One of the common requests/complaints that we get all the time is that when converting a Prezi to video using screen capture software like Camtasia or ScreenFlow that the Prezi transitions become choppy and the video quality becomes poor. There are mainly two reasons that this happens, which I will discuss in this blog post.
Reason #1: The CPU on your computer is maxing out
CPU is the abbreviation for Central Processing Unit and is basically the brains of your computer where all the calculations are done. Displaying a Prezi and running screen capture software at the same time is a very resource intensive process that consumes a lot of your computers CPU. Where you run into issues and get the choppiness in the Prezi is when your CPU maxes out and hits 100%. From a diagnosis perspective, you will actually be able to visually see your Prezi be choppy when transitioning from slide to slide.
There is really no easy way to solve this problem other than upgrading your hardware so that it has more processing power. Because of this issue, when we decided to offer our Prezi to Video conversion service we went out and spent a lot of money buying the very best hardware so that we could deliver exceptional quality for our customers.
Reason #2: Screen capture software drops frames
If visually your Prezi seems to be transitioning fine and your CPU is not maxing out, most likely the issue is that your screen capture software is dropping frames. I’m not going to cover this topic in detail in this post because I covered Lossless vs Lossy extensively in a previous blog post, so please go read that blog post to learn more about why frames are getting dropped and how to solve the problem. The good news is that this issue can be solved by tweaking the settings in your screen capture software and by downloading and installing new codecs.
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