Auto-resizing of videos so they fit the width in a Lesson

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    Greg DeVore

    Michael -

    How are you embedding your videos? What service are you using to host them? Most of the ones I have used allow you to set an embed size when you grab the code.

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    Michael 'MC' Carter

    Hi Greg. We use SnagIt (used to use Jing Pro, but that is now part of SnagIt) which uploads the screencasts to Techsmith's "Screencast.com" service. After the upload completes, the embed code is made available (via clipboard). There is no option to specify the video size for the embed. The Screencast.com service always leaves the video file in its original size, but they display it in a smaller size (to fit the page) that can then be expanded to the full/original size. SnagIt (formerly Jing Pro) is such an awesome tool for recording screencasts (I've recorded almost 500 of them over the years), and it's auto-uploading to the linked hosting service (Screencast.com) is incredibly efficient. What do you recommend for screencast recording? (I have used (and still do use, but not for quick screencasts) Camtasia and ScreenFlow, but they are *much* slower to use than Jing/SnagIt, because they record in their own format, and then you have to do an export process which takes a while. SnagIt records directly into MP4 and then makes the upload process one-click-simple. Your thoughts on the optimum solution for recording screencasts and embedded them in Lessons?

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    Greg DeVore

    For recording we use Screenflow. The export takes a little longer but isn't a big deal for us but you may be working with longer or more video than we do.

    For hosting we use Wistia (http://wisitia.com). Their embed feature is awesome. You choose whatever size you want, and it just gives you back what you need. Plus they have some awesome viewing analytics (video heat maps, etc.).

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