camtasia or snagit: how to make part of an image transparent?

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Newbie here. To make my 1280x720 Camtasia video, which contains 16:9 static images, look more cohesive, I'm using an image of a picture frame throughout the video. I can put the 16:9 images on a higher track, but I have to resize them to allow the frame to show through, which leaves some undesirable space vertical space on the side(s).  Any suggestions? Thanks! 
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Posted 2 years ago

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Hi there

Sounds like you are getting what is called "pillarboxing" when you resize the image. And assuming that your video is actually a 16x9, it would mean your image isn't truly 16x9.

What I might do in this case is to perhaps crop the video so as to remove the pillars on either side.

Or, you might start a new project, insert the image first to get the aspect ratio correct, then insert the video and adjust it so it fits in the frame.

I'm confident others will also offer suggestions. So hopefully you will find something in one of the answers that may help you out!

Cheers... Rick :)
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to add to what Rick has suggested, another approach ...

How To Make Picture Frame Mask With Transparent Center
https://www.screencast.com/t/P34hXrJX
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Thanks!
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How did you get a callout with square edges?
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kayakman, Champion

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it's in the "bold" collection
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I also found a callout with square edges in the Legacy collection
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also ...

you can turn a round-cornered callout into a square-cornered callout by cropping down all 4 sides of the callout slightly