Producing smallest good quality files

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Today is my first day trying out Camtasia 8 Been using Premiere Pro, however Premiere Pro throws out huge file sizes and being an adobe product it is not very windows friendly... I need to have the smallest possible file that will

1) play back on Computer and Mac

2) Be  of good quality but small enough to download via the internet

3) be able to use for streaming and

4) be used as a podcast...are these all different formats of exporting....

It does not give me the option to export in original (WMF) format...to my knowledge that is the best file format for what I need.... any suggestions?

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hello Yvonne. have you watched any of the tutorials on the TechSmith website. Link is below.

https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-8.html

If not, I would take a look and you can watch the one on Produce and Share Your Video which is under the Getting Started 09. Video.

Personally I use the .mp4 format and it does a nice job for what I do but each case in dependent on what the individual is wanting to do and where they are sharing the video(s). There are settings when producing to the quality with a slider to change the quality. Keep in mind that the lower quality that you set may give you a smaller file but not the quality you are looking for and if you slide the quality setting when producing to a higher quality level it will look better but also give a larger file size.

I hope this helps and if you have any further questions feel free to ask and try to watch the tutorials on the link above. Thanks for posting and have a great day/night.
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there are various MP4 options... which one to choose... but is a two hour video... and not complete in the format I have chosen, already 2 gig big...


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Do not want to "share" I want to have a physical file I can save to my hard drive or on our own server

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Duhhh! Blonde moment!!... I spotted the NEXT button..... and all has been revealed.... now to find the smallest file size...
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Have you solved your own question already?
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Trying it out now, almost finished rendering, but it would help if someone can point me in the right direction to make the best quality with smallest file size


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I took 1 file...it was a Adobe MP4 of 21.5MB - 

MP4only x1080 = 5.4 great quality
MP4 x720 = 3.5 quality passable
MP4 x48 = 1.6 but poor quality

WMF 1080 = 3.0 great quality
WMF 720 = 2.4 but very poor quality

So that was my lesson learned today..
would now like to see what it does with my 100mbg file....

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Hello Yvonne so did you find that setting for the quality ? Is this what you are trying to do for your videos ? If you are not going to host/share them publicly and just share them on your own server then I guess in my opinion the size would not matter but, I also like to have smaller file sizes with the best quality either way myself.

Let us know and thanks for posting back with your response. I hope my information has helped you a little bit and you liked it. Have a great day/night.
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Hi Fred, thanks for the feedback... the reason I am testing Camedia Studio Software is because my other software renders files about 5 times the size of the original file..... In our case size does matter (heehee does it not always?) we do a lot of webinar training and our clients can purchase the recordings afterwards to train their trainees on an in-house basis....  that is why it must be a decent size to download from the internet..... I still have not quite figured out the HTML embedding and the ipod..... I tried looking at the training file on the ipod configuration and the quality was very poor...

did you see my earlier post giving back my test results?

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Yes Yvonne I did. I guess size does matter to some it just depends on where you are hosting your files at if it makes a difference or not. Like I suggested it might be a good idea to play around with the different formats unless you want a specific format and the quality slide level and just do some experiment. Everyone has their own preferences for what they want to do and accomplish.
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Yvonne,

Are taking an MP4 file made by Premiere Pro (Media Encoder), dropping it on a Camtasia timeline, and then exporting as another MP4? You are compressing an already compressed file. Perhaps I am misunderstanding. Adobe Media Encoder allows you to tweak settings to lower your file size. Getting a balance between quality and file size is an art--a dark art at that!

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no I actually did an edit in camtasia and every single export file is about 50% larger than the original recording
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Ok let me explain again.... we don't "host" our videos, these are training videos, which clients need to download (will get to the podcast stuff later) to play on computer or tablets or stream.... at this stage I am just trying to get a decent file size..... a half hour session best I can get is 37MB.... most of our training sessions are 2 hours.... so what to do?


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Ok I have read quite a few comments of people talking about WMV are larger than in version 7..... Is there any chance I can do a trial on Version 7 please? this is a very important factor in buying or not buying and I am desperate at this point I have files that must go out asap


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Yvonne are you recording these videos yourself or using already created videos ? If so what Mr. Tom said is true. Getting the file size you want is a lot experimenting if the slider quality values do not help you. Also, depending on what format you save them to and the length of video(s) can vary the size of the videos.

But to answer your question yes you can down a previous version of
Camtasia Studio Screen Recording and Production v7.1.1 but I do not think it will help with what you want. It will run side by side with Camtasia Studio 8 but if you use a version that is Camtasia Studio 8 that was a previous build number then it will overwrite the one you have or you may experience install problems. Here is the link to download an older version. It will most likely be a trial version and you would have to contact TechSmith to get a license key for Camtasia Studio 7 Version.

https://www.techsmith.com/download/oldversions.asp

I hope this helps and you like what I have posted. Let us know and have a great day/night.
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but as I said... this is a video mad online with go to webinar... I then edit it and re write it... They do have a session this morning so I will ask them not to convert to WMF after the session and I will then try it again

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