How to zoom multiple screen elements ?

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Hello,
How do I grab an object in a video and zoom it up while maintaining the background. I guess a simple scenario to explain this would be something like: the video is currently showing a group photo while the narrator is talking about it. I then would want to place a box around the face of one particular person from the group and zoom it up closer while the group photo stays in the background. Then I do the same with one or more people from that same group. So the end result would be the group photo is still the same size, but several faces from the group would be in the forefront. 
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Steve

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I would add the individual photos separately into a new layer, and then you could control the positioning, duration and size easily.
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So, you're saying use an outside photo editing program, right? Thought about that, but was hoping I could do it in Camtasia.
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There are a couple of ways. 
1 - You could capture (snag) the person from the photo that you have.  Insert that.
2 - Even a basic program like paint can crop.  Copy the entire photo.  Crop it down to one person.  Repeat.  Then insert the individual photos into your timeline and apply zooming and callout features.
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I guess what this would actually be is a zoom callout. Which doesn't exist and from what I can see unfortunately, doesn't exist in version 9 either.
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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Hi There;

You are correct that this is not currently possible in an easy manner; I can though, think of a down-and-dirty way of doing it.

Here's a really quick (silent) video showing off a potential workaround: https://www.screencast.com/t/waJxao6J

In all honesty it is not a pretty thing to see (though this was a quick 2-minute bit).

Would something like that suffice for the time being?

-Robert
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Ugh, looking at it is really really uncomfortable and as I'm sitting here I wonder if there are better ways of doing things. Perhaps a Mask effect with scaling functionality. I really like the idea of zooming multiple elements and will continue to look into some (hopefully easy) alternatives within Camtasia.

-Robert
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Hi Robert,
Thanks for the response and suggestion! I'm going to go ahead and play with the workaround you sent. 
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Hi steveb;

Another option would involve a handful of productions, which could be time consuming (but also better.). I'll see if I can play around with it and get a cleaner solution for you (or maybe the community can chime in with their thoughts).

-Robert
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Hi Robert,
Actually, what you suggested worked quite well. I just insert copies of the same clip and cropped the image I wanted from each individual clip. After that, I added a scaling animation to the separate cropped image/clips with a fade transition when I wanted them to disappear. 

Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction!

-Steve B
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Hi Steve!

Glad to hear that you were able to find a solution (even if it is more of a workaround)!

Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions!

-Robert
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these tutorials might be helpful ...

How To Zoom In To A Framed PIP
http://www.screencast.com/t/FwRMSVlRMU

How To Zoom In To A Framed PIP Part 2
http://www.screencast.com/t/GSxA1G2hwzKu

How To Do Zoom Crop Effect
http://www.screencast.com/t/Bcg13YemTf5
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Thanks, kayakman!

The third video is what I essentially ended up doing. Thanks again for helping out!

-Steve B
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Hi Steve, glad you found a solution.

I would have done the same.

In this very quick and silent example I show a similar process in C9, except I export the frame of a clip, then import, crop to size, then scale and position.

https://www.screencast.com/t/DDzFKITaRKn

Jayne