Question For iMac 27 Inch Monitor And Camtasia For Mac

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My iMac has a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440
My Target Audience is YouTube
My Videos are Software Screen Demonstrations


Am I better to record at my default screen resolution 2560 x 1440 , adjust the project canvas size to match that and let YouTube do the rest ?


Am I better to change my actual screen resolution before I do the actual recording.
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If you can change to 1920x1080, I think that resolution produces great results, but on an imac, I think you'll be stuck with 1920x1200, which isn't ideal, so at that rate, you might be best with just the native 2560x1440.
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What if I shrunk the program I am recording down to fit inside a 1920x1080 box, would that work
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I actually would suggest doing either this or reducing your screen resolution, mainly because people are unlikely to watch it at the original full resolution. Therefore, it has to get shrunken down by YouTube, and just won't look as crisp as it could. 
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The current YouTube max resolution is 1920 x 1080 and the widescreen Camtasia custom canvas size is also the same.  There is also an Original Recording Dimension, which may match your existing screen, but I am not sure on that setting.  Most professional Camtasia users recommend either the 1920 by 1080 or the 1280 by 720 for recording.  Either of these screen canvas sizes is available within the Camtasia software, Mac version 3.   As your IMac screen resolution is higher the size and clarity of icons, data etc. will be higher as well.   Changing to a lower resolution will increase the size on the real estate (area) available and should not impact the clarity of your project.   I personally would create a test project using both ideas and see if the YouTube output suffers.   I doubt that it will, but it would be a terrific experiment.  As I am not aware of the software you wish to demo, it is unclear if the software will “default” to a preferred resolution that you may or may not be able to change.   Very interesting question, but I feel you are on the right track.