Video Quality - iPad Recording

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I'm trying to get my videos to be the best quality and wanted to see if anyone had a starting point.  My videos are for my various college music courses that have now all gone online.  I have played around with various settings and don't see a huge difference.

Out of the box Screenflow seems to have the edge, but I know it's something I'm not doing in Camtasia.  I love Camtasia for it's editing abilities so I'd prefer to use it over Screenflow.  I just want the clarity/crispness to be as good as possible.  Music notation needs to be super crisp.

I'm uploading most to YouTube and some in the LMS Canvas for online classes.  I'm sharing a screenshot of the type of images/text that are typical.   I'm recording videos from my iPad that is mirrored on my iMac via X-Mirage.

Any suggestions would be really appreciated.  Perhaps the limitation is the mirroring of the iPad and not any screen capturing software.

Thanks much,
Aaron


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I use MAC and I follow this procedure:
   1.  Copy and paste my pictures/scans into a Word document
   2.  Hit Control then click (a screen with options appears)
   3.  Scroll down to Format Picture
   4.  Click on the picture corrections icon
   5.  Play with the sharpen and contrast tools

I've been able to make many of my music manuscripts much easier to read.   
Prof. Glenn Buck
University of Lynchburg
  
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Thanks Glen,

I'm doing videos though.  I use One Note on my iPad and notate over a PDF of staff paper.

Aaron
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Have you tried the Free TechSmith Capture App? I've recorded from my iPhone using this app and then loaded the file into Camtasia for further editing. Works great!

The Techsmith Capture App can be downloaded from the app store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/techsmith-capture/id1266321056
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No I haven't that sounds like a good option so I'll try it.  I just realized that I can choose my iPad to record in Camtasia.  I'll see if the quality is better than how I'm doing it now which is through WiFi using X-Mirage.
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I very (very) rarely record from my iPad or iPhone, but I do know that recording with the free built-in version of Quicktime that ships with your Mac is probably the best option. After you are done recording, you can import the file to Camtasia for post-editing. I am not familiar with Dina's Techsmith Capture app, but I am willing to bet that it is better than mirroring and on par with QuickTime (and probably has a better UI).

Mirroring tends to degrade the quality of your video, prioritizing getting the image to your monitor over the quality of the display. Even mirroring my Mac to the latest Apple TV is a bit grainy, so any third-party solution will probably not be much better.

If you do need to keep mirroring, I recommend you identify the resolution you are sending from the iPad to the Mac monitor via the X-Mirage settings. For example, if X-Mirage is sending the video from your iPad to your Mac in 1920x1080, but your Mac's monitor is displaying, say, 360x1890, the video will be scaled and thus a lower quality. My bet (and this is totally untested) is if you do a 1:1 match between the resolution X-Mirage is sending and your monitor's size, you will get a better quality video.

Unfortunately, changing your Mac's resolution to something specific like that may not be possible out of the box (in Windows, you can manually set pretty much anything). My favorite product to use is called QuickRes. It is super simple, is not invasive, and costs $14.99 with free upgrades. https://thnkdev.com/QuickRes/

Another image quality issue might be due to Apple's Retina technology (the rest of the world calls this HiDpi). The idea here is that Apple doubles the density of pixels on the screen so you get a higher quality image (fonts look smoother, graphics look crisper, etc.).

Let's say X-Mirage is sending 1920x1080 to your [now] 1920x1080 monitor and you are recording that with Camtasia. I bet the quality will already be better already. However, Retina may require you to set your Mac's monitor to double the height and width, which is 3840x2160. Even though it seems like you are up-scaling the image (usually bad), it might actually be the correct setting so you get the full Retina recording. Of course, this is all conjecture, but I am just throwing out ideas for you to try.

If you decide to use QuickRes and you only see "standard" monitor sizes, go to the QuickRes preferences and enable the "HiDpi" mode, which will add the "HiDpi" double-width and double-height Retina resolutions to the menu.

Finally, if you have not already, reach out to X-Mirage and see if they can help you optimize the settings.

Hope this helps.
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Bill, this is extremely helpful information and very detailed.  I really appreciate the thoughtful reply.  I will try QuickRes as a starting point then move on to your other suggestions.

I kind of figured that mirroring would degrade the quality.  I don't know why I didn't even think to look at the settings in X-Miarge.  I'll do that as well.

Thanks to everyone for the great suggestions.

Aaron
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No problem. Hope it works out!