Lost of color, sharpness, image quality on Camtasia 9 render

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Simple problem. Here's an image I import into Camtasia 9 

It looks fine when editing and playback in the timeline but on render the color quality of the blacks degrades quite a bit and it looks blocky. This is a 1920x1080 image rendered on a 1920x1080 video (tried MP4, WMV, AVI at 70% quality). This is screenshot from the video



Any ideas?

Thanks.
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I see two black photo's. 
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Me Too.
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You will need to click on the image to enlarge and you should see a loss in quality of subtle gradient of blacks. You can see clearly defined circles.
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I see it now !
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I'm having sharpness issues too. I tried all settings. I'm recording at 2k, exporting at 2k / 1920x1080 / various settings and formats. All videos look the same +/- 5%. The result isn't blurry, but it's not sharp either. I'm tired of reading posts that say I should export at 720p or whatever. This is 2017. I want crystal clear, super sharp vids.

Help?
LE: I have my scale set to 100% and the project settings at 2K.
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If your recording at 2556 x 1440 and exporting at the same size that's great,that's exactly what you want to be doing.
However, there's no reason you should need to crank up your video settings that high to get a sharp video.The default setting should get you there.



Are you watching this video on a 2556 x 1440 monitor in full screen mode?

Here's why I ask, I downloaded that video.I can't find anything wrong with the sharpness whatsoever.
I took a couple of random frames and placed them in Photoshop.I placed the zoom level to 100%. "I run 1920 X 1080 monitors" And the your Photoshop UI seems to be as sharp as my Photoshop UI.In my opinion. This is a png screen capture.
The graph you placed in Photoshop is a little soft. But not much,it's pretty sharp as well.


I don't believe there's many running 2556 x 1440 monitors. 4K is becoming more affordable and popular but you still have to set monitor zoom levels way up to see most things well.
 
My point?

At 2556 x 1440, anybody running 1920 x 1080 or smaller monitors will never be able to watch your videos with 100% clarity. Because their all forced to the down-scale it to view it and sharpness goes out the window.

A 2556 x 1440 viewer benefits the most from your chosen production method.
A 4K viewer can watch it at it's native size. Or chose to watch it full screen mode and lose some clarity as well.But at least they have an option.

Ideally, and this is strictly my opinion.1929 x 1080 is the way to go.
Record and edit on a 1920 x 1080 monitor.
There's an old school of thought that 1280 x 720 is best because of Mobile devices,tablets,cheap laptops etc.
To me, Low quality 1280 x 720 screens are still out there in abundance.
However, I doubt many people use them to watch interactive Camtasia videos. So rendering videos at such a low quality for such a small audience. In 2017, is kind of antiquated. 10 years ago it made more sense than it does today.

Regards,Joe
 
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Joe's comments are valid; I'd try capturing using a screen resolution of 1920x1080 [if possible on your system]

however, I definitely  recommend the higher quality production settings I mentioned above; I can see a difference when my MP4 w/controller productions are viewed full-screen in Chrome; I do a lot of work with high detail color photos, and the differences in video quality with those slide show productions is very obvious, at least to me
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I've got to disagree with you on this one, It's all about content kayakman,

He's working with a Photoshop UI and a pretty plane looking graphic. Anytime your working with UI's,  Word,Photoshop, etc. Education videos.

Videos lacking content like the great outdoors, highly colorful photographs.
You don't need to render high bit rate videos as a rule of thumb.They take longer to upload and hog bandwidth.

Regards,Joe
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no problem Joe, we'll just agree to disagree here

I see a noticeable difference with productions involving both high density software UIs, and definitely with productions involving great outdoors digital SLR photos

also, I always "sharpen" my photos [in Lightroom], sharpen for "screen" when exporting [from Lightroom], and I resize down to 1620x1080  which allows me to produce within a 1920x1080 canvas without asking CS to resize the images; over that past 10 years, I've found that these protocols always result in the best looking CS MP4 productions

just my 2 cents worth
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Bear this in mind,Camtasia bumped default settings from 50% to 60% quality in Camtasia 9. That was a significant jump in bit rate that was long overdue and sorely needed in my opinion.
 UI's and static screens displaying a limited  number of colors,  don't require the high bit rates that nature videos and photographs do.
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Please don't tell me to lower my quality. I get what you're saying, but that's not cool. Moreover, I said loud and clear that when I recorded and produced at 1920x1080 I got the same blurry result.

Note - I have 2 monitors. Photoshop on one side, the video on the other. Full screen of course. The difference in sharpness is significant. It's too much to say it's 'blurry', but it's surely not there. Plus, after I upload my vid to various platforms, that's taken down a notch.

BUT my point is this: recording is not as sharp as it could be. Why? I used those settings you posted as well as a myriad of others.
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What else can I do? Export to AVI? Produce with a controller? Change the color mode from NTSC? What else COULD influence quality?

Note that I tried rec at 2k and producing at 1k. Same thing. I just want sharp, beautiful images. I see some of my competition on Youtube at 2k@60fps ... gorgeous! And here you guys are saying I should lower it. Again, I'm not being a hater, I appreciate you're trying to help, but that's not the right approach.
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You can always contact tech support, See what they have to offer.

I say look at this image as well, one is a screen shot of my Photoshop UI and the other is a snippet of  your videos Photoshop UI.
I set my font to the same setting as yours for an exact comparison. Which UI looks the blurriest to you?



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Interesting Joe. Small size = the right one is blurry; full screen = no difference. I'd be happy if that's what I saw on my Dell 2k displays side by side.
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Are you sure your monitors are set to 100% resolution? 
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Yes