For me, at the default quality, the mp4 it creates is nearly indistinguishable from a lossless video. It's quite fantastic.
Please let us know how it works out!
As I noted in my previous post, make sure to use our "MainConcept MP4" or just the default Export... dialog, instead of Apple's mpeg4 encoding (which is not as good).
V2 gives you a fresh 30 day trial, so you can try it out before committing to purchasing it.
Thanks for the hint! I ́ll try V2. will give You feedback!
Sorry for the late reply. The notification email of your recent post was in my spam folder!
I'm on a trial version. Does the trial version not allow for good quality exports?
Here are the things that I think are having an effect on how good it looks in the end.
First, you're right, having JPG into PowerPoint is not ideal. JPG is a lossy format, so you get a little fuzziness there; I'd highly recommend PNG instead. Files are still small, but lossless quality. Also, because it's powerpoint, your slideshow will be full screen at some resolution that does not necessarily match the size of the photo. That means it will be either stretched or squished to fit the screen. That will introduce some fuzziness as well. Perhaps you could bring the screenshots into Camtasia directly, and just use the audio from your recording, to get the best detail? Or make sure powerpoint displays at the same resolution as the size of the images?
Second, when you're in Camtasia, there is a zooming slider in the bottom right of the canvas area. This zoom value doesn't affect your final video, but it can cause things to be a little deceiving while you're editing. If you zoom in close, things will look really nice (because we have the original full size video to 'render' from), but remember that you're actually exporting a shrunken down version of your video so that it fits on people's screens or on a web page. So, to see what it really looks like, set this to 100%. That will show you the canvas at the size it will be in the final video.
Third, your scale levels. You did a really nice job panning around and scaling to draw attention to particular details, and scaling back to show context. When you scale in, though, you often zoom to like "117%", and that will be a little fuzzy. Try to always set the scale to exactly 100% (use the properties area on the right to set it, or use the "Scale to 100%" animation). An example is at 8:50 In your video. When I change that to 100%, it looks nicer. Same at 5:20.
Your last option to get it looking nicer is to adjust the size of your canvas, or final output video, to be a little larger. By default we shrink what you recorded down by 50%. In your case, that meant taking your big 1440x900 monitor and creating a 720x450 size video to work in. You could consider an HD size (1280x720), but that can be a bit large for many people's web pages. Perhaps just a little more wiggle room, at iPhone size, would work: that's 960x640. Even 640x480 would give you another 30 pixels vertically.
So. In the end, you're not really doing anything wrong, and there isn't much to be done on the encoding side of things. The .H264 mp4 video you create is as good a codec as there is. It's a matter of giving it really good stuff to work with, and these things might push you over the edge to make it look great.
I have tried several times to record some test video. The recording is fantastically easy. When I open the file in the Camtasia editor, it looks great. In fact, I can zoom in 300% on the video within the editor, and it looks good. However, when I try exporting the file, it is garbage... totally unusable. I have tried using both the basic exporter at the highest quality, as well as the advanced export function across multiple formats. All garbage.
Does anyone actually use this software? Again, is this unique to Mac? Any other options that work?
BTW... I'm no developer, but this MUST be an encoding issue.
If you select the Full Screen option, it is somehow getting stepped down by a factor of 2 so that when you view your recording in the editor, it is showing the reduced image as 100% of the original recording.
If, however, you choose to set your own parameters, just select the entire screen and it works fine. You should notice that when you view your recording in the editor, it should be in the 63% range (which makes sense, because the preview or canvas view is basically half the size of the full screen image).
I've had a little too much wine, so this doesn't read very coherently. The bottom line is that if you want it to work, do not use the default full screen option... instead, select custom and then select the whole screen. Should work nicely.
That s a message specially for Paul Middlin...
I ve been doing Camtasia 2.2 for couple of weeks and spent many hours on it... and I experienced same quality problem on the exporting (at the beginning). Here is the solution to make it perfect "You need to have your screen resolution to 100%":
Couple of steps to do it:
1) Basically when you are working inside your camtasia, click on the screen (the video you see in the middle). the screen will get a white border with 8 small dots all around
2) click on any of those 8 dots: and the size of the screen you are using will appear. For example, if I d chose Color LCD before shooting, it will result with a 50%... 50% of what ? 50% of the real screen, so 50% of pixel quality...
so quality is not gonna be good when putting on full screen (blur, and not clean...)
3) Personally I need high quality resolution, so here is what I do: I select CUSTOM REGION before shooting, I drag to the whole screen and do my recording.
4)Inside the camtasia, when I click on 1 of the 8 dots, normally I ll see 100% appearing.
5)if you still can't get 100% (it happens sometimes): there is another solution:
Let s say you have 85% but you want 100% or even more 135% (which is possible)
a) under the camtasia screen to the right there are 3 buttons: select the ___% button (right side but the button on the left)
b) click on it and choose: ADJUST CANVAS...
c) select PRESET button (in the middle): choose the last one at the bottom: YOUTUBE HT 1080...
d) click on APPLY
e) as you can see, your recorded screen looks smaller and surrounded by a bigger black color screen
f) click on your video (middle of the screen) then click one of the 8 white dots
g) draw to the outside until you reach the size you want: 100% or more...
h) replace your screen to the centre
i)lets say you ve chosen 100%, now you have to get rid of the black color around, right?
j) do again as a) and b)under the camtasia screen to the right select the % button (the button on the left)
click on it and choose: ADJUST CANVAS...
k) this time when you select PRESET, click on FIT TO VISIBLE, then APPLY
l) the black color is gone and you have the screen to the highest resolution you needed....
When you export to mp4, you ll see that the final result is pretty perfect...
as you could read in my previous thread, I ve found out my way to export to highest quality ever. Actually I m developing tutorial material for different courses, like how to set up a complete WordPress site, how to make business video and much more.
Therefore, I need people to be able to see my videos into big screen and in high resolution.
Here is my problem: Making the screen to less than 100% decreases the quality badly, but I want to use smart focus....
Smart focus works only if the canvas is lower that 100% as it zoom to 100%...
Why isn't possible to zoom to 120% or even 150%? it would be so nice and easy.
using smart focus on a canvas higher than 75% to 80% looks useless on the final video...
Using it on a 75% canvas, looks pretty ok, but the video quality looks really poor on a full screen, and on YOUTUBE too...
any other options for smart focus?
I created a quick tutorial that explains what zooming really does and why it can cause problems (or be your best screencasting friend): http://www.screencast.com/t/Sz8dB6hXdX7z
Hopefully, that will be helpful to someone.
Recording in Camtasia 2.0 at 1920x1080, looks crisp when opened directly in camtasia or quicktime.
I used to export all camtasia (1.x) videos via compressor to ProRes to edit in final cut pro but it seems with camtasia 2.X the cursor is no longer 'burned' into the .mov and is instead recorded separately; this means I can't export directly via compressor.
Loading the file into camtasia, making sure the canvas is set to 1920x1080 in preferences. Dropping the file onto the timeline. Advanced Export > Quicktime > ProRes 422 or ProRes 422LT, dimensions are set to 1920x1080 HD.
Once the file has finished encoding it looks slightly soft; not pixelated from upresing (and earlier problem I had) but soft. Compared to the direct export from compressor (sans cursor) the quality difference is apparent.
Any suggestions ? :/
Most people who have done some screen capturing with quicktime or screenflow have come up with solutions to achieve reasonable resolution when exporting. In my case I reduce my laptop's display dimensions down to 1152x720 before capturing.
I came to camtasia because I was ready for a more professional solution. I expect that given the higher price tag. Instead I'm being treated like a baby.
Amen -- I just spent several DAYS recording a complex presentation / walk-through, my export looks hideous (looks great INSIDE of Camtasia, but terrible outside). ....I finally found this thread....
Isn't it a MUCH better user experience to have people create files that are Too Big and then reduce them, than to make the *hidden* decision to reduce it 50% but not tell us ahead of time that this will happen?
Best solution is to make it 100% as a default and assume that your users are rational adults who know what they want. If it's too big, they can simply export at a lower quality level later on. MUCH easier to go from big -> small than the other way around.
Second best solution is to have a pop-up appear when a user goes to record in full-screen: "Hey! Just a head's up that your recording will look like it was made in 1997 *unless* you first go through these steps to increase it to 100%".
I literally can not envision the use-case / "customer story" where "I wish my file size were automatically made smaller for me, without asking me for permission to do so first" > "OMG, I just spent almost five days pain-stakingly editing, at times frame by frame, a tutorial recorded at full-screen, only to upload it to Vimeo and see it look like fuzzy crap."
This product is not for mere hobbyists (it certainly isn't priced that way) -- so don't make your default settings cater to hobbyists.
And if you're going to irrationally stick to this default setting (due to inertia, pride, denial, etc.) , then for the love of Marty Cagan, at least have a warning message pop up to let us know!
I have had a very similar experience and I do a lot of videos for on line venues.... and I have yet to have anyone here give me any real help. As to your question I am looking at the newer Adobe stuff for video, and
Final Cut Pro.. but Final Cut Pro is pricey... also going to check imovie.. you never know!! Good luck, and I totally understand your frustration..!
INCREDIBLE! Simply incredible!!!
I am an Mac user and I just bough Camtasia 2.5 for Mac and I am absolutely disappointed.
1. An user that buy a software like Camtasia is a PROFESSIONAL user, a baby will look for other solution FREE.
2. The professional user need and want PROFESSIONAL results.
3. 90% of the users NEED to export in MP4, is the standard. Is obvious that user WANTS a standard format NOT CAMTASIA format.
Now the resolution of the screen recorders made in Camtasia and exported in MP4 IS ABSOLUTELY NOT ACCEPTABLE, not readable!!!Try to take a look a this video I just published on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYyuqpoKS1o Is tremendous. Of course YouTube can loose a bit of quality but I can assure that the original MP4 is only slightly better.
The few persons on this thread that are trying to give useless and ridiculous justification-resolution are absolutely in bad faith. The web is full of Camtasia user that denounce problem of quality exporting from Camtasia
The solution is that user must click on MP4 and video obtained must be perfect, KIS: Keep It Simple. If this is the Camtasia standard TechSmith Corp. is cheating their customers.
I will try other software and keep you soon informed what can be a serious and professional alternative to this ridiculous product.
- the canvas is full size
- and I'm exporting full size (in ProRes)
and still the quality drops massively. What is going on? I've read this entire thread and applied everything that the Techsmith employees have suggested and the quality is still terrible. And this is ProRes! It's supposed to be lossless. I've bought Camtasia but will start looking for alternatives if there isn't a fix for this.
The mp4 output remains pretty bad.
This is what text looks like in the original program, and in Camtasia's canvas:
This is what the text looks like in the mp4 playback:
One notable difference is that VLC says the mp4 content is 1200 pixels wide, while camtasia says the original content is 1201 pixels wide. However, it's worth mentioning that other applications show the same blurry results from the export.
I'm using Camtasia 2 for mac, and have tried "Main concept", mp4 baseline, mp4 high. I'm going to try a stupidly large kbps value next, but this is pretty frustrating because an algorithm like gif-differentials would do a better job.
Okay, so to try to figure out if this is a codec problem or camtasia problem I exported to ProRes 422, which isn't lossless, but should be quite close.
This is what the output looks like:
This looks a *little* better than the mp4, but not much, and is probably the mp4 codec struggling to deal with what camtasia is apparently breaking.
What do I have to do to record a window in Camtasia and then produce a video of it that isn't mangled? I'm beginning to suspect that Camtasia has a bug that is rescaling the 1201 pixel data to 1200 for no reason.
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