How to zoom in order to fit a video?

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Hi, I need to adjust my screencast video to the laptop video, what will be the easiest way to this it? 
I tried to do it with the zoom-n-Pan and changed the scale but it didn't fit well. 
Thank you :)   
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Ideally, you would apply an animation to the still image or video you are placing on the laptop.

Scale it larger at the same rate of the lap top so it looks like it actually on the laptops screen. 

However, success is dependent upon the animation of the laptop moving.You may need to re-position the image or video constantly making the animation very complex.

 I suggest you try Camtasia's Library asset "laptopopen"



Use one of the laptops that spin in and open. "Fade In and Out" your video or image.

 You can extend a frame of the video with the laptop open and stationary.That way you can make the open lap tops duration as long as necessary.
Just fade out your media and let the laptop close and spin away. Much easier to complete your work.

And Free Camtasia Footage as well, not paid for Shutter-stock footage.

Regards,Joe 
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Great! thank you! 
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Another question if I may :) 
How can I zoom without exit the frame of the laptop screen? 
 https://feedvisor.wistia.com/medias/zhvuaet0sx

Thank you :) 
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have you considered making your own device frames; not hard to do; provides more control with zooming, etc.

I've made them for both laptop and iPhone; see the laptop example at end of this short tutorial ...

How To Make Custom Device Frames
http://www.screencast.com/t/o6LpoMlb
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Pulling it off is more complicated than it appears on the surface.
The laptop accelerates gradually as it starts to move forward. Up-scaling accelerates constantly as a result. It's discrete, but must be adjusted on a  frame by frame basis.
Plus, anytime you attach media to a hard edge like the screens border. Any indiscriminate movement inward, outward and askew. looks bad and stands out like a sore thumb.

Essentially, you are attempting to pin media to a dynamically moving target at 4 points. "The Corners"
The Laptops corners are expanding outward at slightly different rates of speed. Throwing off perspective as well, frame by frame.
I know this because I had a client request this same animation.
With the changing perspective,acceleration rates,etc.  Camtasia can't pull this off.It's simply not in it's wheel house or tool set.

Just to give you some insight, here is an image of what the tracking points looks like when created in Adobe's Premiere Pro.

The individual blue dots in all 4 rows represent 1 frame of video.  You are currently seeing all the attach points of the entire animation. Seeing the laptops position before it starts to move forward.

If you click the image to enlarge it. You will see that the blue dots radiating from the 4 corners are not all spaced equally apart. That's with respect to each other in a row.

There are so many frames represented and crammed into that still image, it doesn't clearly depict just how uneven the spacing actually is.
Plus, they don't track in a straight line. There's wobble.It's the combined wobble of those 4 corners that changes perspective so much.

 

Here's a second image of the laptop about 12 frames before it fills the entire screen and disappears from sight.
I have the opacity of the inserted media set to zero so you can see the tracking points easily.
You can see Blue target circles in the corner of the laptops screen if you look for them.That's where the media is precisely attached to that frame of laptop footage. 
  

 That's why I was suggesting that you let the laptop open fully first. Fading in your Media. Then, Fade it back out before the laptop actually closes.That's something you can do with Camtasia.
Then the laptop can close and spin off into the distance. It will look better than a poorly done animation.
Regards,Joe