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Understanding Video File Types: Codecs, Containers, and Outputs

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While there are a plethora of video file types, which consist of codecs and containers, choosing the right one doesn’t have to be complicated — but it certainly can be. You may have heard the phrase video codec when referring to video files. Containers (file extensions).

The new Camtasia Studio 8, the Flipped Classroom and Mobile Learning [Review]

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If you are new to this movement in Education, here’s how Ted-Ed describes the Flipped classroom: This refers to a method of instruction where classroom-based teaching time and traditional “homework” time are reversed (flipped). This is precisely where I see TechSmith bringing a lot to the table, especially with the new release of Camtasia Studio 8. You can read more on Camtasia Studio 8 from TechSmith’s site HERE.

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Recording PowerPoint Presentations like a Pro: Geetesh’s 13 Tips for Creating Great PowerPoint Slides

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Microsoft PowerPoint and TechSmith Camtasia have long been friends. Arial at a larger point size tends to work well, but do an experiment and find out what works best for you. Do you intend to play your finished video on a regular TV via DVD player or even on a connected USB drive? Because videos will certainly be compressed to deliver in an optimized file size. If you did create a script, print the script with a fairly larger sized font size.

YouTube Thumbnail Sizes and Best Practices (New for 2019)

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Thumbnails are reduced-size versions of images or videos that originally got their name from being about the size of a human thumbnail. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the exact size your YouTube thumbnail should be and I’ll also cover some thumbnail best practices. First, let’s start with the exact size you should make your YouTube thumbnails! Along with the correct size, you’ll also want to keep in mind the ratio, file size, and file type of your thumbnail.

Snagit for Google Chrome Keeps on GIF’ing

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With the release of the newest version of Snagit for Chrome, TechSmith included a wonderful GIFt. We were GIFen no clues and it’s still a little bit of a secret but the wonderful Kelly Rush , Product Owner of TechSmith Snagit for Google Chrome , has asked me to GIF some ideas on the feature. One TechSmith Snagit App. One TechSmith Snagit (Extension). A simple search for “TechSmith Snagit” will reveal both parts.

Video File Formats, Codecs, and Containers Explained

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It is necessary to understand the different video file formats to ensure that the video is produced in the best format and quality for its intended purpose, hosting location, and audience. Let’s first begin by talking about codecs, which deal with compressing your file. In order to compress a video, your file must also have a corresponding codec. It is also important to note the bit rate , which refers to the amount of data stored for each second of media that is played.