MP4 ouput set to 50% video quality

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When I "produce and share" a video, I select the MP4 only (up to 1080p) from the dropdown. After the production is finished, I get this popup explaining my file. I have noticed the quality is a bit degraded compared to the original recording and files. I verified that I was editing in the exact same dimensions that I recorded in and made sure visual properties scaling were all set to 100%. I have noticed this degradation outputs with .MOV as well. So I decided to take a closer look at this output screen and noticed that by default, the video quality is set to 50% consistently with outputs. Is there a way to adjust this? I still want MP4 outputs, but I want 100% quality output. I don't mind the file size.

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Joe Morgan

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Go no higher than 70% quality. Anything higher than that is really not noticeable. At least in tests I have run in the past.
You need to do a custom production. See Image Below, Click to enlarge





If you are running Camtasia 8  and a version that is higher than 8.4.4. 

 They took away the " % " scale and you need to take your best guess at where 70% lies and place the slider accordingly. I stuck with version 8.4.4 because I don't believe in guessing.

Regards, Joe
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hello,
We are happy to announce with today's release of Camtasia Studio 8.6, you will find the Quality % field has been restored to the Video Settings tab.

You can find that option here:


For existing customers who use version 8.x, choose Help > Check for Updates to get this latest version.

For those who do not have version 8.x, you can download the free trial here:
https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html

Kelly
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I've already upgraded to 8.6. Thanks for pointing that out. Theres a problem with the new .trec "Extract Recording Contents" feature.
I posted to another thread but I will add that response here as well in hopes to hear a response.

I've upgraded Camtasia 8.6

I've encountered some bugs when trying to extract a .trec file.

When trying to extract an older .trec recording. The extracted file will not play in Windows media player. I could open it in VLC media player after granting special permissions to override a broken AVI file index.



VLC media player gave me the option to fix the broken file or play as is. Either option will play the file. I also tried to open these AVI files in Adobe Premier Pro CS6. Adobe recognizes the files as corrupted and could not import them.

So I recorded a couple of small test files for extraction.

I recorded some music videos while using a microphone. I then opened the recordings in camtasia 8.6. When I extracted the contents of those .trec files. The microphone audio was attached to the.AVI file and system audio was saved to a separate file. The system audio file contained no audio in both instances.

The same videos played without having any problems or issues in Windows media player or the VLC media player. I had no problem exporting system audio from the timeline but it did require that additional step.

The extracted files from the new.trec recordings imported into Premier Pro without any issues. I have a lot of other things to accomplish today and I cannot test anything further at this time.

Regards, Joe

I'm liking 8.6 so far. The extraction glitch needs fixing but at least you can do it without producing a video. That process is far to slow. I don't have any need to extract older .trec files anyway.

The percentage slider was another critical feature for my workflow.

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Is there any negative affects to taking it all the way to 100%?

Also:
1. What is the best Frame rate and also keyframe every (#) seconds?
2. What is the best h.264 profile?
3. What is the best h.264 level?

I need to produce the high possible quality. "Commercial"

As far as the "Audio Settings" tab, what is the best Bit Rate? Not sure how this works with customer video settings and output. Again, quality is king here.

Thanks for you help by the way.
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