Camtasia 8: Can't play in full screen

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I have created an mp4 in Camtasia 8 and I the video will not display full screen. I have googled ideas but what I have found has affected the quality of the video clarity. I am publishing my video at 1280x720. What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance.
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Dubie

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How are you playing back the video?

A media player?
webpage?
video hosting platform?

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Brian Nystrom

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Exactly, it's the player that determines whether you can resize the video or not.
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Player? Do you mean what I am using to edit and save as an mp4, what Ithe finished video will be played from once it is published (a laptop projecting onto a big screen), or how it was recorded originally by the person that sent it to me to edit in Camtasia?
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Not sure  I understand the question. I was provided an Mp4 (recorded on the person's computer monitor with SnagIt.) My job was to remove some footage, speed up some areas and blur some areas, so I dropped it into Camtasia 8. I'm not sure what I am doing wrong when I publish (which I did as mp4 1080 HD) - but I am getting a black box all the way around the video as it plays. This will be used for a sales rally and projected onto a big screen from a computer monitor. I hope this answers your question. I was wondering if maybe the quality of the video being recorded through SnagIt may be the reason it does not look very high quality. But the black box around the final published video is a problem also. I attached an image of how I have the settings when I produce and share.
Thank you!
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Speaking for myself I assumed you could not get a video to go full screen on your monitor.

It sounds that you a looking to get a video to fill the player when rendered.

What size is the video that you got that you are working on? 1280 x 720 ?

Best practice is to Record, Edit, produce at the same size.

If the video you got was 1280 x720 and your canvas size is 1920 x 1080 than to have to scale the video to fit the canvas or resize the canvas to 1280 x 720 and then render at what size you decide on but the video size and canvas size need to match.
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Based on your description, it sounds like the video clip is smaller than your 1280x720 canvas. If that's the case, you need to enlarge it to fit. Depending on the aspect ratio of the clip, you may still get some black background at either the top/bottom or the sides, but not both. You can change the color of the canvas to make it look better, if necessary.
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Brian if it were recorded say at 854x480 (480p), Camtasia can record that size, and wouldn't that provide a clearer video?
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Brian Nystrom

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Assuming that the issue is that the original recording is undersize, the ideal situation would be to re-record it at the appropriate size. However, we don't know if that's an option for  kkloeman or if the provided clip is the only media available.

Of course, any time you enlarge a video clip beyond its native resolution, it's not going to look as good.  
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I think we all agree the video kk was provided was smaller than his Camtasia settings. What I would have done is record Camtasia at exactly the same dimensions as the original video no matter what that size or ratio was.
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Agreed.
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If you don't want to or can't rework according to previous discussions, you could "crop" the letter boxes out with EasiestSoft Movie Editor:  https://www.easiestsoft.com/products/movie-editor-for-windows/
It does a lot of video work, really, really well.