video.
You may have to zoom out to see the handles.

Click and drag the handles to fit the video to the canvas.

Holding Shift when click and dragging unlocks the maintain aspect ration to help size the video exactly to the canvas.



The first option is probably the best route as the second option could skew your video and make it look off
but give it a try and see what works best for you and what end result you're happy with.

:)


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Dubie - Paul's monitor is 16:9 but too small for full HD - I'd recommend doing all recordings at 1200x720 and render there or a smaller 16:9.
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Opps,  yep missed that.

1280 x720 would work.

:)
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Thanks both for all your help - @Ed I am sorry if I ma being completely dumb here what I dont understand if I try to record at    
2160p: 3840x2160
1440p: 2560x1440
1080p: 1920x1080
720p: 1280x720
480p: 854x480
360p: 640x360
240p: 426x240

none of these actually fit my screen (although I have discovered that 1920 x 1080 fit my laptop screen - is my problem to do with the monitor that I am trying to record on? If I select the 1080p setting then it goes over the monitor size onto my second dual monitor. If I select the 720p setting  then it too small for the monitor - am I missing a point here?

@Dubie - I can do what you say and I will give it a go 

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All these monitor options and screen sizes can be confusing and you have to test what works best.

You could in the recorder use the Full Screen recording size and then scale the recording up or down to fit the canvas in the editor be it 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720. You just have to see how it looks.

A best practice is to try and record, edit, render at the same size for the best results but that's not mandatory.

For instance if I'll be zooming in a lot on a video I will record at full screen (for me that 1920 x 1080) but will edit and render at 720 (1280 x 720). That results in the text and detail being clearer when zoomed in to.

Sometimes you have to find the sweet spot depending on the projects end result.

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Paul - see Dubie's and my comment to Dubie. Forget about
2160p, 1440p, and 1080p.
Given your monitor, your best bet is recording 1280x720 and render at 720p and upload at 720p. I think the Youtube player will automatically offer 360p and 480p, not sure tho.