How big should one minute long camproject be?

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I think I have a problem with big movies, between 15.000 KB and 27.000 KB for less than 1 minute long movie.
Can anyone tell me his/her experience?
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Jess Knott

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KB really isn't all that big. If it was MB, I would ask more questions about what you were capturing, but these files are actually quite small. Could you clarify your question a little bit? I'd love to help you out!
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I'm guessing those file sizes are on a European system, so 24.204 is actually 24MB?

Either way, the file size varies depending on the type of content. Our TSCC codec (the default in Recorder) is optimized for screen video, which doesn't change a whole lot.
If you record full-motion video with it, the file size will be much larger. If you are recording that type of content, you may want to try installing/using a different video codec. XVid is a popular choice.

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As Randy said, it depends. The biggest factors in determining file size are the dimensions and how well the codec compresses the type of content that you're recording.

It's important to note that in most cases, the file size of the recording does not matter. The CAMREC file is not the video you will share. It's a temporary file that you will use as a source file when you create your project. You put the CAMREC file on the timeline, optionally edit it, and then produce your final file (usually MP4). When you produce, the file size will (usually) come down, often by a lot.

What is important with your original CAMREC recording is the visual quality. You can bring the file size down later, but you won't get better visual quality than your source footage, so it's important to start with great looking videos. From there, your job is to get the video looking how you want it to look in the preview window, and then use the Produce and Share button to create the video you will share.

Hope this helps.

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