Screen video loses quality when scaled
Scaling is stretching or shrinking a screen recording to display it at a size different than the original recording size. This causes screen video to quickly lose quality, and appear blurry or distorted.
One way to get crisp, clear screen video is to display your screen video at its original size, which avoids any scaling
Three key things to know
Before we dive in too far, let’s cover three key things you’ll need to know to get crisp, clear video.
This is the size of your recording. If you record full screen, it’s usually the same as the resolution of your monitor.
This is the size of your canvas in Camtasia, or the area in which you build your video
These are the options you choose when producing your video, including the size of your video.
A shortcut to crisp, clear video
The easiest way to get crisp, clear screen video is to match your recording dimensions, project dimensions and productions settings.
This guarantees your screen recording is shown at its original size, or 100% scale. This is the highest quality you can get from screen recordings.
Sometimes you can’t avoid scaling
Sometimes it’s not possible to match your recording and project dimensions. For example, if you record a screen that is bigger or smaller than the size of the video you want to create, or if your monitor doesn’t fit a standard 16:9 aspect ratio.
In these situations, scaling the recording is unavoidable. The upshot is that you can use scaling to your advantage, and I’ll walk you through how we do just that.
Use scaling to your advantage
For our tutorial videos, we record on a monitor that is twice the size of our project dimensions. We know that when we fit the screen recording to the project, it will be displayed at half its original size and will have some quality loss. This is fine for us, because we spend most of our time zoomed in and focused on specific parts of the user interface, which is where we want to see the highest quality.
To get the highest quality and most detail, we zoom to the original size of the recording, or 100% scale. When we need to show something on an adjacent part of the screen, we pan over, remaining at 100% scale.
To learn about zooming in Camtasia, check out our Animations In-Depth tutorial.
Follow the one-hundred percent rule
When in doubt, keep your screen recording at 100% scale. This will display it at the highest quality possible.
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