does snagit 2019 really STILL offer no way to "fit" browser window to capture area?

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Let's assume that for quality purposes you want to record a series of screencasts from time to time at exactly the same browser window size, say, 1280x720.

Snagit 2019 cannot "set" the browser window size for you (that's OK some browsers make that difficult for an app to do).

Snagit lets you 'draw' an area and even has a guide that snaps to common sizes (such as 1280x720).

BUT once you set the capture region does Snagit 2019 off ANY way to move/resize the window "under" the capture area? It seems to prevent any interaction with windows, which, if true, is kind of stupid.

Other apps (like screen-cast-o-matic) DO offer a way to fit the browser window to the capture area... 

Does Snagit? After requests in this forum going back years?

(The best I can find is size the capture area, start recording, THEN move / resize the browser to fit, THEN do the screen cast, then edit out the first part where you are doing what Snagit ought to have done for you.) 


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Just SET " fixed region" in the settings to what size you need and it will open that size every  time for you.

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But I believe the complaint is that the window cannot be automatically resized, no?

So sure, SnagIt can certainly be configured to capture a specific area of the screen, but it can't force say "Google Chrome" to adapt to that location and size.

@cto - You might investigate an application named "Sizer". If you are able to install and use it, you can likely fire up sizer to configure the browser window, then SnagIt to capture the desired area.

Click here to visit the Sizer page

Cheers... Rick :)
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Perhaps I  was mislead by the "record a series of screencasts from time to time at exactly the same browser window size, say, 1280x720" part of it then.

If you want it EXACTLY the same size each time why would you want to "resize" it?

If I  set the selection to window then it sets whatever size window I  am recording and it "fits" to that size window.


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If you want it EXACTLY the same size each time why would you want to "resize" it?

He only requires his browser window to be set to these particular dimensions while he's making recordings.
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I'm not sure about others, but I was thinking that the dimensions were desired, then the ability to somehow adjust the area actually being captured. This seems to suggest (at least to me) that what is really desired is to capture only the client area of the browser. And if that's the case, there isn't an easy way I'm aware of to consistently capture that area precisely.

At least, not using SnagIt alone.

I'm happy to be wrong. ;)

Cheers... Rick :)
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Client area! That's what it's called. I was trying to remember what the term was for that part of a browser window.

I actually tried Sizer back in 2012 but didn't like the fact that it set the outside of my browser window to my chosen dimensions, rather than the inside edge of the border. This causes the browser's border and address bar to be included in captures, when I only want to capture the client area (where the "action" happens.)

Cropping a recording to remove these elements after the fact isn't a solution here, as you just end up with a smaller recording that the dimensions you were aiming for (i.e. minus the browser's border.)

In my case, to accurately line up the inside edge of my browser and capture only the client area, I temporarily enable a little-known utility in Windows called "Mouse Keys" and use the number pad arrow keys to nudge my mouse cursor, giving me a pixel-perfect selection.

The workflow for that is you leave the mouse hovering over the edge of your browser window, so that the double-headed arrow appears, then use the "Start dragging cursor" keyboard shortcut to start holding your primary mouse button, without having to touch the mouse.

Mouse Keys keyboard shortcuts:

↑ (8)
↓ (2)
← (4)
→ (6)

Primary mouse button click (5)
Start dragging cursor (0)
Stop dragging cursor (.)

It sounds tricky but, with a little practice, you can get it lined up perfectly in seconds and can exclude elements such as the border and address bar if you wish, by tinkering with Mouse Keys.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/w9uDClC.png[/img]

If you're okay with your browser's border and menu bar being included, then I would recommend Sizer. If you want to record only the client area (with or with the address bar, it's totally up to you) and your keyboard has a number pad... then try Mouse Keys!

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I think if you carefully re-read what I suggested eariler, the suggestion was to use Sizer to accurately size and place the browser window. Then configure SnagIt to capture a pre-defined area (which would be the actual client area).

I realize that everyone has their own preferred workflows, but I'm curious about your use of the Mouse keys. Because I use my arrow keys to do the same thing in SnagIt without having to use the Mouse Keys app. Basically, when I tell SnagIt to capture and I move my mouse around to define the capture area, I get it reasonably close, then use the arrow keys to nudge it exactly where I want. Once there, I press the Spacebar to lock in the start point. Then I drag the mouse near the opposite corner and use the arrow keys to nudge to the precise opposite corner and press Enter.

Cheers... Rick :)
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That screenshot was supposed to appear in-line in my previous comment. I wish they would increase the edit time limit to 10 minutes on the forums.

Here's the image again:



This is why I don't like uploading screenshots directly to forums: they sometimes do a bad job of scaling to make things fit. It's come out all blurry! None of my Imgur links were accepted for some reason.
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Hey OP!

Guess what I found?



Just tested and can confirm this automatically resizes whichever window you click on, after initiating the capture.
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That's not what the poster is asking for Daniel. cto doesn't seem to have a problem starting with a fixed window/capture size.

cto want's to resize the Actual Browser under the capture Area/Window before starting the recording.
Which you cannot do with SnagIt.

BUT once you set the capture region does Snagit 2019 off ANY way to move/resize the window "under" the capture area? It seems to prevent any interaction with windows, which, if true, is kind of stupid.

Other apps (like screen-cast-o-matic) DO offer a way to fit the browser window to the capture area...

I don't know if SnagIt will ever change.
I believe its because it freezes any action/motion on the screen when you start a capture?

Camtasia does the same thing during the 3 second countdown when you start a recording.You can actually grab and move the browser, but area under the countdown remains unchanged during the countdown.I just tested it.
See Image Below.I started recording a square area of this forum on my 2560 x 1440 monitor. While the countdown was progressing I jerked the browser over onto  my secondary monitor a bit. The recorder remained locked on a browser that wasn't there.

That's just the way TechSmith captures screens.

I think your options are as follows cto. I would accept it and adapt.
Or find a recorder that better suits your needs.

I don't think trimming off a bit of footage here and there is a big deal.But that's me.
You can pause the recording and make adjustments as well.

Regards,Joe

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Aah. I get it now.

I take a dummy video recording before the real one.

After the countdown timer has finished, the recording has started and you are able to rearrange your browser window again, adjust the browser's size, then hit the "X" to abort, not stop, the dummy recording (which you only used in order to keep the yellow boundary lines on screen).

Then start your "real" recording, with your target window already nicely lined up. Because you aborted the previous recording, there's no footage to trim or even a redundant video capture file to delete.

You can then skip this step for all subsequent recordings by using Sizer (Windows only), to save the dimensions and location of your browser window as a preset. With corresponding presets in Snagit and Sizer, storing the dimensions and positions of both your Snagit capture area and browser window (or just your browser's client area), you will only need to perform the dummy video recording step once!
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