Any suggestions for a project with varying size media?

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Hi. I want to use Camtasia to piece together some photos of varying sizes, iPhone videos, and other computer videos for a rehearsal dinner. Do you have any suggestions on how I should set this up so it may be viewable on a projector screen? Also, is there a way to have a background behind videos so it's not just black around the edges? I'm used to only doing full-screen videos for software tutorials. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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you can set the background color in Editing Dimensions controls

since you are going to show on a projector screen, set editing dimensions the same as your largest photos

when you add smaller photos to timeline, you can leave then at original size [will see a border around them], or zoom them larger w/visual properties

be careful with zooming because it can easily blur the view quality of the smaller photos

produce at editing dimensions size for best quality
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Thanks so much for your suggestions. I'll have to study up on editing dimensions. I hardly ever vary those settings because they're fine with my work videos. Thanks!
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Cheryl, here's another tip for you.

Don't let your project exceed 2048 X 2048 pixels.
That's the maximum resolution the Camtasia editor can produce a video at. You can set the project size higher than 2048 X 2048.
 However, The produced video will be "resampled and rendered" at a size that matches and/or is smaller then 2048 X 2048. Plus, the quality will suffer as a result.  

You could scale the images smaller to fit in a smaller sized video to get around that problem.

If you have a program like Photoshop. You can resize your images  to a lower resolution with greater clarity than Camtasia is capable of. Use the feature>>> "Bicubic Sharper" ( Best For Reduction )  for the best results.

If you're like me, 99% of your Images exceed 2048 X 2048 pixels.

Regards, Joe

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The above comment was worded wrong. Oops!

You cannot set the Project larger than 2048 X 2048. However,

If you bring in images that exceed the resolution of your project settings. You would need to resize the image to fit.  So Photoshop is a better option for re-sizing than using the editor when possible. 
Sorry about that. {: >).
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And if PhotoShop isn't available, I always do all my own image resizing using the venerable SnagIt!
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One heads up I would offer is to check the aspect ratio of the projector. Most are likely 4x3 (like an older TV would look) while newer ones are 16x9 (like the new High Definition TVs look). Design for the aspect ratio you will have available.
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Again, thank you for all the suggestions. I'll hopefully pull it all together this weekend. Thanks so much!

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