I need to create an animation that zooms into a software form, but in a flattened rectangle, which is not allowed.

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I often run into issues where, because the Animations are of a locked perspective, I cannot zoom in close enough. This is similar to the snap to grid issue which can be turned off when creating annotations and callouts, but I cannot find a setting to change. I am documenting a commercial software product and need to zoom into a specific field on the form, but because of the locked perspective of the animation window, I cannot create a, for example, 1-inch high animation that completely covers from side to side of the window.
What am I missing? Is there a setting similar to the View, Enable Canvas Snapping that I can turn off for animations?
TIA,
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I'm not sure what it is you need to do?

when you say "perspective", are you meaning "aspect ratio"?

do you have an example from somewhere that shows what you are looking for, that you can share here?
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Hello,
As far as I can understand, it seems you might be wanting to choose a Zoom shape/size but the Zoom rectangle in the Zoom-n-Pan pane is locked. So, for instance, you cannot make a square.

Unfortunately,  that zoom tool is locked to your editing dimension aspect ratio.
So, you cannot override that - you need to go into your Properties and change the actual editing dimensions - which might get you into some trouble with other aspects of your video.

I'm sorry. I wish I had a workaround to offer you that wasn't full of complexity. If you only need this for one instance, you could try taking a screenshot of the button you need, then adding it as an image to the Media Bin, then splicing the video, put that in the middle, zoom in on that and the background would be black so it looks like you are getting the zoom you need. But, this is complicated and I didn't actually test it... just a theory.

I'm sorry I don't have a better solution. Maybe others will have some for you.

Kelly
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I believe that if you are looking to change the aspect while zooming, you can do so if you crop as you zoom

perhaps these 2 tutorials might be helpful ...

https://www.screencast.com/t/0TCL9eaWd

https://www.screencast.com/t/GSxA1G2hwzKu
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I was going to suggest applying a mask to the image, but alas, that option only exists in the Mac 3 version!

So, what @kayakman said.
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Unfortunately, it looks like this (I hope for now - as this is a glaring hole in the Camtasia toolkit) cannot be done. For those who could not understand my first attempt at what I was trying to accomplish, I am documenting a software company's new feature, which involves zooming in (animation) on a specific set of fields. Sometimes this fields are a row across the width of the screen. All I want to see when I am finished zooming is that one row of fields, like a row of data in a spreadsheet. When I try to use the animation feature, regardless of how many times I try to grab the handles of the animation, the perspective of the area is always adjusted proportionately, so that I cannot create a "flat" area, a single row.
This leaves my video trying to zoom in on a specific area, when in effect, in the final result, the user can barely read and sees no real emphasis on the area being discussed. 
As I said, for software documentation, this is a very glaring hole...
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Is this even close to what you expect?

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Yes! - How did  you do this using Animations in Camtasia 9?

and thanks for replying...
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Here ya go:

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Upon further review, I don't want to hide everything else, I just want to zoom in on that particular row - all of my other animations are zooms - using this approach would not be consistent with the rest of the video, so anybody else have a possible solution? Tech support doesn't think it can be done...
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how about this technique ...

https://www.screencast.com/t/fDYOYkg9O
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What I showed can work, but set the opacity levels as needed.
@kayakman shows a good example, too.

Just curious -- do you have an example of exactly you want, as done in another program?

Otherwise, it seems like we're all spittin' in the wind here.  ;-)