Scaling up from 720p or 1440p

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Hi

I'm capturing in 1440p with a 27inch screen and I'm publishing my turtorials on screencast.com. 

My question is:

What is the difference between the following: 

1. Editing the capture in 720p with 100% scale (reccomended by Techsmith if you have to scale)

2. Editing the capture in 1440p with 200% scale. 

The last seem to have a little better quality, so I'm getting confused.

Capture, edit and publish in 1440p which is reccomended by Techsmith is resulting a video with too small icons/text for my viewers, so I have to scale up and pan in the video.


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1.       Editing the capture in 720p with 100% scale (reccomended by Techsmith if you have to scale)

If you edit a 2560 x1440 video at 1280 x 720.  At 100% scale. The Video is still 1280 x 720, but when you scale the video up to 100%.

75% is cut off and falls outside of the canvas.

2. When you edit at 2560 x 1440 and scale it up to 200%. It probably looks a little better because it’s a higher resolution video overall.If you were to view it on a 1920 x 1080 monitor.It would be rescaled to fit the smaller monitor, and probably look worse.

 Anytime you rescale a video, some degradation occurs. For the best results, you want to record, edit and produce at the same resolution. At 100% scale.

 1920 x 1080 is the sweet spot resolution. "According to me LOL" Some still recommend 720 to cater to  inferior low resolution devices. This also leads to faster streaming.

4K looks great, if your viewing it on a 4K monitor.Most people don't have 4K monitors. Streaming and sharing it can be quite difficult due to large file sizes.

If you had a 1920 x 1080 monitor, used it. Icon's, text, etc. Will appear larger by default then on a 2K or 4K monitor. Making it the best choice overall. "According to Me {:>)"

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Theres a third option. "Not recommended by Me Either"

I use a 2560 x 1440 monitor as well. You could set the monitors resolution to 1920 x 1080, or select the resolution of your choosing.


The text,Icons, etc. Will become larger.
However, the screen will look blurry to your eyes.Due to the re-scaling.

This may sound odd? But if you record at full screen.With the monitor set to 1920 x 1080.The video captured will be 1920 x 1080. And crystal clear when edited at 1920 x 1080. "After you've reset your monitor to 2560 x 1440".

I don't do it, I don't like working with a blurry monitor just to accommodate lower resolutions.It's irritating as heck and not the way to go. From  my perspective.
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Thank you, Joe. 

When editing the 1440p capture in the 720p canvas I fit the capture to match the canvas. This way the capture is 50% of the 1440p capture and I zoom/scale to 100% and pan to show different elements of the screen.

But editing with 1440p and zoom/scale to 200% gives me the same "size" as above, and it looks a little better. But I dont know if there is any other drawbacks with this alternative...(?)

To set my screen resolution to 1080p is also one way to do it. You have 1440p screen yourself and don't recommend this.....  What do you do when you need to record a video and 1440p gives you tiny tiny text and icons, almost not visible for viewers?
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I have 3 monitors. 2 of them are 1080.So I can record tutorials on one of them.

Drawbacks? None from a "Can I do this" point of view.None that I'm aware of.
If you're Okay with what you've created/produced.That's what counts.
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I tried your third option, Joe, reducing the monitors resolution to 1080p while recording. Then edit and publish the video to Screencast.com with 1080p. It looks blurry all the way, but when i turned my monitors resolution back to 1440p it looks great again. It get some degradation when zooming in/scaling to 150%.  My viewers are on both laptops and monitors with 1080p and 1440p. I guess this is my best choice to get OK quality for most of them.   
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I tried something else.... I kept my 1440p resolution on my 27inch, but increased the size of fonts and icons etc in Windows 10 to 150%. This makes everything as large as 1080p (a little bigger) but keeps the quality about the same. This way it seems like I can capture, edit and produce at 1440p with ok size and quality.

Since this was not one of your options, is it something I have not thought about when publishing it this way?