Cropping .gif animation?

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I have a short, simple .gif animation, but want to crop it. Must I crop each frame individually, or is there a shorter method? ...I hope! (Camtasia 9.04 Windows 10)
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Is it a Gif you imported into Camtasia or one you are creating in Camtasia?
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I believe what your attempting to do is crop out the undesired portion of an existing GIF?

If you simply cropped the GIF you would end up with a GIF with black borders after production because the project settings are still larger than the cropped video.
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What I would do is place the GIF on the timeline and alter the "Project Settings" to apply the crop.

Once the GIF is placed on the timeline you can just open the project settings and change them.

This may require a little experimentation to find the dimension that works for you. Once you've found the size that works you just re-position the video to taste within the canvas area.
Make sure the GIF remains at 100% Scale in the "Properties Panel" to insure the GIF retains it's quality.If you re-scale it, the quality will suffer some degradation. The more you re-scale it, the worse it gets.
That's why I'm recommending this technique.

Regards,Joe



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If you are bringing a Gif image into Camtasia it will be just one bit of media and you can just crop what is on the canvas, you don't need to go frame by frame. But

As Joe states, if you just crop the Gif image and your project settings (canvas size) is larger than the Gif image you will have a border the color of your canvas around the gif when you reproduce it.

A way I have found to crop  Gifs and take the guess work out resizing the project settings (canvas size) to match the cropped Gif is.

1. Crop your Gif to you desired look

2. Center the cropped Gif in the canvas
Two yellow guides should pop into view when its centered



3. Now Right-Click on the images and in the popup menu at the bottom select
"Project Settings"

4. In the Project Settings window change the "Canvas Dimensions" to "Fit To Visible"



The project canvas should now be the size of your cropped Gif.

Produce as a Gif  and all should be good.

P.S Also as Joe mentioned,  re-scaling your Gif can degrade the quality of it.
Tread lightly.




Dubie:)
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That is a nice GIF crop workaround. I like it  {:>)

 "Fit to Visible"Is a newly discovered setting to me,Camtasia 8 didn't have it.  Looks like it must have been added it to keep up with off the wall resolutions?

If that setting were applied to a randomly cropped video. The aspect ratio would be wrong 99.9% of the time and black bars would be an artifact induced in post production.

That's kind of a dangerous setting in most cases, I'm thinking that maybe it should be labeled a little differently?

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I agree with dangerous setting in most cases , especially with video.

It's something I doubt I'll ever use with video. 16:9 is more my flow.

I look at it as more of a specialty option like when cropping Gifs.

Your new labeling  I think might be a wee bit harsh, Scare people off. LOL
That might be a good thing though. hehe

But hey who knows, weird ratio videos may be the next new thing. Never know anymore.

Dubie:)