Newbie questions on screen resolution Camtasia for Windows

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I am producing a screen capture tutorial on using our software. I have read that the best screen resolutions for screen capture for ultimate upload to ScreenCast, Vimeo, YouTube, etc is either 1280x720 or 1920x1080. But here is my question: let's say I choose 1280x720, is it better to:

a) set the screen resolution to 1280x720 and record full screen? or
b) set the screen resolution higher and record a 1280x720 section of the screen?

if b) how do I center the capture area on the screen?  It appears I can only center it manually by "eyeballing" it.

I am using Camtasia for Windows 8.6 on Windows 7 x64 Pro.

Thanks.
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Neil Weicher

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kayakman, Champion

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my thoughts ...

if your videos will primarily be viewed on a PC, then I recommend you use a 1920x1080 screen and capture at that full screen resolution; edit and produce to 1920x1080

if your videos will primarily be viewed on smart phones, then use a screen resolution of 1280x720 and capture at that screen size; edit and produce to 1280x720

I've produced thousands of software tutorials with Camtasia, 1920x1080 has worked great for me
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Neil Weicher

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Thanks for the tip.  I've been viewing various tutorials and I came across one that suggests that the best capture resolution for YouTube is actually 1024 x 568.  Have you heard of that and what are your thoughts about that?
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I don't do YouTube; I host on my own web site, or on Screencast.com; for me, both are superior to YouTube

but I believe others have posted on this forum that they prefer 1920x1080 for YouTube

maybe search this forum using YouTube as a keyword?

maybe others can chime in  here?
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To me what's important is proportionality.... if you record at a screen size larger than 1280 x 720 with the intent of producing at 1280 x 720 make sure the screen  size scales proportionally ... you can lock the scale to prevent the distortion that comes from trying to produce something at 1280 x 720 that was recorded at some odd horizontal / vertical size... I produced some ugly videos before I figured that out
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Some things to consider:


1). It is more efficient to capture at the intended published size, so there is no scaling if the video when you render — render quality and speed are then optimized.


2). Having said that, you also have to capture at a resolution that will work for the software you are demonstrating.


3). If you do have to capture at a higher resolution, then scale down at render time to a standard size that is the same aspect ratio — 1920x1080 -> 1280x720, or even 854x480.
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