Is it possible to auto zoom during Recording with Camtasia Studio?

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Ryan Eash, Instructional Designer

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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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No, you can no longer control the zoom and pan points using just the Camtasia Recorder. This feature was removed from Recorder several versions ago.

However, by default, Recorder automatically captures zoom and pan points with a feature called SmartFocus.

You can edit these zoom points or add others in Editor.

This is a much better way of capturing zoom and pan points since each point can be edited, deleted, or saved to the Library for later use.

With the old feature, the zoom and pan points were burned into the video. So, if a mistake was made, you had to rerecord.

I hope this helps,
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Ryan Eash, Instructional Designer

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Unfortunately, it isn't possible to auto zoom (and pan) during recording. But, there is this feature called SmartFocus that collects data during recording (like mouse cursor location, text being entered, and windows opening) and auto applies zoom points (aka: keyframes) on the timeline during editing.

Here is a 3 minute video with some tips for achieving better SmartFocus results during Recording:

Here are a couple more resources that might help as well:

- Apply SmartFocus to Zoom and Pan -
- SmartFocus Sample Project -

It's important to note that SmartFocus can only be applied to Camtasia Recording (or .Camrec) files. You can still manually zoom and pan with other video clips, but the SmartFocus data is stored inside the .Camrec.

Hope this helps.
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Bec Dorsey

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It would be great to have the option to record with zoom and pan.... or not. Finding the editing process time consuming and tedious :|
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kayakman, Champion

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the easiest way to do this is when capturing, you can drag and move the capture area rectangle

see ...

also, you can sort of simulate this effect by pausing Recorder and re-positioning its capture area then continue capturing; splits were added where a pause/start occurred, then a transition added to smooth the scene change
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Wrost program with nothing features at all. Too complicated to understand...

Camstasia Sucks !

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