What is the optimal music/sound file format for Camtasia?

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Of all file formats that are listed here as being OK to import into a Camtasia project, which of these is the most optimal when it comes to music/sound when it comes to sound quality and performance? Is a lossless compressed audio format better than a lossy compressed format? And which is the optimal sampling frequency and depth for music that will be incorporated  into Camtasia projects? So, AAC, or MP3,  or what? Thanks! 
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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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For animated titles, anything that will import to the Camtasia Studio timeline would work, but there are some formats that work better than others.

I'd recommend a high quality MP4 at the same aspect ratio, and ideally the same dimensions as your final video.  For example, if you're planning to produce a video at 1280x720 (a.k.a. 720p), using sources at exactly those dimensions will be most efficient (no scaling necessary) and have the best visual quality (no quality loss from scaling).  Also, as of 8.6.0, the timeline runs at a fixed 30fps, so you'll get the smoothest animation in your resulting video if you use a 30fps source.  For more detailed specs, this YouTube support article has pretty good advice.   So, I'm recommending MP4, at 30fps, and at the same dimensions of your final video.

I'd recommend against MOV, because this format requires the use of QuickTime which is less efficient than how we handle MP4 files on the timeline.  If you have to use MOV, it will likely decode slower, which leads to a choppier preview and longer wait times for rendering, but it should look OK.

Hope this helps.
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Joe Morgan

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You beat me to it.Great answer! It was more detailed than my response was going to be.

I couldn't let my screen capture and graphic go to waste so i posted it when it was complete.

Regards, Joe