Change the video capture frame to allow starting the video and then moving the frame

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Whether SnagIt or Camtasia ... both programs have a serious failure when it comes to copying on-screen video. Let's say that the video has a start/stop button that either disappears after being clicked OR that the area it occupies then becomes part of the video screen [meaning it is only there when your cursor is over that part of the video]. Once you select a screen area to copy with either Camtasia or Snagit you cannot MOVE that area. So you cannot create it so that it is ABOVE the video start button, then START the video and then move the capture area "down" to cover the start button area. In effect you can only copy a portion of the video screen. What is the fix?
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Unfortunately NOT and one idea WOULD work but in fact as stated does NOT work.   To wit:
My issue always involves a browser window within which a video is being shown.  NOT a program screen.   Often the video start button goes away once clicked and that real estate becomes a key part of the video you want to capture.  HOWEVER if you draw a capture box on top of the screen you want to capture, you CANNOT click the start button.  As noted, Camtasis and Snag it do not allow you to click or do anything with any element "under" the capture screen..  Well now, someone suggested MOVING THE BROWSER window itself.  Turns out that cannot be done either.  Meaning, dropping it down to hit the start button and then repositioning it under the capture screen.  That cannot be done.  Once you drop the capture screen on to the browser window then all control is lost...the browser window is frozen.
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Have you tried a different video player? I use the VLC media player and have a 1920 x 1200 screen so the start/pause button doesn't need to be in "view".
You don't say what video resolution you are trying to capture but if it's something like 1280 x 720, resize the player vertically to 800, while keeping the width 1280.
If you go the VLC route, there's a couple controls you should become familiar with:
[Tools], [Preferences] - turn off "Show controls in full screen mode"
[Video] - Turn off always fit in video.
The other thing that will work is to create a "playlist" of two video. First up a 10 second junk video to get the playing rolling, the your feature video. If the junk video shows in the resulting screen recording, you can edit it out in Camtasia.
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Interesting but not relevant to my issues which always focus on video being viewed in a browser. But interesting info.
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Joe Morgan

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Camtasia and SnagIt both drop frames when recording video.
Be it from a browser,media player,video editing program,you name it. Its actually a poor practice because of this shortcoming.


IDM https://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/

Will download practically any video file. No dropped frames, you can download immediately.Or make a list and download later.Whatever floats your boat.
A lot of videos could need converting to run in Camtasia.IDM isn't Free. $25 for a lifetime Key $12 a year.


I realize your looking for a SnagIt or Camtasia solution.
But this is a much better way to obtain video from the internet. Its not that expensive. And you can download a video much faster than you can record it.
You might lose about an equal amount of time converting it "If needed". But its still a better video, and time invested is only higher in some cases.

What can I say,I've used IDM for several years.I love it.

Regards,Joe

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you can move Recorder's capture after you have started a capture, as long as you're not capturing full screen

once a capture is started, use F9 to pause the capture, grab and move the capture area handles to change the capture coordinates, un-pause with F9 again
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That does not work with Snagit. Once paused the capture frame is fixed if capturing content in a browser. It also does not work in Camtasia both being the latest versions
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first, my response was intended for Camtasia Windows

second, it does work in Camtasia; it has worked in virtually every version as far back as I can remember; before I responded to your post, I tested it again in 2018 and it worked

perhaps this old tutorial will help ...

How To Simulate Zoom Pan During Capture 2017-03-20
http://www.screencast.com/t/umvWaS8Sf7

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This may be platform, browser and player dependent, but you can often use the spacebar or another keystroke to start/stop a video playing in a browser window. Set up your capture window, start recording, press spacebar.