How to set and retrieve Camtasia's exact recording area and position?

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I'm creating a video where I switch back and forth between recording two different areas of my screen.  Each area is only a portion of an app window.  It's easy for me to reset the recording window dimensions (height/width) so that the sizes of all recorded segments match, but I have to guess at the actual position on the monitor screen, and usually end up doing multiple short recordings to see if the new .trec area exactly matches the previous ones.  I was hoping that screen position was recorded or preserved somehow in the .trec or .tscproj files, but cannot find it.  Camtasia does remember the last recording position that I used (but I'm not sure where), but that's no help if I want to use a previous position.

Any suggestions?
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How To Get Recorder To Remember Capture Areas 2020-05-26
https://www.screencast.com/t/9E9CK0yKM

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Bret Sutton

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Thanks, kayakman!  That's exactly what I was looking for!  I had never used that control before.  Thanks for pointing it out.
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If it were me?

I would record in full screen mode and not worry about starting and stopping the recorder in the first place.Or perhaps a smaller recording window overall?
Then just keep on  steadily recording non-stop.

In the editor, I would cut the video wherever necessary. I would avoid splicing/auto stitching the clips together if possible.
This essentially creates your series of shorter videos.


Select all of the clips from one size window capture. With the playhead positioned over one of those selected clips.Select crop.Crop the videos to fit.
Or perhaps chose a video dimension you want to apply equally to each window.The possibility's are wide open here.

Do the same for the other clips.

How you chose to fill in the background, and the correct for overall editing dimensions.Will be driven by the size of those captures windows, and what you hope to accomplish.  

Regards,Joe
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Have you considered using a wallpaper with a "grid"?   Something like this but built to your specs.
This produces an 8" x 8" grids on my printer and screen, 769 x 769 pixels on my screen.



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Hi there

Sounds like your primary concern is the actual consistent placement of your application window. 

There exists a free utility that you may download and install that you may find helpful. The name of the app is "sizer". And you may obtain it by clicking this link.

Don't be fooled. I know you already have your size configured and that's all well. But this app also allows you to configure the placement.



Cheers... Rick :)
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For what it's worth. Kayakman's method should work fine. This sizer thing would be helpful in the event that many different areas had been recorded between times and the areas had been bumped off the MRU list for the Camtasia Recorder.