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Screen Dimensions or 1080p HD?

This is probably a basic question. I'm starting a new project and it was suggested to use 1080p of 720p for the videos. But the screenresolution of my Macbook is 2880 × 1800. When I set the document settings in Screenflow to 1080p and record a screenrecording, the document settings are adjusted to 2880 x 1800. Is this normal?

I could then export to 1080p, but then I get these bars at the sides.

Would it be better to work in the resolution of my Macbook screen (2880 x 1800)? Then everything looks good.

Thanks.

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 1 mth ago
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    If you open ScreenFlow with a new 1080p document and then record the screen it scales to 1920x1080.

    Open ScreenFlow
    Set New Document to 1080
    Confirm the document is 1080.
    File > Additional Recording and record screen
    Stop Record and add to document and timeline
    Check that document is 1080 and see the entire screen is scaled inside the Canvas.
    See attached recorded example of the steps.

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    • CraigS
    • 1 mth ago
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    Mark de Jong said:
    I could then export to 1080p, but then I get these bars at the sides.

     You will always get those because HD video is 16:9 aspect ratio and MB screen is 16:10 aspect ratio. You will have to either crop, scale, or accept the letterbox (black bars). Otherwise, you can use an external monitor that's 16:9 or there are third-party monitor resize apps (not officially supported by ScreenFlow but reports are that they work) and resize the monitor. But 16:10 to 16:9 will always be an "odd" fit. 

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    • CraigS Thanks Craig. The 1080p resolution was a general recommendation by the platform which will host my videos. 
       

      The people who will watch my videos will nearly all be on a Mac. So wouldn’t it be better to stick with my MacBook screenresolution of 16:10? 
      Less hassle as well 🙂

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    Mark de Jong said:
    The 1080p resolution was a general recommendation by the platform which will host my videos. 

     That's standard and a very reasonable recommendation.

    Mark de Jong said:
    The people who will watch my videos will nearly all be on a Mac. So wouldn’t it be better to stick with my MacBook screenresolution of 16:10?  Less hassle as well

    If the host supports that aspect ratio. Some may not. Most certainly ask them.
    This would give Mac users a better opportunity to play the video full screen and see your screen capture without black bars or having to crop out part of the screen capture. Of course, this also depends on how the host's player scales things. It's certainly worth a test if they support it. Keep in mind that this would mean larger, higher bandwidth files. 

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    • CraigS Thanks, I'll test it out. The videos aren't long, so the files won't be too big I think.

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      • 1 mth ago
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      Mark de Jong It seems more and more are importing different aspect ratios as even with video some are now using 2.40:1 or Square or 9:16 as well. So it's definitely worth testing. 

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