How to fit recording screen to match exactly PowerPoint slide dimension?

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How do I make the recording screen match the exact dimension of my PowerPoint slides? When I view my PowerPoint in full screen, the recording border extends beyond my PowerPoint slides, and there is a black portion on each side that is covered. I tried resizing the CamTasia recording box, but it only allows me to resize it proportionally- thus I can't change the width without affecting the height. 

Here is a screenshot for reference.

Any solutions to this?

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Rick Stone

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Hi there

Looks like you are using perhaps PowerPoint 2010 on a computer that has a wide screen format. You have the PowerPoint configured for a 4x3 aspect ratio. One option would be to configure PowerPoint to a 16x9 format. Then the pillar boxes would disappear when you presented. The problem though is that simply converting from 4x3 to 16x9 will result in skewing the images.

Are you starting the recording from PowerPoint using the Camtasia add in? If so, try just opening Camtasia. Then you should be able to configure the recording area you want. When setting the area, you may need to click the little "link" icon to "break" it. This should then allow you to adjust things as you like.

Cheers... Rick :)
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John S. Richards

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Does this Camtasia + PowerPoint tip from 2011 help you?
To view, click here: [3:09 min.]
Also see: [2:11 min.]
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You could always just record it the way you're doing it now then cropping the left and right sides of the slide image in the timeline. You won't be losing any resolution either. Just a thought. I'm able to adjust the recording size of the image up front, but if that's too tricky for you, try my method mentioned here.