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All right, I know I'm often a TechSmith cheerleader, but I have to hand out some praise here.

In one facet of my life I work as an audiovisual presenter at live events. There is an event that happens each year that is a Christmastime fundraising event. Basically, it's a concert and during the performance, I'm presenting different materials via a projection system and I have different cues where information is to be presented.

Last year's presentation was all formatted at 16x9 and I didn't have much of an issue at all creating this one video I run (and loop) for the duration of the show. Essentially, it's a picture of a candle in a glass with a flame video superimposed on it so it would appear the candle is actually burning.

I needed to composite the two and output it for a 1024x768 area. There were no presets I could find in order to accomplish this in Premiere Pro. The closest I saw was 640x480 and I figured if I selected that, it would be stretching things during playback.

So I popped it all into Camtasia and just produced it out at that specific size. BOOM! Took me less than five minutes! (after floundering around in Premiere Pro for about an hour with no results!)

Thanks, TechSmith.

You guys rock! Rick :)
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Have a good Thanksgiving Rick. 

I created an Image to help you in the future.
Regards, Joe

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And a happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

Yeah, I'm familiar with that but I have to admit that I was skeptical that it would have actually done what I wanted, since there was no "preset" for that size. Yet oddly enough, there was one for 640x480, so go figure.

And I know that normally, video isn't geared specifically for playback on computer screens. There's quite a "option salad" of formats and whatnot to choose from!

Ahhh well. All's well that ends well, eh?

Cheers... Rick :)
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If you created the original sequence to be 1024 X 768 and scaled everything to fit in the preview window. It would have been the way to go. The way I outlined would have left you with Black Bars. I haven't worked with odd dimensions  in a while. That's what I get for throwing out a quick response.  So the above advice was wrong. Opps.  
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Yeah, in Camtasia, I simply added an image of a screen capture of the second monitor. When I set the editing dimensions to 1024x768, it perfectly filled the screen. Then I dragged in the alpha keyed flame video and adjusted its placement perfectly.

I can't say the same for Premiere Pro. Even though I added the very same screen capture as the first item to its timeline, the sequence it created didn't match and the image came in a lot smaller in that preview window.

Seems PowerPoint is that way too. I've never understood why. I can have a PPT where I composite an image, then present and screen capture that. Yet, when I try inserting the resulting screen capture into PPT it's never the size of the slide and I have to either shrink it a lot or make it larger so as to fill the slide. Very odd and I wish I totally understood what's going on with that. I would expect that it would just perfectly fill the slide.

Back to my rat killin! Rick :)
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I suppose the quick answer is that Camtasia is designed to capture and edit using  computer monitor dimensions.

  I'm betting Camtasia 9 will be able to handle the higher definition monitors.  It will need to be 64 bit just to be in step with progress and handle the larger capture files. 
 I expect 64 bit will alleviate most crashes. The file sizes needed for high quality screen recordings have always been an issue for video editing programs. Rendering freezes, take your pick. You can't zoom in on text with a low quality screen recording. Not if you want to read it. 
 
 Premiere Pro is all about Television and  Theater productions.  Having pre-sets for computer monitors doesn't really line up with what the program was designed for.  

 I don't use PowerPoint. I can't Imagine why a computer program doesn't interact well in  the environment it was created in. 

But I'm living in a need to know environment, and I just don't need to know.LOL
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And now that the concert is over, I am so very happy to report that Camtasia and SnagIt quite literally helped me save the day.

I received a number of compliments on the visuals that were used. And while I certainly could have created them with other tools, the process wouldn't have been nearly as easy and efficient!

Thanks again, TechSmith!
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Oh, and just to note, during my "week from hell" with editing and whatnot, I was also using Microsoft PowerPoint. PowerPoint went belly up perhaps 30 times during the process. Camtasia didn't fail even ONCE! Despite using it more than PowerPoint and at the same time.

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