How To Expand 1080x720 HD YouTube Dimensions So More of the Screen is Filled.

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Hello,

I'm starting to do a lot of tutorial videos with Camtasia and I typically upload all my videos to YouTube. The problem I am having is this: When I use the default 1280x720 Youtube HD setting it does not fill up the screen at all. It will fill most of the screen but the sides and the bottom are cut off. Is there a way to enlarge the YouTube Setting so there will be no Black space in the YouTube video but still get more of the screen?

I'm just thinking that I should be able to make the recording area bigger and at the same time use the YouTube friendly dimension.

PS. i'm using a Macbook Air and the screen is only 14 inches.
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Seth Riley

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So I would love to here anybodies thought on this?

Is there anyway to calculate the YouTube dimensions and make the recording area bigger so more of the screen is filled???
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Hi Seth,

What we recommend is recording full screen.

When editing, first change your canvas size to be 1280x720 and then edit as normal.

When you know where you want to go with your video (in this case Youtube) it is important that you edit at those dimensions, not necessarily record.

Hope that helps,
-Josh
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Ok I tried that and when I switch it to 1280x720 it cuts off the top of the screen where the tabs wold normally be visible.

Is there way to drag the video to the desired position?

Best!
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Ok So that was easy to figure out duh. But the sides are still cut off the same way they would be if I just started recording from the 1280x720 dimensions. (which is what I have been doing_

What I was wondering is if it was possible to calculate a bigger recording area that would be YouTube friendly.

I'm aware that making the recording area bigger will not fill the whole screen but surely it seems possible to record the full width horizontally and just leave some of the screen left out at the bottom of the recording?
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Josh Holnagel, Employee

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Sure thing. The basic issue here is that your monitor is not in the same aspect ratio as Youtube displays their videos. I believe the larger Macbook Air is in the 16:10 aspect ratio (the same as the Macbook Pro). Youtube forces videos to 16:9 (standard widescreen).

Essentially, you need to determine the resolution of your display and then figure out how many pixels must be cut off to meet the Youtube 16:9 aspect ratio. But this can always be done in editing rather than recording. If you record your full screen, but edit at a slightly smaller size, you can always position the recording so that the bottom part will not show.

Alternatively, if you can resize the application window you are trying to record, that might help as well. We use a Mac program called Sizeup to manage our window sizes when it is important.

This indeed is a tricky issue, but at the root of it is the fact that Youtube forces an aspect ratio. Some video hosting options (such as Screencast.com for example) will not force an aspect ratio and therefore might be good alternatives.

Hope that helps!
-Josh
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Yeah I guess it will would be just as easy to make my browser fit the screen. I think I will go that route instead of trying to figure out the exact dimensions.

Thanks Josh!
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I use a program called Moom to resize my screen on the Mac. It costs $10 but works great. With Moom, I first have the application placed in the top right corner of my screeen and then resized the application to the size I want to record (usually 1280x720).

HTH
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
video resolution.


I want to create a video in 1280X720, for purposes of export to mp4. Do I record using the preset YouTubeHD (1280X720), then export to mp4? Does it record in the format I need for export to mp4? 

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