Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9, 21:9

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I love the games ... I love recording and making videos ... I record by bandicam and I edit them by camtasia ... there are several editing programs I can work on ... but I prefer camtasia because it is easy to use ... for a long time and I wait when The choice of 60 fps is added and it is good that it was added in version 2018 But I found a little problem ... since the dimensions of the video can not be manually changed from 4: 3 to 16: 9 ... When I want to make a video from clips of different dimensions I get the black bars I hope you add the possibility of change manually as it is available in previous versions
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Hello Ali,

  • Try adding your videos to your project and timeline. 
  • Then go to project settings and select your canvas dimensions to the desired size. You can also change the canvas background here as well. 
  • Then go back to your timeline and scrub until you see a video, right click on it in the work area and select Scale to Fit.
  • Repeat for each video.
  • Then manually adjust the size as needed.
Another alternative would be to add an Annotation to fit the screen or make a frame behind your video if the quality doesn't support resizing. Then add some text or other images around it to display nicer.  Here is a quick example:

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ali khebli

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Thanks for the reply and the explanation ... but I think my question was not clear ... Watch the video .... that's what I mean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI2fu5HVPNU
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Ali for videos that are a 4:3 you may have to drag off of the screen or zoom to play that portion of the of the project. Again you can also framing out and other content to the screen for that portion as well.

The best thing you can do is be mindful of you recording size from this point forward.

I hope that helps.
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ali khebli

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In previous versions, it was available ... anyway ... 
from now I try to record all the videos in the same dimensions
Thank you for your interest and your explanation.
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Thanks for the video,

If you Hold the "Shift" key, You can stretch the video into place.

Regards, Joe

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Thank you joe
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You can stretch or shrink something that is 16:9 ratio to fit (e.g. shrink 1920x1080 to 1280x720 or stretch in reverse).  However, if you expand a 4:3 ratio into a 16:9 frame you will get either squished-looking video -- or (if you keep the ratio intact) black bars on the sides, or you will have to cut off some of the video.
This isn't a problem with Camtasia; it is a fact of mathematics related to ratios.  The ratio of 16:9 means that the width is 1.777778 times the height; the ratio of 4:3 means that the width is 1 1/3 times the height.  Originally, TV screens were all 4:3; so were video files on older computers (800x600 pixels, 640x480, etc.).  If you change an image in one ratio to another ratio, you will stretch/squish it.
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I believe that when ali khebli would drag the sides in version 9 it is the same as Joe Morgan is pointing out, just that we must hold shift in the newer version to do the same thing.
If you do not want to stretch or shrink the width that ATMeyer Consultants idea is a good one.

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Exactly -- and the result of retaining the 4:3 ratio is that you must either cut off part of the source video, or live with black bars.  If you reject those options, making 4:3 into 16:9 will distort the video.
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Has anyone ever seen any options or program that can accomplish that other than those listed above?