The Best Way to Capture a Screencast for Best Resolution?
In a few words: Capture at full screen, then scale it down to your output dimensions during the post-production (editing) process. Or, better yet, capture at full screen, and scale it down during the rendering (publishing) process (i.e., after the editing is done). There are usually settings in the publishing menus of most screen-capture programs that allow you to define the output dimensions.
Anyway, this question comes up when you're publishing one of your first screencast videos and start thinking (as you should) about where you're going to display the video when you finally produce it. If you'll be posting it on a blog or other website, then you'll find typical dimensions to be about 640 pixels, or so, wide in the main content area.
Two Scenarios for Screen Capture Dimensions
This question usually revolves around two scenarios:
Scenario 1. Capture a section of your screen that's equal to the output dimensions you ultimately want, say, 640 pixels wide x 480 pixels tall (a fairly standard set of output dimensions), while also manipulating your subject material to fit within the capture box.
Scenario 2. Capture at full screen dimensions, then adjust the dimensions later--either during the editing process or during the publishing process--to match your desired output dimensions.
The video above will show you the workflow for each path, while also showing you a side-by-side comparison of the output quality for each scenario. Then, you can decide for yourself.
What's Your Method for Capturing Screencasts?
There are indeed many techniques for capturing screen video. Do you have a preferred technique that has worked well for you?
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