How can I maintain the quality of a photo when adding to the timeline. My clear photos are showing up blurry.

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Made a short video with family photos that are clear and crisp until I add them to the time line, then they become blurry, very pixilated.
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Generally, that means that you are seeing them in a different size than the original. Perhaps they are being stretched? Is your canvas set to 100%?

The information at the link below should help you better understand this aspect.

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Cheers... Rick :)
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Also, you should try producing a segment of the video that includes the photo. When you see the produced result, you may find things aren't as bad as you are thinking.
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Thank you. I did produce the final product and the resolution is terrible. I will check the link you provided and see what I can learn. Thanks again!

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for best results, you want to use photos that all have the same dimension; and you want to work with project dimensions that are the same as the photo size; finally, produce the video at the same size as photos/project settings

I've made thousands of such photo slide show videos; for me, the key is to resize [usually downsizing] my digital SLR photos to 1620x1080, before importing them into Camtasia; this allows me to produce videos at 1920x1080 [there will be framing on both sides, but the native photo size will fill the canvas vertically when project settings are 1920x1080]

if you use small dimension photos with large project settings, they will not look good; likewise, if you import large dimension photos [like 4500x3000] and let Camtasia downsize them, the outcome will likewise not be optimum

personally, I use Adobe Lightroom to manage my photo collections, and start by exporting photos for a Camtasia project to a 1620x1080 size; these are imported into Camtasia using 1920x1080 project dimensions; FYI, I've found that videos made from color photos do not look as sharp if the project and video produced are at 1620x1080; I always do custom productions to MP4 w/player where H264 is set to high, and video quality set to 70%


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This is very helpful, thank you. I need to figure out how to resize my photos. I'm learning!

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do you have Snagit?  you can resize them using that app

what dimensions/size are your photos?
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I do not have Snagit, just Camtasia at this point. The photos are from my phone. I'm trying to find the properties of the photos but it's just showing me how many megabites, not the dimensions. I'm working on it!! 
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if you get the photos onto your PC, you can select a photo in Explorer, and should be able to see the dimensions [details pane on Win 10], or select using view/add columns 
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Example Photo Slide Show 2019-01-17
http://www.screencast.com/t/num9ePZxj

the original 4752x3168 photo JPGs were downsize/exported from Lightroom to 1620x1080; Camtasia project settings/production was at 1920x1080, with a teal canvas color

FYI, digital photos generally will benefit from "sharpening"; the photos in this example were sharpened for screen viewing [high] when exported by Lightroom
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I'm making progress. Thanks for the info.