I can open the exported files again in Camtasia but don't know how to play them on a TV.

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I think I have Camtasia 8 but am not sure. I need help knowing what to do with the zip file that I exported fro Camtasia. I thought I would get an mp4 as that is what I selected under SHARE. I need an mp4 so I can put it on a usb and we can play  it on the TV at the wedding reception on Saturday. 
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Myself and other members of the community can try to assist you. It would help to know what version of Camtasia you have.
Let's try starting with the basics.
Open Camtasia.Under the file menu. Select import zipped project.
Import that zip file. Can you post a screenshot of that?

It may not be necessary for you to share a screenshot of that all. If the project opens as a fully edited project. You should be able to produce it is an MP4from the share tab.What exactly went wrong when you last tried produce it I do not know?

Regards, Joe

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I followed someone's instructions online and they said to choose 1080 as the size. But I never got an MP4 file from that. Then I tried another person's suggestion to do a 720 file size. That one did give me an mp4. However...we are going to be playing this on a big screen TV and I'm wondering if it's going to look pixelated and/or is there going to be a huge black border around a tiny image? People at the wedding won't be sitting up close to the screen. Thanks for your help

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It depends entirely on how you plan on feeding the signal into the television. I have a newer 4K television that I can plug a USB directly into and play MP 4’s without using a computer at all. The television upscale’s 16 by 9 widescreen video to full-screen with no input whatsoever by me.

If you’re hooking a computer up to the television and using a media player. You can set the media player to full-screen even though your video is only 720 P.

If your original video was 1920 by 1080. And your project settings were 1920 by 1080. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to produce a 1920 by 1080 video.

So I’m wondering if your project dimensions are set to 1280 by 720? Because unless you do a custom production and force it to do a 1920 by 1080 production. It will produce a 1280 by 720 video.

I’m going to take a shot in the dark and guess you’re using Camtasia 8. You will find your project dimensions listed here.



If that’s the case when you click on that button. You will be presented with another pop up box. If you scroll down to the original recorded dimensions. And you see that your original recorded dimensions are 1920 by 1080. You can click that and change the project dimensions to the proper setting.



However, once you do that. All the media in your project will be scale to 1280 by 720. And your canvas size will be 1920 by 1080.

Percentagewise. 1920 by 1080 media is at 67 percent scale in the properties panel. You would have to go through the timeline. And adjust everything to 100 percent scale before reproducing the video.



So you would have to jump through a few hoops to get things right. But that’s the way to straighten this mess out. If your original project dimensions are incorrect.

I mentioned earlier that you can force Camtasia to do a 1920 by 1080 production. But the end result wouldn’t look any better than simply running the 720 video you’ve already produced on your HDTV.

You can only produce high quality 1080 P video when your source files are 1080 P and you edit at 1080 P “project dimensions “and produce at the same dimensions.

So after all of this, hopefully were on the same page. If not, if you can take a screenshot of the project open. And post it. That may answer a lot of questions. Saturdays approaching fast and I'd like to help you before it's too late.

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I'll be plugging the usb directly into the TV. Since you seem to think the 720 will look fine, I'm hopeful and will go over to where the TV is and test it out. I'll let you know how it looks. Thank you for your help.
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Sounds good. 720p on a large screen TV looks pretty good in most cases.

It's the editor in me that pushes for perfection. Which is probably not required in this situation. And with the time constraints. Even more difficult to implement.

I would still like to hear what you do {:>) 

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With 2 cars with dead batteries...mine and the bride's....we are not able to test the video on her TV yet. But working on it. My battery actually caught fire today while I was at a red light. I had to be towed home. Thanks for following up with me on this. Will let you know how we do.
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Yikes, wishing you better luck {:>)
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My son got to view the video on his big screen TV. He said most of the pictures were too small and had a lot of black around them. 

Here is a link to the folder that contains the photos and that contains the MP4. I don't know if you could look at it and make any suggestions? Like maybe I should resize every image to 350 resolution? I think most are 72 now. 

https://app.box.com/s/odgxn8gvwe7zpmw161zv4ejpk5psddyy

Also wondering...if I didn't use Camtasia and just played a slide show of the photos on the TV somehow could that be done? Would the images look bigger that way? I don't know how to make this work but my son asked if we could show the pictures via google photos or something like that??? Neither of us knows what we're doing - just an idea I wanted to run by you.
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I'm working on straightening this out for you. I should have you a video to you in time for the wedding. 
Google photos is an option if something goes wrong on my end.  
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Thank you for doing this for me. Could you tell me how to show Google  photos on a TV if we need to go that route?
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If'you have a Google Chromecast device, you connect it to a wifi network, then cast the slideshow from a computer running the Google Chrome browser. Or, you can also connect an HDMI cable between the computer and the TV.
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Giving you an update deniselorraine,
It might be late tonight before I get this uploaded. I've been doing some things that will make it nice. So you can worry about the other stuff.I got this one.
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There is one problem. The bride is  shown in a picture about to eat a steak. Her family 
is from Nepal and her parents believe cows are sacred. My son said that picture needs removed
or cropped to not show what she is eating so as not to offend her parents.
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Ha ha, no problem. Glad you said something. I had an animation zooming in on the steak.That wouldn't have went over well.
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Can't wait to see what you are creating.
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Okay, it’s 1AM. It’s uploading at a rate of 20% per hour. It’s a 2.35GB file. It’s a HDTV format and just over 16 min long.

So, it will be done uploading sometime around 5AM or so. I’ll post the link when its done. I’m an early riser.

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I love it. Thank you.

The only changes I wish I could make is that the transitions would end on their faces instead of the ground below as when he jumps straight up high, and when they are in front of signs or buildings. I don't know how time consuming that would be to make those changes?
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Unfortunately, time constraints stand in the way changing things.

It would take a while to make the adjustments you seek. Then, I live in the country and have a DSL connection. Internet speeds are even slower during the daylight hours. It might take eight hours or longer to upload an edited video.

Perhaps it might help if you see it from my perspective? There are well over 100 photos of Nathaniel and Runa. They’re a great looking couple. That being said.

As I went through the photographs. I gleaned they were also telling their life story to this point. Their adventures and life’s experiences. That included some beautiful and interesting places.

Portrait photos and 16 x 9 videos are problematic to say the least. You either zoom in and lose most of the image to fill the screen. Or you display the entire image, and it looks more like a tall postage stamp on your screen.

The image where Nathaniel is jumping straight up. Was panned that way to simulate Nathaniel jumping up. In closer analysis I can see where that might have missed the mark. Changing that particular images animation would not be that difficult.

I added the images in the same order as the MP4 that you sent. Because of the time invested in each image. Deciding if I should send it through Photoshop, what type of pan and zoom effect I want to apply, etc. The images unfolded like a story to me.

I felt where they visited was also an important part of the story. You have to take creative liberties as a video editor. See where the cards fall, and collaborate and change things around where necessary. I’m sorry I missed the mark with you.

 Here was my thought on that. After 100+ images of Nathaniel and Runa. A small handful that loses focus on their faces for a few seconds at a time. And gives the audience an opportunity to look at the beautiful sights and scenery. And not them. Isn’t all bad.

I lean towards a minimum of two weeks to produce a video. Under most circumstances, I require 30 days to produce one when I’m charging for my services.

Regards,Joe


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I see what you are saying. Just wondered if it was a big job to make any changes and I see that it is. I so appreciate all you did for us. Thank you so very much. 
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The changes are not that complex at this point in the project.

Coupled with re-rendering the video and uploading it over several hours requires a commitment I can't make at this time.

That's what I was trying to convey in my previous response.Plus, give some insight into how I approach video editing in general. The viewers and wedding couple will have their opinions as well.I'd be interested to hear their take on it. {:>)

I just wanted you to have something nicer to present than the mp4 contained in your file download.It was a rainy miserable day outside in my neighborhood.I had nothing going on yesterday, end of story.  Well, not exactly. Your welcome, I enjoyed doing it.
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Okay the upload is complete.

I enlarged and cleaned up quite a few photos in Photoshop. The videos comprised primarily of the Ken Burns effect. Meaning I applied a strategic pan and zoom effect to the photos. A lot of the photos were quite small and of poor quality. You cannot zoom into a small photograph. Or fill a high definition screen with it. So they had to be blown up quite a bit.

So baby photos, photos of the grandparents and some family photos & events. Were the ones I targeted as the most important. I would’ve liked to have done more. I like mixing it up with special-effects. There wasn’t enough time do all I would have liked to.

https://www.mediafire.com/file/sgjifi4gg4pjg63/Nathanael_and_Runa.mp4/file

Judging from the photos, they look like a good couple and I wish them well.

Best wishes, Joe