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Full screen resolution video capture on a mac retina display

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Feb 14, 2024 Feb 14, 2024

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Hi there, I'm trying to create a full screen video demo on a macBook with retina display. The screen has a resolution 3072 x 1920, but the video size I get from Captivate when selecting 'full screen capture'  is 1792 x 1120. Does anyone know of a way to record at full resolution?
With thanks,  Julian

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Community Expert , Feb 14, 2024 Feb 14, 2024

Hi Julian, welcome to the forum.

I am sorry but I am a Win user and not comfortable with Mac terminology. Capture is done 1 on 1 pixel. In Windows that is done by configuring the display resolution to 100%. Something similar should be checked out on your Macbook. If you don't use a huge external monitor I doubt that will be the case.

 

I learned from you this Mac term ''device pixel ratio''. You need to check that.

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Hi Julian, welcome to the forum.

I am sorry but I am a Win user and not comfortable with Mac terminology. Capture is done 1 on 1 pixel. In Windows that is done by configuring the display resolution to 100%. Something similar should be checked out on your Macbook. If you don't use a huge external monitor I doubt that will be the case.

 

I learned from you this Mac term ''device pixel ratio''. You need to check that.

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Thank you Lilybiri, much appreciated!

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Feb 14, 2024 Feb 14, 2024

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Do you use an external monitor? Could you find what to change for the display?

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Feb 15, 2024 Feb 15, 2024

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Thanks for the ongoing input Lilybiri!
I think it comes down to the device pixel ratio of the retina display (2:1 in my case) on the MacBook.
When I capture on a larger (2560 x 1440 / 1:1) external Thunderbolt display, I get the expected 2560 x 1440 output from Captivate.

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Feb 15, 2024 Feb 15, 2024

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I will try to remember the Mac term 'device pixel ratio'. Is it possible to mark my answer as being correct for future Mac users looking for a similar answer? 

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Feb 15, 2024 Feb 15, 2024

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Despite being labelled as 1792 x 1120, the Captivate output from the Retina display is way clearer than the 2560 x 1440 video from the external monitor. This feels a bit counter-intuitive!

I reckon it’s got something to do with the way information is squished into the screen in the Retina display (the device pixel ratio). I doubt this is something you can alter in settings.
I think your answer is correct (ie hook up to a different monitor), or (if you're using a 2019 16" macbook like mine), your max screen size will be 1792 x 1120, but the output will still be fab!

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Feb 15, 2024 Feb 15, 2024

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OK, it is up to you although I could mark my answer as being correct (being moderator). I just ask this for other Mac users: the correct answer will appear at the top, and the thread will be marked.  Success with your endeavors. Normally you should indeed capture on the primary monitor. I am not sure that have done that: external monitor being primary?

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I'll capture on the macbook because the resulting video, although smaller, is of a far higher quality – and will switch it to my primary monitor whilst I do this.
You'll have to forgive me being a newbie, I'm not sure about assigning correct answers! I'm certainly not sure mine is, but your advice to switch to a different screen deffo fixes the problem.

Thanks Liybiri, really appreciate your input.
Julian

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I think my first answer gives the indicator where I talk about 1px/px. I will add your Mac term in that answer.

Under that answer you'll see 5-6 buttons, starting with Upvote. 5th button is Correct Answer.

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