Problems with exporting a ppt presentation to mp4 files

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The problem is that the image in the mp4 is too small and details are not visible.I have set the settings of the file to highest values. 

Which are the most important settings to get the best possible reproduction of ppt slides in mp4. The goal is that users can see all details on the slides. Audio is no problem, works fine.

Thanks for your help,
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Hi Albert, I'm surprised nobody has answered you yet.
I'm not sure about your problem, or how much experience you have. I'm no expert, just another user.
Your PowerPoint presentation will be saved as a .trec file, which is simply a screen capture over time. So the resolution will be the resolution of your screen, which is 96 ppi.
The only thing you need to prepare beforehand is what you want the project output file dimension to be.
  1. Open a New project. 
  2. Before you add anything to the media or timeline, go to the screen zoom dropdown ("100%", left-click and 
  3. select "Project Settings" at the bottom and 
  4. select what "Canvas Dimensions" you need. My default is 720p (1280x720 screen, your typical laptop) and that should be sufficient for your needs.
  5. Now is the time to import your trec file to the media bin and place it on your timeline.
  6. If you're giving an audio lecture (no face time!) and the presentation is all your audience will see, simply make sure it fills the screen (of course, if you're using a 4:3 slide format there will be black bars on the side).
  7. If that's all you're doing with your clip, then when you "Share" the project, send it to a 720p mp4 output (I usually don't bother with the Smart Player, so I use "Local File" and custom-produce to a 720p mp4 output). Don't bother creating subfolders (i.e., uncheck all the boxes) and make sure you know where the file will end up - Camtasia is definitely NOT user-friendly with that.
You should end up with the highest-quality image you're going to get. My clips are crystal-clear.
Good luck, and tell us how it goes!