Dealing with large file sizes for video capture

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Snagit 2019 for Mac creates ridiculously large file sizes. It's unbearable to deal with 10 minute video captures that are 500 MB or larger. The 'Downsample retina video recordings' option is checked but it doesn't seem like there are any other options to reduce the size/quality of video captures. Am I missing something or is this just the standard experience with Snagit on a Mac? File sizes are MUCH smaller for a similar video on a PC. Can someone explain why captures are so much larger on a Mac and/or offer any advice on how to solve this issue? This makes the software fairly unsable for a Mac for faculty that need to record video lectures.
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Ryan Allen

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Cory

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Bump. Been looking for the same answer. 
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remy

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I have found the same problem and got no resolution from raising a ticket other than telling me to raise the problem here on this site.  This needs to be fixed as otherwise the product is useless for video when using a mac.  I will be asking for refund of my license fees untilt his is fixed.

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I have found the same problem and got no resolution from raising a ticket other than telling me to raise the problem here on this site.  This needs to be fixed as otherwise the product is useless for video when using a mac.  I will be asking for refund of my license fees untilt his is fixed.

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I screen recorded 4 hours & 22 minutes of stock market charts at about 3 seconds per chart. No audio. The Snagit2019 (Mac) file was almost 12 gb. Then I used Bigasoft Total Video Converter to resave the Snagit video capture at 5 fps instead of the regular 27, and reduced that 4+ hour file to 1.4 GB. Video quality is the same, and lower Frames Per Second does not matter for this kind of slide show video.
It would be great if Snagit could save with less FPS for a smaller file, ideal for video slideshows.
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I strongly recommend getting Camtasia for screen recordings. I never use Snagit's video recording features but I know Camtasia's lets you adjust the frame rate, which is nice when recording an hour-long webinar where 10 fps is plenty. Plus you can easily chop out what you don't want. 

Even though OP asked this 2 months ago...I feel the need to point out 500 mb for a 10 minute video file is actually a perfectly normal size for any video format. When shooting regular photos with my high-end camera, 500 mb is the equivalent to about 15 photos. My point, is that if 500 mb is breaking the bank, then you should really upgrade your storage capabilities before doing video work haha