Camtasia (Mac): Recording Powerpoint for YouTube

Problem

What are the best practices for recording and editing a Powerpoint presentation to be shared to YouTube?

Solution

When creating videos for YouTube, resolution and the video dimensions (in pixels) will play a crucial role in the overall quality and appearance of the video on YouTube.  YouTube uses a video player that is widescreen format with a 16:9 aspect ratio. In order to have you video look its best on YouTube, the video will also need to be widescreen, 16:9.  A popular use of Camtasia for Mac is to record Powerpoint presentations to be hosted on YouTube.  By default, most Powerpoint presentations are displayed in the standard 4:3 format. When recording, there black bars on the sides of the video as seen below:

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Ideally, we want to playback the Powerpoint in a 16:9 format, record into 16:9 format, and edit at a 16:9 format.  Furthermore, YouTube allows for HD quality content (720p or 1080P). To accomplish this, we need to make some settings are correct within PowerPoint:  

Powerpoint

To adjust the aspect ratio for which the presentation will be displayed at click one of the following within PowerPoint.

Themes tab > Slide Size > Widescreen (16:9) OR Design > Slide Size > Widescreen (16:9). 

Once you have set your slides to be Widescreen 16:9, then see this article on how to record your PowerPoint.                                         

YouTube

Once the video is uploaded to YouTube, you should notice that there are no black bars on the sides of the video, and that the quality is pretty good. However, you may expect it to be better. This is most likely because YouTube is playing back the video at lower quality (unfortunately we have not way of changing this setting).  So, when you are viewing the video on YouTube, click on the gear icon in the transport bar and make sure the 720P or 1080P is selected for playback.  Once this is selected, you will see your recorded presentation playing back in HD quality. 

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