Screen recording resolution for best YouTube results

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Newbie question; using Camtasia Studio 8 -- what resolution to record at for YouTube HD? I've been experimenting -- setting my app to 1280x720, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 -- and producing to YouTube (1280x720), and the app menus always look fuzzy (unless I pan and zoom in CS). Is this just the way it is? Any advice? Thanks!
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Jess

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Randy Schott

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Hi Jessica,

For YouTube productions, we recommend recording, editing, and producing at 720p (1280x720) or 1080p(1920x1080). It is important that your recording, editing, AND production dimensions all match.

Are you seeing fuzzy menus just in the preview window or also in the produced video? If the preview window in the editor is set to "Shrink To Fit", it will resize the image for display on the screen, which will cause these artifacts. It's best to check the output video, at full size, to make sure you aren't seeing any issues there.

Randy
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I know this thread is 3 years old, but I'd like to understand the advice "it is important that your recording, editing AND production dimensions all match". If you for example record at 1080p and then produce at 720p, why would that cause a problem? Doesn't producing at a lower resolution usually not impair quality much, as long as aspect ratio is preserved? TIA. :)
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Jess

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Thanks for your answer. I'm seeing fuzzy menus & dialogs in the produced YouTube video. I record a 20-second clip, save & view in CS8, then produce to YT. Even when I zoom (in CS), when viewed in YT the dialog looks fuzzy. I just did as you suggest (record app set to 1920 x 1080, edit at 1920 x 1080, produce to YT at 1920 x 1080). In CS, I zoom-n-panned to a menu--looks clear in CS, but when I produce to YT, it is fuzzy. :-(
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Jess

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By the way, I've looked at Techsmith's tutorial videos for CS on YouTube and I've compared them to the same tutorial on techsmith.com. The YT videos are a bit smaller than the techsmith.com videos and so are less fuzzy. Maybe fuzzy images is just inherent in YouTube?
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Ryan Eash, Instructional Designer

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Hi Jess,

When you are zooming in on your video, is the Scale going over 100%? You typically won't want to do any zooming if you are recording/editing/producing with the same dimensions. This will cause you to scale your video greater than 100% and stretch your video...which will cause the blurriness.

Here's a screenshot that might help explain this better. http://screencast.com/t/OzQnMVioHX

You typically will only want to zoom in on your video if you are editing and producing with smaller dimensions than what you recorded with.

Hope this helps.
-Ryan
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I'm trying to make some videos in Camtasia 8, but it seems i can't get the right settings for .mp4 files as it is making constant bigger files with less quality then what I was able to get with camtasia 7

Could someone point me to the best settings!?

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What are the best settings to produce the highest quality in the smallest files for YouTube HD (1280 x 720) .mp4 files!?.
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when I export my videos to youtube they are blurry but when I first record them with camtasia they are clear. how do I fix that?

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blurry video.
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This PDF might also be a handy reference: http://assets.techsmith.com/Docs/pdf-...
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Matt Jones

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I am new to camtasia...How can I improve my recording quality when viewed on You tube? When I add the clip to the timeline I save editing dimensions suitable for You Tube - however I am not totally happy with the quality of the recording - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHvg9g...
Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Help - How to improve You Tube Viewing Quality???.