Need a way to crop or mask in Camtasia 8

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We need some way to crop the contents of video or picture frames within a Camtasia 8 layout.

For example how do I re-size & crop a webcam inserted into a corner of a video composition? All I can seem to do is zoom the scale and pull a corner of the video off screen.

What is needed is the ability to mask or re-frame the object so only a part shows up - aka crop.

Is there a way to do this in Cam 8?
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Randy Schott

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Hello,

At the moment, there is no way to do this. It's a feature we wanted to add for version 8, but we didn't get to it. We have it on our backlog for a future release though, hopefully we can get it in a minor release so you get it for free :-).

Randy
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ProspectorJess

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Big oversight...

Really need this to be able to work with multi clip parallel track edits. Otherwise a great product becomes very limited in usefulness. Because I'll have to export to another video editor perform the crop then re-import into Camtasia to finish work.

At that point I may be better with Cam 7.0 for my workflow or stick with other video tools.

Put my vote for incorporating this missing crop fix in next minor release.
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Christopher Reyes

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Agreed with next minor release. I'm doing several "presenter/student" videos where I'm using side by side comparisons. Basically, this is what they see when you do this. Would be very helpful if I could crop or otherwise limit the area I'm zooming into. Perhaps a PIP "area" where I am able to position a different track.
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi,
It's true we don't have a crop feature right now. However, this is something we would like to be able to add one day.

However, is there a way to do this with a little "creativity"? Could you create a black rectangle callout (or use the color of your canvas) and manually draw and size the callout(s) to cover up the portion of the video you don't want to see? Then you could group that content together so nothing gets out of whack when moving content on the timeline.

I know this isn't a solution - but perhaps it's a work-around that might get you close to the look you desire.

Just a thought...
Kelly
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ProspectorJess

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Can you supply a "transparent color" frame callout that can have varying thickness borders. That would allow a fake crop to work. Otherwise I don't see how a black box helps as the background is blocked too.
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ProspectorJess

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BTW: it would be nice if we can define custom callouts with transparent characteristics, etc.
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi,
I made a short video showing what I was talking about.
http://www.screencast.com/t/76zD6WdObM

I also created a square shape in Snagit and gave it a wide border and made the fill transparent. I then used the Share option to export it to the Camtasia Studio 8 clip bin. Using that square, I was able to mask out or crop the edges of my PIP video.
Here's a short video showing this process:
http://www.screencast.com/t/OHAjts5h

I know this isn't perfect. But, it did work!
I hope it helps.
Kelly
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Randy, when you say "future release" do you mean in an update, or that you don't plan to address this at all until version 9?
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Randy Schott

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I don't actually know the answer to that question. "Future release" is as close as I can get. We haven't yet decided on a feature set for the next minor or major release, so it's unknown whether it will be addressed in a 8.1 type release or if it will get pushed back to the next major.

I CAN say that the more users we have asking for the feature here, the higher it moves up the backlog :-).
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I would like to be able to crop from any edge, video or images imported into Camtasia. This would also help work around the bugs where images show lines on some of the edges.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Crop image or video within Camtasia Studio.
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Levi Bailey

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I am very interested in this feature.
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Levi Bailey

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Thanks for implementing this!
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Jess Wilkinson

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Kelley, Thanks for the two demo work arounds. Lots of extra steps, but at least the layering makes it work.

BTW: in snagit, set background to black or whatever then simply select a rectangle and delete it. Save as PNG and you should be good... See below.

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Hi,
I have also been trying to crop in Camptasia 8, and found this forum. I understand that it will not work, but I am adding this comment in order to add my vote for this feature in the next (hopefully minor) release.

Thank you.
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Until Techsmith adds this feature, do the following:

Just capture the video produced with Camtasia (which you want cropped) with Camtasia again. Before playing the video, click the Record the Screen button then choose Custom and specify your dimensions (e.g. square dimensions). Overlay the custom boundary on top of the video, click the rec button (or press F9) then play the video. Save the file as a Camrec then click the Produce and Share button.

In the Production Wizard, create a preset by clicking Add/Edit Preset. Click the New button then name your preset (e.g. 480 x 480). Specify settings in the next 3 dialog boxes then click Finish. The 480 x 480 preset is added to the drop-down list of the Production Wizard. Click that drop-down list then select the preset you just added. Click Next, name your video and specify the Folder where you want it saved. Click Finish to produce the MP4 (with the custom square dimensions).

Finally, import the MP4 to your project then add it on a separate track. Position it on top of the main video then resize it! That's it!
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Brilliant!
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Michael Anonuevo

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Another alternative to adding custom sized PIP movies to a Camtasia project for uploading to YouTube or Screencast:

1. Open Camtasia Studio, click the Import media button, then select the movie or Camrec you want use as background for the PIP. Place the file in the Timeline. In the Editing Dimensions dialog box, choose 1280 x 720 YouTube & Screencast (16:9) from the Dimensions drop-down list then click OK.
2. Next, click the Record the screen button. This minimizes both Camtasia Studio and Camtasia Recorder.
3. Open the movie you want to use as PIP then maximize Camtasia Recorder. In the Custom button, enter your pixel dimensions (e.g. 480 x 480). If you want a rectangular dimension, click the chain icon next to the dimension boxes then enter your dimensions.
4. Overlay the custom recording area on top of the movie. Click any part of the movie to make it active then press the rec button (or press F9). Wait for the countdown then play the movie (press the Space bar). Press F10 to stop the recording process.
5. In the Preview window, click the Save and Edit button at the bottom right. In the Camtasia Recorder dialog box, save the file in Camrec format, specify the folder location, then click Save. This maximizes Camtasia Studio 8 where the file is automatically placed in the Timeline tracks and Clip bin.
6. Finally, resize and position the PIP to its new location. Additional PIPs can be added by minimizing Camtasia Studio, opening a new movie then following steps 3 to 5 above.
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Will it be coming in the 8.1 Update? It is a very important feature to have and one you show off quite well in your tutorials for the Mac version.
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Paul Barker

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Oh wow, this is a huge omission. In v7 I could drag whatever size box over my video to crop it to whatever size and aspect I wanted. And I could enter the size in height and width boxes for finer control. And, I could set the size of my zoom box then nudge it with the arrow keys to get it to just the right place.

Now all of this is gone. These are really important features.

I've upgraded for the ability to publish for mobile devices eg iPad, but it feels like I've just paid for a downgrade. Bring on 8.1, assuming these features return.
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Hi Prospector Jess,
Good News!
We added Crop in Camtasia Studio 8.1.0
The Crop tool removes unwanted outer areas of a video clip or an image.
1. Click the Crop icon to turn crop mode on. (Located at the top of the Canvas in the toolbar on the right next to the Pan button.)
2. On the canvas, drag the blue handles to remove desired area.
3. Click the Crop icon again to turn crop mode off.

You can also hold the alt key down to enable crop and then release alt when you are finished.

For more information, watch this video tutorial:
http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-cam...

Hopefully we don't need those pesky workarounds now.

If you have Camtasia Studio 8 installed (trial or licensed version), you can update to the new version by clicking Help > Check for Updates or by downloading and installing here.
http://www.techsmith.com/download/cam...

Thanks for using Camtasia Studio!

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