MP4 quality and Custom Production Settings

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I am using Camtasia 8.6.  I edited about a dozen MP4's taken with my phone in 1080x1920.  Each video is less than a minute and I am trimming a few seconds off of each end to make them neat.  I used the default settings and the quality was terrible.  I poked around for awhile and found forum postings about this from 5 years ago.  Using what information was there, I imported the video again, adjusted the size on the view screen (because the video imports much smaller than the area) I went to custom settings and about 9 pages later I could render a video that was almost as good as the original, but with a larger file size.
I didn't see a way to save custom settings and have Camtasia do all of this for me each time.
There has to be a better way to get good quality video than going through so many steps each time and risking missing one thing that ruins the whole process. 
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Richard Longworth

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Hmmm, that's disturbing! I'm using the same Camtasia software for a 75-lecture video. I am using an SLR camera to do my video and done some editing with version 8.6. I convert the video format from .mov to .mp4 using VLC. I assumed what I see on the Preview screen is what I get and I haven't noticed any deterioration in quality but I simply use Shrink to Fit option. Am I missing something or is this inherent with an iPhone cameras?
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regarding "I didn't see a way to save custom settings" ...

create a production preset

do this by starting a custom production, in the dropdown select add; name your preset

spec out your desired settings, save; then use your named preset
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also, usually the export production settings are saved inside the project file.  But KM is right about you can create custom production profiles all day long.
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Helene

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Thank you!
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susannemistric

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I share from my iPhone to my Macs using Air Drop, and to my PC using Drop Box with no quality compromise. I use a custom preset. To avoid unwanted compression, I never use email to move my videos, or the auto upload to YouTube option.
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BTW.  I have gotten buggered videos via dropbox.  I always use a free wetransfer account.  They don't touch ANYTHING.  
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Prof Tom

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Don't be too concerned about mp4 compression quality.  Remember, Netflix usually streams 3500 bitrate and you won't see degrading.  We designed and run a national broadcaster media awards site.  Here's a typical entry.  Watch this for an mp4 reality check.  Server side conversion settings (using the standard FFMPEG codecs)  Framerate: 24fps.  Bitrate: 1900  Aspect: 1280 x 720 (720p) codec: H.264 / AVC  Audio: 44.1 / 16 bit /  Stereo  you always need to check and question your source video.  Camtasia converts just fine.  http://www.bestinmedia.com/index.php/component/hwdmediashare/mediaitem/2648-boise-is-waiting-30
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To clarify, the video you are seeing is after the broadcaster uploaded it to our servers.  It started as an mp4 / 3500 / 29.97 / 1920 x 1080 . H.264-AVC.  I t was about 45meg.  Our servers (like a YouTube type component) brought it down to the settings posted above and the file is around 9meg.  BIGGER IS NOT BETTER.  don't be fooled