How to Create Camtasia Videos for YouTube Wide Screen

I’ve been a little absent from the blogging and social scene the past few days and for good reason! I’ve been tinkering with recording some new videos on Keyword Research for PPC.

Unfortunately, this tends to take me a LOT of time because I’m not that fluent with video. But I’ve finally figured out how to record videos in Camtasia and get them the right size and quality to fit in the YouTube wide screen format. And I’ve managed to do this in such a way that doesn’t leave me with a massive file that will take all year to upload on my 3rd world aDSL.

Here goes:

1. Set your screen resolution (or recording area) to 1280 x 720 pixels.

2. Record your video normally at this resolution.

3. First time around you’re going to need to add the video to the timeline with any settings, and then choose “Produce Video as”

4. In the production wizard window, choose from the menu Add/Edit Preset

5. Click New…

6. Give the preset a name like YouTube HD

7. Choose WMV as the file format

8. On the next screen choose from the Profiles menu “Camtasia Best Quality and File Size (Recommended)

9. Click Next

10. Choose “Custom Size”

11. Type 640 for the Width and 360 for the Height

12. Click Next

13. Untick Embed Video into HTML

14. Click Finish

15. Click Close

16. Click Cancel

17. Start a New Project

18. Import your recording again

19. Now when you add the recording to the timeline and Camtasia asks for the Project Settings, choose your new profile from the drop-down menu “YouTube HD” or whatever

20. When you produce your video, you can simply choose the same profile for output as well

 

Typically videos produced like this come out of reasonable and readable quality. Video size for 10 mins of recording should be between 10 and 20 MB which is pretty cool considering all the guides i saw showed you how to make 1 GB files. That’s totally unnecessary!

That’s it girls and boys. Seriously, if you already know all this don’t laugh. It took me ages to figure it out and I’m sure not EVERYONE knows. So at least now that I shared this, those people technically challenged like me can save themselves hours of frustration.

Author: Jim Yaghi

Jim Yaghi is an advertising consultant and traffic expert, with a background in Artificial Intelligence.

6 thoughts on “How to Create Camtasia Videos for YouTube Wide Screen”

  1. Jim, my respect for you keeps on growing. I hate video with a vengeance, mainly because my connection is so slow to upload anything. so thanks for this. Though I confess my fear might be too deeply embedded to try it, I'm sure there are plenty who will.

    Susan

  2. Jim, my respect for you keeps on growing. I hate video with a vengeance, mainly because my connection is so slow to upload anything. so thanks for this. Though I confess my fear might be too deeply embedded to try it, I'm sure there are plenty who will.

    Susan

  3. thanks Susan! Yep, video isn't exactly something i feel comfortable with and i do my best to avoid it because it takes me so long to figure anything out. though i've gotten pretty good at Adobe Premiere now ha! do something enough times, and you will eventually get over its difficulty.

    jim

  4. thanks Susan! Yep, video isn't exactly something i feel comfortable with and i do my best to avoid it because it takes me so long to figure anything out. though i've gotten pretty good at Adobe Premiere now ha! do something enough times, and you will eventually get over its difficulty.

    jim

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