Can you crop an entire video?

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I recorded a Go To Meeting session. I would like to crop out the host screen and show the presenter screen. If this were a picture, I would use the crop tool. Would I use the zoom to eliminate the part I don't want visible? Can I do this for a 2 hour video?
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After reading a few posts, I realize that I could have made life easier if I recorded a custom area.
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Hi Ann,

Absolutely! You're correct that you could use a custom recording region to crop the source video, though that's assuming that you don't want other content on the screen to show up in the final video at any point.

If you do choose the custom recording region and want a crisp-looking result, you might consider producing at the same editing dimensions with which you recorded. Just choose the "Recording Dimensions" in the prompt dialog that appears when your finished recording is being sent to Camtasia Studio for editing:

As you mentioned, you can use the zoom feature during the editing process instead, though one thing to keep in mind is that it will be difficult to fill the viewing region AND maintain the original "crisp" picture. In version 8 we have a "1:1" button in the Zoom view that will automatically zoom the video to 100% scale (you can think of this as the "pixel-for-pixel" zoom level). But, depending on the region you recorded, it's a long shot that the video zoomed to 1:1 will give you the exact region you want, and you'd end up having to compromise between the best picture quality and the right viewing rectangle.

Sorry for the long summary. Your best bet is to try the custom recording region to see if that fits your needs, but you've already figured that out. Thanks for using Camtasia Studio and let us know if we can help further!
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Hi Ann,
Good News!
We added Crop in Camtasia Studio 8.1.0
The Crop tool removes unwanted outer areas of a video clip or an image.
1. Click the Crop icon to turn crop mode on. (Located at the top of the Canvas in the toolbar on the right next to the Pan button.)
2. On the canvas, drag the blue handles to remove desired area.
3. Click the Crop icon again to turn crop mode off.

You can also hold the alt key down to enable crop and then release alt when you are finished.

With the crop tool you can get the host screen out of your video without affecting the quality of the clip as Cameron mentioned.

For more information, watch this video tutorial:

If you have Camtasia Studio 8 installed (trial or licensed version), you can update to the new version by clicking Help > Check for Updates or by downloading and installing here.

Thanks for using Camtasia Studio!

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