Is there a way to download higher bitrate videos from the asset library?

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Is there a way to download the maximum quality file or even download videos at different resolutions (e.g., downloading 1080p version of 4k footage)? Does Techsmith upload the maximum quality version of each video in its library? 

I subscribe to the Techsmith Asset library. It terms of selection, it's one of the best subscription library's I've ever used. However, I keep coming across a lot of low quality video clips. I just downloaded one that at 1080p, was barely 1 mbps... 

My problem is that by the time I finish editing a video, I'm usually rendering it several times at different sizes or quality levels, and then the video gets further compressed by YouTube or Vimeo when you upload (assuming you render at a high bitrate like I do...). I think most editors/designers want the maximum quality clip for their master project, so they lose a minimal amount of quality during subsequent renders and uploads to streaming services.

Again--I love the selection and variety in your library. I just wish more of it was higher quality so I could use it.

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Ed Covney

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It's so easy to down-vert using something like Handbrake (free). What does "1080p, was barely 1 mbps .. " mean exactly?

" ..  I'm usually rendering it several times at different sizes or quality levels, . . ", again what do you mean?
I take it to mean a Compression level - which can range from very large file and high quality to small file size and lesser quality.

"  then the video gets further compressed by YouTube or Vimeo when you upload (assuming you render at a high bitrate like I do...)" again, please be less subjective., I need NUMBERS!

Show us what you uploaded, then a link to what Vimeo or Youtube did to your upload. 
 
Thanks -
Ed
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I possess a lot of Videoblocks videos.
Videoblocks became Storyblocks. I'm pretty sure Storyblocks supplies most if not all the videos.

I downloaded all my Videoblocks videos in MOV format.
I wouldn't touch the MP4's.
It was just the 2 formats available for download.

The MOV's don't work in newer versions of Camtasia. Starting with Camtasia 9.

Heres an example............. If you search for "dog with chew toy" You'll find this video in TechSmith assets.
I added the properties so you can see I have the mov.


Heres TechSmith Assets..............



I've seen several of my mov's in the asset store.

Long shot.........You might be able to download the mov's through Storyblocks if you make them aware your a  TechSmith customer/member???
You would still have to convert them to use them.
Heres Storyblocks


Regards,Joe

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 I’ve been doing some research this morning. It looks like the mov’s offered by the Storyblocks website may not be an improvement over the mp4’s. They may be nothing more than a waste of disk space by comparison? Worse?

MJPEG (Motion JPEG):

A codec consisting of a stream of JPEG images. Common in video from digital cameras, and a reasonable format for editing videos, but it doesn't compress well, so it's not good for web distribution.

JPEG is inefficient, using more bits to deliver similar quality, compared to more modern formats (such as JPEG 2000 and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC). Since the development of the original JPEG standard in the early 1990s, technology improvements have been made not only to the JPEG format but to the interframe compression schemas possible as well.

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Like @Ed Convey, I was also confused by this OP comment:

>My problem is that by the time I finish editing a video, I'm usually rendering it several times
>at different sizes or quality levels, and then the video gets further compressed by YouTube
>or Vimeo when you upload (assuming you render at a high bitrate like I do...). 

You may have a reason for multiple compression steps, but it's something most of us avoid like the plague. Camtasia on my laptop can easily handle as many 1080p clips as I can use. I render once at the end of a project to the highest quality possible, usually resulting in a file larger than 1GB for a few minutes of video. Upload that to Vimeo or YouTube and let them reduce the resolution and compress appropriately. Google's engineers have created enormous compression farms that do a great job creating six different resolutions in minutes. You can even download the smaller versions to use elsewhere. Ditto Vimeo.
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Hey dmey503,

You can't, currently, download the other formats. It just gives you a default one that should work with Camtasia.
However we are working on that feature right now. That is, providing options to download the other formats for a video (or image or audio) when they are available. The formats vary quite a bit per video, and some will not be compatible with Camtasia, but we'll leave it to you the user to decide if you want to go slightly off the beaten path and try the other formats.

I would estimate that we'd see this feature go live in late October along with some other little enhancements but I can't make an real promises on date just yet.

Thank you very much for your request, and for giving such useful detail on why this enhancement would be useful to you!