Video crispness/clarity - Resolution I assume?

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I use a Dell laptop and Camtasia 8.  I record full screen.  I have tried default resolution (1366x768) and also 1024x680 when recording.  I produce as 1024x680.  The video is very uncrisp.  Is there something I can do to clean it up?  I'm good on sound editing and adding call-outs and video editing in general-just not the clarity of the finished MP4.  This is for work by the way - I do our training tutorials so this is very important.  Thank you.
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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Hi there!

To ensure you get the best quality you need to make sure you are recording, editing, and producing at the same resolution. To confirm, you are recording at 1366x768 (or 1024x680), yes? What are your editing dimensions set at? What production option are you using?

-Robert
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Thank you, Robert, for responding.  I use Camtasia 8 but 1366x768 is not an option for Production nor editing.  I was previously advised to Product at 1024x768 and also was recording at that smaller resolution but now someone else says that recording higher is better even if I produce smaller so I'm just totally confused.  Could it be my laptop?
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Hi there;

To produce to 1366x768 you would click on Produce and Share then choose the Custom Production Settings where you can then define the video size. If you produce via the Custom Production Settings, how is the quality of the end-video? For simplicity's sake I would recommend recording at 1280x720, editing at 1280x720, and then producing to 1280x720 (aka 720p).

-Robert
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Thanks for that clarity, Robert - I will look at Custom Settings.  One point for clarity (I apologize for sounding dumb here) - when you say "record at" I assume you mean on the Camtasia Recorder itself?  Or do you mean the actual computer resolution when I right click on my desktop and choose resolution size?  I know how to change the Edit size and now thanks to you I now about Custom Production so I think that first part if my confusion - screen size of computer vs "recording" size.  Again, many thanks for assisting here, sir!  I am self-taught and not mastering this video clarity thing at all for some reason.
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Hi there!

"Record" would be related to the Camtasia Recorder settings when you start the screen recording process. "Screen Size" is often called "desktop resolution" and should not generally affect your Camtasia Recordings if you are regularly recording the full screen.

-Robert
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THANK YOU for that explanation!  It helps me tremendously.  Have a great day.
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the major item to remember is to keep the scale the same... for example I often record my screen at 1920 x 1080 but produce it at 1280 x 720 ...  it gets the size of the final file down. But quality is superb.  So, you said you are recording at full screen but what is that pixel resolution...? whatever it is. make sure you produce it at the same proportional size .... if you mess with the horizontal and vertical scales you will get a distorted video
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Thank you, Dustin, for your reply.  I know i sound dumb here and this has been my job for many years, but when  you say "proportional size", what exactly do you mean?  My highest resolution on my computer is 1366x768 and that is not an option when I go into Produce.  So what is a lower proportional scale for 1366x768?  Again, many thanks for your response!  I'm self taught and this is one thing I'm not mastering yet.
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To put it in algebraic terms 1366/768= 1280/x . If you resolve this equation you'll see x=720.  which is standard HD resolution.... so, try producing your video at 1280 x 720 and see if you like what happens
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Thank you kindly, Dustin!  I will do so and appreciate your response.  Have a great day!
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Another way to see how this plays is when you use camtasia recorder and ask to record a window... you have the option of, for example, choosing one of the presets (say 1280 x 720) and then checking the lock scale box... then, if you enlarge or shrink that window, you'll see how the screen holds its proportions
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Nice tip!  I am recording today so will try that.  Thanks again.
While I have your attention (sorry to take advantage!) my other issue is the Power Point slide show I record as my introduction "...in this video..." before I start the application training itself although I record "FULL Screen", the PPT is not occupying the entire space so there are wide black margins on either side and then the application expands to full screen width inside the recording (the canvas and finished product).  I looked in PPT settings and it is set to do full screen slide show and on my computer screen it is in fact the whole monitor.  Suggestions on that?  Is that all related to this same original question and recording size or is it a PPT limitation?
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Hi there!

This actually depends on the version of PowerPoint that you are running, but generally under the Slide Show tab there is a place to change the aspect ratio for the slide show (see: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Change-the-size-of-your-slides-040a811c-be43-40b9-8d04-0de5... ) Note that you want to change this setting before you go through and create your slideshow, otherwise PowerPoint will stretch the content in the existing slideshow.

Hope that helps!

-Robert
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I use the following formulas in Excel to determine the Aspect Ratio.

In A2 1024

B2 768

C2 =A2/GCD(A2,B2)&":"&B2/GCD(A2,B2)

C2 displays  4:3

1366x768 returns 683: 384

1024x680 returns 128: 85

Whenever the Aspect Ratio is changed the image will lose sharpness.

Good luck.