How to Zoom In but keep it Crisp and Sharp

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Working on an iMac with a 2560x1440 display, I'm producing training for software and web-portal users. The final videos are 1920x1080 HD, but are often viewed in a smaller browser window. Because I'm explaining sections of the screen for a fairly novice audience, I need to zoom in past 100% to get the point across and show detail. 

How do I end up with a final video that is crisp and appears in sharp focus while being able to zoom in/scale up to about 125-200% of the relative size? 

Do I adjust my screen resolution? Do I zoom in/magnify the page on my Chrome browser (which doesn't always work based on the developer's Javascript & CSS)? 

I am also a photographer and video producer so I understand resolution and focus in those contexts. Just need help with Camtasia itself. Thanks! 
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Brendan McCourt

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  • tired of blurry videos

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Bruce Gale

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I created a short demo that reviews how to use Screen UP and Screen DOWN. You'll find this under Animations. You don't need to change your screen res. I completed this on a MacBook Pro 15" Retina display. Maybe you already are using this feature, but I went up to 775% zoom with only a little blurring. Click below for the short sample.

https://www.screencast.com/t/ENAnQpUS

Good luck!

Bruce
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Anyone who has ever shot a gun or bow and arrow knows that the key to shooting well is finding a firm shooting foundation.  Shooters do this by stabilizing themselves against a bench, using a monopod, or standing in the most stable positions.  Not surprisingly, photographers should use the same advice.  If you haven't taken a minute to consider whether your photography posture is solid, think about it for a minute and decide how to improve your stability.  If you don't regularly use a tripod, just do it!
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I use a MacMini with a 27” Thunderbolt Display that has the same resolution as yours. When I shoot web browser related screencasts, I tend to change my resolution to 1280x720 in the Mac Settings. This captures the screen at 4x your original resolution (it comes up with HiDPI when you change it). That will allow your videos to look super sharp even if you zoom in.
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Hi, 
This article may help https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-getting-crisp-clear-screen-video.html
Scroll to the bottom where it offers info on recording with dimensions larger than the project dimensions.  You can use scale to your advantage as you can then scale to 100% which will be best quality.
Cheers,
Jayne