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What is the “best” video resolution to use on the Web?

  • # September 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    This question is about desktop recording. I have a laptop with a 1366 x 768 screen and I recording my desktop using Camtasia Studio 6. Sometimes I record the entire desktop (1366 x 768), and sometimes I record a section of the desktop (e.g. 1178 x 730).

    Sorry dudes, but this is a three-part question:

    (1) I’m going to post my recordings on a website I own, and I assume it’s not practical to post a 1366 x 768 video, so I figure I’ll have to lower the resolution to something more practical like 640 x 480. I’m making this assumption because I’ve never watched a video on someone’s website that covers my whole screen. All the videos I watch are contained in smaller boxes (e.g. CSS-Tricks, Hulu, YouTube), which, I assume, are displayed at a 640 x 480 resolution or maybe something smaller. Is my assumption correct? Is this how it’s done on the Web?

    (2) Is it a good idea to record a section of the screen instead of the whole screen? Will that affect the outcome of the video quality if I output the video to something like 640 x 480?

    (3) What format should I output to? MP4? SWF? FLV? In case it matters, my videos will drag on anywhere from 5-15 minute.

    Please feel free to make your answers as extensive as you see fit. Thanks dudes!

    # September 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    not sure about 1 and 2 but MP4 for sure for #3

    # September 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    1) Nothing wrong with providing your users two options. I like how Revision3 offers their episodes to download. One HD (720p), One “Large”, and one “Small”. They also provide an iPhone-ready version as well.

    2) Recording a section of the screen is good, but not too small that a user can’t figure out exactly where you are or where you’re looking.

    3) MP4

    # September 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks dudes. A video with a resolution of 640 x 480 takes up exactly that much screen real estate correct?

    # September 25, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Exactly. A “720p” video will take up a 720px width in its native resolution.

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