Video export output is in horrid quality compared to original file(s) used to make the video.

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I originally asked a question about poor screen capture export output quality I received from Camtasia Studio, but I did not receive much help. I am now asking for help again, and I also have a few more details. Not only are my screen capture videos in poor quality, but anything else exported is, too! I was very annoyed by my screen capture export output quality, so I decided to do an experiment. I took a high quality photo from the internet and imported it into my clip bin in Camtasia Studio, dragged it onto my timeline, chose HD as my dimensions, and then I used the fullscreen preview button in Camtasia Studio to see how it looked. It was very good and clear, and looked exactly like the original image. I then proceeded to Export it as MP4 HD (I've also tried other formats and settings, but let's not get too complicated). When the export finished, I looked at my output. It was completely horrid, and nothing like the original photo or what I saw in the preview window of Camtasia Studio! I have a screenshot of the comparison. Am I doing something wrong? Are there problems on my computer that I need to address?                                                                                                           

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Andy, we need detailed specifics in order to help; perhaps try this test ...

make a full screen capture with Recorder [tell us what are your screen dimensions?]; put that capture on timeline; set editing dimensions the same as capture dimensions; do not do any edits; do a custom production to flash/MP4 with player, accept the suggested defaults for video size [should be same as capture size], and accept suggested embed size, set quality to 70%; produce and preview in a browser by playing the html [not the video file itself]

what is that outcome?

with same project, execute a production to Screencast.com; after upload and preview, how does it look; please share the link to that Screencast video here
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I clicked "Full Screen" in Camtasia Recorder and my dimensions are: 1440 by 900.
I captured some video.
I set the editing dimensions to 1440 by 900 in Camtasia Studio.
Custom production.
Chose MP4 - Flash / HTML5 Player
Same size as the original video. 
Quality at 70%
Created the files. 

I opened the HTML file in my internet browser. Although there is a tiny decrease in quality, the video actually looks fine!

I couldn't create a ScreenCast account, sorry.

I suppose that video dimension variations have to do with the quality decrease in outputs, but I sometimes just increase/decrease the video size a tiny bit, and the final production comes out horrid. Does this apply to everyone? 
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I don't even have to increase the video's size at all. For example: I take a 720p video and open it in Camtasia. I increase the prodcution size to 1080p, disabling "Keep Aspect Ratio", but don't resize the 720p video, so there's a black border around the outside. I produce the video in the settings I used to create the video I made before (which looked fine), and the quality of the final video is very bad. Why isn't Techsmith fixing this?  

Can you reproduce it in any way?
1. Get a 720 p video that is in high quality.
2. Open it into Camtasia.
3. Uncheck "Keep aspect ratio" in the Editing Dimensions window and change the dimensions to anything you want, as long as it's bigger than the 720 p video.
4. Produce in whatever settings work for you. 

The output's really bad. Does unchecking "Keep aspect ratio" have to do with it? I've never had problems with it before. I really want to produce videos in 1080 p, so I need to do this.
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Andy, I don't bother with 720p vs. 1080p, I just capture, edit, produce at same dimensions, always do custom productions; the biggest issue is setting quality to a value higher than the default 50%; I've found that 70% does a great job, same project at 100% will show very little improvement but file size grows substantially
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Thank you for your help. I just wish that Camtasia had the ability to resize video clips while retaining at least some of their quality. Thanks, anyway.

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