Camtasia 2019, Project settings

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I'm using Camtasia since a very long time; also with Camtasia Studio 8.6.0, I could easily use elder AVI Widescreen Videos (720x576; 16:9) by dragging the video into the canvas (dimensions of 1920x1080), and then dragging first the superior/inferior borders and then the lateral borders:I became a perfect 16:9 image !
When I trie this now with my new upgrade Camtasia 2019, it doesn't work: when I change the format by dragging the lateral borders, the other borders move also, the 16:9 image is not obtained !!!

What am I doing wrong?
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Joe Morgan

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Holding down the "Shift Key" will allow for distorting media.

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Fantastic, to night I will dream of a Shift Key !

Regards and many thanks, Marc
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my math says 720x576 is not 16:9 aspect?

are you sure you want to distort the video image?

to fill a 1920x1080 canvas will require the source clip size to be doubled; that should adversely affect quality?

1280x720 might be a better canvas/production size?

or maybe I misunderstand this problem

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1920 x 1080 = Ultra High Definition (UHD)
1280 x 720 = High Definition (HD)
852 x 480 = Standard Definition (SD) - although 858 x 480 also works
720 x 405 = 16:9 aspect ratio at lower resolution than the above
Expanding 720px width to 1280px width will degrade the image and likely introduce noticeable artifacts.  I would recommend expanding to SD (try 852px width) and crop to fit (or, alternatively, make it 480px high and crop to fit).

BTW, 720 x 576 becomes 1280 x 1024 if expanded proportionately to HD width, or 852 x 682 at SD width.

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I agree with your analogy, and wouldn't distort a video intentionally myself.

However, the poster indicated it was re-scaling proportionality .
720 x 576  sports a  5 x 4 aspect ratio. I created the image for measuring purposes in Photoshop.Though I'd share it before I delete it.

He couldn't rescale to 16 x 9 using Camtasia 2019.

With Camtasia 8 you can just drag handles to fit.
Aspect ratio is locked in 2019. Unless you hold shift first.
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I thank you all for your interesting replies.
As I said I want to work with  elder AVI Widescreen Videos (720x576; 16:9) where I copied commercial TV 1920x1080 (Pal, 50Hz) by means of the old Sony DHR 100 on digital tape.
It is not perfect, but more than satisfactory.

I have another question: Camtasia proposes 30 or 60 frames per second; could I arrange 25 or 50 frames per second, as these are the standards in Europe?

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Unfortunately, not at this time.
Anything placed on the timeline is converted to 30 or 60 fps based on project settings.
You cannot override this by producing at a lower frame rate.

Adding this capability is on TechSmiths radar.  When its actually implemented?

There are a number of free video editing applications that will handle 25 and 50 fps. You might be better served to go with one of them for this.