Imported media (png/jpg) blurry when placed on canvas - Camtasia Studio 8.2.1

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Hi,
I'm using Camtasia Studio 8.2.1 on Win7 64bit , My Canvas size is 1579x985 and I imported few images (png/jpg) which are larger than my canvas size (e.g. image width 3040 and 3250 ). When I placed these images on canvas its automatically fitted into 1579 and then I re-size the image using Visual Properties > Scale to 100% its showing very blurry.

Please help me to resolve this issue.

However, other images look fine which are under 1579 width 

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Syed
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kayakman, Champion

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you should get better results if you resize the images to same as editing dimensions before importing them into the project
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Syed Shoaib

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No... I need to show a drag effect and animate these images left to right or top to bottom like full page website or windows apps. 
So I want all images which are (e.g. image width 3040 and 3250 and 4200 etc.) within 1579 Canvas size.  
Issue still same: When I placed these images on canvas its automatically fitted into 1579 and then I re-size the image using Visual Properties > Scale to 100% its showing very blurry.  
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Hi,
I have tried to recreate this scenario using the exact same dimensions as yours and when I change the setting to Scale to 100% my webpage image, including the text, looks very good.

What kind of image are you using - what file format is it? Also, what kind of content are you using? Is it all text based or photographs?

Also, have you tried to upgrade to the latest version on our website? If not, please download and install version 8.4.4 and see if it makes any difference at all.

Kelly
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Actually, I take this back.. upon closer examination I see there is some blurriness to my image.
I am looking into this and will report back what I find out.
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Hi Syed,

We have looked this over and I see we still have a maximum size limit for images being used in Camtasia Studio of 2048 x 2048 pixels.

Also, we experimented a bit and found images saved in PNG format work the best. So if you are using JPEG, then go back to your original capture and save it as a PNG. Don't resave your JPEG as a PNG.

So, to get the size you would need with almost perfect clarity, we have tried a process that will work if you take a bit of time to get it right.

It involves saving chunks of your large image in separate images that are no larger than 2048 pixels in size then putting them on your timeline and grouping them together to get one large image on your canvas. Since each section is within the size of 2048, when you set your scale to 100% in the Visual Properties, that one large, grouped image will be good.

This is what we did:
1. In Snagit, create a new canvas that is 2048 x 2048.
2. Paste your Web image in it and DO NOT CHANGE the size of the canvas.
3. Move your large image up to the corner and save it as a PNG.
4. Repeat and change the location of the image to another section of the larger image then save that.
5. Repeat for as many images as you need to create the one large image.
6. Open each image in Camtasia Studio.
7. Add them to the timeline.
8. Stack them on top of each other on separate tracks.
9. Arrange them on the canvas so they are lined up correctly.
10. Group the images on the timeline.
11. Go to Visual Properties tab and apply the Scale to 100% to the group you just created.

This sounds more complicated than it really is and it only took a few minutes to do the entire process.

I hope this helps!

Kelly
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I cannot not believe that Camtasia, a $300 piece of software is limited this way. This is the purpose of the software,  to create high quality motion graphics from frame grabs.
For all the hoops I have to jump through I will just use After Effects.
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I'm on Camtasia 9 and it really should be possible to do a long scrolling background without having to stitch artwork together! That said, Kelly's post did get me to a workaround that worked, although I didn't follow the exact steps. I had created my original artwork in Illustrator, so I carved it up into 1920x1080 png files from there and then stitched them together in Camtasia. So, thank you Kelly for coming up with that :-)
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you can achieve what you want by using the technique described in this tutorial ...

How To Make Dynamic Panoramas
http://www.screencast.com/t/MZhosBdvM8z

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That's still stitching artwork together, only with photos; I'm not working with photos, I'm working with vector art (and I did stitch it together using Kelly's steps). My point was that if you've created artwork that's wider than the canvas, you should be able to import that as one png without Camtasia shrinking it down. A workaround is better than nothing, but I'm still going to ask for the ability to import media as-is. I also wanted to share with others the alternate steps they can take if they're starting from Illustrator, as I was.
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OK, sorry I missed your point

I believe Camtasia is limited to items no larger than 4048x4048 [?]; larger dimension imports will get sized down in the canvas

I work with panorama images that are usually much wider than the Camtasia canvas; but I only need to adjust both project dimensions and the image size after putting it on the timeline, to get what I'm after, a scrolling background [or in my case, a moving panorama]

anyway, if curious, here's another tutorial that might clarify what I was trying to say; just see TOC item 3

if you want to add a post that request your feature be added to Camtasia, perhaps post it again as an "idea" so others can vote on it

otherwise, good luck with your screencasting