Users Need Crystal Clarity Regarding / TSC2 Vs H-264 Recording Codecs

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Its becoming clear to me that some forum members don't understand what recording to TSC2 actually means.

Opting to capture to H-264 instead.

If its evident there's confusion within this small community. Odds are this is occurring in growing numbers.    

This could create a snowball effect.
The quality of some creators videos can unwittingly go downhill as a result. 
The repercussions will manifest themselves in many forms.
Calls to tech support.
Angry consumers, Trial version users that never get past the trial version,etc. and so forth.

This is something for TechSmith to get ahead of. Or Not ? It's your call. 

I'm not entirely sure how to address it?
Perhaps a skull & crossbones next to the H-264 option. 
 
Or something a little more toned down. Like a warning and a clickable footnote to explain what their getting into. {:>)
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I know OBS does levels of recording quality/file size, perhaps the recorder could have two options:
- High quality/ large file size: selecting this option will record to TCS2 codec to preserve maximum quality.
- Average quality/medium quality: selecting this option will record to H.264 MP4 that will sacrifice maximum quality for reduced file size.
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Loved your reply, Joe! I couldn't see where to "Like" t officially.
Perhaps we're starting to tickle at one of the causes of stuttering and hanging that plague so many of us - we're using a .trec file based on n H.264 container, which has been said so many times - Camtasia doesn't like H.264!
So I had been smart, and used Handbrake to convert my .MTS and H.264 video files to mp4 before loading them onto the timeline, but here I was, sitting with a honking big H.264 file stretching the entire duration of my production! Duhhhh.
I'm happy to be a member of this forum (a little less happy to receive 20-30 emails a day from TechSmith as a result), because the crew here is a great resource and the TechSmith staff occasionally chip in so I know they're listening.
Thanks for all your efforts, guys 'n' gals!
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Yeahhhh, I disabled email notifications a LONG time ago. I just make it a point to visit the forum regularly. 
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I seem to recall that in the ancient days of early Camtasia, the user's selection of recording format opened a box which described the implications of that selection (larger size).  Is this not still in place?
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Oddly enough.
There's a learn more tab for frame rates. 

And nothing about codecs.

 
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I think you're misinterpreting the meaning of my initial post. I'm aware of the differences between the 2. 
In less than 24 hours I've come across 2 members who clearly did not. One has been a member for 5 years.
I see a problem with H-264 as currently presented to users. 
There are no warnings that  they are about to capture using a lower quality codec.
At the very least, from my perspective. There should be.
For the reasons I eluded to in my initial post.
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To confirm, Camtasia Recorder defaults to TSC-2, no?
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It does, that doesn't stop people from changing settings to H-264. Where it will remain until switched back.
A 5 year member switched to H-264 because the TSC2 nomenclature made no sense in their mind.

Another member couldn't understand why other screen recorders performed better than Camtasia. He was using H-264.
 Apparently , he contacted Tech Support about low quality and was still unaware of TSC2's codec.

This occurred over a 12 hour time period "Roughly" 

If nothing changes, nothing will change.
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