Cropping Video in Camtasia Studio 8

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I'm wondering if it is possible to crop a video inside CS8 - does anyone know?

I am able to crop the video inside powerpoint, and then record the screen with CS then import the cropped video that way into CS8, but it seems a little clunky.

My aim is to have a long skinny clip at the bottom of the screen and two smaller square clips running at the top simultaneously. So I'm looking at cropping.

Appreciate any help with this.
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Sorry no, cropping is one of those things we get a lot of requests for, but it's not in CS 8.So for now there are a couple of workarounds, but both are kind of clunky; either crop/record or do a two-stage production (produce out a zoomed-in portion of your video and use that as a source in a second production).
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Thanks Kevin .. I'll keep practising!
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I may have a possible solution to cropping video. I essentially wanted to add a picture-in-picture video using a small section of the main video. I couldn't figure out how to crop/resize/relocate the PIP video without messing up the main video.

My workaround was to use the screen capture tool (using a custom size) on the Camtasia Studio preview window itself. I temporarily setup the main video to just show the portion I wanted for PIP. After screen capturing and saving as a .camrec file, I closed my main project file (discarding changes). I then re-opened the main project and imported the PIP .camrec file as a second track. I was then able to resize/relocate the PIP video to the corner of my main video exactly where I wanted it.

I'm not sure if this will solve your problem, but it might be helpful for others.
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If it didn't solve that problem, it definitely helped me to do something I wanted to try. I'd love it even more if there was a way to mask around the square video image so that it had a round or oval appearance.
If I carefully manipulate the size I might crop out some of the corners under a callout with fill set to no fill and the frame set wide, but, it looks like what it is, just an attempt to do something outside the design of the program.

I've looked at the themes and while they have some shapes that might work better, unfortunately, they are not modifiable to the extent that a regular callout is.
I'm looking to put basically a talking head in the corner of the video...I can put it on another track (easier than the old pip method) and for now it will do as a square. Thanks for the suggestion about recording the clip from the preview screen, saves going back and redoing it or having to think of it in the first place.

I guess Chromakey would solve it, but, I do not want to whip that pony anymore.
Maybe a callout that blurs around the edges to transparent and leaves a clear rectangle or oval in the centre, resizable like the other regular callouts...
only a wishlist item...smile
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Oh...I did try blur call-outs around the square video capture, but they are hard edged too.
Not the end of the world and really only a wish I could
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why dont you just pan into the video its alot simpler
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This is from a while ago, but I wanted to do this too and I figured it out.  I created a cut-out in PPT with a square with a circle cut from the center leaving it transparent.  The square matched my background.  I tossed that in on top and it worked great.  Well except you have to fiddle with transitions to try to make it smooth.
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there is no crop button at top left corner only three button is available
plz any body help me to crop a video
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Will it be coming in the 8.1 Update? It is a very important feature to have and one you show off quite well in your tutorials for the Mac version.
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You used to be able to crop videos and didn't even know it. with the new zoom in 8 i can not replicate the steps. It was so easy to do in previous versions. Here are the steps i would take

1 select zoom command
2 turn off keep aspect ratio
3 zoom in on the video with a specifc window size i wanted and rectangular shape.
4 position the box for the zoom on the video i wanted. Since i could enter the pixel size i new exactly what the screen size was
5 change the dimension size of the project to match the pixel size of the zoom
6 trim the start and end points of the video
7 produce the video with the same size as the project size which was also the zoom size
done!

you had a perfect crop of the original video with no distorted. Am i going to have to go back to 7.#. HELP!
there are no advance options am i missing something?
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ok new technique
1 do not apply a zoom window
2 change the project dimenstions (a little more combersome going back and forth from size an positioning. grabbing the box and dynamically sizing and positioning it was easier)
3 reposition the video to locate the video you want
4 cut at start and end point
5 produce the video with the same size and the project dimension
done.
add video into new project as PIP or however you want

* enhancement would be to allow grab and drag the project dimension instead of having to type it
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Hi debz874,
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.

For more information, watch this video tutorial:
http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-cam...

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.
http://www.techsmith.com/download/cam...

I am not quite sure I understand what you wanted to do with your video but I think with a combo of Crop and scaling you can achieve what you want.

@ Trix your talking head will definitely be possible now. We also added Chroma Key in the 8.1.0 release.

Remove a Color (Green Screen or Chroma Key)
The Remove a Color feature, also called "Green Screen effect", or "Chroma Key effect" allows a color to be removed from a video or image. Typically this technique is used to remove a one-color background behind a video or image to allow another image or video to show through.
• You will find the Remove a Color option in the Visual Properties Tab
• Choose the color to remove from the dropdown menu or select the color from the media on the canvas.
• Use the Remove a Color options to adjust the tolerance of the color removal, the softness of the effect, the hue of the color palette, and more.

For more information, watch this video tutorial:
http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-cam...

Thanks for using Camtasia Studio!
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I've got version 8.6 here and clicking on the crop button doesn't seem to bring up the cropping handles.
Is there any limitations?  I've imported a MP4 file and was hoping to crop that to remove taskbar, my internet favorites bar etc
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have you selected the MP4 on the timeline?
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Sorry, not sure what you mean.  Where on my screen would that be?
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looks like you are previewing the clip in the canvas

you must first put the clip on timeline; then you will get the crop handles
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Had a similar issue but I think it's now working well. Thanks
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Awesome. Thanks for adding this feature. I've been waiting on this to be able to do PIP with multiple viewports from the same video.
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Derek,
Glad this update helps you. That should definitely be possible, you'll need two copies of the media each with a different crop. You can also cut out regions in this way.
ex:
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Hi, I have read up about the cropping feature and was able to use it to crop the black side bars from my video, but what I can't work out is how to export the video at the cropped dimensions? TIA.
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did anybody reply?  trying to find it in Camtasia mac.