How to handle a 1920 X 1200 Computer Monitor

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I want to use the standard HD of 1920 X 1080 to record my Camtasia projects, but the monitor I have (An older Dell) uses 1920 X 1200.  The Standard HD specification uses a 16:9 ratio, but this monitor supports only a 16:10 ratio.  I can't change the screen definition to 1920 X 1080 (it only allows 16:10 ratio of width to height).  Any suggestions on how to record the Camtasia projects in their supported 1920 X 1080 format?  Has anyone figured out a workaround, other than throwing the existing monitor in the trash and purchasing a new one?
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Rick Stone

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Perhaps give PowerStrip a try?

Click here to visit the PowerStrip site

Cheers... Rick :)
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Camtasia can only capture what your graphics card and monitor can display.  If you can force the graphic card settings to the ratio you need but on a lower resolution then you could then upscale the recording to full 1080p, however while this may give you the ratio you need the quality will be reduced. 

If the ratio is more important but you still want to get the best quality Id suggest you try to get your graphics card to conform to 720p. If you can find another resolution that conforms to the correct ratio but is somewhat between 1080p and 720p, then you can still go with a 720p profile within the project settings, but use zoom and pan. Another option is to connect your HD Tv, if your graphics card supports full HD 1080p then you can record it.  

Any other option involves a new monitor.  I will check around for you to see if there is some software that you can force a new aspect ratio.  Maybe Powerstip has just that option, so well worth checking it out first.

Dan
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my suggestion ...

do your captures at 1920x1200 [full screen]

in your project, set project dimensions to 1920x1080, then put the clip on timeline

the editor should auto scale the clip to fit vertically, with left/right borders

set a desired background color in project setting if you don't want to see black borders [try medium gray?]

produce to 1920x1080

I use this technique all the time with DSLR photos which are imported at 1.5 aspect ratio; the resulting photo slide shows are produced at 1920x1080 and look great
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This solution will be my first attempt.  The options from other responders are also worth a shot.  Thanks.
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Re-scaling a 1920 x 1200 video to 1920x 1080 will introduce some degree degradation by default.It's unavoidable.

It won't be highly noticeable, because it's a small degree of scaling you would be dealing with.

However, it's never recommended to re-scale videos and change original recording dimensions under any circumstance.

I personally, don't like black bars appearing on the sides of my videos either.Or any other color.

Here's another approach.  Your screen is 1920 wide so that is ideal for this technique.

First, you need to decide if you want to capture the Windows Task Bar, Start menu, etc. as part of your recording............... {Everything appearing at the bottom of the Screen}

Set the Camtasia recorder to record at 1920 x 1080. Set the position of the recording area all the way to the bottom of the screen. Or all the way or the top.

In the example below I would be recording the task bar,etc. 120 pixels at the top of the screen would be cut off.


120 additional pixels, when your capturing 1080, is not that much larger of an area by comparison. You just resize applications to fit within the recording area.

No side bars will be seen in your finished video and no degradation due to re-scaling will be an issue.

You may need to change your desktops wallpaper so the area being recorded doesn't cut off the head of an animal or some other undesired look.


Bottom line, when you mix and match aspect ratio's. Your in a bit of a lose/lose situation.

The end result is the final Prize.

Regards,Joe
        
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That's a great suggestion.  I will give it a shot.  Thanks!
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to add to Joe's approach ...

How To Minimize Capture Area Compromise
https://www.screencast.com/t/sjBYyCrcJlVG
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Thank you!!