Snagit (Windows): Videos are blurry

Problem

The video I created using Snagit looks blurry when playing back.

Solution

This behavior is usually caused by the video not playing back at the same size it was recorded.

Example 1: Video is blurry in the Snagit Editor

If the video that was recorded is a large video (in other words, the selected recording area was large or full screen), then the video may not be able to fit in the Editor without needing to be shrunk down. In this case, the video is just zoomed. Try saving the video (File > Save as), and then view the mp4 in your default media player at its original size.

Example 2: Video is blurry on YouTube/Vimeo

Platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo re-encode all videos to be in their 16:9 widescreen format. So if the original recording was not in this format, it will be scaled. When a video is scaled, this causes it to loose quality.

  1. Instead of recording full screen, record a 1280x720 or 1920x1080 are of your screen. This way, the video will fit inside of YouTube/Vimeo without needing to be resized.
  2. Make sure the player is set to be playing back in HD. This is usually a gear icon in the bottom right corner of the video once it is on YouTube/Vimeo.

Example 3: Video is blurry when playing back through a third party media player

If the player is resizing the playback of the video at all, it may cause it to look blurry. Make sure the video is playing back at 100% of its original size.

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