Change my position of the recording area rectangle after I begin dragging!

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When I drag out a rectangle on the screen to be recorded I would love the possibility to change the upper left corner (start point) of my area section after I have began dragging the rectangle. Like in Photoshop and Illustrator I use "space" to move the start point after I have began dragging out a shape. When I start to drag I often discover I started out at the wrong place. As the best screen capture software out there I feel this flexible feature should have been made available a long time ago.
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Rick Stone

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Hi there

Are you talking about the process of selecting the area initially before recording commences or are you talking about the actual recording process?

Additionally, I wonder if you are also referring to changing the overall size of the recording area or if you are just referring to moving the recording area to a different screen position.

If you are referring to the initial selection, you are free to place it wherever you like as well as adjust the size. I'm guessing you already know that because it's really a pretty intuitive process.

However, once you begin recording, if you are talking about altering the size of the recording area, I don't believe that's possible. However, it *IS* possible to adjust the entire recording window if you want.

Note that it's possible to record the entire screen, then during the editing process you are able to easily zoom in or even adjust the entire area so the upper left is exactly where you want it to begin.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I like your answer. But LOL. I had to laugh. This question was asked 4 years ago. He might still be wondering though.
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Hmmm, failed to notice that! I subscribe to this via email and just this morning this question popped in, How strange.
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I've gotten some pretty old ones lately. I've been lucky enough to catch it before investing time responding.
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Thanks for that. I'll have to try and keep my eye on that.

Maybe someone at TechSmith was moving things around or re-categorizing them.
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Rick and Joe I have done this before myself. I try to double check now but still might invest time as it still might help other new and old users that might experience the same problem(s). I do believe that problem was solved from what I can remember from the old forums.
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Hi guys,

To elaborate I 'm talking about the initial setup BEFORE recording. I'm not only talking about the position, but also the pixel size and being able to adjust BOTH in one operation. The way it works now I first have to set the position THEN adjust the pixel dimension. Dragging out a rectangle i all Adobe software let me change position using "space" at all time during the process. This works very well I think, and can be transferred to setting up the recording area within Techsmith products?

PS! I posted this four years ago and got no replies, probably due to bad phrasing from my side. I'm like a goldfish and forgot about this post. From time to time I'm still annoyed by this problem so I searched the web for a solution. I found my own question posted four years back, and rephrased the question. My edit is probably the reason why this "old" post came back to hunt you all?
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configure Recorder to start paused [tools/options menu]; set the capture area dimensions in the Recorder UI before starting a capture, use center grabber to move it around; start Recorder using ctl-F9; use ctl-F9 again and actual capture starts; you can pause again [ctl-F9] and change capture area by dragging it around; repeate
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I know about your solution since I'm forced to do that now with the current UI. Still I would like to do this in one step, not two or three. I'm hoping Techsmith can include a one step solution and include i.e. the spacebar for moving the rectangle. That will not compromise or complicate the already easy UI of Techsmith products. It's just easier, quicker and more precise to combine the mouse and keyboard for this.
Thanks anyway for your reply, Kayakman :)
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Color me a bit dense here, but I'm honestly struggling to understand how things would possibly be made simpler by adding a modifier key that would be used while also clicking and dragging the mouse. If anything, it would seem to complicate something already simple. So obviously I'm missing something.

Cheers... Rick :)
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PolkaFever

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I'm sorry for not being able to convey this crystal clear. It might be just a case of the common "tomāto, tomäto" difference. I'll leave this post dead by just reminding those experienced with InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, that my idea is the same as drawing (dragging) and placing a rectangle on the screen using the mouse and "spacebar". Based on my cultural UI background this works perfect for such a task.

Thanks Rick, I wouldn't color you dense at all :) In any case we're not talking about the cure of cancer, but rather a minor addition to an already excellent piece of software.

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