How do I merge two projects if the have different dimensions?

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Hi, I have made two videos and I'm happy with them both, but want to merge them together.

However, when I do, I realise that the dimensions were different for each.  If the first "half" looks good, the 2nd half look tiny and stupid, and if I fix the 2nd half, the first goes wrong.

Is it possible to have different dimensions for different parts of a project?

Thanks.
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To the best of my knowledge, video output for any given video stream is one unchanging size -- which has nothing to do with Camtasia but is the nature of video specs.  So you can either blow up the small clip or shrink the large clip.  Alternatively, if you can re-output the smaller one at a larger size, you might solve the problem.
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Thank you for your answer.  I therefore have two questions  :-)  How do I "blow up" or shrink just one part of the project, and how do I "re-output" just one part of the project?  Do you mean take the original one before I merged them?  Even then I don't know exactly which dimensions I should be changing....very confusing with canvas size, recording/editing/producing dimensions, etc.
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I will explain here briefly, but I'm going from a Camtasia 8.6 perspective (although I think v9 should be somewhat similar in this case).  I would try this:
1.  Decide on your desired output and set that up in the canvas for a new project.
2.  Drag your clips into the Clip Bin.
3.  When you drag a clip from the bin into the timeline, if it does not match the output you set up (looks too small or too large) you can re-size the video clip.  I use the button that toggles between crop/resize mode -- in v8 it is among the upper right corner buttons).  Alternatively, you can select the clip and (in v8) choose "More --> Visual Properties" -- on the lower left control bar it has buttons for Clip Bin / Library / Callouts / Zoom / Audio / Transitions / More.  This opens a Visual Properties selection panel at the upper left where you can adjust the size as a percentage.
Note:  Resizing applies only to whatever video clip (or section of the timeline) you have highlighted.
If I had time, I'd make a nifty screen capture to explain this, but since I don't know which version of Camtasia you're using that might be useless for you anyway.
Regardless of versions, you can zoom a clip larger or smaller to match the canvas and desired output size.
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Thank you so much.  I'm using 8.6.0
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In that case, we're on the same page and the above directions should work. I do it all the time. I should add that there is one other approach -- re-making one of the component video clips in a size that matches the other, producing it, then adding it to the other clip on a new time line. I don't recommend this as you would be processing that same clip twice (once to re-size, once to combine with the other) and there is always a risk of introducing visual or audio artifacts upon re-processing. Good luck!
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