Export workflow and options to save using third party converters

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At the moment I use Camtasia Mac and PC to export an MP4 file and then use a free third party software to compress the file into a "smaller" sized file for loading and archival for downloads reduce mobile bandwidth requirements etc.

I am not sure how the free third party software sets itself up i.e. what settings it uses but it would be great if there was an export workflow that allowed selection of I) presets put in place that made the generation of smaller and 'fit for purpose' videos super easy, and ii) complex selections as it currently stands. I am not a technical boffin on export formats so it is trial and error to reduce the files to a size that is more manageable. 

As well, a calculation or estimate of final converted file size would be of assistance to check if the correct settings were selected. I acknowledge that this may only be of benefit to a 'simpler' set of users but it would save me many hours of manipulation post Camtasia editing. 

If a free third party converter can take 30% or more out of a Camtasia exported file with the selection of one option and without noticeable loss to the user, that is my expectation from a paid product. 

Any ideas....
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David, I feel your pain, but here again is another feature that seems out of scope for, what I understand, Camtasia to be about. (There is a discussion on this topic here.) It seems that Camtasia is focused on producing screen recordings / tutorials / etc. for posting on youtube, which it does very well. But for general video editing, you gotta have something else to handle those formats. 

I've never found a "free" converter that I like, and I need to do a lot of conversions as well. I mostly use another NLE (like FinalCut or Premiere) to import the Camtasia output and convert to what I need. 

The only standalone converter that I really like is Apple Compressor, but that's because it supports lots of Apple formats that I have to deal with. If you are on the Apple platform, it's not a bad deal at $50 bucks. https://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/compressor/