Thanks everyone for your input. This just a follow-up to help me narrow things down:
I think I need to clarify. I prefer not to “kick the can down the road” on these kinds of tradeoff decisions.
My personal approach is to analyze carefully, weigh the tradeoffs and make an informed decision.
This allows me to proceduralize and document the workflow. It might just be a checklist of settings and setup in Apple Notes, and later converted to shortcuts or KM macros, but I like to start with a procedure ready to go.
After some passage of time and repetition, I will revisit and see if assumptions (with gained experience) should be revisited and updated.
For me, this allows me not to be stuck in forever minor incremental changes and to move on to focus on other activities.
In this case, I don’t need tools for the mechanics of screen capture. I have existing options to capture video, and I am comfortable with my video editing toolset. So adding Screenflow or some other new one-off app is not my intent.
I don’t need to spend the money and don’t need yet another specialty tool I would use infrequently.
Not trying to lecture, just I know myself and using a few tools frequently, even with the initial learning curve, is better than having best-of-breed one-off tools for everything that I don’t frequently use as I never climb the learning curve, so it is a false optimization.
Having said that, my primary question is on resolution and capture settings versus screen size to maximize the viewing experience for the broadest audience.
I like the idea of potentially capturing on a Macbook Pro and perhaps setting the resolution lower than the default so I can capture the full app screen without constantly “moving around” to the point of interest yet have it displayed comfortably for most viewers.
What resolutions should I consider? When a Mac is set to a lower resolution, the screen is no longer crisp (I assume there is software interpolation of fonts/images, etc.) is that a problem?
Should I go with a higher resolution that is more “native,” or will a lower resolution look better in the final result? I guess that is the crux of my question.