MP4 720 w/ Smart Player

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I am using  Camtasia Studio 8.6.0 under Windows 7 Pro, 64-bit, Service Pack 1.

I create videos for YouTube.  But I do not use the "Share to YouTube" option (I'll explain later). Instead, I use MP4 720 w/ Smart Player. And, so far, appears to work.

Out of curiosity, what's the difference between MP4 720p and MP4 720p w/ Smart Player?

Another querstion:  My videos include static mages, voice, and background music.  The MP4 720p w/ Smart Player appears to work. Is there a reason to use MP4 1080 p w/ or w/o Smart Player?

FYI, I upload the videos to YouTube myself to be able to pick the thumbnail, which cannot be changed after the first upload.  This is not a Camtasia problem; is a YouTube problem. Many other people experience the same problem.

Thank you!

Dr. T

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I believe that YouTube cannot make use of the TechSmith SmartPlayer

So you do not need to produce to MP4 with controller [smartplayer]; just produce to MP4

The smartplayer enables the interactive content you put in your project [TOC/markers, hotspots, captions, quizzes]; but YouTube cannot make use of those items
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The Smart Player output produces a number of files, including the MP4 video plus javascript, etc., placed within an html framework.  None of this works on You Tube -- only the MP4 matters there.

For the Smart Player to work, you would have to upload all of the files -- while retaining the file structure -- to a web site.  If you host a web site, this is easy (I've done it for my own business).  If you cannot upload the entire structure, Smart Player won't work.

BTW, I also use v8.6 -- so far it still appears to be more stable than the newer releases.  And it lets me output MP3 files (so I don't have to post-process WAV to MP3 in a separate program just to create podcast audio).