Editing canvas - why is that related to the output video size?

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I've recorded my screen in 1920x1080. Imported that into my project and viewing it at %75 so I can see my tools, timelines, etc. When I try to output using the highest resolution possible, I still get that little editing video size which you can't see anything. Why in the world is the video output tied to the project's output finished file? Of course we need to shrink the canvas so we can see our time lines, toolbars and other options, but then have it tied directly to the size of the output file is just silly. What you are basically telling your users if you want to output the video in the real size you want, you need to physically change the canvas size so it covers your timelines and all your tools. How then are you suppose to edit anything? Most of us have a large LCD's that are 1920x1080p. 24" or higher. How can I now edit my project when the video file is covering everything now? This was told to me by TechSmith as a solution, but I think it is a problem here. The editing window/canvas should just be that, for editing purposes only. Not what your finished project will be. So anyway, I did increase my canvas to my entire screen so everything was blocked and I couldn't see my tools or anything and I did a produce and share HD 1080p video. Now it displays in the correct size, but there is no real way of editing it with Camtasia's tools or using the timelines because the entire canvas covers the screen. Bad programming here. If there is no solution then alternative products will be found. My company already has over 500-1000 licenses for just Snag-IT and I'm trialing this now, but finding many off roadblocks that shouldn't be that difficult to get around. Please TechSmith - disconnect the association from the finished project and the editing canvas size. Doesn't make any sense at all.

Excuse me, the full size video hides BEHIND the timeline and tools. So now you can see all the tools but you can only see a very small portion of your video you are trying to edit and put call outs on. Not intuitive here. There has to be a better way, right? And please don't say buy another LCD display. I already have a beautiful UltraSharp 24" display with real color re-production that works perfectly with all my other video software packages.

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Hi there

When you click the little button in the area shown below, you get to choose the dimensions. Have you tried this?



Cheers... Rick :)
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I couldn't find my picture, now I did so I might as well post it. LOL

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LOL, we have your number. You just wanted to show off the lady!
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You seem to be misunderstanding something.
The editing and production settings are independent of Canvas size. If you want to produce a 1920 X 1080 video. You edit & produce at 1920 X 1080.
The Canvas can be scaled down so you can barely see it, That wouldn't stop you from rendering a full screen video. I don't know what your missing. Try posting a screen shot of your project along with the  editor. Whatever you are missing should be easy to spot,
Regards, Joe
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This is not true with mine. I needed to shrink up the canvas a little bit so I can work on the timelines, add some call boxes and text. Then I published it with 1920x1080p and the finished MP4 file still came out very small. From a quick chat with TechSmith they are telling me I have to have my canvas size large and the same size I would want to publish in. If I do this, then I can only see  a very small portion of canvas. I'll try to take screen shots tomorrow. if I  can. It is a very east capture and project with no much going on.
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