Camtasia6 - Zoom is unfocused/pixelated

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I've search online and other places. I'm sure this has been covered/answered, but I didn't find what I was looking for.

I shot a video with a camcorder, uploaded it (MPEG4) to Cam6. It's our band jamming. When I try to insert a zoom onto the face of the singer during the chorus, it's very broken up and pixelated, like when you zoom into a picture.

What do you do to fix this? Or is there even a solution?

Thank you all, and sorry if this has been covered ad-nauseam, lol.
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There's not much of a fix, when you zoom in the resolution drops. Just like a still image.

If the video is shot at 1920 x 1080. You can edit at 1280 x 720. Scaling the size of the entire video down to 1280 x 720. Then when you zoom in. The pixelation and blurring will be reduced.

But the sharpness of the video overall will suffer.So, not much of a solution.But an option.

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Yeah, that's kind of what I figured. I shot it at 1280 x 720 and tried editing it at all different resolutions, but it didn't matter.

This seems like something that you should be able to accomplish. Somehow, somewhere, with something. I mean, it's done professionally all the time, granted they're probably using $20,000 worth of software.

Thanks anyway though.
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Actually, it's more like $20,000 to $60,000 worth of camera. http://www.red.com/products/dsmc2#resolution

Red 5's have been replaced by a new generation of 5K's with a resolution of  5120 × 3000. Camtasia can't edit at this level.

There's 8K's as well. 8192 × 4320

I reduced this 8192 x 4320 image to 2048 x 1080 so the file size would be small enough to up load here, were limited to 2mb. 8k images are simply to large.

Here I am zoomed into a 1920 x 1080 portion of that same image.



And then zoomed to 1280 x 720



So you see, its not software magic. Because such magic doesn't exist. It's always about the quality of the footage.

Going back to old Hollywood movies. Typically shot with 35mm film. Had a resolution of around 20 megapixels. 

Their camera's cost much more.
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