Encode Settings

On the Encode Settings tab, you select what kinds of encodings you want going to each of the previously selected publish destinations.

  1. Click to expand a publish destination, if needed.
  2. Select the types of encodings you want to publish to that destination.

    For information on the available encoding types, see Available Encoding Formats.

    If an encoding type has an XML file available to include, an XML symbol shows up after you enable the encoding type.

  3. Click XML to include an XML file with the processed presentation. For some publish destinations, XML is required and is enabled automatically.

    For more information about this XML file, see Publish XML File with an Encoding.

  4. Repeat for each publish destination.
  5. Click Save.

Available Encoding Settings

The table below contains descriptions of the encoding formats available in TechSmith Relay. The MP4 with Smart Player encoding is recommended for use in most situations. This setting utilizes the TechSmith Smart Player to create an output with a video player that includes an HTML5 playbback. The Smart Player plays great on desktop browsers, on iPhones and iPads, and on many other mobile devices that support MP4 video. It supports Table of Contents, Speech to Text, and Closed Captioning.

Tip: If transcription is enabled on the Profile Settings tab, you must include a Flash or Silverlight encoding format or include an XML file with the encoding to utilize the transcribed audio.

PresetFormatIncludes Camera PIP?Description
Image (PNG, JPG, GIF) PNG, JPG, GIF No This encode setting produces a single image file with the same format as the original upload. Use this if you want to upload images.

MP4 with Smart Player

  • 480p
  • 720p
  • 1080p
  • (Small) 640x480
  • (Medium) 800x600
  • (Large) 1024x768
  • (Up to 1080p)
MP4 Yes

This encode setting creates an MP4 video file that is displayed in an HTML5 controller called the TechSmith Smart Player. Additional files are created to provide an Flash fallback player in cases where the HTML5 is not available.

The Smart Player plays great on desktop browsers, on iPhones and iPads, and on many other mobile devices that support MP4 video. The Smart Player supports a table of contents based on the titles of slides in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, as well as slide text, full audio search, and captions (if enabled).

MP4 (480p) MP4 Yes This encode setting creates an MP4 video file with no additional files. The final resolution of the video is fixed at 480p.
MP4 (720p) MP4 Yes This encode setting creates an MP4 video file with no additional files. The final resolution of the video is fixed at 720p.
MP4 (Up to 1080p) MP4 Yes This encode setting creates an MP4 video file with no additional files. The file is the same dimensions as the original recording up to 1080p.
MP3 MP3 No This is an audio-only encode setting. The server can process this encoding extremely fast, and the resulting file size is small. This is a good encode setting for those who may want an audio-only version of their presentation.
Camtasia for Mac Recording ZIP > CMPROJ No

This encode setting generates a lossless video file for editing within Camtasia for Mac. This encoding should only be given to presenters with access to Camtasia for Mac.

The resulting file is a ZIP file that, when opened on a Mac, automatically unzips into a directory. The user can double-click that directory to launch the CMPROJ in Camtasia for Mac.

Camtasia Studio 7.1.1 and Earlier Recording

CAMREC Yes

This encode setting generates a .camrec file for use with Camtasia Studio versions 5.1 to 7.1. The CAMREC contains PowerPoint and Keynote slide and title clip markers. This encoding should only be given to presenters with access to Camtasia Studio.

When publishing a .camrec file to a location with a valid web URL, the resulting notification includes a “View” link. Because web servers do not have a MIME type set up for .camrec files, the link leads to a 404 error page.

Camtasia Studio 8.0 and Later Recording

(Original size)

CAMREC Yes

This encode setting generates a .camrec file for use with Camtasia Studio version 8.0 and later. The .camrec file contains PowerPoint and Keynote slide and title clip markers. This encoding should only be given to presenters with access to Camtasia Studio.

When publishing a TREC file to a location with a valid web URL, the resulting notification includes a “View” link. Because web servers do not have a MIME type set up for TREC files, the link leads to a 404 error page.

Windows Media

  • (Small) 640x480
  • (Medium) 800x600
  • (Large) 1024x768
  • (Original Size)
WMV Yes This encode setting creates video files that play in Windows Media Player. The video files tend to be larger than the Flash and Silverlight encodings, but may be preferred by Windows users with high speed internet access.
YouTube MP4 Yes

This encoding is only available for the YouTube publish destination. This is used for publishing directly to YouTube using the YouTube publishing plug-in. The video is subject to YouTube's restrictions.

Unsupported Preset (as of version 5.0)FormatIncludes Camera PIP?Description
AVI (Original Size AVI Yes

This encode setting produced a single AVI file with the same resolution as the original recording. This file was used if you wanted to perform your own video processing and encoding. note that AVI files usually have a larger file size than presentations encoded in other formats.

The recommended encode setting is MP4 (up to 1080p). Like the AVI (Original Size), this setting produces a single file and maintains the resolution of the original recording (up to 1080p).

Original Recording (Backup)

AVI (Windows)

MOV (Macintosh)

Recording and camera video are two separate files

This encode setting did not modify the original recorded file in any way. The file size was enormous and usually not considered viewer-friendly.

For those switching from the Original Recording (Backup), the MP4 (Up to 1080p) is recommended. Not only does the MP4 play nicely on both Windows and Macintosh platforms, this setting will maintain the resolution of the original recording, which could be helpful for backup purposes or troubleshooting.

Silverlight

  • (Small) 640x480
  • (Medium) 800x600
  • (Large) 1024x768
  • (Original Size)
XAP Yes

This encode setting created video files that played in Microsoft Silverlight. The controller supported a table of contents based on the titles of slides in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, as well as searching slide text, full audio search, and captions, if enabled.

The MP4 with Smart Player is recommended for those used to the Microsoft Silverlight controller. This setting will produce the video file with the TechSmith Smart Player, which supports a table of contents based on the titles of slides in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, as well as slide text, full audio search, and captions (if enabled).

Windows Portable Media Player WMV No This encoding was designed to provide a solution for Windows Mobile Devices (Pocket PCs) and some Windows-based Smartphones.
iPad MP4 Yes This encode setting created video files with varied final resolutions to provide a good viewing experience for a given video on an iPad.
iPod and iPhone MP4 Yes This encode setting worked on all iPods and iPhones that support video. The final resolution of the video was fixed at 640 x 480. Th video looked good on all iPods and iPhones, but not if played in QuickTime on a desktop computer.

Publish XML File with an Encoding

TechSmith Relay provides administrators with the option to generate XML files for published presentations. For some publish destinations, XML is required and is enabled automatically.

The XML data contains information about the presentation such as the title, length, format, resolution, and more. When you enable the transcription process in Profile Settings, the XML also contains the transcription of the presentation audio.

Customers may use the XML file with existing media-hosting solutions, content delivery methods such as RSS feeders, etc. TechSmith provides the XML data as a service, but does not support how the institution uses the XML file.

XML data is available for all encode types and all supported publish destinations with the following exceptions:

  • XML is not included with presentations published to iTunes U.
  • XML data is parsed into fields (as opposed to a single XML file) for presentations published to Screencast.com. The metadata can be found under Details when viewing a presentation on Screencast.com.

Information Included in the XML File

  • Presentation information: title, description, date, duration, and resolution
  • Profile used to create presentation
  • Presenter name
  • Client (computer used to make the recording) IP address, and computer name
  • Server name where recording was processed
  • Encoding preset used
  • Length of time the presentation was in the queue for processing
  • Length of time it took to encode the presentation
  • Destination URL of published presentation

See also

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